<p>Carey Mulligan, pictured here in her Oscar-nominated role in 'An Education,' chatted with Dustin Hucks for HitFix at the Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival</p>

Carey Mulligan, pictured here in her Oscar-nominated role in 'An Education,' chatted with Dustin Hucks for HitFix at the Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival

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SBIFF: An interview with Oscar-nominee Carey Mulligan

Our man at the Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival talks with the star of 'An Education'

It's strange that a year ago, Carey Mulligan was just starting to get press, as critics reeled out of the Sundance Film Festival smitten with this newcomer's work in the warm and knowing "An Education." 

Now she's got an Oliver Stone movie and a Mark Romanek movie both waiting for release, and she's Oscar-nominated for the same role that introduced her to filmgoers.  Getting that sort of acclaim this early in a career can be dangerous, and I've been curious about how she's handled it. 

When Dustin Hucks, our man in Santa Barbara this year, told me that he was going to talk to Mulligan as part of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, I thought it was fitting since he's new to doing interviews, and Mulligan is still relatively new to giving them.  Hopefully this is just one of several interviews that Dustin will be filing with us this week.  In particular, I hope he talks to Kathryn Bigelow, since he's an ex-Marine, and I think that would be a great perspective for their conversation.

I sincerely dig Mulligan's work.  I almost hope she doesn't win, though, because I think it would complicate her career in a way that she doesn't need at this point.  The nomination is such a huge thing that I think it's put her on the map, and now it's time to just see what she can do for a while.

Dustin... take it away:

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<p>One of these men is doing his very best to guarantee he does not survive the upcoming 'Ghostbusters 3'</p>

One of these men is doing his very best to guarantee he does not survive the upcoming 'Ghostbusters 3'

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TMR: Nolan's 'Batman' and Murray's 'Ghostbusters 3' headline a big duh Monday

Plus 'Apes,' 'Saw,' and more on 'Captain America'

Welcome to The Morning Read.

There's a wee bit of "duh" running rampant around the internet this morning in some of the headlines, but considering I ran a story this weekend clarifying what "Jurassic Park IV" will NOT be about, I guess we are filling column inches any way we can.

For example, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis and Ivan Reitman and Sigourney Weaver have all said in interviews in the past that the only way Murray would return for a new "Ghostbusters" film would be if they killed him off early and had him return as a ghost.  And now, Murray has confirmed that he will indeed die in the first reel of "Ghostbusters 3" so he can spend the rest of the film as a "free-roaming full-body apparition."  I can't say I consider that big news, if only because we've heard it so many times now.  I like the idea, but I'm confused... will it be Bill Murray shot in front of a greenscreen?  Will the ghost be a CGI character who he only voices, a la "Garfield"?  I think the wee bit of speculation that Cinematical added to the story is very interesting, and I hope their bad guy in this film is as smart and fun as the franchise deserves, and not just a rehash of Gozer from the first movie.

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<p>Hugo Weaving, pictured here in 'Lord Of The Rings,' may return to play the character Elrond again when 'The Hobbit' goes into production later this year</p>

Hugo Weaving, pictured here in 'Lord Of The Rings,' may return to play the character Elrond again when 'The Hobbit' goes into production later this year

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Hugo Weaving talks about his return as Elrond in 'The Hobbit'

A short conversation with the star of 'Lord Of The Rings' about the possible sequel

One of the pleasures of participating in this weekend's press day for "The Wolfman" was finally chatting with Hugo Weaving, an actor whose work I've admired for many years.  I'll have that whole interview for you later in the week, but it's worth making special mention of the short conversation we had about the upcoming Guillermo Del Toro version of "The Hobbit," which is currently still working its way towards production.

Just where it is in that process has been the subject of much debate online, and I decided to ask Weaving about what he's heard.  After all, his character Elrond is a major figure in the world that J.R.R. Tolkien created, and it would seem logical to expect him to show up in this new film.  With some characters, it would make sense to recast them younger for "The Hobbit," but with Elrond, he's an elf, and so his lifespan is very different, and Weaving could easily step in to play him again, even after the passing of a decade since the last time he played the part.

