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    Venice '11 Review: Madonna's 'W.E.' Is A Royal Disaster

    Just as news of an actor excitedly announcing that they've got a definitely-not-a-vanity-project album on the way is generally greeted with a reaction somewhere between mockery and outright terror, news of a musician moving into the movies is rarely a good thing. But all in all, pop megastar Madonna...

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    Rapper K'naan To Co-Star In Belgian-Congo-Set Period Love Story "The Catastrophist"

    On the heels of my Machine Gun Preacher post comes news that Somali/Canadian rapper K'naan will make his big screen acting debut, alongside Steve Coogan and Stephen Dorff, in an adaptation of a Belgian Congo-set romance novel titled The Catastrophist, written by Ronan Bennett.

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    Werner Herzog's "Abyss" Nabbed by Sundance Selects Ahead of Toronto Premiere

    Ahead of its Toronto International Film Festival debut next week, Sundance Selects has picked up North American rights to Werner Herzog's film, "Into the Abyss." Selects, a sister division of IFC Films and IFC Midnight, released Herzog's most recent box office hit, "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," which ...

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    'The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)’ Gets October 7 Release Date

    Few people have bothered going back and checking out director Tom Six’s back catalogue since “The Human Centipede (First Sequence)” became a minor cultural and cinematic phenomenon, and this writer is not among them. So perhaps “Gay in Amsterdam” is a masterpiece, but it’s doubtful the director will ever be remembered as anything other than the guy who made those forcible ass-to-mouth horror movies. If you’ve been holding out for the sequel “The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)” (and frankly why aren’t you watching "Tucker & Dale vs Evil" or waiting for Ti West’s “The Innkeepers” or something that seems half-way interesting?) it's time to p...

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    Lower Budget Turned In For 'The Lone Ranger'; Johnny Depp Sticking By Gore Verbinski

    Ah, the saga of "The Lone Ranger" continues to ride on and in case you've been away here's the short version. Seeing "Cowboys & Aliens" tank, contrasted with the extraordinary $250-75 million budget that was in play for "The Lone Ranger," Disney panicked and yanked the cord on the film, sending the ...

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    First Look Footage At Andrea Arnold's "Wuthering Heights" Adaptation w/ 1st Black Heathcliff

    It's about to make its world premiere at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, next week - Andrea Arnold's adaptation of Emily Brontë's classic and only novel, Wuthering Heights, which features the first black Heathcliff in the many times the literary work has been adapted for both the big and small scree...

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    Watch 2 Clips From "Machine Gun Preacher" As Gerard Learns That Death Comes At Night In Africa

    The more I see of this flick, the more convinced I am that I likely won't see it... at least I won't pay to see it.

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    Summer 2011 Wrap: Box Office Heads Toward Record $4.5 Billion

    While 2011's box office is still lagging last year's tally, the summer scored record totals thanks to a raft of sequels, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:Even though Hurricane Irene shuttered theater wickets last weekend, the sun never set at the summer’s domestic box office, which is clicking toward an...

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    First Look At Kenneth Branagh As Laurence Olivier In 'My Week With Marilyn'

    From directing "Thor," to starring, adapting and helming various Shakespeare works to playing troubled cop Kurt Wallander, Kenneth Branagh has pretty much done it all, but surely even he must have been slightly intimidated stepping into the shoes of the legendary Laurence Olivier in the upcoming "My...

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