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    The Coen Brothers Talk True Grit

    As western True Grit has taken off as the surprise hit of the Christmas season (topping a field of weak contenders), and has emerged a strong awards contender (with recent PGA and WGA nods), the usually taciturn Joel and Ethan Coen are on the promo trail. Here's a taste of their sound bites from var...

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    Development Watch: Arterton for Gretel, Jolie's Cleopatra Director, Clooney's Monster of Florence

    - Jeremy Renner's Hansel has found his Gretel. Gemma Arterton will star alongside the rising Hurt Locker and Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol star in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, which sets the fairy tale duo fifteen years later, chasing witches. Despite having suffered three less-than-stel...

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    Quentin Tarantino Regrets Leaving Sofia Coppola's 'Somewhere' Off His Fave-Of-2010 List

    When Quentin Tarantino dropped his list of favorite movies of 2010, it raised a lot of questions regarding his choices, which included "Robin Hood" and "Knight & Day" and was topped off by "Toy Story 3." But the biggest omission for most people was Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere," a film awarded the Gol...

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    Sundance Trailer Watch: Bier's In a Better World

    One of the films I most look forward to catching at Sundance is Susanne Bier's Danish entry for the Oscars, In a Better World (Sony Pictures Classics). Bier directed Brothers (remade by Jim Sheridan) and After the Wedding, which was nominated for the foreign Oscar. In a Better World is about a Danis...

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    Young Hanks and Aykroyd Rap and Dance in Dragnet Video

    Universal invested serious coin in this 1987 Dragnet MTV music video for the hit hip-hop single City of Crime (which played over the closing credits), starring the rap-and-dance team of Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd (below).

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    CRUISING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS

    It may not sound like work, because I’m lucky enough to combine business and pleasure, but I lecture on Princess Cruises. For a year-end trip through the Panama Canal I was asked to introduce four of my favorite unsung films of 2010, and I was happy to do so. City Island was by far the audience favo...

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    Tarantino Regrets Leaving Coppola's Somewhere Off His Ten Best

    One significant omission on Quentin Tarantino's Ten Best List was ex-girlfriend Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, which the jury headed by Tarantino awarded the Golden Lion in Venice.

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    Updated: 'James Bond 23': Nothing To See Here

    Update: Here's what happened. Variety tried to be bloggers and failed and dug up a Total Film interview from January 2010 that they mistook for 2011. We were dumb enough to follow suit -- though so did half the Internet. Nothing to see here, please move on.

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    Sam Rockwell Joins Brad Pitt In Andrew Dominik's 'Cogan's Trade'

    Despite Rumors, Reps For Zoe Saldana and Josh Brolin Say The Two Actors Are Not InvolvedNeedless to say, we've been aching for a new film from Andrew Dominik who dropped the masterpiece "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" that was bungled by Warner Bros. and pretty much igno...

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    Paul Greengrass To Direct 3D 'Cleopatra' With Angelina Jolie?

    Producer Scott Rudin Always Figured Fox Would Lock In James Cameron For 'Avatar' SequelsEarly last fall, talk began heating up around a potential, mega-blockbuster "Cleopatra" with preliminary word putting James Cameron in the director's chair and Angelina Jolie in the titular role (she has long been eyed for it). Of course, as we all know, while Cameron thought the idea of directing Jolie would be "hot," he's since signed on for "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3." But to hear it from producer Scott Rudin, he always sort of figured that might happen. Speaking to Deadline about "Cleopatra" he says, "I’ve been a good friend of Jim Cameron’s since I was ...

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