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    Gaspar Noé May Direct Bret Easton Ellis Script 'The Golden Suicides'

    Considering the horrors that some authors get put through with film adaptations of their work, literary enfant terrible Bret Easton Ellis has been fairly lucky. "Less Than Zero" is fairly decent, while Mary Harron turned out a terrific adaptation of "American Psycho," and even "The Rules of Attracti...

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    What Does "Bridesmaids" Mean for Women - If Anything?

    Is "Bridesmaids" really a game changer for women, on both sides of the film screen? And is 2011 the year we fight more about depictions of females in film than anything else? The debate over "Sucker Punch" was interesting enough, especially once "Hanna" came in as its supposed answer -- as was to me the odd feminism of "Hall Pass" -- but now we have a comedy that should be more clearly respectful to and of women, and people are still arguing against its significance to gender politics. Because it shouldn't matter. Because angles like Rebecca Traister's claim at Salon last week that seeing the movie is a "social responsibility" for women. Yest...

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    Check Out These New Images Of Zoe Kravitz In "X-Men: First Class"

    20th Century Fox has released a bunch of new pics from X-Men: First Class. The Matthew Vaughn-directed movie will be in theaters on June 1. A few of those images above and below - notably Zoe Kravitz, who barely features in the trailer. Also, none of Edi Gathegi as Darwin.

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    The First-Ever Academy Awards Were Handed Out Today... How Have Blacks Fared Since Then?

    Today in history... May 16th, 1929... the first Academy Awards, the Oscars, were presented at Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel; Wings won the award for Best Picture; Emil Jannings for Best Actor; and Janet Gaynor for Best Actress.

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    Nifty Teaser Posters Debut For Steven Spielberg & Peter Jackson's 'The Adventures Of Tintin'

    First Trailer To Arrive Tomorrow MorningFor one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, at least everywhere except the U.S, word's been strangely quiet on "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn." Uniting blockbuster giants Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson for the first time (the former's directing, the latter producing), on an adaptation of the massively successful graphic novel series about a Belgian boy detective, his dog Snowy, his best friend, a drunken sea captain, and the adventures they go on, we had a glimpse of a handful of images before Christmas, but little since then. We guess because the film's being re...

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    Brad Pitt On Malick's Cannes Absence: "He Focuses On Building Houses, Not Selling Real Estate"

    Plus 9 New Photos From The FilmAlright, Terrence Malick's long-awaited, long-anticipated "The Tree of Life" has landed at the Cannes Film Festival and as many of us have guessed, reactions are mixed as the experimental, more meditative-focused rather than narrative-focused picture has proven to be a...

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    Julie Andrews, Matthew Goode, Gemma Arterton & Gabriel Byrne Topline Neil LaBute's 'Crooked House'

    The announcement of new projects from some directors are greeted in The Playlist's headquarters with a robust cheer. These days, the announcement of a new film from writer-director Neil LaBute musters nothing more than a groan and an immediate game of 'pick the short straw' to see who has to go and ...

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    Human Rights Film Festival Set to Host 17 NY Premiers & Tim Hetherington Tribute

    The 22nd edition of the Human Rights Film Festival is set to run this summer from June 16 to 30 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater. 19 films from 12 countries will be featured at the fest. 17 are making their New York premieres.

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    Silent Movie Locations—At Your Fingertips

    Where did Charlie Chaplin stage a throwaway gag in his classic 1931 movie City Lights—and does the street look the same today, eighty years later? The answer is yes, and John Bengtson just figured it out.

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    Short Starts: "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" Inspires a Look Back to Donald Duck

    As I’m sure everyone is almost excessively aware, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (aka "POTC4") is opening this weekend. This time around Johnny Depp will be sailing around with Penélope Cruz and Ian McShane looking for the Fountain of Youth, perhaps in an attempt to restore the vitali...

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