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    Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds Opens Strong

    Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds opened strong Friday night, raking in an estimated $14.3 million. (We'll see how it holds.) Reviews were mixed, 69 on Metacritic. Richard Corliss, Roger Ebert and Jim Hoberman were thumbs up on this cinephile's fantasy, while Ken Turan, David Denby and Manohl...

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    Avatar Day

    James Cameron himself wasn't happy that the Avatar online trailer preceded the Avatar Day IMAX 3-D screenings on Friday. The reason that happened, according to Fox, is that the trailer went out at the same time as the first 10 AM screenings in New Zealand Tokyo on the other side of the world. It was...

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    Paramount Pushes Shutter Island to February

    In a startling reveal of how dire studio financials have become in this recession, Paramount made a swift and surgical move to trim its year-end budget. Marketing meetings took place last week for Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, based on the Dennis Lehane novel and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Runn...

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    Avatar Trailer Update

    The response to the Avatar teaser trailer that Fox released Thursday was mixed.

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    Annie Sullivan Teaches Helen Keller to Speak

    Helen Keller was deaf, dumb and blind after an illness at 19 months. Her teacher Annie Sullivan figured out how to teach her to communicate by sense of touch. Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft won Oscars in The Miracle Worker in the roles of Keller and Sullivan.

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    Avatar Week: Photo Gallery

    I'm obsessed with Avatar. (The movies of James Cameron are moving inexorably up my flickchart.) The question for me is whether Cameron's ambitious mix of 3-D live-action and performance capture --which cost Fox way more than $200 million-- breaks out beyond the Comic-Con faithful. It feels very sci-...

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    Woodstock Now & Then, Mad Men Ads, Journalism Online, Shah Rukh Khan

    The U.S. treatment of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan stirs up a ruckus back in India. Shalini Dore and Jon Brooks explain.

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    Lionsgate Buys Comic-Con Hit Kick-Ass

    As I suspected, Lionsgate has acquired Matthew Vaughn's violent action comedy Kick-Ass, which wowed audiences at Hall H in Comic-Con. It was one of several indie pics that used Comic-Con fan reaction to try to land an distributor. In this case, the strategy worked.

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    Lasseter Talks Miyazaki and Ponyo

    I've been spending a lot of time with John Lasseter lately. In May, the Disney/Pixar animation chief brought Up to open the Cannes Film Fest, where animator Pete Docter got the full auteur treatment. Then Lasseter brought Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki, who he says had a huge influence on Up, to do ...

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    Trailers: from Hell and TCM

    Let's get lost: Turner Classic Movies has posted a cool--and vast--collection of classic trailers to browse and watch.

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