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    Now "Mission: Impossible" is Being Rebooted?

    That's sort of the case, according to a report from Variety, looking further into the "Mission: Impossible IV" updates I wrote about yesterday. The trade claims Paramount is so unhappy with the box office performance of Tom Cruise's "Knight and Day" that it wants to distance the "Mission: Impossible" franchise from the actor's past within it. The structure will be different, featuring only two agents (Cruise and Jeremy Renner) -- so I guess Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg aren't being brought back? -- and the title is rumored to be doing away with both the "Mission: Impossible" and the "IV" parts and going with something akin to "The Dark Knight" ...

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    Exquisite Corpse: 8 MM Film Experiment

    It's surreal.

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    Is "Mission: Impossible" the Only Franchise to Keep Getting Better With Age?

    I think so. It's a bit of a toss-up, but I just barely prefer John Woo's "Mission: Impossible II" to Brian DePalma's initial adaptation of the "Mission: Impossible" TV series. I didn't particularly like either of the first two installments, to be honest, but Woo's style of action filmmaking kept me more engaged than that of DePalma, who couldn't get me past that convoluted plot. I surprisingly loved "Mission: Impossible III," apparently more than some others (and not just based on its disappointing box office). I mean, casting Philip Seymour Hoffman as the villain was all the work the...

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    Somewhere Flies Over the Rainbow to Venice

    This weekend you will not be getting any Emmy coverage from me, as I'm off to Italy, first for a Roman holiday, then to Venice via speed train to cover the festival. There I expect to see Somewhere--as well as talk to director Sofia Coppola. Focus has released a new clip, below.

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    As of Today, Netflix on Your iPhone

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    Disney Dumped The Switch, But Aniston Needs Strong Co-Stars

    What went wrong with The Switch, and is Jennifer Aniston's anemic marquee value to blame? Anthony D'Alessandro comes up with some surprising answers.

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    5 More TV Shows to Spin-Off From 2010 Oscar Winners

    Debuting on Animal Planet tomorrow is a three-part series titled "Blood Dolphins." It's somewhat based on the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove," which exposed dolphin slaughter in Japan, and the first episode, titled "Return to Taiji" seems to be almost a sequel to the film (the other episodes ta...

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    Martha's Vineyard Fest to Honor Matthew Modine

    The Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival will give its its first-ever Global Citizen award to actor Matthew Modine ("Full Metal Jacket," Showtime's "Weeds") for his decades-long commitment to environmental activism. Modine will be honored at a ceremony September 11 in Vineyard Haven, Mass.,...

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    Memories of a "Heeb."

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    New Orleans Films Louis and The Big Uneasy Screen on Katrina Anniversary

    It's unheard of for a movie to play one night in five cities before it's finished and before it has a distributor. But nothing about Louis--which inspired widely divergent reactions at a recent Beverly Hills screening--is what you'd call normal. Also marking the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrin...

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