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    Several New Photos From J-Hud's "Winnie" & Andrea Arnold's "Wuthering Heights"

    With today's announcement that both films will screen in the Gala section of next month's Toronto International Film Festival, come some media from both camps in the form of still photos, all of which I embedded below.

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    Steve McQueen Teams With Chiwetel Ejiofor For 'Twelve Years A Slave'; Brad Pitt Producing

    There are a good handful of actors and producers around town whose name can "get things made," but there are only a select few who decide to back projects that ordinarily would be perceived as "risky" or as an unwise business investment. Brad Pitt is one of those few. He put his name behind Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" -- a picture he originally wasn't going to star in -- and over the years, he's used his brand to back projects as diverse as "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," "Year of the Dog," "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" and "God Grew Tired of Us: The Story of Lost Boys of Sudan." Sure, it might be a b...

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    Film Festival Interruptus

    I feel like invoking that old joke, “Other than that, how did you enjoy the play, Mrs. Lincoln?” as I explain that while attending (and enjoying) the El Paso Classic Film Festival this past weekend, I had to undergo emergency surgery for a detached retina.

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    Naomi Watts Looks Dowdy In First Look Photo From Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar'

    Plus New Photos Of Sarah Jessica Parker, Lea Michele & Sofia Vergara In 'New Year's Eve'We suppose she wasn't meant to be glamorous or pretty in this picture. WB has released a first look photo of Naomi Watts in Clint Eastwood's biopic "J. Edgar" starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and the actress looks positively dowdy and frumpy. That's by design. She's playing Helen Gandy, a Justice Department file clerk who ended up being Hoover’s personal secretary. Not the sexiest role in the film, though in one version of Dustin Lance Black's screenplay, if we recall correctly, there is one brief sequence where she and Hoover attempt to go out on a date, which...

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    Thoughts On Affion Crockett's New Sketch Comedy Series "In The Flow"...

    It debuted on Sunday night on Fox. I didn't catch it, although my Twitter and Facebook feeds were full of conversation about it. I couldn't quite gauge overall reactions to it, and I haven't heard much conversation about it since Sunday night, so I'm guessing its taste didn't linger, giving folks so...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Three Jeff Buckley Films? Only One has Reeve Carney & Exclusive Rights to Music & Archives

    Reeve Carney (actor-singer-songwriter and star of Broadway’s Spiderman: Turn off the Dark; pictured) will play Jeff Buckley in an untitled film. The film, based on Ryan Joffe's story The Rocker, will be directed by Jake Scott (Welcome to the Rileys), and has the exclusive rights to Buckley's music and personal archives, thanks to support from the late musician's mother, Mary Guibert (also serving as exec producer.) Carney will play Buckley as the film navigates through his thirty years, leading up to his accidental drowning in Tennesse's Wolf River. The film will shoot in New York and Memphis starting this November. Carney also has a self-ti...

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    Watch: Clive Owen Is Afraid Of The Dark In Trailer For Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's 'Intruders'

    It seems the concept of horror being found right on your doorstep is experiencing a bit of mini-trend. The Guillermo Del Toro produced "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark" finds scares under the covers at the end of the month, while Jim Sheridan dips into the psychological with "Dream House" in September. ...

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    Joel Schumacher Tries To Pull Off His Best Michael Haneke Impression In New 'Tresspass' Photos

    Oh, Joel Schumacher, with your patchiest of patchy careers ever (though some Playlisters will outright call it an awful one). There is some interesting work in your flawed ouevre oeuvre, including "Tigerland," and "Falling Down," but so-so efforts ("Veronica Guerin") are usually overcome by the ungood ("Phone Booth," "The Number 23," "Twelve"). Pitched somewhere between a B-movie director with good intentions and poor execution and a thoughtless Hollywood A-list director without much vision whose best days are far behind him (think of the days when his career was big enough to score him two "Batman" films, even if he did kill the franchise un...

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    Watch Episode 3 Of New Documentary Web Series "Black Folks Don't" ("Black Folk Don't Travel")

    Here's the just-released episode 3 of documentary filmmaker Angela Tucker's Black Folk Don't web series; this one is titled Black Folk Don't: Travel.

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    New Looks At Whit Stillman's 'Damsels In Distress' & Rebecca Hall-Led Ghost Story 'The Awakening'

    1998 was the last time we had a film from Whit Stillman—“The Last Days of Disco”—and it has taken thirteen years, and a few projects that never got off the ground, to finally bring the indie filmmaking legend back, and we hope the wait is worth it.

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