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    Video: "The Social Network" As Directed by Wes Anderson, Michael Bay, Guilermo del Toro and Others

    Bring out the usual suspects, as in the only few directors that parodists seem to have a handle on for their film spoofs. And when I say "a handle," I mean they don't actually get them at all. CollegeHumor has a new video meant to show what "The Social Network" would have been like had other well-known filmmakers gotten the gig instead of David Fincher. As we saw earlier this year in a Slate satire presenting the Super Bowl as made by famous directors, Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino are favorite auteurs to try and mimic. Anderson has also been the butt of other similar gags, including one involving Spider-Man, and Michael Bay has always b...

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    Brief Thoughts on "The Next Three Days."

    Paul Haggis is not a man without talent, but he has had an uneasy time figuring out how to apply it. The embarrassing Oscar orgy for "Crash" validated his fundamentally simplistic composition of American racism, making Academy voters' bias toward themes rather than artistry more transparent than ever. His facile dramaturgy struck me as an unintentional farce about the racist in all of us, as if the Zucker brothers tried to spoof "Do the Right Thing" and came up dry. Perhaps in response to such vitriolic responses, Haggis took an overly restrained approach for his directorial follow-up, "In the Valley of Elah," resulting in a lifeless story ma...

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    Park Chan-Wook Could Direct Wentworth Miller's 'Stoker' Starring Carey Mulligan

    Johnny Depp Also Attached?"After India’s father mysteriously dies and her estranged uncle comes to live with her and her mother, people start to go missing in her hometown and India discovers that her uncle may be the cause." This is the logline to "Stoker," the feature-length script debut of actor ...

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    indieWIRE @ Hulu Docs: Environmental Spotlight

    This week, indieWIRE's curation of the Hulu Documentaries page puts the spotlight on a handful of films on the environment, with a special focus on fossil fuels. Coincidentally, this ties in with America Recycles Day, which took place this Monday.

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    Details Emerge On What's Inside Natalie Portman-Scribed Sex Comedy 'BYO'

    Oh, the many faces of Natalie Portman. On the one hand, she recently told David Poland in an interview that she's very careful about the choices she makes onscreen as she doesn't want to end up edited into hand moisturizer fodder on sites like Mr. Skin (or worse). On the other hand, in the recently ...

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    Your Friends and Neighbors: Claire Denis's "White Material"

    Claire Denis’s films usually stray so widely from anything resembling newsworthy topics that her new White Material, an experiential foray into a contemporary African crisis, risks being categorized as merely “topical.” This might not sound so damning a criticism generally, but Denis’s devoted followers tend to most admire the French director’s unassailable focus on corporeality and unerring ambiguity, and perhaps implicitly her ability to remain untethered to the issues of the day. The fact that the subject matter of White Material sounds instantly quotable (hence reducible)—a white plantation owner living in an unnamed African country sudde...

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    Review: 'Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part 1' Is A Satisfying Chapter All Its Own

    And We Can't Wait For Part 2You're just a few minutes into "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1," when it becomes explicitly clear that, no matter how much the other entries in the franchise have flirted with "darkness," this will be a completely different experience. In the scene, Hermione (Emma Watson) is seen at her parents' home. Her parents, as we know, are human (or "Muggles") and therefore not entirely clued in to the apocalyptic doom that's been gathering, like very literal storm clouds, in the magical world. To protect her parents, she waves her wand over them, and she is instantly erased from all of the family photos. She's...

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    Brad Pitt/Chilean Miner Movie Rumors A "Huge Wave Of Nothing”

    Earlier this week reports flew around the web that Brad Pitt's production company Plan B were looking to make a movie about the thirty-three trapped Chilean miners who were eventually freed and became celebrities, at least for a moment.

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    Amazon Moving Into Crowd-Sourced Movie Production

    One of the few outright large-scale success stories of the internet age, along with Facebook, Google and YouPorn, are retail giants Amazon, who've gone from a bookstore to selling... well, just about everything, with a still-intimidating marketshare for literature, both real and e-books. So the next...

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    Swedish Electro Star Fever Ray To Cameo In Catherine Hardwicke's 'Little Red Riding Hood'

    Update: Fever Ray says she will not be appearing in "Red Riding Hood" but that she has penned a new song for the film.

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