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    Watch: Martin Freeman Debases Self, Career In ‘Swinging with the Finkels’ Trailer

    Though it’s the birthplace of Alfred Hitchcock and David Lean, and boasts masters such as Mike Leigh and Ken Loach still working at the top of their game, there’s also a rich tradition in British cinema of what one could politely call the “sex comedy”. It began with the light smattering of smut provided by the “Confessions...” series of the 1970s and evolved into the slap-and-tickle blarney of the “Carry On…” movies. In the 2000s, we thought it’d reached the summit of what the fetid sub-genre could achieve with the risible “Sex Lives of the Potato Men,” “Lesbian Vampire Killers, ” and “Three And Out”. But now we have Jonathan Newman’s “Swingi...

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    Feminist Quote of the Day: Brit Marling

    When talking to the Salt Lake City News about the whole "it girl" thing:

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    "Paul" Is a Road Comedy with Some Extraterrestrial Attitude

    This review was originally published March 18, 2011. It has been reposted for its home video release.

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    Music Video Director Hype Williams Will Get Into Bed With Joe Eszterhas' 'Lust'

    While folks like Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, Sophie Muller, Chris Milk and Floria Sigismondi are among the names mentioned as top-tier music video directors, it's often overlooked how much of an impression (mostly) hip hop director Hype Williams has made on the genre. Though some of his contemporaries may have had more innovative approaches, Williams work is often bright, expressive and immediate, finding the pulse and heart of the artists and songs he's worked with. Kanye West is a frequent collaborator and Williams' extensive CV also boasts names like Wu-Tang Clan, Jay-Z, Coldplay, Missy Elliot, Beyonce, No Doubt, Dr. Dre, Drake, Mariah Car...

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    Gerard Butler Joins The FBI For Thriller 'The Bricklayer'

    It's always good to see an actor who's been coasting along decide they want to get stuck in and actually act again: witness Matthew McConaughey's recent choice of roles, picking up gigs with people like William Friedkin and Richard Linklater. We hope that Gerald Butler is heading along a similar car...

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    Fest Update: J. Edgar, Margaret, Marigold Hotel To Skip Fall Fests, Twixt to Deauville

    Clint Eastwood's period biopic J. Edgar (November 9), starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the famed FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover, is bypassing the fall fest circuit, according to the Toronto Star's Peter Howell. Eastwood and Warner Bros. decided to take the Lance Black-scripted film, whic...

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    Kenny Ortega to Direct Lionsgate Dirty Dancing Remake

    We haven't heard too much of Kenny Ortega since This Is It, his 2009 Michael Jackson documentary, but Lionsgate announced today that it will be producing a remake of Dirty Dancing with Ortega at the helm.

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    Hype Williams Will Direct "Sexual Thriller" Penned By Joe Eszterhas Titled "Lust"

    Hit veteran music video director Hype Williams has signed on to direct a "sexual thriller" titled Lust, based on a script by Basic Instinct and Showgirls screenwriter, Joe Eszterhas.

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    Opening Weekend Numbers For Rashaad Ernesto Green's Acclaimed Drama "Gun Hill Road"

    An addendum to Sergio's box office report this weekend...

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    Review: 'Superheroes' An Intriguing But Unquestioning Look At Real Life Crimefighters

    Superheroes have captured the collective imagination ever since Superman first lifted a car over his head in Action Comics #1. The idea of a person blessed with extraordinary powers, or a regular citizen who adopts an alter ego to protect humanity, and right the wrongs that the regular justice system fails to address, has resonated with the young and old for decades. And while over the years there have been somewhat random and scattered incidents of people trying to recreate the vigilante hero experience on the streets of their city, today there seems to be a greater movement afoot. Across the country some very organized individuals are suiti...

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