I asked him if he's already been contacted, and he responded, "My understanding is that that film should be happening this year, towards the end of this year."  That's a later timetable than we'd originally heard on the production, but don't take it as set in stone yet, since Weaving continued, "And what I’ve heard is that, yeah, they’re interested in me.  I haven’t had any conversations, and I haven’t read any scripts because they’re being closely guarded.  I don’t think the studio has even got the second script yet."

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<p>James Cameron, onstage with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, at the Santa Barbara Film Festival this weekend.</p>

James Cameron, onstage with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, at the Santa Barbara Film Festival this weekend.

Credit: Aaron Morgan/Ain't It Cool

SBIFF: James Cameron gets an award from Schwarzenegger

The 'Avatar' director gives a loose and fun Q&A with Leonard Maltin

One of the main attractions of the Santa Barbara Film Festival is the way its timed right in the middle of Oscar season, so that the tributes that are planned frequently serve as showcases for recent nominees.  Roger Durling's programming looks positively prescient many times, and this year was no exception.  He books these things early, and his call to put together a big tribute to Sandra Bullock turned out to be right on the money.

Less of a gamble was the inclusion of James Cameron, whose "Avatar" is now pretty much the biggest damn thing in the history of biggest damn things.  Even if he hadn't been nominated for Oscars this year, his work on "Avatar" would be worth the conversation, and the film's seismic impact on pop culture only makes it even more worthy of discussion.

The idea of getting the Governator to come down and actually present Cameron with the honor makes for an irresistible press opportunity.  Dustin Hucks, our man at the Santa Barbara Film Festival this year, was on hand to witness the Q&A, and he's got a report for us this morning that does a pretty good job of giving us a taste of what was discussed and the mood of the event overall.

Take it away, Dustin:

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<p>Michel Cote and Louis-Jose Houde co-star in 'Fathers and Guns,' the highest-grossing French-language film in Canadian history.</p>

Michel Cote and Louis-Jose Houde co-star in 'Fathers and Guns,' the highest-grossing French-language film in Canadian history.

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SBIFF: 'Fathers and Guns' and 'Mother' both play

A huge Canadian hit and the new film from Bong Joon-ho make an interesting double-feature

Dustin Hucks is still at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, working hard to secure interviews, see films, and send me updates as much as possible.  If you missed his first two reviews here at HitFix, you should catch up.  He reviewed "The Wild Hunt" and "When You're Strange" on Saturday.

This is my first time really working with Dustin, but so far, I'm impressed by how much he's sent me, and by how he's handling the pace of the festival in general.  This weekend, for example, he sent me two reviews that I thought I'd run together, both foreign-language titles, both with reason to pay attention to them. 

In the case of the first film, "Father and Guns," you can expect to see a Sony remake of the film sometime soon.  They bought it for Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy to produce, and it's little wonder.  The original was a monster hit in Quebec last year, and it's the highest-grossing French-language film ever released in Canada now.

The second film is the latest effort from Bong Joon-ho, the director of "Memories Of Murder" and "The Host," and I'm seeing the film a little later this month myself.  I'm a big fan of his work, and I think he's one of the most important voices in Korean cinema right now.  Anytime he releases a film, it's automatically an event as far as I'm concerned.

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<p>Chia Min-Seo plays a woman who slowly becomes paralyzed by her fear of meat in the Korean drama 'Vegetarian,' part of this year's Sundance Film Festival.</p>

Chia Min-Seo plays a woman who slowly becomes paralyzed by her fear of meat in the Korean drama 'Vegetarian,' part of this year's Sundance Film Festival.

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Sundance 2010: 'Vegetarian' disturbs and provokes

A demented character drama puts me off my feed

There are few things that drive me as nitpick crazy as a film that plays a film festival that has a terrible IMDb page and no press notes.  I'll still be able to tell you what I thought of the film, obviously, but I won't be able to talk about the characters or the actors by name.  This is a Korean film by a first-time director, and not a main entry in the festival, so it looks like it's basically flying under the radar.

