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    Chris Morris, Director Of 'Four Lions' Talks The Truth About Absolute Evil, "The Lion King"

    It's rare when a debut film is anything but amateur, few nail a "Blood Simple" or "400 Blows" at first swing. Even those that are mediocre "show promise," and those that reveal a sign of brashness are "future cult classics." So how is it that British satirist Chris Morris' first film "Four Lions," a comedy following a Jihadist cell, is not only hilarious and ballsy, but works really well? Truth be told, it could be his years of experience in the biz -- starting off as a disc jockey, he worked on many radio shows and later in television, including "The IT crowd" and "The Day Today," which featured a very young Steve Coogan. It wasn't until 200...

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    Does Rubik's Cube Really Need an Agent? A Look at the Puzzle's Film and TV Career So Far

    I don't know how true this is, but word is going around that the Rubik's Cube has signed with CAA. Speculation is now out that the agency will work towards packaging a feature film based on the iconic puzzle and '80s accessory. Should we expect something where the cube is anthropomorphic, as in the ...

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    Oscar Talk: The Way Back, Hollywood Reporter Actress Round-Table

    On this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I range over Peter Weir's The Way Back, which I finally screened, as well as the crazy season which is now heating up. We beg to differ on DreamWorks' Animation's Megamind.

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    In Theaters: 'Due Date,' 'Megamind,' 'For Colored Girls,' '127 Hours'

    With Halloween and all its customary horror movies behind us and long forgotten, this weekend seems to herald open season for awards contenders. Buzzed about awards-seeking films such as Danny Boyle's James Franco starring survival drama "127 Hours" opens in limited release against Tyler Perry's first possible award contender, the star-laden "For Colored Girls." Going head to head in the box office dollars race, lovable funny men Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifiankis tackle the road movie in "Due Date," while equally funny people Will Ferrell and Tina Fey lend their vocal talents to the animated "Megamind," for which children and their paren...

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    film review: 127 Hours

    Directors like to test themselves, especially when they’re riding a wave of success. Having enjoyed worldwide acclaim for the emotional and immersive Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle has chosen an entirely different kind of story for his next project that presents a unique series of filmmaking chall...

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    Ben Chaplin, David Paymer, Alden Ehrenreich & More Cast In Francis Coppola's 'Twixt Now And Sunrise'

    Says Film Was Inspired By A NightmareShooting has already quietly begun on Francis Ford Coppola's next film, an horror/thriller entry titled "Twixt Now And Sunrise." Not much was known about the project that stars Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning and Bruce Dern but speaking with the New York Times, Coppola ...

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    Watch: Kevin James Makes His 'Dr. Doolittle' With 'The Zookeeper'

    Kevin James. Talking animals. A fat guy yelling seemingly non-stop. It looks like our cinematic prayers have been answered.

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    Stephen Sommers To Direct Adaptation Of Dean Koontz's 'Odd Thomas'

    As the world not so eagerly anticipates the sequel to 2009's action-figure-to-big screen extravaganza "G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra," here is a bit of Stephen Sommers news to help make that wait a little more bearable. Screen Daily (via ComingSoon) has confirmed that Sommers is set to direct an a...

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    Oscar Watch: Director/Picture Splits, Black Swan Promo

    - What are the odds of a director winning an Oscar without their film? LAT's new Awards Tracker blog considers the importance of the best director and best picture unity. "Over the past 20 years, the awards for best picture and director split only four times. That's 80% overlap," notes Tom O'Neil, p...

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    Watch: Trailer For Adam Sandler's 'Just Go With It' Is Yet Another Convoluted Romcom

    "From The Producers Of Grown Ups" should really be the only thing you need to know about this before you decide not to go see it.

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