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    Mandate Buys Diablo Cody Script Lamb of God for Her to Direct

    We need all the good women directors we can get. Oscar original screenplay winner Diablo Cody is jumping into directing via old partners Mandate Pictures and producer Mason Novick, who backed Juno ($227 million worldwide) and the upcoming Paramount film Young Adult. Comedy Lamb of God tracks a conse...

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    Diablo Cody Will Make Her Directorial Debut With Religious Comedy, 'Lamb Of God'

    She must have been playing her cards close to the chest. Just a week after teasing her filmmaking ambitions, screenwriter Diablo Cody ("Juno," "Jennifer's Body") has unveiled what will become her debut directorial effort. A self-penned comedy called, "Lamb Of God," the picture will follow a young co...

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    The 400 Blows

    One could date the start of the American independent film movement with the release in France in 1959 of a picture that heralded the beginning of the French New Wave: François Truffaut’s first feature--made when he was 27--and one of the classics of humanist cinema, THE 400 BLOWS (available on DVD). The original French title is Les Quatre Cents Coups, which literally translated means “the 400 dirty tricks,” but is understood idiomatically as “raising hell,” which is quite a different thought than the English understanding of it as being “the 400 blows one endures in life.” Either meaning can represent the film, since the leading character b...

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    Catherine Hardwicke To Direct Noomi Rapace In Swedish Boxing Biopic Opposite Ex-Husband

    It was just a couple of weeks ago when director Catherine Hardwicke hinted at her next movie saying, “I have another project that looks like it’s going to go first. It’s in Sweden and Germany, and it’s really wild. I can’t quite talk about it, but we’ll probably do the announcement in a couple of we...

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    "Sorry Dude...I Just Don't Get It" Film List (Survey)

    Every now and then you get films that gain a lot of hype--either from fans or critics--and, quite frankly, YOU JUST DON'T GET IT! Well today is your day. You get to name all those flicks and explain why. We did this list last year and I thought this would be the perfect time to bring it back sin...

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    If There Were Oscars For The First Half of The Year...

    Here's a fun little fantasy game (at least if you're an Oscar geek): Predicting the non-existent mid-year Oscars, which would only nominate films that were released through June 30th (note: these are not personal preferences, but only what I'd imagine Oscar would pick if this somehow magically exist...

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  • Spout
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    5 Reasons Tom Hanks Should Be in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Instead of "Larry Crowne"

    Watching the trailer for "Larry Crowne," the new film directed by Tom Hanks and starring he and Julia Roberts, you get the idea that there's something we're not seeing. The marketing must simply be selling this thing to as broad an audience as possible and avoiding the substance, right? Well, the reviews are coming in (Dan will share some thoughts later in the week) and it's apparently actually as insignificant as it looks. What could have been Hanks' motivation other than owing a favor to co-screenwriter Nia Vardalos, who surely made him a ton of money with her surprise hit "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"? Okay, that might be good enough reason, ...

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    Don't Worry America, Roland Emmerich Is Going To Blow Stuff Up Again With 'Singularity'

    Will Hit Theaters On May 17, 2013Roland Emmerich and Shakespeare? That's the question that nearly brought a nation to its knees when it was announced that Emmerich was temporarily putting his pyro gear aside (sort of) and focusing on the conspiracy theory that the Bard didn't really write all those ...

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    Trailer Watch: Steven Spielberg's War Horse Looks Like Oscar Bait

    It's going to be Spielberg vs. Spielberg at the Oscars this year. That is, assuming that both his December openers, wide-release The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and platformed drama War Horse, wind up inside the Oscar wheelhouse. The most popular filmmaker of our time, Spielberg ...

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    Robert Pattinson Gets A Pie In The Face & His Limo Gets Trashed In New 'Cosmopolis' Pics

    Generally, we don't do the set photo thing, but this is of Robert Pattinson getting a pie in the face so exceptions must be made. Especially when Robert Pattinson News has dug up the video.

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