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    'Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie' Pulls Together An All-Star Cast

    Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Robert Loggia, Jeff Goldblum, Will Forte & William Atherton Will All FeatureTo go over the multiple six degrees of comedy connections between Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim would take us all night but here's the short version: these are two funny dudes whose success and cult status of their recently ended "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" sketch comedy show on Adult Swim brought them to the attention of comedy's biggest stars and made them a team clearly headed onto bigger and better things. Word around their feature debut has been bubbling for the past few weeks, but it looks like thing...

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    Angelina Jolie in Afghanistan

    Bravo for her to keep raising awareness about the plight of refugees. It's heartening that not everyone in the world knows who she is and that she could care less. At the end of the piece the little girls ask where she comes from and she says I come from America, from California.

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    Jennifer Lawrence Frontrunner For 'Hunger Games'? Hailee Steinfeld & Abigail Breslin Also In The Mix

    We're getting older, and we're no longer afraid to admit that. However, it does come with certain disadvantages. Our ears have aged to that point that we're now unable to hear Justin Bieber's voice, for instance. We were offered a role in a Neal Moritz-produced remake of "Cocoon" the other day. And,...

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    Do 'The Hobbit' Films Now Have Two (Totally Boring) Titles?

    After suffering bankruptcy, a director exiting the film due to production delays and a sidelining ulcer, Peter Jackson's long gestating "The Hobbit" films are set to begin this month and we're only at the tip of the iceberg of rumors and news that will continue to trickle out in the coming months. M...

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    "It's Too Much Madness To Explain In One Text"; First Trailer For 'Attack The Block' Rocks

    Plus Watch Two Clips From The FilmAlien invasion is very much in vogue at present, with "Battle: Los Angeles" imminently following on the footsteps of "Skyline," and "Cowboys and Aliens" and "The Darkest Hour" on their way later in the year, among others. But there's one film we've been looking forw...

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    Alcon Entertainment Secures Rights To 'Blade Runner' Prequels & Sequels

    What's that? You have an iconic piece of cinema? But what? It's only a stand-alone piece of film, but it's so cherished you could milk it for a zillion more dollars because it's so well respected and beloved and you haven't done that yet? Cha-ching! Sorry, people this is how it now works. Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" has just too much damn brand equity to simply squander in the pantheon of words and sentiments that say, "lord, that's such a classic movie." Modern business thinking demands that you quantify brand equity into some kind of capital and thus more "Blade Runner" films await us even though most of us are thinking we should all just...

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    Father of the Bride

    One of the most difficult things to pull off in a movie is having a character talk directly to the audience, looking into the camera lens as they do. The suspension of disbelief for the rest of the film is heavily imperiled by so blatantly breaking the fourth wall and including us, the usually unacknowledged watchers. Whereas the device has widespread and easy currency in the theatre—-from the Greek’s Chorus to the Elizabethan’s, from Feydeau’s farcical asides to Thornton Wilder’s Stage Manager in Our Town—-the movies being a far more realistic medium, I can only think of four instances when this has worked with complete success: In the ve...

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    Jessica Alba Is Basically 'A Beautiful Mind' In 'An Invisible Sign' Picked Up By IFC

    Ok, so even though she was awarded a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress, we'll give Jessica Alba some credit here. While the quality control was off, we can't think of any other actress last year whose resume was as varied as Alba's that had "Valentine's Day," "The Killer Inside Me," "Machete" and ...

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    Oscar-Winner Portman "Proud to be Jewish," Speaks Against Galliano's Rant, Gitai's Free Zone Screens

    Natalie Portman may start wearing and selling another perfume. She's standing up for Israel and Judaism as a proud Jewish woman who debuted as Anne Frank on Broadway in 1997. Oscar-winning Portman has cut her ties to Dior's now-fired chief designer John Galliano after his anti-Semitic rant (he'll ha...

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    Review: 'Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives' Is A Very Difficult, But Deeply Rewarding Film

    The following is a reprint of our review from the Cannes Film Festival.

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