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Inside the Universal archives: Al Pacino's 'Scarface' costume, and preserving damaged classics -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Universal Pictures’ 100th anniversary is officially on April 30, but when one turns 100, one really ought to get a birthday year, right? In that spirit, as part of celebration lasting throughout 2012, the studio invited EW into its archives for a tour of its film storage and restoration programs.

For a special series of re-mastered Blu-ray editions of the studio’s most iconic films — All Quiet on the Western FrontThe BirdsBuck PrivatesDracula (1931), Dracula Spanish (1931), FrankensteinJawsSchindler’s ListOut of AfricaPillow TalkBride of FrankensteinThe Sting, and To Kill a Mockingbird — the studio has been culling through its vast archives to find the best possible original negatives and prints to be digitally scanned and restored. Color cut negatives are kept in a cold-storage facility at 34 degrees and 25 percent relative humidity, ideal conditions for maintaining celluloid film, but horrible conditions for thin-blooded Angelenos.

Kept at a far more tolerable 45-50 degrees is the 35,000 square foot storage facility that sits just off the Universal backlot. The giant, non-descript block building houses 45 miles of shelving containing over 2 million separate “records” — which, for many films, means stacks of film canisters containing every take of every scene. With a library that vast, it’s no surprise that studio archivists can accidentally happen upon films they had no idea were still around, like the original two-color negative for the 1925 silent film version of Phantom of the Opera.

Once all that material is found, the studio’s digital artists begin using it to restore all the scratches, tears, discolorations, and other assorted damage that can befall physical film, either in collaboration with the original filmmaker or, for the older films, with close study of the filmmaker’s original intent. It is the most complicated, “Photoshop” job imaginable.

Check out my interview with some of the Universal restoration experts below, along with an exclusive look at Al Pacino’s iconic costume for one of the studio’s best loved films: Brian De Palma’s 1983 crime epic Scarface. READ FULL STORY

Inside the Indie Spirit Awards: A brisk-yet-tedious celebration of films we've already been celebrating

With its giant white tent on the sunny Santa Monica, Calif. beach, and the throngs of black-suited, fast-talking Europeans smoking outside, one could easily mistake the Independent Spirit Awards for a Los Angeles annex of the Cannes Film Festival. The event certainly took on an international flavor this year, with The Artist — which premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival — taking home four awards, including Best Feature, Best Male Lead (Jean Dujardin), and Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius). (Check out the full list of winners here.) The bulk of the folks from The Artist only made it to the Indie Spirit tent in time for Hazanavicius’ win, driving directly from the airport after flying in from the César Awards in France. Actress Penelope Ann Miller, who has a small supporting role as the haughty wife of Dujardin’s silent movie star, ended up accepting both her co-star’s award and Guillaume Schiffman’s award for Best Cinematography.

Should The Artist also prevail at the Academy Awards on Sunday evening, as most everyone predicts it will, the silent film will be only the first film since 1986’s Platoon to win the top prize at both the Indie Spirits and the Oscars. READ FULL STORY

'The Amazing Spider-Man': On the scene for the eye-popping nine-minute global sneak peek

One only need to skim the message boards for anything related to this summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man to know what a marketing challenge Sony Pictures has in front of it. For every fanboy or fangirl who is already (mentally) standing in line to see director Marc Webb’s reboot of the masked web slinger, there’s another who is equally incensed by the notion that the world needs another Spidey origin story just 10 years after the last Spidey origin story, and five since the last Spidey film. Sure, awareness of the franchise likely couldn’t be higher, but whether audiences will make this new Spider-Man as big of a blockbuster as the last Spider-Man remains an open question.

So when you’ve got to make a big impression, swing for the fences. Today, at a global event simulcast across three continents, Sony unveiled the new 3-D trailer for the film, as well as a nearly nine-minute long, 2-D sizzle reel that featured an extended look at the electric chemistry between stars Andrew Garfield (as Peter Parker) and Emma Stone (as Gwen Stacy). We also got our first look at the reptilian alter ego of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), i.e. the Lizard. READ FULL STORY

Kristen Wiig and Paul Feig chat 'Bridesmaids' at TimesTalks event

Leave it to the director and star of 2011’s hit Bridesmaids to make a comedic entrance to their panel at the 11th annual New York Times Arts and Leisure Weekend. Paul Feig and Kristen Wiig waltzed in carrying glasses of red wine to their chat with moderator Melena Ryzik. The audience noticed their liquid addition to the chat, and the stars quickly decided that they’d turn their talk into a drinking game. The rules were simple: Drink every time someone says a–hole. (Which really meant one of the stars would just say a–hole any time they wanted to take a drink.) Wiig and Feig both talked about the success of the film, but mum’s the word on that much-talked-about sequel. Here are a few more highlights from the night’s event:


Elizabeth Banks talks 'Hunger Games,' a cappella, and more from the set of 'Pitch Perfect'

If Elizabeth Banks took a day off in the last year, we’re not aware of it. In the past 12 months, she’s wrapped the first installment of The Hunger Games (love the accent, Effie), shot a movie with the blue guy from Avatar (the Sam Worthington-starring Man on a Ledge), and snuck in What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Speaking of which, she also had a baby. Now she’s hiding out in Baton Rouge, where she’s going behind-the-scenes, producing Pitch Perfect*, a big-screen comedy about, of all things, competitive collegiate a cappella groups, along with her husband, producer Max Handelman. The film stars the Oscar-nominated Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson (otherwise known as Kristen Wiig’s bizarre, tattooed roommate in Bridesmaids). A cappella music? Um, yeah. Banks explains.

