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    PRESTON STURGES

    In 1973, I did an Esquire column about screenwriters, focusing largely on the first writer-director of the talking era, the mercurial Mr. Preston Sturges, who got so fed up with seeing his scripts mangled by inferior directors that he made an unprecedented deal with Paramount: he would direct his own screenplay for one dollar. The superb result was the brilliantly satirical political comedy, The Great McGinty, which won him an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. This was followed by seven more comedies over the next four years, each one of similar vintage quality (except for The Great Moment, which was somewhat wrecked by studio interference ...

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    Duplass Brothers & Jonah Hill Look To Reteam On Indie Rock Thriller 'Pitchfork'

    If you didn't see last year's "Cyrus" directed by Jay and Mark Duplass and starring Jonah Hill, do yourself a favor and catch up with it. Darkly funny and surprisingly moving it was a big leap forward for actor and directors alike and the trio are hoping to catch fire once again.

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    Mark Wahlberg Remains Pretty Insistent There's Going To Be A 'Fighter 2'

    The idea of a sequel to "The Fighter" is a cute thought. One has to assume high of the success off the picture (some seven odd years in the making) producer/actor Mark Wahlberg and director David O. Russell -- who have worked together on three films so far, "Three Kings," "I Heart Huckabees" and the...

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    Hillary Clinton Supports Women's Sports As the US Women Prepare for the World Cup

    Sports are a part of pop culture and this is an exciting year as the US women get ready to head to Germany to try and take back the World Cup trophy. Mind you if they played as bad as they played on Sunday they will be out in the first round, but we are hopeful.

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    Matthew Goode In, Colin Firth Out For Park Chan-Wook’s English Language Debut ‘Stoker’

    Well, that's weird. We were just wondering what was going on with this film and lo and behold an update has arrived.

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    Watch Kimberly Elise In 1st Trailer For Ghanaian Drama "Ties That Bind"

    Here's your first official trailer below at Kimberly Elise in Ghanaian/American director Leila Djansi's Ties That Bind, which reportedly recently completed principal photography (it was shot on location in Ghana, by the way).

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    'The Killer Elite' With Statham & De Niro Hits Sept 23rd; Clooney's 'Ides Of March' Moves Up 1 Week

    Release dates! Make sure you don't have your grandma's birthday scheduled for these days and peep the updates below.

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    First Look At Emma Watson In 'Perks Of Being A Wallflower'

    Well, a first look at Emma Watson in her first feature film following the "Harry Potter" franchise has arrived and its positively....well, perky.

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    Paul Greengrass Finally Chooses? 'Maersk Alabama' With Tom Hanks Appears To Be Next

    About a week ago, it was reported that Paul Greengrass -- still on the hunt for this next film -- had added two more two his plate of potential gigs: the Somali pirate hostage story, now called "Maersk Alabama" with Tom Hanks attached or a Peter Morgan scripted Formula One racing movie, "Rush." But ...

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    Jesse Eisenberg & Jake Gyllenhaal First Names Conjured Up For Louis Leterrier's 'Now You See Me'

    Offers Out To Philip Seymour Hoffman, Olivia Wilde & Melanie LaurentJust like pulling a rabbit out of a hat, or sawing a woman in half, Louis Leterrier's next film is now moving with two names conjured up to join the cast (all this magic talk will make sense in a moment).

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