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    Arnold Schwarzenegger To Become 'Captive'

    The end of a political career and an illustrious marriage means that, age be damned, Arnold Schwarzenegger is jumping back into action movies. With roles in "The Expendables 2" and "The Last Stand," Arnie's loudly announced he's not done, and it looks like that will continue with "Captive." Arnie pl...

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    Toronto Film Festival - Day 2

    The thing that I've gotten from this festival so far is that this is a festival really about buying and selling. The cool thing for me is to look at all the great European films for sale and try and find a gem to see that might never make it to the US. I'm trying to find some cool under the radar...

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    Because There Aren't Enough Fairy Tale Movies: Universal Hires Writer For A New 'Cinderella'

    Anne Peacock has been hired by Universal to write a new take on the "Cinderella" story. Again. We would say that fairy tales are the new superheroes, but it's not like studios are threatening competing "Iron Man" movies. Yep, Snow White has company, as if it wasn't enough that Relativity's "Snow Whi...

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    Urbanworld 2011 - "Make A Movie Like Spike" (Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear)

    Screening at the upcoming Urbanworld Film Festival September 14-18... The film is called Make A Movie Like Spike; it stars Malcolm Goodwin and Jamil Smith, and is directed by J. Smith.

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    'Static Shock' Returns & 'Batwing' Takes Flight in New Solo Books

    The new adventures of the late Dwayne McDuffie’s co-creation teen hero Static and the brand new action of Batman’s protégé Batwing were released earlier this week in their own comic books, and I’m happy to say that they’re actually pretty good.

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    TIFF '11 Review: 'Killer Elite' Offers Some Cheap Thrills But Not Much Else

    "Killer Elite," the new Jason Statham/Clive Owen/Robert De Niro testosterone tsunami, claims to have been inspired by a true story, and goes about setting the action in the early 1980s as a way of justifying its supposed historical validity. The problem, of course, is that the movie is so silly, so ...

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    'Heroes Of Nanking' With Christian Bale Now Titled 'The Flowers Of War'

    Today, the Toronto International Film Festival was host to twenty minutes of "The Flowers Of War," the new film from Zhang Yimou seeking a distributor. If you're confused, thinking that the world was finally going to get a look at "Heroes Of Nanking," don't worry, it's the same movie, with Christian Bale as an American priest who helps a number of local women take shelter during the Nanking Massacre of 1937. The synopsis also suggests they "fight back," though the original title is much more aggressive than the new, more graceful one. Both are a bit too melodramatic for our taste, and we suspect to most this will be "that Chinese movie with B...

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    In Theaters: 'Contagion' and 'Warrior' Take the Gloves Off

    Finally, FINALLY the Tom Hardy/Joel Edgerton MMA movie will come out to play at the box office, climbing into the ring with Stephen Soderbergh's hand sanitizer ad virus thriller "Contagion" aka "Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2." We'll see how the boxing brothers flick performs after their sneak pee...

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    Oscar Talk Post-Telluride, Pre-Toronto: Descendants, Shame, Dangerous Method, Albert Nobbs

    In Contention's Kris Tapley and I hit a timing snag on Oscar Talk this week, with him three hours behind in Los Angeles and me traveling to the Toronto Fest. We grabbed a shortish Oscar Talk nonetheless, and a cantankerous one, as we disagree on everything, it seems, except the exciting prospect of ...

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    Harold And Kumar Earn Character Banners For 'A Very Harold And Kumar 3D Christmas'

    Ah, character banners. One of the weirder ways of building anticipation for movies, ignoring that a lot of them are faceless brands where most of the characters are interchangeable. Sometimes, you get stuff like "Harry Potter," where even non-fans are aware that Professor Snape is a supporting wizard character with bad hair. Most of the time, it's a supporting player from something like "Jonah Hex" or "Brick," where even the people who saw those movies are wondering, "Wait, which one is the guy with the hat? Weren't there a couple of hat people? And this woman with the cigarette, which one is she? Okay, that one guy wasn't even in this movie....

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