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    #SDCC Looks: Iron Man 2, Whiteout, Nightmare on Elm Street

    As I head to San Diego for my umpteenth Comic-Con, I feel equal parts anticipation and dread. It's fun and I'll learn a lot that I want to know--but it's exhausting, large-crowd, insane circus fun.

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    Trailer Watch: Alice in Wonderland Heads for #SDCC

    You have to hand it to Tim Burton. As crazy awful as Hollywood can be, this canny visual stylist somehow manages to hang onto his imagination and personal imprint while navigating the studio system with aplomb. And most of his films--even art-house opera Sweeney Todd--are accessibly commercial. (Nex...

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    Risky Business: Comic-Con Comes of Age

    Post-Twilight, Comic-Con comes of age. And yet, it can be risky to chase after that fan buzz. Memorable duds in Hall H include The Spirit and Zathura. When a movie isn't working, the fans sniff it out. But when it does--300 and Superman Returns are vivid examples--they turn up to see the movie in dr...

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    #SDCC: Pattinson Will Do Comic-Con Twilight: New Moon Press Conference

    While Twilight star Rob Pattinson will not do backstage press interviews at Comic-Con this week for New Moon, he and co-stars Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner will participate in an off-site press conference in San Diego early Thursday morning. That's how Summit is handling huge demand for the fil...

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    #SDCC: Directors Visit Comic-Con for First Time

    Comic-Con 2009 is front-loaded. Most of the key movie stuff happens on the first day, Thursday July 23, and Friday, with Iron Man 2 the main play on Saturday. (Here's the EW Iron Man 2 cover-preview.) The trick is to balance the crowded Hall H panels, trawling the exhibition floor, backstage intervi...

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    #SDCC Comic-Con Separates Top Draws Avatar and Twilight: New Moon

    Last year, I remember a few diehard fanboys mocking me when I flagged Twilight as a big deal at Comic-Con. The power of Twilight fans became clear as thousands of girls screamed their lungs out for emerging star Rob Pattinson. Helping to avert certain traffic gridlock, Comic-Con organizers pushed apart back-to-back Thursday panels for Twilight: New Moon and James Cameron's Avatar, by far the most anticipated two panels of the Con. Many were concerned that the threatened tsunami of fans surging toward Hall H Thursday morning (many of them female, in this very male-dominated universe) would make it tough to also cover Disney's 11 AM 3-D panel ...

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    Blog Watch: Hudson Leaves IFC

    David Hudson is departing his daily obsessive IFC blog. This leaves a hole, especially at film fests, when he'd aggregate all the best reviews on any given film. (He used to write the GreenCine daily blog). But he's planning something and it makes sense that the brainy Berlin-based blogger and cinep...

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    LAFF: Fest Wrap

    Film Independent chief Dawn Hudson and new LAFF director Rebecca Yeldham were heaving sighs of relief at the sunny awards brunch at the Hammer Museum Sunday. While official figures are not in, sales of festival passes were down at this year's LAFF, but day-to-day ticket sales were brisk, with many s...

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    Family Films: Disney's Ponyo Works, Indie Hachiko Remake Doesn't

    One's Japanese, the other isn't. And there's the rub.

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    Cannes 2009: Pics and Video

    During my nine days at Cannes, I shot more pics and video than I used. I was hoping to shoot more one-on-one interviews, but wound up at round-tables where they wouldn't let me flip out the cam. At press conferences, security people kept shutting my flip cam down, even after I had obtained permissio...

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