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    Filmmakers Bewail Twilight: Breaking Dawn Photo Leaks: "Stop Posting"

    No leaked photos here. Summit has released a statement from Stephenie Meyer, Bill Condon, Wyck Godfrey and Summit Entertainment regarding leaked images from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: As some of you may know, pictures and screen grabs of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn as a work in progress ...

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    Working Title's Fellner Talks Slate, Oscar Bait Anna Karenina & Tinker Tailor, Bad Movies

    What a difference an Oscar season makes. Back during the crash of 2008, when the indie market was in free fall, a new set of rules emerged: no dramas. That's how a little movie called The King's Speech was turned down by most Brit and U.S. backers, except UK's Momentum and Harvey Weinstein, who didn...

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    Leighton Meester, James Caan & Vanilla Ice Say 'I Hate You, Dad'

    No, this is not an April Fool's Day gag. Vanilla Ice -- oh sorry, Robert Van Winkle -- is getting into the acting biz. Seriously. And just wait until you read the character he'll playing -- but we're getting a bit ahead of ourselves.

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    TV Over Movies: from Mildred Pierce and Nurse Jackie to Shameless and Justified

    Reading the papers Friday morning, I realized that I'm more interested in Camelot, The Kennedys, The Borgias, Mildred Pierce and the American version of Scandinavian hit The Killing than the new movie reviews. It turns out that I can skip Camelot and The Kennedys, which earned lousy notices. And I'm already watching Todd Haynes' gorgeously-mounted HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce, which is well-acted by Kate Winslet, Melissa Leo, Guy Pearce and Mare Winningham, but judging from the draggy first two episodes, didn't need to be stretched to five installments. And David Ulin's review made me want to go back to my fave James Cain paperbacks, which ...

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    Exclusive: Trailer For The Nicolas Sarkozy Biopic 'The Conquest'

    Filmmakers taking on contemporary politicians seems to be a relatively new wave making the rounds of the moviegoing world. Oliver Stone delivered his take on George W. Bush in the appropriately titled "W," Paolo Sorrentino directed the scathing "Il Divo" about Giulio Andreotti just two years after h...

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    movie review: In A Better World

    In a Better World triumphed against strong competition to win this year’s Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film. Now that it’s opening theatrically in the U.S. you can see why. I became a fan and booster of Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier when I saw her breathtaking Brothers (which is far superi...

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    Weekend Preview: Hop, Insidious and Must-Sees Source Code and Oscar-Winner In A Better World

    It's a mixed bag at the box office this weekend, and the LAT warns that "Easter may still be weeks away, but that won't stop the holiday's iconic bunny from bouncing right over the competition at the box office this weekend." However, there are finer eggs in the basket if you are willing to hunt for...

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    First Look At Robert De Niro In Rodrigo Cortes' 'Red Lights'

    No that isn't Robert De Niro getting ready to accept a film award, present a movie or host the Daytime Emmys. It's the enigmatic first look at the actor in the upcoming thriller "Red Lights" from “Buried” director Rodrigo Cortes.

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    Steve Carell & Keira Knightley Will Find Love At 'The End Of The World'

    As most movies -- and sometimes real life -- will tell you, love is all about timing. Those infinitesimal choices we make that lead us to running into someone we'll spend the rest of our life or just one night. And sometimes, the timing is just off. You're got a job in another city, or they're gradu...

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    First Look At James Franco & Harmony Korine's Street Gang Project

    Franco Also Options 'Zeroville' As Yet Another Potential Directorial GigJames Franco. Actor, director, student, artist, teacher...he's a modern renaissance man and though he's teetering on the edge of overexposure, you gotta kind of love an Oscar nominee who also dabbles in soap operas. And while at...

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