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    What's Your Favorite Civil War Movie?

    150 years ago today, the American Civil War began with the Confederate Army's bombardment of Fort Sumter. Turner Classic Movies has already begun celebrating the anniversary with films set during the war aired on Monday and Wednesdays all month (the controversial "Birth of a Nation" was on last nigh...

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    Bradley Cooper To Play 'The Crow'?

    You sure know how to fuck with us Hollywood. Just a few days after “28 Weeks Later” helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo came aboard to direct the long in the works reboot or whatever of "The Crow" -- that looks like it will be dropping the Nick Cave script (what the hell) -- an actor is now ready to get ...

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    Universal Looking To Pick Up Joseph Kosinski's PG-13 'Oblivion' & Want Tom Cruise To Star

    Oh irony of ironies. Just over a month after Universal officially killed Guillermo Del Toro's $150 million, R-rated "At The Mountains Of Madness," it looks like the studio has not only found a cheaper, PG-13 replacement tentpole, they want Tom Cruise to star in it too.

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    2011 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund Goes to Six Projects

    The Tribeca Film Institute and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced six recipients of the 2011 TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, which totals $140,000. Each project dramatizes themes of science and technology, and in addition to the financial grants they will receive creative support from both science and f...

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    Would You Really Want James Cameron and Peter Jackson Focusing on Writing Over Effects?

    Having been sufficiently entertained by "Avatar" and "TRON: Legacy," I'm growing out of the need to take issue with movies that put technical spectacle above screenwriting craft. Would I like to see James Cameron do a low-budget film with brilliant dialogue? If I had to choose that over the "Avatar" sequels, no. Seriously. Plenty of people are making well-written films, but very few make movies as impressive, effects-wise, as Cameron. So I'd prefer he do what he does best. And it's not like he's a terrible director that can't hold it together with otherwise great visuals (such as Lucas and many, many others). Honestly, if you disregard much o...

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    Joaquin Phoenix In Talks To Join Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology Film

    With newbie arthouse loving and totally loaded financier Megan Ellison giving fresh legs to Paul Thomas Anderson's long gestating Scientology flick back in February, and after Universal balked and dropped the $35 million drama, it looks like it's now sputtering back to life, hoping to get a cast ass...

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    Sean Penn Eyeing 'The Last Photograph' With Christian Bale, Niels Arden Oplev To Direct

    Penn Turned Down Roles In Both 'Tales From The Gangster Squad' & 'Man Of Steel'Here's a film we haven't heard about in a little. "The Last Photograph" cropped up last summer with Christian Bale attached to star and now there is new movement on the project.

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    Tom Hanks To Star in Tykwer and Wachowskis' Cloud Atlas, Selling at Cannes

    David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas is the kind of book that presents a challenge to turn into a movie. But Tom Hanks wants to star in the sprawling multi-layered narrative, which will be adapted by German director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) and The Matrix filmmakers Andy and Lana Wachowski, who will co-wri...

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    Daniel Sunjata, Diego Klattenhoff & Burn Gorman Join 'The Dark Knight Rises'

    Who, who and who? Yeah, ordinarily we probably wouldn't give this kind of minor casting much notice but when it comes to "The Dark Knight Rises" we'll take whatever we can get since Christopher Nolan and co. will be keeping details on a short leash.

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    Headline In Search of a Story: Franco's Oscar Night Did Not Hurt Your Highness Box Office

    Some online headline-mongering makes me crazy. Basically, the idea is to take a celebrity name and fashion a question around it. In this case, did James Franco's lousy Oscar hosting lead to last weekend's weak opening of Your Highness?

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