No matter.  It's easy enough to say that it's a smart adult character drama that carries an unexpected erotic charge amidst a barrage of profound sorrow that seems to be woven into the fabric of the film.  It's not as easy to describe why, but I'll give it a shot.

When the film starts, it's a dark and angry family drama in which  Yeong-hye (Chae Min-seo), the younger of a pair of adult sisters, has a terrible dream that results in her decision to stop eating meat.  More than that, though, she grows almost phobic of it.  She can't have it in the house, and she can't have any milk or eggs in the house, either.  After a while, she can't even stand the smell of her husband (Kim Young-jae) if he's eaten meat during the day.  She rejects it to a degree that seems mentally unhinged, like the mere thought of it is too much for her to bear.  Basically, it starts off like a distinctly Korean riff on the Todd Haynes film "Safe."

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<p>Joe Johnston says there's still a while to go before we see 'Jurassic Park IV' in theaters</p>

Joe Johnston says there's still a while to go before we see 'Jurassic Park IV' in theaters

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'Jurassic Park IV' absolutely does not feature gun-toting dinosaurs

Joe Johnston clears up when we are going back to 'Jurassic Park'

The other future project I discussed yesterday with Joe Johnston is the long-rumored "Jurassic Park IV."

If you weren't reading my work on Ain't It Cool, you may not have read my report on the proposed sequel that was written by William Monahan and John Sayles.  It led to Sayles accusing me of breaking into Steven Spielberg's personal computer at one point, which was just nuts.  I did no such thing, but I guess the project was supposed to be under lock and key.

You can read that original report here.

That was back in 2004, and I figured they must have moved on by this point, even if they did have two giant A-list names on that script.  For those of you who don't remember the report, here's the most important part of the article:

"There’s the eight-year-old-boy side of me that thinks that a DIRTY DOZEN-style mercenary team of hyper-smart dinosaurs in body armor killing drug dealers and rescuing kidnapped children will be impossible to resist. And then there’s the side of me that says... WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!

[The main character] is put in charge of training these five dinosaurs, X1 through X5, and the first thing he does is name them.  'Any soldier worth his pay has a name to answer to, not a number,' he says.  So we are introduced to Achilles, Hector, Perseus, Orestes, and Spartacus, each of them a specially created deinonychus, which is sort of like a miniature T-rex.  They have super-sensitive smell and hearing, incredible strength and speed and pack-hunting instincts, and they have modified forelegs, lengthened and topped with more dextrous fingers, as well as dog DNA for increased obedience and human DNA so they can solve problems well.  All of this is topped off with a drug-regulating implant that can dose them with adrenaline or serotonin as the situation demands."

Seriously.  That's what the script was about.  A commando team made up of gun-toting super-smart dinosaurs.

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<p>If this scene is not in the new &quot;Captain America&quot; film by Joe Johnston, I&nbsp;shall promptly take to the internet and declare the entire endeavor a failure.&nbsp; Be warned, Marvel. &nbsp;Be warned.</p>

If this scene is not in the new "Captain America" film by Joe Johnston, I shall promptly take to the internet and declare the entire endeavor a failure.  Be warned, Marvel.  Be warned.

Credit: Marvel Comics

Red Skull set to battle 'Captain America' in 2012

Plus more details on the next big Marvel movie from director Joe Johnston

Last night, I saw Joe Johnston's new take on "The Wolfman," and then today, I sat down for chats with Johnston, Emily Blunt, and the uber-cool Hugo Weaving.  Before the event, Universal wisely asked outlets to try to actually focus on "The Wolfman" instead of using all of their interview time pumping the talent like they are slot machines designed to spit out "scoops."

It's tough, because if I don't ask anything about the next films from these people, then we lose because all the sites that do that will run 50 headlines, regardless of how much new information they get.  If I do give in and ask those questions, then I'm doing exactly what I don't like.

