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    Kiarostami 2.0: "Certified Copy"

    For the epigraph of his now-canonical Simulations, the late French philosopher Jean Baudrillard cited a curiously modern aphorism from the Book of Ecclesiastes: “The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth—it is the truth which conceals that there is none.” The line was apocryphal, of cour...

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    Unnecessary Animated Sequel Face-Off: New Trailers For 'Cars 2' & 'Kung Fu Panda 2'

    Plus 'Puss In Boots,' If You Hate Your KidsIt's looked for a while now to be a fairly grim year for animation, but things took an uptick this past weekend with "Rango' -- a gorgeous, offbeat, surprisingly adult western which, while not a home-run, has more than enough to recommend it. Unfortunately,...

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  • Hope for Film
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    IndieFilmFinanceModelV2011.1 : The Ten Factors

    Last week I went into some of the factors determining how the Model for IndieFilmFinanceV2011.1 may be set. Previously, over at my old home, I spent some time trying to better define that model. If you were taking notes you probably recognized that what follows below ARE a the key factors, but I t...

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  • The Playlist
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    Guillermo Del Toro Confirms 'At The Mountains Of Madness' Is Dead

    Update: Guillermo Del Toro also reached out to the New Yorker, telling the magazine, "Madness has gone dark. The ‘R’ did us in."

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    Guillermo Del Toro To Direct 'Pacific Rim' Instead Of 'At The Mountains Of Madness'?

    Universal Balking At R-Rating & $150 Million Price Tag; Tom Cruise Not Confirmed For RoleIt's been a long, hard road for Guillermo Del Toro for the past few years. He held on as long as he could with "The Hobbit" before the constant delays eventually forced his hand to get out and moving on to something else. That salvation appeared to be in the form of "At The Mountains Of Madness," the director's longtime passion project, an adaptation of the novel by H.P. Lovecraft. It seemed to be moving forward as his next gig with James Cameron producing, and Universal reacting very positively to pre-production visuals presented to suits, and moreover, ...

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    Malin Akerman To Star In Romantic Drama 'Wildwood Inn'?

    Updated: Jim Sturgess Not AttachedUpdated: While Bleeding Cool say they talked to one of the producers of one of the films. Perhaps they spoke out of turn. Sturgess' reps emailed us to say the information is wrong and he is not in the picture. We hope for BC's sake that Malin Ackerman is in the pict...

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    Revivals: The Return of Schwarzenegger and the Western

    Remakes and reboots are a dime a dozen these days, but roots run deeper for some more than others. Arnold Schwarzenegger, 63, is getting back to work. And having been pronounced dead, the western genre is being welcomed by a new generation in both classic and hybrid forms.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Are We Equals?

    With Daniel Craig- voice over by Dame Judi Dench. Directed by Sam Taylor-Wood.

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    Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | "The City Dark" Director Ian Cheney

    "The City Dark" chronicles the disappearance of darkness. When filmmaker Ian Cheney moves to New York City and discovers skies almost completely devoid of stars, a simple question – what do we lose, when we lost the night? – spawns a journey to America’s brightest and darkest corners. Astronomers, c...

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    Trent Reznor Says 'Vampire Hunter' Appearance Was Supposed To Be Surprise (Thanks A Lot Internet)

    It's hard to keep anything a surprise these days, especially when it comes to movies with spies and leaks coming from everywhere up the Hollywood food chain. "The Muppets" and "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows" recently had their cameos given away (though the leak of the latter was less upfront th...

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