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    Gyllenhaal's Strengths Evident in 'Source Code.'

    I wasn't too wild about the Jake Gyllenhaal-Anne Hathaway vehicle "Love and Other Drugs," which I wrote about in this new essay for indieWIRE, but let me clear: I have an affinity for both of those actors. Hathaway's bold willingness to play against her star persona with her icky rehab-bound character in "Rachel Getting Married" proved she can really inhabit the skin of a persona, no matter how unpleasant. And Gyllenhaal has always impressed me as the rare leading man to combine youthful vitality with a mysterious dark side, as he displayed in performances ranging from "Donnie Darko" to "Brokeback Mountain." Now comes "Source Code," director ...

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    Thanksgiving Box Office Preview: "Tangled," "Love & Other Drugs," "Burlesque"

    The studios are offering a groaning board of holiday movies at the Thanksgiving holiday box office. And they're targeting a wide range of moviegoers and demos, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:Studios are catering not only to more female filmgoers than usual over the Thanksgiving five-day stretch, but t...

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    Confirmed: Gore Verbinski To Direct 'The Lone Ranger' Starring Johnny Depp

    Revealed nearly two months ago that talks had begun, Deadline confirms that Gore Verbinski has officially signed on to direct the big screen version of "The Lone Ranger" with Johnny Depp attached to play Tonto.

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    Mark Wahlberg Says He Won't Be 'The Crow'

    So hey, remember last month when it was reported that Mark Wahlberg was being offered the lead in the upcoming "The Crow" reboot? Well as with most offer stories that seem too good to be true, it looks like the actor considered it and then wisely passed.

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    Joss Whedon Not Very Happy About 'Buffy' Reboot

    Yesterday, to the dismay of fans still clinging to the nostalgia of a television series that ended seven years ago and a movie that was released nearly two decades ago, Warner Bros. announced plans to reboot "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" with no mention of the series creator Joss Whedon.

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    Exclusive: Edward Zwick Says Oscars Are "Antithetical To The Health & Sanity Of Art"

    The Director Of Epics Like "Glory" & "Blood Diamond" Also Talks His Gear Shift With "Love And Other Drugs"Director Edward Zwick is known as a big-screen director of epics like "The Last Samurai" and "Glory." But on television, he's produced such character-based work as "My So-Called Life" and "thirt...

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    Oscar Watch: Social Network's Eisenberg Talks Zuckerberg, Guilt, Perfectionism and Fincher

    The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg and I met for a bite at Hollywood's fabled Musso & Frank's Grill to dig into his lauded role as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The youthful New Yorker has been juggling school, theater, TV and film since he was a kid; at 27 he's got quite a few juicy film r...

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    Review: 'The King's Speech.'

    "The King’s Speech” fuses several genres into an unlikely blend. It’s a lavish period piece about British rule in the years leading up to World War II, a buddy movie about two men of different social classes learning to get along, and a crowdpleasing tale of athletic triumph, complete with the requisite training montage. Director Tom Hooper focuses on the travails of Bertie (Colin Firth), the son of King George V (Michael Gambon), future king of England, and notorious stutterer. Hooper turns history into formula: Can poor Bertie gather the nerves to address his people when duty calls? Under the fervent guidance of speech therapist Lionel Logu...

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    Christian Bale Says 'The Dark Knight Rises' Likely To Be His Last Film As Batman

    With "The Dark Knight Rises" gearing up to go in front of cameras next spring and Christian Bale doing the press rounds -- as much as he doesn't really want to -- for "The Fighter" opening on December 10th, it's inevitable that he will be asked endlessly about the third installment of Christopher No...

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    'Superman' Rumors: Anne Hathaway For Lois Lane? Film To Be Partly Set In West Africa?

    Yep, it's a rumor story, but it's coming from Aussie site What's Playing who seem to have some well-placed sources and have been pretty good in the past. That said, proceed with the caution usually reserved for rumors.

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