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    Steven Spielberg Blames George Lucas For How Dumb 'Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull' Was

    But Takes Full Credit For Nuking The FridgeWhile the film has its delusional defenders, most rational people can agree that "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" was pretty bad. A stain on an otherwise solid trilogy -- yes, even the uneven 'Temple of Doom' -- taking the pulpy good times of the previous three films into outrageous sci-fi territory, the result was a movie that even managed to make Cate Blanchett look ridiculous. And while Shia LaBeouf got pilloried for trashing the movie -- Harrison Ford recently called him "a fucking idiot" for his comments -- it looks like Steven Spielberg is finally ready to own up that the mo...

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    Another Gorgeous Poster For Lynne Ramsay's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'

    Picture Wins Best Film At The London Film FestivalSitting alongside "Shame," Lynne Ramsay's triumphant return to filmmaking "We Need To Talk About Kevin" ranks as one of the most difficult Oscar contenders this year. But don't let that stop you from seeing the film. Led by (yet another) powerful tur...

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    Hayley Atwell, Diane Kruger & Kate Beckinsale Contend For 2nd Female Lead In Tom Cruise's 'Oblivion'

    It seems that Tom Cruise can't stop making movies right now. He's got "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" and "Rock of Ages" in the bag, he's currently shooting "One Shot," and after that the suddenly busy actor will roll right into the "Tron: Legacy" director Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion." The mo...

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    Revisionist Cinema Narratives Based On Black Literary Characters (Survey)

    Thinking further about Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and Inglorious Basterds... also, with Halloween just around the corner... I’d like to see some famous black literary characters given similar revisionist film narratives, or fantastical mash-ups like Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln, Va...

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    "Pearl Jam Twenty" is an Engaging Music Doc That Has Appropriate Trouble Finding Its True Identity

    Before seeing Cameron Crowe's "Pearl Jam Twenty," I was all set on naming "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest" the best music documentary of 2011. But how do I weigh these two films against each other? My first thought for comparison has to do with something I read (and of course can no longer locate) of "Beats" director Michael Rapaport saying that he made the film about ATCQ, not for them. Sure he loves that group and didn't want to (nor did he) produce a negative portrait of them, but it features enough objective balance (including some unfavorable elements) to have brought it a controversial (initial) lack of suppor...

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    Chris Brown, Laz Alonso To Star In Breakdancing Film "Planet B-Boy"

    Chris Brown, Laz Alonso, Josh Holloway and Caity Lotz will headline Screen Gems' dance film Planet B Boy, to be directed by Benson Lee.

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    SXSW Unveils First Round of Session Spotlights for 2012 Festival

    Five months out from the fest, the SXSW Film Conference and Festival unveiled the first round of confirmed sessions for the March conference portion of the event. Highlighted conversations include a talk with Cliff Martinez, the composer of "Drive"'s score and a return of Jeffrey Tambor's Acting Wor...

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    SXSW 2012 Announces First Round of Panels; Drive Composer Cliff Martinez, Tambor's Acting Workshop

    The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival announces the first of its 2012 panels. The festival, in its 19th year, will be held March 9-17, 2012, in Austin, Texas. Among other highlights of SXSW including Jeffrey Tambor's returning Acting Workshop, the fest will feature the requisite DIY fi...

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    Tobey Maguire & Joel Edgerton Do Some Old Timey Boxing In Set Pics From 'The Great Gatsby'

    While there has only been one "official" photo thus far from Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," the paparazzi are in full effect on the set of the film that is now shooting in Sydney and they've brought back some interesting goods: old timey boxing!

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    Shame Embraces NC-17 Rating; Will Oscar Voters Punish Fassbender?

    There is no shame in earning an NC-17 rating. Filmmaker Steve McQueen, when he made his deal for MPAA-signatory Fox Searchlight to release Shame (December 2), made it clear that he embraced the rating, which the ratings board officially gave the film this week. This is no surprise. Besides, Searchli...

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