*Full disclosure, I wrote the book that Pitch Perfect is based on. More embarrassing: I sang in an a cappella group myself at Cornell.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: A movie about collegiate a cappella? Let’s get this out of the way: Is this a Glee knock-off? How will you respond to those comparisons? READ FULL STORY

On the scene at the 'Breaking Dawn' tent city: Jackson Rathbone and the 'Twihusband' -- VIDEO

“I think the middle word sums it up there — love,” Abby McArthur-Jones said as she showed off her homemade Edward-loves-Bella poster. Abby is just one of the hundreds of fans who loves Twilight enough to set up camp for four days at the “tent city” in downtown Los Angeles, but she’s also one of the special few who camped with a dedicated Twi-date. “I’ve been calling myself a Twi-husband,” laughed Henry Jones. “To me it’s so worth it for how much fun she’s had.”

EW was live on the scene from Thursday, Nov. 10 to Monday, Nov. 14 to hear the stories and track the progress of some of the most dedicated fans in pop culture today. Watch as the teen-trio of Britany, Brianne, and Kaitlynn sounds off on tent city hygiene, and hear Megan and Kristen discuss their game-plan for charging security for premiere tickets. Breaking Dawn stars Jackson Rathbone and Casey LaBow were also on hand to give EW their thoughts on the fandemonium. “I actually signed a girl’s forehead earlier,” Rathbone said. “I defaced her face.” Watch the video below! READ FULL STORY

'Twilight': On the scene for the hand-and-foot-print ceremony at the Chinese Theater: 'It's going to look like a yeti,' says Robert Pattinson

So how’s it feel to get your hand and foot prints immortalized forever at the famed Grauman’s Chinese Theater in the heart of Hollywood? “Not only was I wearing shoes too big for me, but I put my hands in the wrong place so I’m going to have the most stupid-looking prints,” Robert Pattinson told EW shortly after the ceremony this morning. “It’s going to look like a yeti.” (Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner pointed out that Pattinson’s feet were askew as well.)  READ FULL STORY

James Cameron presents clips from 'Titanic' in 3-D: Wait, is that water coming into the theater?!


Image Credit: Merie W. Wallace

Are you ready to go back to Titanic -- in three dimensions? A very trim-looking James Cameron and his producing partner Jon Landau presented eight scenes from the newly dimensionalized second-highest-grossing-movie-of-all-time to a gaggle of press and industry types this morning in Los Angeles. The sneak peak was in anticipation of
the re-release of Titanic on April 6, 2012, roughly 15 years after its debut in theaters and almost exactly 100 years after the doomed ship launched on its maiden, and final, voyage. (The ship ultimately sank on April 15, 1912.) "There's a whole generation who haven't seen [Titanic] in theaters at all," Cameron pointed out while extolling the virtues of the theatrical experience. Noting he would have shot the film in 3-D natively if he'd had the chance, Cameron admitted that he's "kind of very much against [3-D]

conversion for films that have a choice.” But after 60 weeks and $18 million, he says he feels confident that Titanic is as close to 3-D perfect as possible. “It’s 2.99-D,” he said with a wry grin. That said, Titanic will also be re-released in regular 2-D theaters, as well as in IMAX (in both 3-D and 2-D), which will enjoy some added picture since Cameron shot the film in “Super 35,” which allows for more image above and below a normal widescreen frame.

But what you really want to know is: How did the film look in 3-D?  READ FULL STORY

'The Avengers': Mark Ruffalo salutes Edward Norton, Tom Hiddleston emerges a rock star, and more at NYCC

Avengers assemble!

And so they did. Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg and Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige took the stage at New York Comic Con’s IGN Theater Saturday night to screen new footage from 2012’s The Avengers and geek out on all things super and heroic.

While the wildly enthusiastic crowd oohed and aahed over a clip of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow recruiting a down-and-out Bruce Banner in an Indian slum (one guy yelled, “I want your baby, Scarlett!”), they were every bit as reactive when it came to the panel itself. Some highlights after the break: READ FULL STORY

'The Avengers': New footage premieres at New York Comic Con

The IGN Theater at New York Comic Con was packed with superhero aficionados psyched to get an early look at The Avengers—easily one of the biggest films of 2012. Along with a panel featuring stars Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, and Tom Hiddleston, fans were treated to a special sneak peek at footage from the film. We can’t show you a clip, lest Marvel send Chris Hemsworth to break our kneecaps with his hammer, but we can tell you about it.

It starts with a little girl in what appears to be India convincing Bruce Banner (Ruffalo) to help treat her ailing father. However, when they show up at the house, the girl sneaks out the window and he quickly realizes he’s been duped. The rest of the scene consisted of a confrontation between Banner and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) as the leather-outfitted S.H.I.E.L.D. operative tries to convince him to come with her without awaking the not-so-jolly green giant. It appears that Nick Fury and Co. are trying to track down the tesseract—that glowy blue cube from Captain America and (briefly) Thor—by its faint gamma radiation signature, and no one knows gamma radiation quite like Dr. Banner. There are a couple of moments where Ruffalo almost loses his cool and we feel like we might see a glimpse of the Hulk, but alas, his id is successfully suppressed.

Unsurprisingly, the Comic Con crowd lurrrved it, particularly any reference to what Banner calls “the other guy.” Producer and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, on the panel, hinted at the possibility of a sequel, as well as followed up on the idea of a film based on the Marvel property Guardians of the Galaxy. Also of note: The women in the room went positively bananas for Hiddleston, who reprises his role as the villainous trickster Loki in The Avengers, proving that girls do like bad boys.

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