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<p>A boy, a tiger, and three dimensions are all part of 20th Century Fox's big holiday season plans for Ang Lee's adaptation of 'Life Of Pi'</p>

A boy, a tiger, and three dimensions are all part of 20th Century Fox's big holiday season plans for Ang Lee's adaptation of 'Life Of Pi'

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Fox kicks off unusual campaign for Ang Lee's 'Life Of Pi' in 3D

An unusual movie inspires an unusual campaign, but will it work?

One of the things I've seen people commenting on after catching "Prometheus" theatrically last night and this morning is the unusual promotional clip for "Life Of Pi" that 20th Century Fox has attached to all 3D prints of the film.

More than anything, what I'm reading is confusion.  I haven't seen how the clips are formatted, but evidently it's just a scene from the film, played without any real introduction.  It's an unusual tactic for the studio to pursue, but "Life Of Pi" is the sort of film that's going to require Fox to try some unorthodox measures to convince audiences that they've got something special planned for them.

According to quotes from Tom Rothman in the New York Times, the decision to handle the clips this way resulted from the response they got when they screened footage for exhibitors during CinemaCon this spring.  The response there was certainly positive, and it even led to some Oscar talk among those who love to kick off the awards season about nine months too early.

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<p>One-Eyed Willie's pirate ship in 'The Goonies' is just one of the indelible images created by production designer J. Michael Riva over the course of his career.</p>

One-Eyed Willie's pirate ship in 'The Goonies' is just one of the indelible images created by production designer J. Michael Riva over the course of his career.

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'Goonies' and 'Buckaroo Banzai' Production Designer J. Michael Riva remembered

He helped define '80s action movies and the Marvel Movie Universe

Last night, I got home from a long day of running around, and I decided to throw on something from the stack of Blu-rays while I worked.  I ended up settling on "Lethal Weapon 2," and as I watched the film, I was also checking e-mail and seeing what was going on in the world of film.  That's when I stumbled across the news that production designer Michael Riva had passed away.  At first, I thought it was a coincidence that I was watching a film Riva had worked on when I got the news, but when you look at his filmography, the odds seem somewhat stacked, because this is one of those guys who worked on everything.

His final film will end up being "Django Unchained," and creating a pre-Civil War south as filtered through the sensibilities of Quentin Tarantino sounds like one of those jobs that would be a dream for a production designer.  He's also still got "The Amazing Spider-Man" coming out, and I'm curious to see how he's remagined the world that Sam Raimi established on the first three films… especially since Riva was the production designer on "Spider-Man 3."  You could also make the case that as the designer of "Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2," he set a template for the larger Marvel Movie universe that other people will be following for many years to come.

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Watch: Damon Lindelof discusses 'Prometheus,' 'Alien' and sequels

Watch: Damon Lindelof discusses 'Prometheus,' 'Alien' and sequels

'Lost' co-creator prepares fans for still more unanswered questions
LONDON - If you follow Damon Lindelof on Twitter, or if you've read any of the interviews he's done since "Lost" wrapped two years ago, you're aware that Lindelof knows what you think about him, be it positive or negative.
 
As a result, Lindelof also knows what you think about the idea that his new  film, "Prometheus," is designed as the first film in a contained series, meaning that the movie opening on Friday (June 8) raises as many questions as it answers.
 
Director Ridley Scott recruited Lindelof to give a new spin to a script by Jon Spaihts. That script was a straight-forward prequel to Scott's sci-fi landmark "Alien," but Lindelof's take turned "Prometheus" into a film that runs parallel to the time leading up to "Alien," but doesn't actually connect, at least not yet.
 
In a conversation filmed in a rover vehicle perched on a noisy corner of London's Covent Garden Lindelof discusses the progression of "Prometheus" out of the realm of a pure prequel and into its current form and argues in favor of "giving imaginative propriety to the fans" (that means not answering every question directly).
 
