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    Yes, The World Needs A 'Captain Planet' Movie Starring Don Cheadle & It HAS To Be Just Like This

    Last month it was announced that "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and "Real Steel" producers Don Murphy and Susan Montford had inked a contract with Cartoon Network to develop a live action movie of the animated cartoon, "Captain Planet." Now, if you ever happened to be babysitting a four- to eight-year-old during its early '90s run, you're aware that "Captain Planet" was irony-free and/or perhaps earnest in a way that no longer exists in children's cartoons. Even in the early '90s before slacker culture had set in, "Captain Planet" was the fey, milquetoast hero of children's cartoons especially in comparison to the reference-heavy and very s...

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    Venice: Ides of March Review Round-Up: "Morality Tale, Ho-hum Insights, Finely Judged"

    So far Venice opener The Ides of March, George Clooney's presidential campaign drama starring Clooney as the candidate and Ryan Gosling as his whippersnapper campaign press secretary, is scoring a favorable 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. Although there's no consensus yet, it seems that Ides is in the runni...

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    Watch: Tom Hardy Goes All Bane On Some Guy In Clip From 'Warrior'

    With summer behind us and Oscar buzz in full swing, there is one film that could potentially get itself into the ring, Gavin O'Connor's "Warrior." As we noted in our review from Empire Big Screen, conceptually, the movie brings nothing new to the table. This writer recently caught the film as well, and it's essentially two "Rocky" movies rolled into one. However, it is an enormously affecting, truly rousing crowd-pleaser, that if given the right push by Lionsgate could sneak in as a much higher quality "The Blind Side" sort of candidate. It's a longshot, but we will say this -- we seriously hope at the very least the studio gets behind Nick N...

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    Jaleel White Makes Guest Appearance On Medical Drama "House"

    Jaleel White, probably best known for his role as "Urkel" on the hit show Family Matters, will make a guest appearance on this year's premiere episode of House.

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    Phase 4 and Submarine Go for James Westby's Dark Comedy "Rid of Me"

    Phase 4 Films has acquired North American rights to James Westby's black comedy "Rid of Me." In partnership with Submarine, the company plans to give the film an initial limited theatrical release this fall, followed by a national rollout.

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    Oscilloscope Pulls A Criterion, Pick Up Rights To Nicholas Ray's Final Film 'We Can't Go Home Again'

    Also Release New Documentary Don't Expect Too Much'We gotta hand it to Oscilloscope Laboratories. Founded by Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, it could so easily have become a vanity DVD label without much influence or clout, but it has quickly risen to be strong independent player both theatrically a...

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    Review: 'Detective Dee' Underwhelms As A Boilerplate Wuxia/Noir Mix

    The press notes for “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame" refer to the prolific director Tsui Hark as a “genre master”. Complimentary at first glance, the phrase takes on shades of damning praise when it comes to 'Detective Dee,' an overstuffed period mystery with all the trappings of a wuxia epic. Wuxia, originally a literary tradition that came to silver screen prominence in the early 20th century, blossomed in the 80s and 90s, with celebrated directors like Zhang Yimou delivering films that captivated a world audience. It’s fair to say Ang Lee is responsible for awakening mainstream American interest in the genre with 2000’s...

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    Don Cheadle Is Captain Planet (Diversions)

    Funny or die?

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    The Debt—movie review

    Sometimes a film seems to have everything going for it and still comes up short; such is the case with The Debt. Its credentials are impeccable: a fine cast headed by Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, and Jessica Chastain, just for starters, directed by John Madden, and written by three talente...

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