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    The Twilight Saga: New Moon Disappoints

    When new distributor Summit left behind Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke in its rush to push through the second film in their windfall franchise, they took a calculated risk. Abandoning a silly Twilight script that had been passed on by Paramount, Hardwicke and writer Melissa Rosenberg went ba...

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    B-Side to "Trust Us" in the U.S.

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    Hamilton to Direct Oscars

    Hamish Hamilton will direct the 82nd Academy Awards telecast, show producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman announced Wednesday. This will be his first time directing the telecast, though he has directed live television events such as the MTV Video Music Awards and the MTV Europe Music Awards in ad...

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    cinemadaily | Back in Action: John Woo's "Red Cliff"

    From international action auteur (breakout hit "Hard Boiled") to Hollywood hack (2003's widely panned "Paycheck"), John Woo's career has ridden a critical rollercoaster. "Now he’s back, in two senses: back making movies in Asia and back in theaters with 'Red Cliff,' a nearly two-and-a-half-hour hist...

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    FFF Final Shorts Deadline Approaches

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    Paladin Has "Blood"

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    Hard Paycheck: John Woo's "Red Cliff"

    Financed by the state-owned China Film Group Corporation to the tune of $80 million, John Woo's Red Cliff is the latest “most expensive Chinese film ever made,” following quickly upon such prior contenders as Curse of the Golden Flower and Hero. Woo's film is of course a massive-scale martial arts epic like its spendy predecessors, both of which were directed by Zhang Yimou. And Woo's take on the Asian blockbuster is very much like Zhang's: the cast is packed with innumerable Chinese superstars (Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhao Wei, Chang Chen, etc.) who play heroes that do everything from catching spears in mid-air to ripping arrows out o...

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    The 200 Songs of the 2000s: 1-25 (!)

    So after three weeks of counting down, here lies the final 25 songs on my top 200 of the 2000s countdown.

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