As was the case with my rover-set interview with Logan Marshall-Green, a couple of Lindelof's answers were rendered entirely unusable by reversing trucks and construction. Unfortunately, those answers included my Sepinwall prompted "Lost" question involving the people shooting at the outrigger. [No. Not really. I jokingly asked Lindelof about the outrigger after the cameras stopped rolling and his response was, "Sepinwall knows everything he needs to know about that."]
 
Stay tuned for my excellent, but slightly spoiler-y Ridley Scott interview either over the weekend or Monday. And check out my interviews with Logan Marshall-Green,  Charlize Theron & Guy Pearce and Noomi Rapace & Michael Fassbender.
 
"Prometheus" opens on Friday, June 8.

 

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<p>Frank Ocean</p>

Frank Ocean

Credit: Def Jam

Frank Ocean finally announces debut Def Jam album release

Watch the teaser trailer to 'Channel Orange' and check out new tour dates

Frank Ocean is finally ready to drop his Def Jam studio set, and fans have to only wait a month and a week to hear it.

With a teaser trailer posted to his blog, Ocean teased "Channel Orange," due on July 17. The video features a slow, sweeping shot of a ritzy car, its passengers (if any) unclear. However, the song playing over seems to indicate all sorts of sexy happening, with his love interest "workin' at the Pyramid." Is Ocean lusting for a stripper named Cleopatra?

"Channel Orange" comes on the heels of "nostalgia, ULTRA," the mixtape he dropped last year that yielded buzz songs like "Novacane." This year, after a messy release history, "Thinkin Bout You" was dubbed to be the leading single from the new album (it was originally written for Bridget Kelly, who also released her version).

Ocean, who is also part of hip-hop collective Odd Future, has been signed to Def Jam for much longer than a year. He'd mentioned in interviews last year he wasn't considered a priority at the label until after Odd Future had blown up on everybody's radar after the South By Southwest Music conference; it seems he finally got on the dance card.

However, it is a little strange that Def Jam is announcing this so close to the release date. "Thinkin' About You" seems to be the only possible new inclusion in the tracklist, though it's up in the air if they'll be borrowing any "nostalgia, ULTRA" songs. He could certainly use more exposure to hip-hop/R&B audiences, which he'll get during his tour in July and part of August -- but he's spending some of August and beyond opening for Coldplay, and who knows what the feedback from that will be.

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<p>Today is the day where all secrets will be revealed for fans who are desperate to get a look at Ridley Scott's highly-anticipated 'Prometheus'</p>

Today is the day where all secrets will be revealed for fans who are desperate to get a look at Ridley Scott's highly-anticipated 'Prometheus'

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Weekend Watch: 'Prometheus' in theaters, 'John Carter' and 'The Sting' on Blu

Plus every Three Stooges short in one box

You've got a lot of options for what to watch and how, and we want to help you plan your weekend with a new column where we'll highlight three things you can see in theaters, three things you'll find streaming, and three titles new to home video.  Appropriately enough, we call this The Weekend Watch.

For many genre fans, today must feel like Christmas.  After all, the frenzy that has accompanied every stage of production for Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" is probably the most enthusiasm I've seen to one of his films pre-release in quite a while.  That's not the only new film in theaters this weekend, depending on where you live, but it's certainly the highest profile title.  If you decide to sit out opening weekend, there's plenty to discuss on the streaming and home video fronts.

IN THEATERS TODAY

"Prometheus"

My initial review for the film is up already, and I'm going to take the unusual measure of writing a second post-release piece that I'll post Monday, replete with spoilers, so we can dig in and really discuss what we think of the film.  For now, even if I have some issues with the film, I can't imagine telling another film fan not to check it out theatrically.  I'm going to the Rave, a giant IMAX 3D screen, for my second viewing, and if nothing else, I look forward to feeling like I'm going to fall through the frame into the amazing world that Ridley Scott and his team have built for us with this movie.

