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    Heigh Ho: Yet More Dwarves for ‘The Hobbit’ As Bofur, Bombur & Bifur Revealed

    A red letter day for rabid fans of Peter Jackson productions and/or purveyors of specialist fantasy erotica, for three more vaguely silly-looking promotional stills of grown men dressed as mythical dwarves have hit the interwebs. Even though there’s well over a year until “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is released in theaters, these bland-as-hell photos are rapidly becoming the new “Harry Potter” posters: an endless drip-feed of drawn-out and bland ephemera from Jackson’s promotional dialysis machine as he attempts to keep the specifics of his production puckered up tighter than a snare drum, and yet still keep his thousands of fans on h...

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    A Bastille Day Conundrum: Where Are the Good Movies about the French Revolution?

    Happy Bastille Day! 222 years ago a mob of angry French revolutionaries raided a prison, freed a bunch of people and then went about dismantling their repressive monarchy. Sort of. But really, what's historical accuracy when you can be out drinking wine and imitating Maurice Chevalier? And as always...

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    A Black Film Festival Undressed - ABFF 2011 Wrap-up

    Last weekend, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), generally considered to be the preeminent black film festival in the land (certainly one of the biggies), wrapped up another installment of its annual black cinema showcase – its 15th year, a remarkable accomplishment by almost any measure.

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    Melanie Laurent Confirmed For 'Now You See Me'; Jake Gyllenhaal Out, Jesse Eisenberg Stays In

    We definitely have a soft spot for Louis Leterrier, as far as action-led helmers go. Undeniably talented, he's more than proved his action chops on the first two "Transporter" films, and pulled off a solid superhero flick on "The Incredible Hulk." Unfortunately, his last film, "Clash of the Titans,"...

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    Vin Diesel To Star In Jane Austen Adaptation. No, Wait, It's Another Action Movie.

    It's not that the movie star is dead, as such, it's that domestic audiences (viewers abroad are still very much in thrall to "the star") are less and less willing to watch actors outside of the genre in which they made their name. It's arguable, for instance, whether Hugh Jackman is much of a draw w...

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    Sam Raimi's 'Evil Dead' Remake Is Getting Some Script Help From Diablo Cody

    After endless promises and "confirmations" about the long brewing new "Evil Dead" movie, the Internet was taken by surprise yesterday when a flurry of info hit the web that indicated it was no longer a mere pipe dream. Word was that the film was gearing up for production in Detroit and that Sam Raimi’s regular collaborator, editor Bob Murawski, who worked with Raimi on all three “Spider-Man” films and “Drag Me to Hell” before winning an Oscar for “The Hurt Locker,” was also going to be involved in some capacity. By the end of the day, it was revealed that Fede Alvarez, who made the hyped robot invasion short “Panic Attack!” that nabbed him a ...

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    Trailer Watch: Steven Soderbergh's Contagion Stars Damon, Paltrow, Winslet, Law, Fishburne

    It looks like Steven Soderbergh is returning to the land of smart mainstream commercial filmmaking with Contagion (September 9), starring Matt Damon as an everyman whose wife (Gwyneth Paltrow) appears to be patient zero in a burgeoning killer bird flu virus sweeping the globe. It is transmitted by t...

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    Welcome to Anthony Kaufman's ReelPolitik

    Welcome to Anthony Kaufman's ReelPolitik

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    First Trailer For Steven Soderbergh's Virus Outbreak Thriller "Contagion" Arrives!

    First trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s ensemble action-thriller Contagion, about an international team of doctors hired by the CDC to prevent the global outbreak of a deadly virus.

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    Watch: Trailer For Steven Soderbergh's Virus Thriller 'Contagion' Reveals A Major Character Death

    Just like Warner Bros.' "Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows," cheap bootlegged footage from Entertainment Tonight made its way online from Steven Soderbergh's virus thriller "Contagion" today. So following the pattern, WB has just decided to drop the trailer like it's hot (so how about the "The Dark K...

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