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    Chameleon Jessica Chastain Talks Tree of Life, The Help, The Debt, Coriolanus

    When Jessica Chastain left her theater training at Juilliard and started landing movie roles, she got a gift. None of the movies came out right away. It took a while before anyone saw her work in Al Pacino's Wilde Salome (which finally debuts in Venice), or Terrence Malick's mystical The Tree of Lif...

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    Dwayne Johnson Producing 1980s-Set Fictional Wrestling Drama Series For NBC

    Dwayne Johnson has teamed up with uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer for a fictional TV drama series set in the world of pro wrestling in the so-called “the golden age of wrestling,” aka the 1980s, for NBC.

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    Watch Trailer For Aki Kaurismäki's Illegal Immigration Dramedy "Le Havre"

    Here's the trailer for Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre, a film we've been following since its Cannes 2011 debut, which centers on a shoeshiner who tries to help an African immigrant child in the French port city of Le Havre (hence the title).

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    Jamie Foxx Is Bringing Back "Showtime At The Apollo" For BET

    As they say everything old is new again (or is it everything new is old again), but whatever the correct phrase is, Showtime at the Apollo is making a comeback.

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    Daily indieWIRE Clicks: Filmmaker Advice, Paul Rudd, Miramax Teams Up With Facebook and More

    Today on indieWIRE, we told you the five best way to use social media to build your film audience, Paul Rudd talked "Our Idiot Brother," Miramax joined forces with Facebook and much more.

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    Survey: Al Sharpton On Our Screens Daily?

    By now you may have heard the news that civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton, a frequent guest on MSNBC, has indeed gotten his own show.

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    Review: 'Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure' A Hilarious Exploration Of A Viral Sensation

    If you don't think two belligerent, elderly men cursing out each other abrasively is hilarious, then "Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure" will leave you bored. Matthew Bate's movie on the audio-vérité craze that was "Shut Up Lil' Man" is such a celebratory love-letter that anybody who doesn't find the audio clips even remotely fascinating will get little out of the documentary's 90 minute running time. This writer, however, loves the furiously relentless barrage of insults that the pre-YouTube cult-celebrities Raymond Huffman and Peter Haskett would drunkenly hurl at each other daily. While the tapings of the two men fighting alone mak...

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    Ben Affleck Aims First Person Shooter Style 'Line Of Sight' As Next Directing/Starring Project

    Even as Ben Affleck is heading into production on his next film, "Argo," everyone still wants a piece of "The Town" director. He's been eyeing a handful of potential projects, with "American Bullshit" crossing his desk earlier this year, the sci-fi project "Replay" (which he has since moved on from), and he's still got the New York Yankee wife swap tale "The Trade" somewhere in development. Just a couple of months ago he signed on to direct the long gestating American remake of "Tell No One," but now a new project looks to be in line as followup to "Argo," and it's certainly the most tentpole-esque piece of material Affleck has been associate...

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    Watch: Trailer For Aki Kaurismäki's Excellent 'Le Havre'

    For those familiar with the oeuvre of Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki, you'll know that his deadpan films aren't quite made to be cut into a conventional trailer. We preface this post in such a way because this writer has seen -- and adored -- "Le Havre" and while this new trailer for the film serve...

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    Review: 'Swinging With The Finkels' A Conservative Sex Comedy With Less Laughs Than That Implies

    There’s no way around this, there’s no kind way to preface this, there’s no purpose to side-step it: “Swinging With The Finkels” is one of the worst, cheapest, dumbest and most dishonest films of the year. The film has the same tin-ear for its material that student films usually sport, often when they’re about retirement, hitmen, or a litany of subjects young people tackle despite clearly having no experience in the field. 'Swinging,' in theory, would be a film oblivious to the matters of sex and intimacy, but, in fact, it’s merely alien to any and all human behavior. The only 2011 film with this level of understanding regarding our basic hum...

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