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<p>A scene from &quot;Prometheus&quot;</p>

A scene from "Prometheus"

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Tell us what you thought of 'Prometheus'

Ridley Scott's 'Alien' prequel hits theaters today

I was out of town for all the LA "Prometheus" press screenings, so I'll be heading out to the theater in a few to catch it myself with the masses. I actually had hoped to hit the midnight screening last night but it sold out. For now, though, I'm sure plenty of you will have something to say on the matter as Ridley Scott's film has been one of the most anticipated of the year. When you get around to it, head on back here with those thoughts and soon enough, I'll dive into the conversation with you. Also, feel free to rank the film via the tool above. (UPDATE: Okay, I'm back. Incredibly disappointing.)

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<p>Garret Dillahunt as Francis Wolcott on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Garret Dillahunt as Francis Wolcott on "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 3: 'New Money' (Veterans edition)

While Al suffers, Garret Dillahunt returns in a dark new role

We're into week 2 of our summer trip back through David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood." As always with this project, we're going to have two parallel discussions going at once: identical reviews, but one where the comments section is just for people who are new to the series and don't want to be spoiled on anything past the events of the episode being discussed, and one for people who know "Deadwood" backwards and forwards, and want to be able to discuss it all at once. This is the veteran-friendly version; click here for the newbie-safe one.

A review of episode 3, "New Money," coming up just as soon as we make the trout pay for his slothful ways...

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<p>Garret Dillahunt as Francis Wolcott on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Garret Dillahunt as Francis Wolcott on "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 3: 'New Money' (Newbies edition)

While Al suffers, Garret Dillahunt returns in a dark new role

We're into week 2 of our summer trip back through David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood." As always with this project, we're going to have two parallel discussions going at once: identical reviews, but one where the comments section is just for people who are new to the series and don't want to be spoiled on anything past the events of the episode being discussed, and one for people who know "Deadwood" backwards and forwards, and want to be able to discuss it all at once. This is the newbie-safe version; click here for the veteran-friendly one.

A review of episode 3, "New Money," coming up just as soon as we make the trout pay for his slothful ways...

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<p>Scott Aukerman of &quot;Comedy Bang! Bang!&quot;</p>

Scott Aukerman of "Comedy Bang! Bang!"

Credit: IFC

Interview: 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' creator Scott Aukerman discusses bringing his podcast to IFC

Plus, 'Happy Endings' star Casey Wilson drops by for a chat
Back in February, I dropped by the Abso Lutely Productions studio in Hollywood to catch some filming for "Comedy Bang! Bang!" a new IFC take-off on the talk show format.
 
"Comedy Bang! Bang!" finds Scott Aukerman loosely adapting his popular podcast, which has become a must-visit for any comedy actor with a product to plug and a must-listen for anybody with an interest in the craft of comedy. While the podcast mixes traditional guest segments with in-character appearances from Aukerman's posse of laugh-generating chums, the IFC series is more of a 30-minute talk show parody, though it features many of the same guests who have become regulars on the podcast.
 
Early IFC episodes feature Amy Poehler and Zach Galifianakis playing themselves, while Reggie Watts is a regular fixture as Aukerman's bandleader. 
 
On the day I'm visiting, Aukerman and Watts are sitting in the show's cramped green room eating catering from Zankou Chicken, though neither is actually eating the famous chicken. Over the course of the wide-ranging interview, Aukerman remains the only constant, as Watts is pulled aside for work down in the retro hunting lodge-style set, while "Happy Endings" star Casey Wilson drops by in the middle of the conversation before going and shooting a very funny skit.
 
For the most part, though, it's me and and Aukerman discussing the process of adapting the podcast and his own skewed take on the talk show format.
 
"Comedy Bang! Bang!" finally premieres on Friday, June 8. 
 
Check out the full Q&A, complete with the Wilson cameo.
 

