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    More New And Notable Film Books

    A few weeks ago I did a survey of recently-published film books. Here is a second installment, drawn mostly from quick skims and first impressions. I don’t pretend these are full-fledged reviews based on reading these volumes in their entirety. They all look interesting and I hope they fulf...

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    Watch: 'The Tree Of Life' Trailer Finally Arrives Online, Will Blow Your Mind Malick Style

    Fuck "Thor," "Cowboys & Aliens," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and whatever other geek movie trailer countdown that happened this month. This is the trailer we've been dying to see ever since it started unspooling in front of "Black Swan," and for us, if the movie news year ended rig...

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    Roger Ebert Launches New "At the Movies" on PBS January 21--Without Elvis Mitchell

    Elvis Mitchell strikes again. The elusive film critic/interviewer has a long history of committing to jobs (and magazine deadlines, and dinner dates) without necessarily coming through. And he was supposed to cohost the new PBS Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies weekly TV series with AP critic Chris...

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    IFC Confirms March 11, 2011 Release For 'Certified Copy' & Future Criterion Release

    Some good news for arthouse fans this morning. IFC Films has confirmed that Abbas Kiarostami's "Certified Copy" which made the festival rounds this year, will not only hit theaters on March 11, 2011 but will also be prepped for a future home video release by The Criterion Collection, marking yet ano...

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    Review: 'True Grit' An Old-Fashioned Oater Only The Coens Could Make

    Judging by some of the early reviews of "True Grit" you would think that the Coens had left their bag of tricks at home when making the film, delivering a respectful if overly formal western. However, it seems those reviewers who got an early look forgot that the Coens are often found at the height of their creative powers when operating with a genre milieu. Take "Miller's Crossing," "The Hudsucker Proxy" or "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" -- all films with giant nods to filmmakers of yore, yet each imbued with the Coens' own distinctive thematic obsessions: this all continues with "True Grit." Wickedly funny, undeniably compelling and yes, touc...

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    Nicolas Cage To Try On Some Bling-Bling For 'Medallion'

    Nicolas Cage's well-documented tax problems have made him the bitch of shady production company Milennium Films. The company's protocol seems to be to make cheap exploitation pictures before selling off the rights to individual territories, a touch-and-go philosophy that produces the occasional gem ("Leaves of Grass") alongside output that, dictated by the law of averages, ends up going straight to DVD. While the studio has few consistent collaborators, Cage starred in their "Wicker Man" remake and now has "Trespass" and "Drive Angry" slated for 2011. Joining that fleet is the upcoming "Medallion," making that four collaborations between Cage...

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    Exclusive: Bill Hader Says He Knows Nothing About His Alleged 'Ghostbusters 3' Role

    Judd Apatow-Produced 'House Of Joel' Comedy Project Is Still Very Much Alive, Has A 'Human Giant' Writer OnboardAt the red carpet premiere for "True Grit," we took the opportunity to ask Bill Hader about a certain impending project, a certain big-time sequel that may reunite a certain beloved cast....

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    Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana To Adapt 'The Color Of Lightning' For Ridley Scott

    Also Penning Comanche Drama 'Empire Of The Summer Moon' For Scott CooperLarry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, the Oscar-winning co-scribes of Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," are set to reunite to adapt two separate period Westerns novels, both being produced under the Scott Free banner with Ridley Scott ...

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    Exclusive: Joseph Kosinski Hopes Daft Punk Will Be Down For More Adventures In The 'Tron' Universe

    Filmmaker Says He Would Absolutely Direct A "Tron: Legacy" Sequel If He's "Lucky Enough To Get The Opportunity"Yesterday we spoke with "Tron Legacy" mastermind Joseph Kosinksi about a lot of things regarding his wild, $300 million video art installation that masquerades, quite handily, as a holiday ...

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    5 Directors Who Could Replace Jon Favreau On 'Iron Man 3'

    As has been long expected, news broke today that Jon Favreau won't direct the third film in the "Iron Man" trilogy (and Favreau just confirmed the news himself on Twitter). After creative and financial wrangles on "Iron Man 2," it's not entirely surprising, particularly as Favreau signed on for Disn...

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