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    Watch: Alternate Opening To 'The Avengers' Is A Bit Of A Downer

    The summer movie season is basically over, but if you still need a shot of superhero adrenaline, Marvel has got you covered, as they drop their record-breaking "The Avengers" on home video next month with a boatload of extras. And that material continues to make its way online and after a ...

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    Master Auteur Wong Kar Wai to Head Berlin 2013 Jury

    As we head into fall festivals full tilt, some exciting news from one of the world's top winter fests: Director Wong Kar Wai will head the jury of the Berlin International Film Festival 2013 (running February 7-17).

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    Venice Days' Spotlight on Female Filmmakers: 'Womens Tales' in Conversation with Nair, Bier & Cavani

    The Venice International Film Festival's Venice Days kicks off its ninth edition with "Women's Tales," featuring four short films by young female directors: Zoe Cassavetes, Lucrecia Martel, Giada Colagrande and Massy Tadjedin.

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    Casting Watch: Portman's 'Got a Gun' for Fassbender, Farmiga's 'Psycho' Prequel at A&E, Nielson & Bell Join Trier's Nymphos

    While it would seem impossible for the actor to physically accomplish all the roles on his slate, Michael Fassbender is in negotiations to join Natalie Portman in Lynne Ramsay's "Jane Got a Gun." Portman is producing the western and will star as a woman whose outlaw husband is being chased by crimin...

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    Watch: Vacation Is Murder In Trailer For 'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers'

    One of the more distinct voices in genre filmmaking emerging out of the U.K. is Ben Wheatley. The director first made ripples with "Down Terrace," but caused a major sensation last year with his stomach-churning "Kill List." So what did he do for an encore? He headed to Cannes this past spring to un...

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    Watch Web Series - 'in(HER)view: a conversation with Black women'

    in(HER)view: a conversation with Black women is described as an 8-part bi-weekly series that asks 5 black women the same 8 questions about their lived experiences - from what they love about being black women, to the challenges they face.

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    Fall Movie Preview: The 30 Indies You Must See

    The final months of 2012's specialty release schedule should easily fulfill the needs of any film lover. There are works from auteurs both international and domestic, a considerable documentary presence, many biopics and the annual plethora of Oscar bait.

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    The Decline of Western Civilzation: The Party Years

    Something about "Project X" made me feel deeply, deeply sad.

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    Sam Shepard To Head The Weston Clan In 'August: Osage County' & Jennifer Jason Leigh Wants 'The Spectacular Now'

    There's quite a cast building for the upcoming adaptation of "Bug" and "Killer Joe" scribe Tracy Lett's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play, "August: Osage County." Of course, there's the powerhouse teaming of Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, but on top of that, names like Benedict Cumberbatch, Chr...

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    A Fat Kid Gets Raised By Whales & Becomes An Olympic Swimmer In Jon Turteltaub's Ridiculous 'Beached'

    The city of London recently learned that Olympics fever is extremely infectious. Evidently said fever has managed to spread outside the U.K. and has made its way to Los Angeles, where it has found director John Turteltaub (“National Treasure”). He’s signed on to direct “Beached,” the story of a chub...

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