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Watch: Logan Marshall-Green talks 'Prometheus,' Ridley Scott and robot racism

Watch: Logan Marshall-Green talks 'Prometheus,' Ridley Scott and robot racism

Sci-fi fanboy and star discusses his own expectations for the movie
LONDON - I'm not going to lie to you: I see Logan Marshall-Green and I instantly start humming "Hide and Seek." But Marshall-Green is more than just Ryan Atwood's ill-fated brother Trey from "The O.C." (and a regular on ABC's "Traveler" and TNT's "Dark Blue"). 
 
In roundtable interviews before last week's London premiere of "Prometheus," the 35-year-old actor discussed his excitement for the project as a sci-fi fanboy and also talked up his fanboy credentials for fantasy and for theater. And before we sat down to talk about "Prometheus" and this big opportunity to work with Ridley Scott, we discussed our impressions of the Tate Modern's currently running Damien Hirst retrospective, which we'd both found the time to catch in the days leading up to the junket. Logan Marshall-Green is a Renaissance Man, y'all.
 
Sitting in one of the planetary rovers from "Prometheus," Marshall-Green talks about his own expectations for the movie as a genre fan and explains why his character, Dr. Charlie Holloway, has issues with Michael Fassbender's robot butler David. 
 
Disclosure: The rover was sitting in the heart of Covent Garden in London and due to construction noise and reversing trucks and other ambient distractions, a chunk of this interview was unusable. The same fate befell my interview with Damon Lindelof, which will post tomorrow morning and was shot in the same rover. 
 
Stay tuned for the Lindelof interview tomorrow and the spoiler-y Ridley Scott interview either over the weekend or Monday. And check out my interviews with Charlize Theron & Guy Pearce and Noomi Rapace & Michael Fassbender.
 
"Prometheus" opens on Friday, June 8.
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Riva was tasked with helping re-imagine "The Amazing Spider-Man" with a darker sheen.
Riva was tasked with helping re-imagine "The Amazing Spider-Man" with a darker sheen.
Credit: Columbia Pictures

Tech Support: 'Django,' 'Amazing Spider-Man' production designer J. Michael Riva has passed

Veteran crewman was Oscar-nominated for 'The Color Purple'

Your heart has to melt for Quentin Tarantino. The guy is nothing if not protective and supportive of his crews, many key members loyal to him over the years.

Back in 2010, he was dealt a blow when long-time editor Sally Menke tragically died amid hot summer temperatures while hiking in Runyon Canyon, and today, the production designer of his hotly anticipated western "Django Unchained," J. Michael Riva, has reportedly died at the age of 63, according to Variety.

Tarantino has worked with designer David Wasco for the majority of his career and Riva was a bit of a departure for "Django." But judging by the look of the film in the trailer, which just hit the net yesterday, the collaboration is a fruitful one. Filming has been taking place at the Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio up in Newhall, California, north of Los Angeles, and is currently on-going in New Orleans.

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Cannes discovery 'Ernest and Celestine' deserves a US audience
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Cannes discovery 'Ernest and Celestine' deserves a US audience

Delightful French animated feature one of the festival's sidebar standouts

I apologize for leaving my Cannes coverage somewhat unfinished. General fatigue combined with the post-festival distractions of Paris to put all film-related thoughts on the back burner for a week -- which frankly, with films as gnawingly variegated as "Holy Motors" or the only superficially tidy "Amour," can only aid an eventual review. All will be discussed eventually; the films, sadly, are many months away yet.

I did, however, want to start my Cannes catch-up work with a personal viewing highlight about which I've received more questions from readers, Twitter followers and the odd colleague than any of the festival's big winners -- perhaps as a result of my placing it one slot ahead of Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winner in Indiewire's critics' survey of the best of the fest. Invited to name the best five films across all strands of the festival, I didn't stray too far from consensus: alongside "Amour," films like "Holy Motors," "No" and "Rust and Bone" were hardly short of champions. What, then, was "Ernest and Celestine" doing among them?

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