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    Directors Talk: Vaughn on Super-Hero Movies, Cameron on Avatar 2 and Oil, Murphy on Eat, Pray, Love

    - Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Kick-Ass) tells Hero Complex that the quality control of super hero movies (which have been "mined to death") is "not what it's supposed to be." Vaughn jumped on the chance to do X-Men: First Class, because people are getting bored of the super-hero frenzy, which can't last forever. After producing, directing and co-writing Kick-Ass, a big budget superhero film is something Vaughn has always wanted to do - and an opportunity that may not be on offer again. He withdrew from the opportunity to direct the third X-Men installment (he didn't feel ready at the time), and it went to Brett Ratner. Now Vaughn says that he...

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    Oscar-Winner Patricia Neal Dies at 84 After a Tragic Life

    Patricia Neal has died at her home on Martha's Vineyard, of lung cancer. She was 84. Neal started out strong as a Hollywood leading lady, a beautiful and powerful character actress in such films as The Fountainhead, co-starring her lover Gary Cooper, The Day the Earth Stood Still, A Face in the Crow...

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    Lincoln Center's Latinbeat Film Festival Hosts 5 World Premieres

    The Film Society of Lincoln's Center's upcoming 13th Latinbeat Film Festival will play host to sixteen films from eight different countries this year. Out of the selection, five will be making their U.S. premieres, including the festival's opener "Thursday Widows," from director Marcelo Piñeyro. Piñ...

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    CBS Films Acquires Statham Actioner The Mechanic

    Adding testosterone to its upcoming line-up, CBS Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Jason Statham actioner The Mechanic from Avi Lerner's Millenium Films (The Expendables). CBS plans a spring opening after the George Tillman, Jr. revenge thriller Faster, starring Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bo...

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    Carrie Fisher's "Wishful Drinking" Coming to HBO

    Carrie Fisher's "Wishful Drinking" Coming to HBO

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    Michael Cera Says He's Sh*tty Enough for "Scott Pilgrim"

    For a diminutive guy, Michael Cera knows how make an entrance. Kicking off the "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" Q&A at New York's SoHo Apple Store, Cera blurted "Fuck PC's!" into the mike, causing the crowd to erupt into fits of laughter. The fangirls seemed to emit a collective sigh.

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    Ask Gaspar Noé!

    Ask Gaspar Noé!

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    Salander Role Up for Grabs for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Everyone is waiting for the news to break on which of the young actresses in the wings will land the role of punk hacker Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's English-language film of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. According to producer Scott Rudin, EW's story positing that Natalie Portman is back i...

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    Weekend Boxoffice: Finally, The Other Guys Elbows Inception Out of Top Spot

    Finally, the Inception juggernaut has slowed enough for a new comedy, Adam McKay and Will Ferrell's The Other Guys, to nab the number one slot at the weekend boxoffice. Anthony D'Alessandro reports. (UPDATED)

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    Cameron Talks Avatar Redux

    Avatar is coming back on August 27 with nine minutes of new footage, mostly set on Pandora. Hell, I'd see it again in a nano-second. Has anything you've seen since you saw Avatar been nearly as good? The extra footage includes the death of the Na'vi warrior Tsu'tey, Cameron told MTV News (audio on j...

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