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    Pierre Morel, Scott Stewart, Sylvain White Fighting To Direct Dubious Board Game Movie 'Ouija'

    We bow to anyone who can come up with a worse idea for a Hollywood tentpole blockbuster like "Ouija Board: The Movie." Hasbro must be looking for an excuse to get us to kiss their Converse, however, as they are prepared to throw Yankees money at adapting the game into a full length feature, with $80...

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    Bunk From 'The Wire,' Other People We Don't Care As Much About Cast In 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn'

    Edward Cullen, They Gonna Beat On Your White Ass Like It Was A Rented MuleNearly two years on from the end of our beloved "The Wire," actors from the show keep cropping up in odd places. Michael Williams (Omar) in "The Incredible Hulk." Seth Gilliam (Carver) in "Did You Hear About The Morgans?" Sonj...

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    Oscar Contender Lawrence Talks Winter's Bone, X-Men's Mystique, Foster's The Beaver

    As the Winter's Bone DVD and Blu-ray went out this week, rising star Jennifer Lawrence hit Los Angeles to accept a New Hollywood award at the Hollywood Film Fest, on a brief break from her role as Mystique (originated by Rebecca Romijn) in X-Men: First Class.

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    Newcomer Adam Berg Latest Name Linked To Director's Chair Of 'Deadpool'

    Robert Rodriguez Seems To Have Moved OnEver since the summer, it's seemed like Robert Rodriguez was locked in to make what seemed likely to be his first big studio tentpole picture, the Marvel Comics adaptation "Deadpool," which would see Ryan Reynolds again don the mask of the irreverent super-powe...

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    Martin Scorsese On Board 'Goodfellas' Prequel TV Series With Nicholas Pileggi & Warner Bros.

    With the success of his and Terence Winter's HBO series "Boardwalk Empire," Martin Scorsese's venture into cable television definitely looks like it has the potential to expand. There were reports of a planned television series based on the director's 1990 gangster classic "Goodfellas," with the fil...

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    Sound of Music Reunion on Oprah

    True confession: I sang along with The Sound of Music at the Hollywood Bowl a few summers back, with a lot of other happy fans of the 1965 musical, which is still the third most successful movie of all time (after Gone with the Wind and Star Wars). Corrected for inflation in 2005 dollars, according to Blockbusting, the movie's domestic gross (including rereleases) would be $953.9 million (158.9), its cost $49.7 million ($8.0). It took 114 days to make, 25 days over-schedule. Nominated for ten Oscars, it won five, including best picture and actress (Julie Andrews, cast after the director saw advance footage of Mary Poppins) and director (Rober...

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    DOC NYC: 'Lost Bohemia' Is A Failed Attempt At Capturing Artistic History

    Josef Birdman Astor's exposé on Carnegie Hall's artist evictions, "Lost Bohemia," is less successful than his profound middle name suggests. The famous concert hall had studios above it, catered to artists and housed greats such as Marlon Brando and Paddy Chayefsky, much as creator Andrew Carnegie had intended. When Birdman moved in, he felt not only honored to be part of this exclusive clique, he decided to capture the unique living experience by filming all tenants in their respective spaces. It's a portrait of various aging artists, but also a good look at artistic history. For instance, Editta Sherman, a photographer who has taken picture...

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    2010 Fiction Films That Should Inspire Documentary Filmmakers

    2010 has been a very good year for documentaries (maybe the best of all time?). But it's also been a good year for fiction films that documentary fans should find appealing and that documentary filmmakers should find inspiring. I probably am only noticing this trend because I typically like non-fiction more, but lately a number of dramatic films, studio and indie fare alike, have made me think of documentary practices. I'm not even referring to "I'm Still Here," which I still consider a doc in spite of its fictional elements. However, there is something to be said for this being a year in which we've all thought more about the blurred line be...

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    DOC NYC: 'Windfall' Is A Great Exposé On Wind Turbines

    The ultimate failure of politi-docs (those taking aim at political issues and current events) are a) their strict adherence to an audience that already knows everything they're talking about, or (b) that already agrees with their viewpoint from the get-go. The end product and subsequent viewing experience are nothing but a smug-fest, with no minds changed and no one charged to do anything different. The worst thing is, those who could actually learn a thing or two won't see it because of its nasty attitude. This isn't just a "liberal" problem, it happens on both sides of the coin, and rarely do we ever get a movie that offers both sides of an...

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    DOC NYC: 'Tabloid' Finds Errol Morris Back In Exceptional & Weird Territory

    Doc NYC, New York’s Documentary Film Festival, runs November 3-9. We’ve got an early peek at a few films.

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