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Theater owners decry 'Interstellar' 35mm rollout as Tarantino calls them 'barbarians'

Christopher Nolan is at the center of a new film-vs.-digital debate

In 1999, George Lucas's "The Phantom Menace" sent studios and theater owners into a tizzy. Along with the standard film prints, Lucasfilm rolled out a select number of "digital projection" test screenings for the latest "Star Wars" installment. The New York Times reported on the awestruck audiences, a mix of film enthusiasts, technophiles, and "Star Wars" geeks. One 17-year-old exclaimed, "All my friends who've seen it before are coming to see it again in 'dij','' — oh, kids and their slang! — ''It's 30 times better this way.'' Even the projectionist at the test screening's New Jersey theater agreed. "Film is wonderful. It's done tremendous things for us over the last 75 to 100 years. But another way is here. You're watching history.''

15 years later, the revolution continues — in reverse. And it's getting ugly. Can anyone save film projection?

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'Gone Girl's' Rosamund Pike and Gillian Flynn think we all know an Amazing Amy

'Gone Girl's' Rosamund Pike and Gillian Flynn think we all know an Amazing Amy

Pike is finally having her moment

NEW YORK — The spotlight is finally on Rosamund Pike.

The 35-year-old actress first came to moviegoers' attention 12 years ago when she played a double agent in "Die Another Day." She then alternated between independent films like "Pride & Prejudice," "Barney's Version" and "Made in Dagenham," as well as studio flicks such "Doom," "Surrogates," "Wrath of the Titans" and even opposite Tom Cruise in "Jack Reacher." The biggest media spotlight she'd received was for her supporting role in "An Education," but if you were introduced to her at a party you probably wouldn't know where you recognized her from (or that she was even a movie "star"). That will all change with David Fincher's "Gone Girl."

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Ranking the films of David Fincher from 'Alien 3' to 'Gone Girl'

Ranking the films of David Fincher from 'Alien 3' to 'Gone Girl'

Where does the filmmaker's 10th feature figure in?

After premiering at the New York Film Festival nearly a week ago, David Fincher's "Gone Girl" oozes into theaters this weekend. Being the director's 10th film to date made it a round enough number for the movie team here at HitFix to take a deep dive and count down the whole of his filmography.

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American Sniper
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Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper' trailer is two minutes of heart-pounding terror

Bradley Cooper stars as real life sniper, Chris Kyle

Everyone wants to love Clint Eastwood's movies. But after winning Best Director and Best Picture for 2004's "Million Dollar Baby," the actor-turned-director's self-seriousness has left his recent output feeling a little… dry. Sounding great on paper, "Flags of Our Fathers" "Invictus," "J. Edgar" didn't have the cinematic brawn to muscle Eastwood into the award season (though, it should be noted, that his riveting, un-Hollywood war movie "Letters from Iwo Jima" nabbed a Best Picture nomination). Will "American Sniper" be the one voters and critical voices finally get behind?

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Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry rave about 'actor's director' David Fincher

Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry rave about 'actor's director' David Fincher

Who knew this movie might be so funny?

NEW YORK — Now this is an unexpected trio to interview at one time: Emmy winner and top awards show host Neil Patrick Harris, veteran character actress Kim Dickens ("Treme," "Deadwood") and the man who is his own category, Tyler Perry. The three had converged — well, let's be honest, 20th Century Fox put them in a room together — to discuss their critically acclaimed new film "Gone Girl."

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Inside Out
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'Inside Out' Trailer designed to melt any Pixar fan's heart

It's time to meet your emotions.

The first trailer for Pixar's "Inside Out" has all the feels… because they're the stars of the movie.

From Academy Award-winner Pete Doctor (2009's "Up"), "Inside Out" tells the story of a little girl named Riley and the anthropomorphic emotions that live inside her head. When she relocates from the Midwest to San Francisco, it's up to Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Fear (Bill Hader) to keep her keepin' on. Think "Osmosis Jones" of the abstract.

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Black Sea
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'Black Sea' trailer promises Jude Law, U-boats, and Nazi gold

2015's first month is starting look surprisingly solid.

Could January 2015 be the best January ever?

January is traditionally the dump month, when last minute Oscar hopefuls gain steam and studios fill multiplex screens with movies they'd prefer not to have on their permanent records. But that's all changing thanks to an overloaded release schedule. Today, if a studio has a good movie, it makes more sense to put it out when someone has time to actually see it then stack on top of industry-approved seasonal dates. A radical practice.

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Megan Ellison back in the David O. Russell business with two-picture Annapurna deal

Company previously financed Best Picture contender 'American Hustle'

Megan Ellison will stop at nothing until David O. Russell wins that Best Director Oscar.

OK, maybe that sounds a little desperate, but after throwing Russell the cash to make his swinging crime picture "American Hustle," Ellison appears even more invested in the writer-director's future. Word comes from Deadline that the artistic patron has made a two-picture deal with Russell through her company, Annapurna Pictures.

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<p>Matthew McConaughey stars in &#39;Interstellar&#39;</p>

Matthew McConaughey stars in 'Interstellar'

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The Earth is telling us to leave in the latest 'Interstellar' trailer

A little more is revealed but Nolan is still clearly holding back

The hotly anticipated release of Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" draws ever near. Today, to further whet your appetite, we have a new trailer for the sci-fi epic. It offers some more imagery as details about the film continue to trickle out, but still holds back on so much.

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The Theory of Everything
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New 'Theory of Everything' trailer plays up Eddie Redmayne's Stephen Hawking transformation

Felicity Jones costars in James Marsh's biopic

A whiff of “Man on Wire" director James Marsh's "The Theory of Everything" should convince you the Stephen Hawking biopic is a Best Picture contender (and we would agree with you). Shades of "A Beautiful Mind," Eddie Redmayne's all-in performance as the paralysed Professor Hawking, a breakout role for critical darling Felicity Jones, and praise from the festival circuit all add up to Oscar. Some things aren't physics.

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