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    Pierre Morel In Talks To Direct Sam Raimi-Produced 'Earth Defense Force'

    Pierre Morel can't seem to catch a break lately. This month alone he's left two major projects, the running-out-of-time "Dune" currently set up at Paramount (where they are considering putting the albatross into turnaround) and Universal's big screen adaptation of the drunken Halloween board game th...

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    Hollywood Publicist Ronni Chasen Found Shot to Death

    On Saturday night, press agent Ronni Chasen came up to me at the Governor's Ball, kissed me on the cheek, asked me if I had greeted producers Dick and Lili Zanuck and Inception's Hans Zimmer and Chris Nolan, reminded me that she wanted me to interview composer Eliot Goldenthal for Julie Taymor's The Tempest, and told me to save the date for her Christmas party. I've known Chasen since she was a senior press agent at Rogers & Cowan in the 80s. She went on to run her own firm, Chasen & Co., which reps filmmakers and composers. Chasen, who was a diminutive but forceful blonde, kindly tutored me in the ways of Hollywood when I was fresh from New ...

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    On DVD: "EXAM" is "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" for Grown-Ups

    My number one DVD (and Netflix Instant) recommendation this week is for the restored "Metropolis" (aka "The Complete Metropolis"), which I'm assuming will be more enjoyable at home than in a theater full of laughing newbies, as was the unfortunate case with my experience of it earlier this year. I will get to more on that obvious choice later, though, as I'd like to first spotlight a lesser known new title called "EXAM," a British psychological thriller which was put out on VOD platforms over the summer but which I think will find a greater audience on DVD. It has definitely got cult potential, at least on the level of superficially similar e...

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    "One Of Us" Gets An Oscar

    Kevin Brownlow now has two Oscars, and I couldn’t be happier. The second award, which bears his name, is the result of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences deciding that a film historian and archivist of his stature is as worthy of an honorary Oscar as two world-class directors (Francis ...

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    Production Watch: Cooper's Carancho Remake, Mulligan is Daisy, Jane Eyre Trailer, Wuthering Heights

    - The success of Scott Cooper's first film as writer-director, Crazy Heart---an Oscar vehicle for Jeff Bridges---gave him license to play with the big kids. While David Fincher gets flack for remaking the Swedish The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (he's actually adapting the Stieg Larsson novel), Cooper is attached to direct a remake of Argentina's foreign language Oscar submission, Carancho (meaning Vulture, pictured), which played at Cannes and AFI Fest. Ricardo Darin (who starred in last year's Oscar-winning The Secret In Their Eyes) plays a personal injury attorney who helps as well as exploits his clients, and gets embroiled in a larger sch...

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    "happythankyoumoreplease" and "The White Meadow" Top Denver FF's Awards

    Fresh off of receiving an audience award at the Virginia Film Festival, Josh Radnor's "happythankyoumoreplease" continued a winning streak, picking up the Starz People's Choice Award for Best Feature at the 33rd Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF), which concluded on Sunday, November 14. Lily Rivlin's...

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    "Inception" and Other Films as Film Criticism

    The A.V. Club has done another terrific list prompting discussion and debate among commenters and, as always, providing a good mix of familiar and obscure titles to affirm and ponder. This time the focus is on "movies that double as movie criticism." 19 movies, many of which involve literal filmmaki...

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    First Trailer Arrives For 'Cars 2'; Try And Guess The Voices

    Update: We've added the domestic trailer below which includes some slightly different material than the Brit counterpart.

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    New Poster & Trailer For Yet Another Generic Jason Statham Vehicle 'The Mechanic'

    Jason Statham once again stretches his acting muscles about one centimeter as the trailer has arrived for the latest CBS Films mid-budget-you're-better-off-saving-your-twelve-bucks flick "The Mechanic." Lord knows why the studio is dropping this one just two months after their other generic and simi...

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    Promo Poster & Synopsis For Andrea Arnold's 'Wuthering Heights'

    Update: Poster removed at the request of HanWay Films.

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