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    A Few Great Pumpkins V—Fourth Night: The Thing

    by Julien Allen

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    We Are Stardust: Patricio Guzmán's "Nostalgia for the Light"

    Patricio Guzmán’s epochal multipart 1978 documentary The Battle of Chile concludes with a slow zoom out on a barren desert plain. The image is despairing but not entirely bereft: the U.S.-backed coup d’etat against Chile’s democratically elected Marxist president Salvador Allende has already taken place, and General Augusto Pinochet, the ultimately genocidal dictator, has assumed the throne, but the miners and other various workers interviewed and followed by Guzmán in this third part of the film remain hopeful of the future. They will reassemble, they vow, and their somewhat defeated promises for the regrowth of the Chilean Communist Party e...

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    Joe Dante, Xavier Gens, Vincenzo Natali & More Sign On For Horror Antholoy 'Paris, I'll Kill You'

    Well here's a sort of clever idea that will probably still end up being terrible. A bevy of horror directors, including Joe Dante ("Germlins"), Paco Plaza ("[REC]") Vincenzo Natali ("Splice"), Xavier Gens ("Hitman"), Ryuhei Kitamura ("The Midnight Meat Train"), Brit director Christopher Smith ("Cree...

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    Mom & Dad Rejoice: Keith Richards Won't Be Cut From 'Pirates Of The Caribbean 4'

    Studio Eventually Clues Into Fact That You Don't Need New Book To Learn That Richards Was A Willful Drug AbuserA minor brouhaha arose a couple of days ago when it was suggested that aging, still-alive rocker Keith Richards might be getting snipped from the forthcoming "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On S...

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    Oscar Watch: Animation Deadline Nears, Three or Five?

    It's coming down to the wire. Will the animation category be three or five? It all depends on whether the final animated features submitted by the November 1 deadline are eligible--and add up to sixteen, which means there will be five nominations, or less, which yields three. Did the films premiere ...

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    CMJ '10 Review: 'Circus Maximus' With Mario Cantone & Kevin Corrigan Is One Big Mess

    "Circus Maximus" is being touted as disturbingly amusing, but only one of those words suit this film and it isn't the later. The comedy sets out to tell the tale of screenwriter Cal Neros (Julian McCullough), who after receiving indie awards and accolades for his first film is struck with a crippling writers block for his next project and has yet to turn in a finished draft even though cashed and spent his million dollar advance months ago. Neros is a typical alpha male caricature of a New Yorker that seems fairly disconnected from the kind of guy who would receive accolades from a male-bonding indie film - think like a B-list version of Ed B...

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    Mike Tyson Returns For 'Hangover 2,' Juliette Lewis Reprises Role From 'Old School' In 'Due Date'

    Liam Neeson Scene Will Have "Gravity"; Phillips Still Working On John Belushi Biopic With Zach Galifianakis In Mind"The Hangover 2" quickly went from highly anticipated sequel shooting somewhat under the radar to a picture that now has a neverending stream of news coming out about the film. You would think Edward and Bella were in this thing, but we suppose that's what happens when you attempt to cast Mel Gibson in an ill-advised cameo. Combine that with press rounds for "Due Date" happening shortly after all of this broke and you have the perfect storm, so consider this a wrap up of the news of all things Todd Phillips-related in the past 48...

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    A Title Comebacks Are Made Of

    Tom Cruise has announced that the new "Mission: Impossible" film will be called "Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol". That's right, because all Tom Cruise's career needs to bounce back is a few more colons.

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    "Rabbit Hole" Gets a Poster

    And it's very pretty:

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    Judd Apatow's Next Comedy Directorial Effort Slotted For June 1, 2012

    Comedy Is Untitled, Details Remain Under Wraps For NowYou could say Judd Apatow is slipping in his mainstream appeal. 2009's "Funny People" grossed $71 million worldwide, while 2008's "Knocked Up" cumed $219 million globally and 2005's "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" totaled $177 million the world round. ...

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