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    Vin Diesel Will Play "The Machine" In New MGM Action Comedy

    Mark Sinclair Vincent, aka Vin Diesel will both produce and star in a new MGM action/comedy titled The Machine, penned by the writers of Night at the Museum, and another action/comedy titled The Pacifier, which Da Diesel also starred in by the way. So there's already a relationship there it would ap...

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    L'Affaire Von Trier: Reactions to Cannes' Controversial Ban on Lars Von Trier

    Lars Von Trier had sound reason to be in a good mood when he sat down for the press conference of his new film, "Melancholia," on Wednesday in Cannes. The 'enfant terrible' of Cannes had begun to generate strong Palme d'Or buzz immediately following the first screening of his latest. Much of that go...

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    RS 29—Sibling Rivalry: "You Can Count on Me" vs. "Crimes of the Heart"

    The family has always occupied an oddly supporting role in mainstream American cinema. It clucks disapproval or offers encouragement in romantic comedies/dramas and musicals, perennially playing second fiddle to a heterosexual romance. It exists to be endangered in many westerns and action/adventure films, both humanizing the tough male hero and allowing him to prove his abilities as a masculine protector. Even high-toned prestige pictures frequently view the family solely in terms of the influence it’s had on a single protagonist or couple. The daily experience of living with one’s parents, siblings, and extended relatives—within the same ph...

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    EXCLUSIVE: Film Fan Story Contest from Film Society of Lincoln Center; Winner Gets Seat

    The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced Thursday a contest to find the ultimate film fan--and drum up some attention for their new state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, which is set to open officially to the public on June 17, 2011. Open to film audiences worldwide, the Film Society...

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    "Take Shelter" Takes Top Honors at Cannes' 50th Critics Week

    A jury headed by Lee Chang-Dong has decided that Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter" is best-in-show at the Cannes Film Festival's 50th Critics' Week.

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    Production Begins on The Dark Knight Rises

    Production has officially begun for The Dark Knight Rises. A bit over a year from now (July 20, 2012) the film will hit theaters and fans will go wild.

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    Cannes The Artist Reviews: "A Triumph of Artistic Teleportation, A Big Blast of Pure Delight"

    Weinstein Co. scooped up French production and last-minute competition entry The Artist before it screened at the fest, and since then it has become a popular title. The Washington Post's Ann Hornaday and I were turned away from one festival screening before I talked us both, as well as LA Weekly's ...

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    David Mamet's Gone Right-Wing, Taking On Affirmative Action In Next Screenplay

    Day two of Von Triergate, and... oh, sorry, it's become almost automatic at this point. But enough of directors who haven't actually suddenly displayed right-wing tendencies, how about a director who actually has! David Mamet's always been a controversial figure, since at least his troublesome sexua...

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    Cannes | Pedro Almodóvar: "Thrillers fit in with my life at present"

    Twenty-four hours after the most controversial press conference of the 2011 Festival de Cannes, director Pedro Almodóvar sat at the helm of assembled journalists in the Palais des Festivals. Before asking a more serious question, Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman said to the celebrated Spanish filmmaker ...

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    CANNES REVIEW | Takashi Miike's 3-D "Hara-Kiri" Falls Short Of Its Bloody Potential

    In Japanese filmmaking machine Takashi Miike's loose adaptation of the 1962 "Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai," the best moments come at the end. A despondent samurai faces down the minions of a feudal lord, staging a ferocious battle for the memory of the relatives whose lives were lost to the lord's cruel mandates. The swordplay buzzes along at a breathtaking rate, the bold fighter takes on dozens of foes at once, and Miike cuts to the fleeting image of a cat watching the whole thing go down. In that passing shot, which lasts no more than a second, the director suddenly elevates the material with the welcome element of surprise. Unfortunately,...

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