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  • Todd McCarthy's Deep Focus
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    When Biography Becomes Legend, Print the Legend: Carlos and The Social Network

    With little more than two months left in 2010, two films released thus far this year loom over all the others. The many merits of "Carlos" and "The Social Network" have been amply appreciated by critics and most people who have seen them. But what the two films strikingly share is a biographical and historical scrupulousness up to a certain point, accompanied by an implicit willingness to use the built-in seductive and myth-making aspects of the cinema to turn biography into legend. Biographical films have always been with us, but in the Hollywood of yore the subjects were only occasionally still alive and if they were, they would either appe...

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    Third Batman Entitled 'The Dark Knight Rises,' The Riddler Won't Be The Villain, Film Won't Be In 3D

    Damn, Who Decided Wednesday Was Killer Big News Day?Guys, some of us are trying to write reviews, features and DVD pieces, christ. Hot on the heels that Robert Rodriguez is off "Deadpool," "The Hobbit" is confirmed for a New Zealand shoot and James Cameron has officially decided that his next two fi...

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    James Cameron To Direct 'Avatar 2' & 'Avatar 3' Next

    Sorry 'Cleopatra'While James Cameron certainly hasn't been shy about talking up proposed sequels to his blockbuster "Avatar," it always seemed like something he would get to in a couple of years. Well, it looks he will get to it slightly sooner than anticipated, as 20th Century Fox has announced tha...

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    Exclusive: Tom Hardy Circling 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

    Studio Wants Angelina Jolie For The Villain We reported only a week or so back that, amidst the leagues of fairytale-inspired projects put into development on the back of the billion-dollar success of this year's "Alice in Wonderland," there were not one, not two, but three competing projects on th...

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    'Whip It' Writer Shauna Cross To Pen 'What to Expect When You're Expecting'

    Also Working On The Strippers Screenplay, 'Live Nude Girls'Turning "What to Expect When You're Expecting" — America's "pregnancy bible" — into a feature film you say? That's Lionsgate's plan. They've hired Shauna Cross, the writer of Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, "Whip It!," to adapt the best-...

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    Review: "Love and Other Drugs"

    After hiding them for years while turning out more grandiose historical and action films, director Ed Zwick's television roots show up vividly in "Love & Other Drugs," an enormously contrived and cloying romantic drama without a moment of believable reality to it. The appealing stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway try hard, real hard, to inject some credibility into the sexually charged relationship between a hotshot drug salesman and a heavily guarded young woman with early stage Parkinson's disease, and the fact that they appear naked in many scenes will pique curiosity among some. But Zwick's shtick keeps getting in the way, to the poin...

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    Darren Aronofsky Signs On To Direct Half Man/Half Robot Pic 'Machine Man'

    Will Re-team With 'Black Swan' Scribe Mark HeymanWhile Darren Aronofsky is gearing up to direct his first major tentpole in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2" early next year, it looks like any worries that he has abandoned the world of indie film for studio blockbusters can be put to rest.

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    DOC NY '10 Review: 'To Be Heard' Is An Absorbing Look At Urban Life Through Beat Poetry

    Doc NY, New York's Documentary Film Festival, runs November 3-9. We've got an early peek at a few films.

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    Oscar Watch: Considering Tilda Swinton for I Am Love

    Thanks to Jeff Wells for asking me to address where Tilda Swinton stands in relation to the Best Actress Oscar race for the Italian import I Am Love. The only way for Swinton--who is admired by critics and art house audiences alike-- to make the best actress Oscar grade this year for I Am Love (whic...

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    Christopher McQuarrie Says The Lead Role In 'Top Gun 2' Belongs To Tom Cruise's Maverick

    Are you ready America!?! Are you read for the return of Maverick!?! Well you better be because "Top Gun 2" isn't going to be some sissy way-after-fact sequel with a bunch of guys you don't know with Tom Cruise popping his head in to give a thumbs up. No siree. The Maverick himself is going to be lea...

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