The balance, I believe, is to try to focus on the work until the wrap-up, when a few quick questions about what's next seem conversational and logical, and today, when we reached minute 13 of our 15 minute talk, I finally worked my way around to the subject of his next film, "Captain America."

Here's our conversation about it:

Drew:  So I know you're prepping "Captain America" right now...

Joe Johnston:  Yes.

Drew:  ... and I know you've said that it's largely period.  Does that mean we're going to see some of the other Silver Age characters in the film?

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<p>A suitably medieval moment from 'The Wild Hunt,' a movie about role-playing gaming out of control, playing as part of the Santa Barbara International Film&nbsp;Festival.</p>

A suitably medieval moment from 'The Wild Hunt,' a movie about role-playing gaming out of control, playing as part of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

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SBIFF: 'The Wild Hunt' offers up an uneven game

LARPing offers an unsuccessful canvass for a new film

I'm reeeeeally looking forward to the Joe Lynch film "The Knights Of Badassdom," written by Matt Wall and Kevin Dreyfuss.  I bring it up because there's a similarity to the basic concept of that film and the next film that Dustin Hucks is reviewing for us from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

See if you agree.  The Joe Lynch film deals with a group of role-players who are on a weekend excursion when one of them accidentally calls up a real demon, forcing them to have to live the roles that they've all been playing, and either kill or be killed.  It's about that fine line between fantasy and reality and what happens when that line is removed.

The thing is, I assume (not having read it, but knowing Lynch and how infectiously hilarious he is at all times) that the Joe Lynch film is going to be wild and silly and fun and gory and exciting and big, and it's going to play to the popcorn side of the basic idea.  And that's awesome.  Plus he's got Peter Dinklage, so he pretty much automatically wins.

Keep that description in mind as you read this review by Dustin Hucks of a film that's been playing the festival circuit for a little while now.  Dustin caught up with it at the Santa Barbara International FIlm Festival, where he's a guest reviewer for HitFix this week, and here are his thoughts on "The Wild Hunt":

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<p>Jim Morrison at the Hollywood Bowl with about a gajillion adoring fans in Tom DiCillo's documentary 'When You're Strange,' playing as part of the Santa Barbara Internation Film Festival</p>

Jim Morrison at the Hollywood Bowl with about a gajillion adoring fans in Tom DiCillo's documentary 'When You're Strange,' playing as part of the Santa Barbara Internation Film Festival

Credit: Tom DiCillo

SBIFF: Tom DiCillo's 'When You're Strange' looks back at The Doors

In which we introduce a guest reviewer for the festival

I couldn't make my schedule work this year for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, but I'd been talking to the team who handles publicity for the festival about attending or covering it in some way, and when I couldn't swing it, an interesting alternative presented itself.

Meet Dustin Hucks.

Dustin's a Santa Barbara local with strong ties to Austin, a city that is obviously very near and dear to my heart.  Last year, he ran from Burbank to Lubbock, TX to raise money for the American Cancer Society, something I'm fairly sure I could never pull off.  So he's got that going for him, and I think you'll agree, he's not the typical online geek by any means.  Most of them couldn't run 500 feet if they were being chased by the undead, myself included.

He's also a screenwriter and a film fan, and since he was already planning to attend the festival, the idea of him sending reviews and interviews to me so I could publish them here at Motion/Captured seemed like a win-win situation.  It's going to give me (and you, as well) a chance to get to know him, and it'll give us a look at the programming at the festival this year, and hopefully some solid interviews as well.

His first review is for Tom DiCillo's documentary about The Doors, which I missed when it played Sundance in 2009.  I grew up on The Doors and went through a prolonged Jim Morrison phase, so I'm curious what new information DiCillo's film might have for a fan like me.  I think I like the Oliver Stone movie more than anyone associated with the band, but more as a fan's idea of what the Doors were like than as a real record of the band.  I always laughed at the way Ray Manzarek described the film to me, and his disappointment with it.  "It's a white powder movie about a psychedelic band."  Perfect.

Dustin... take it away: 

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