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    Pt. 2 With Directors of "Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise And Fall of The Spook Who Sat By The Door"

    Continuing my interview with Chrstine Acham & Cliff Ward, the directors of Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise And Fall of The Spook Who Sat By The Door, we get answers on author and screenplay writer (and documentary star) Sam Greenlee’s FBI monitoring, how it was to interview the great Paul Butler, a...

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    Venice Reviews of Carnage Have Jodie Foster Coming Out On Top of Polanski's Actors Showcase

    Reviews have landed for Roman Polanski's Carnage, playing at the Venice Film Festival. Here's our report on Day Two (including W.E. and Carnage reviews). Polanski's film is an adaptation of Yasmena Reza's popular French play, God of Carnage, which most recently played at Los Angeles' Ahmanson theater with Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden. That's a stellar cast to top. The difference here is that Polanski's equally impressive cast of Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly shot the play on film (though it's not necessarily very cinematic), and were stuck ...

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    Watch: The Sad and Somewhat Promising Trailer for Kenneth Lonergan's Long-Delayed "Margaret"

    It's been 11 years since Kenneth Lonergan impressed us with his directorial debut, "You Can Count On Me." He's finally back with his sophomore effort, "Margaret," which was shot way back in 2005. It finally opens in limited release on September 30 after struggles in the editing room (they shot it wi...

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Auction

    I'm somewhat numb from all the high-end movie-related auctions this year, but one has caught my fancy in a way that Debbie Reynolds’ or even John Wayne’s hasn’t. Even the catalog for the September 13 event at Doyle Gallery in New York is a keeper, because it celebrates ...

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    Review: 'A Good Old Fashioned Orgy' Is A Good New-Fashioned Slob Comedy

    The following is a reprint of our review from the Tribeca Film Festival.

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    Don Cheadle As Captain Planet, Environmental Action Hero

    What could possibly go wrong for a benign, green- hearted action hero trying to make the world safe for trees? Take a look at Don Cheadle as Captain Planet in this Funny or Die spoof.

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    Early NY Times Review Of "Porgy & Bess" Revival Calls It An "Anxious And Confused Production"

    Time flies... the revival opened last night at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, on its way to Broadway run in a few months, despite musical theater god Stephen Sondheim's majestic smack-down of this new revival, for what he feels are extreme reworkings of the original work (read his ...

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    Watch: Tears & Grief Permeate Trailer For 'Margaret' Starring Anna Paquin & Mark Ruffalo

    After six years of legal drama and struggles in the editing room, Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret" is finally arriving with something of a whimper, with the release date set for thirty days from now and a trailer and poster only coming into view today. It's a bit of an anti-climatic ending to the saga ...

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    Venice '11 Review: Madonna's 'W.E.' Is A Royal Disaster

    Just as news of an actor excitedly announcing that they've got a definitely-not-a-vanity-project album on the way is generally greeted with a reaction somewhere between mockery and outright terror, news of a musician moving into the movies is rarely a good thing. But all in all, pop megastar Madonna...

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    Rapper K'naan To Co-Star In Belgian-Congo-Set Period Love Story "The Catastrophist"

    On the heels of my Machine Gun Preacher post comes news that Somali/Canadian rapper K'naan will make his big screen acting debut, alongside Steve Coogan and Stephen Dorff, in an adaptation of a Belgian Congo-set romance novel titled The Catastrophist, written by Ronan Bennett.

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