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    Film Noir: Mildred Pierce...And More

    When I was a kid, the first sign of spring was the arrival of the Good Humor truck in my neighborhood, bringing my favorite ice-cream pops (like the unforgettable Chocolate Éclair). Nowadays, I know it’s spring when the Noir City: Hollywood Festival arrives at the Egyptian Theater, under the auspice...

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    Less Froth, More Nazis: A Darker “Upstairs Downstairs”

    The new Upstairs Downstairs is as visually glittering as you might want. The camera swirls around a crystal chandelier in the opening credits; the stylish young owners of 165 Eaton Place have painted the walls in the entry hall a beautiful peacock blue. And glamor? Wallis Simpson drops by a cocktail...

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Tina Fey is Knocked Up

    Last month Tina Fey weighed in the The New Yorker with an excerpt from her recently released semi-memoir Bossypants that she was struggling to decide whether or not to have a second child. I'm sure when she wrote the piece she was ambivalent, but when the piece came out and spurred a conversation a...

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    Val Kilmer Talks His Mario Puzo-Like Role In 'Twixt Now And Sunrise'; Confirms 3D Sequences

    Also Reveals He's Writing Film About Mark Twain & Mary Baker Eddy In Which He May Sing; Says Nic Cage Freakout Vid Is The Funniest Thing On YouTubeUp until now, details on Francis Ford Coppola's brewing "Twixt Now And Sunrise" have been very thin. Said to be compared to “the imagery of Hawthorne or Poe,” the film boasts an intriguing ensemble including Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Bruce Dern, Ben Chaplin, Don Novello, David Paymer, Coppola favorite Alden Ehrenreich and Elle Fanning, who’ll play a ghost. In addition, electronic musician Dan Deacon is scoring the film adding another layer of intrigue to the mystery. But we now have a bit more in...

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    Soul Surfer

    Soul Surfer tells the true story of professional surfer Bethany Hamilton who was attacked by a shark as she was surfing on a regular day when she was a teenager. The shark took her arm but did not take her spirit and this film shows the remarkable resilience of this young woman. She got through he...

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    Robert Redford To Play Branch Rickey In Jackie Robinson Film Directed By Brian Helgeland

    After years and years of development, Robert Redford finally has the pieces in place to bring the story of Branch Rickey to the big screen. Brian Helgeland will be making his way behind the camera, writing and directing the story of the famous Brooklyn Dodgers executive and his relationship with Jac...

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    Exclusive: Joe Wright Wants To Direct African Adventure Film 'Stanley'

    Also Says He Wants Saoirse Ronan To Be His 'Little Mermaid'Joe Wright's forthcoming "Hanna" was a massive gear change for the director. A pure genre pic with choreographed fights and a blitzing soundtrack from the Chemical Brothers, it was a far cry from the usual fare by the director of "Atonement" and "Pride & Prejudice." And while his next film, "Anna Karenina," will find him back in costumed period territory, he's got a couple of other projects in the cooker that will once again find him branching out into new terrain. We recently chatted with the director and he shared a couple of tidbits about some films that may be on the horizon for h...

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    Javier Bardem Goes From Psychologically Attached To Locked In For 'The Dark Tower' As Deschain

    Actor Will Appear In Both The Film & TV Branches Of The Mega-FranchiseWith a new kid now fresh in the world, it looks like Papa Bardem and Mama Cruz are going back out into the world to make some cash for their little tyke. Cruz booked another sojourn with Woody Allen earlier today, planning to star...

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    'Rise Of The Apes' Becomes 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes'

    This Summer, You Will Believe A Planet Can RiseThose damn dirty apes at Fox can't stop monkeying around with the next film in the "Planet of the Apes" series. First, they went ahead and offered it to every major director only to be turned down. Then they ordered multiple rewrites despite already having a release date. Finally, they declared June 24th to be the day audiences would see "Cesar," though they had already changed the name to "Rise Of The Apes." Then, of course, they bumped the film to Thanksgiving to allow for more time to finish the special effects. Then, at some point, they must have replaced the special effects guys with wizards...

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    Jon Favreau Fighting To Keep Aliens Of 'Cowboys & Aliens' Out Of Marketing Campaign

    Talks About Importance Of Comic-Con, Film's Emphasis On Stars Over EffectsThese days, the marketing campaign for a big tentpole begins the day that the film is announced. Hell, for some projects -- "Super 8," for instance -- the announcement is part of the marketing campaign. It's a long, hard slog, particularly for a film not based on material familiar to the general public, and it's something that a smart filmmaker will bear in mind throughout the entire process. Jon Favreau's come to know this world very well over the last few years with his two "Iron Man" movies, and when we sat in on a panel and caught up with him during interview rounds...

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