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    5 Not-So-Thinly Veiled Remakes

    Based on the trailer alone, the new road trip comedy "Due Date" has enough similarities to John Hughes' sentimental 1987 hit "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" to have had the majority of the blogosphere immediately calling out its apparent unoriginality. Some critics also mentioned the rehash of certain elements from director Todd Phillips' prior release, "The Hangover," but it's the classic Steve Martin and John Candy team-up that comes to mind most with this pairing of Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis as an odd couple forced to travel cross-country together, the fat guy annoying the skinny guy every step of the way. This time around, th...

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    Mike White Lead Contender For 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'? Matt Reeves Out Of Contention?

    Ever since David O. Russell left the director's chair on the Natalie Portman-produced "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," a number of names have been linked as contenders to helm the film including Mike Newell ("Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time”), Neil Marshall ("Centurion”), David Slade ("The Tw...

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    "Guy and Madeline" First Time Helmer Takes Gamble with Gritty Musical

    This interview with first-time director Damien Chazelle was originally published during indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. His debut "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench" opens in New York this Friday, November 5.

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    After Dark, My Sweet: Pedro Costa's "Ne change rien"

    No mere documentary, Portuguese director Pedro Costa’s enthralling Ne change rien is a cinematic offering laid at the feet of its bewitching singer-star, Jeanne Balibar. She’s glimpsed at music rehearsals, live club performances, and in studio sessions, meticulously honing vocal phrases and adjusting tempo with exactly the same attention to precision that Costa brings to his own rigorously arranged compositions. The lithe, luminous actress has a robust career in France, where she’s appeared in films by Jacques Rivette (Va savoir) and Arnaud Desplechin (My Sex Life... ) as well as numerous theater productions. She also moonlights as a chanteus...

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    Weather Report: Girls in Minis

    It seems inevitable. Taiwanese animators NMA have launched a new animated news video, a daily weather report, right out of Paddy Chayefsky's Network. Wave of the future? News weather men, watch your back.

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    CPH:DOX: make it make it, don't fake it

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    Tom Hardy Offered Vampire Role In 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

    If being offered the lead role in "Snow White And The Huntsman" didn't tip you off, Tom Hardy is one of the hottest talents in Hollywood right now. His turn in "Inception" made it known to a wider audience what those who saw "Bronson" already knew; the actor is the real deal and has the charisma and...

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    G4TV for Burns

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    Weir's The Way Back Kicks Off Museum of Tolerance Film Fest

    Peter Weir's The Way Back will kick off Los Angeles' Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival (MOTIFF) on November 13, which runs six days and screens twenty-two films seeking to highlight human rights issues past and present. Clint Eastwood will be honored with the festival's first "Toleranc...

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    DOC NYC Preview and Picks

    Beginning tonight, I will be spending my nights and weekend at the new DOC NYC festival of documentary storytelling through Tuesday, November 9th. I've been invited to be a juror of the event's Viewfinders competition of international entries, which means I will be plenty busy with that program's titles. However, I'm also looking forward to a repeat viewing of Werner Herzog's 3-D doc "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," which I think is amazing on so many levels, as well as hopefully catching a few early screenings of Kevin Brownlow's film history docs and late night screenings of classic concert films. I've written up a preview and selected some pers...

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