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    David Thomson's Stump-the-Film-Buff 50 Movie Questions Quiz

    San Francisco-based critic David Thomson, the brainy Brit behind the must-own Biographical Dictionary of Film, has not only updated a spanking new fifth edition, but has devised a nifty quiz derived from info contained in the book. "In my estimate it's challenging," he writes in an email. "but I thi...

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    Disney Prepping 'Winnie The Pooh' For 2D, Hand-Animated Film For 2011

    Jim Cummings To Voice Winnie The Pooh, John Cleese To NarrateDisney, once the prestigious leaders of animated family fare, have struggled considerably in recent years to remain creative and relevant in a climate dominated by the likes of Pixar and DreamWorks Animation. Their most recent in-house efforts, "Meet the Robinsons," "Bolt" and "The Princess and the Frog" have been middling efforts and their upcoming "Tangled" has virtually no heat behind it (maybe we're just the wrong demographic but the buzz on that one seems non-existent at this point). So it's no surprise then that Disney is trotting out a successful, cherished brand to try and r...

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    book reviews: New And Notable Film Books

    Once again, the continuing parade of film books has outpaced my ability to read and properly review them, so it’s time for a survey of recent titles. These are summaries based on skimming and not meant to be full-fledged critiques. I’m also motivated by helping to promote worthwhile b...

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    Legacy Watch: Dragon Tattoo vs. Dragon Tattoo, John Cazale's Five Perfect Career Choices

    - Sweden's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev protests against David Fincher's remake and another actress playing the Lisbeth Salander role--"highly unfair because Noomi [Rapace] has captured this part and it should always be all her," he told Random House's Word & Film site. He goes on to compare the below-par American remake of Luc Besson's La Femme Nikita to Fincher's remake (Heat Vision attacks this argument). But Besson wrote and directed the original La Femme Nikita - it was his. Oplev was directing a screenplay adaptation of Stieg Larsson's book. If Columbia and Fincher have rights to the same story, it's fair ...

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  • Spout
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    Robert De Niro and Edward Norton Star in One of the Best Sci-Fi Movies of 2010?

    "It out incepted 'Inception' which makes it one of the best science fiction films of the year so far."

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    Found Footage Alien Pic 'Dark Moon' Dropped By Warner Bros., Picked Up By Dark Castle

    And Will End Up Being Released By Warner Bros. AnywayAs an example of how fickle, fleeting and ultimately ridiculous Hollywood can get, following the plug being pulled on Roland Emmerich's low budget, found footage project "The Zone" yesterday, Warner Bros. followed suit, putting into turnaround the...

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    Paladin Embarks on "A Love Affair of Sorts"

    Producer David Guy Levy's directorial debut, "A Love Affair of Sorts," will be released by Paladin, with plans to have it play on the festival circuit in early 2011, followed by a theatrical release soon thereafter.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Orchestra Plays Indiana Jones in the Amazon.

    Orchestra Plays Indiana Jones in the Amazon.

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    Rachel McAdams Still Unsure If She's Returning To 'Sherlock Holmes 2'

    Anatomy of a Hollywood tentpole: though "Sherlock Holmes 2" is deep into production, apparently some of the ideas within are still "in the process."

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    Ralph Fiennes Eyeing John Henry Butterworth's Adaptation Of George Orwell's 'Burmese Days'

    Looking To Bring 'Morning Glory' Helmer Roger Mitchell On BoardFresh from his behind-the-camera debut with a modern reimagining of William Shakespeare's "Coriolanus," Ralph Fiennes is reportedly already circling his next project, an adaptation of George Orwell's "Burmese Days." The actor, though, is...

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