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    'Recount' Director & Writer Jay Roach & Danny Strong Reteaming For Political Drama 'Game Change'

    Perhaps the least well-known script ever to top the Black List and still get made, "Recount," from former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" actor Danny Strong (who most recently penned "The Butler," which is set to team Lee Daniels and Denzel Washington), went behind the scenes of the drama of the 2000 ele...

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    BAFTAs Go to King's Speech, Social Network, Inception, Black Swan, Alice, Dragon Tattoo UPDATED

    The BAFTA Awards are under way at the Royal Opera House in London. Safe to say The King's Speech is winning many awards but is not sweeping; Inception and Alice in Wonderland are grabbing many of the technical categories. I predict that the Oscars will follow this trend.

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    Weekend Box Office: Romance Dies A Little, Adam Sandler RomCom At #1

    Bark all you want about how the early months have become a viable period for movie going in terms of both box office and quality, this past January was the least-attended opening month in 29 years. This February weekend seemed actively spiteful towards anybody who sought challenging fare, with the m...

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    Box Office: "Cedar Rapids" Scores Strong Debut; Oscar Shorts Hit All-Time High

    After six weeks of 2011's specialty box office essentially relying on 2010 Oscar contenders, Fox Searchlight has given the new year its first potential breakout with Miguel Arteta's "Cedar Rapids." According to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier today, the Ed Helms-John C. Reilly comedy grossed $...

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    Magnolia Gets Apocalyptic, Picks Up Lars Von Trier's 'Melancholia'

    After Von Trier's outrageous and divisive "Antichrist," when the director announced he would make an ambitious psychological disaster film about the end of the world, it seemed like a logical (and awesome) next step. And one we are greatly looking forward to seeing. Well, Magnolia Pictures have quic...

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    Watch: Willem Dafoe Stars In ‘Being John Malkovich’-Style Ad For Jim Beam

    Wow, where was this during the Super Bowl? In this new 90 second spot for Jim Beam, character actor Willem Dafoe stars as a dozen or so different versions of himself in this “Being John Malkovich”-style clip. The campaign, about making “bold choices,” illustrates the different types of lives one mig...

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    Rupert Murdoch Pere Knew King's Speech Therapist Lionel Logue

    In his weekend column, Wall Street Journal film critic Joe Morgenstern reveals a fascinating connection between WSJ owner Rupert Murdoch and Oscar front-runner The King's Speech: With "The King's Speech" gaining the Oscar traction it deserves—the latest boost being an expression of approval from Que...

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    Ebert Predicts Why The King's Speech Wins the Oscar

    In the runup to the Oscar-predicting BAFTA awards tomorrow – I’m counting on a Colin Firth win and wonder about a possible sentimental sweep for the very British The King’s Speech -- Roger Ebert has the smartest observation I’ve seen about why The King’s Speech will beat The Social Network to win t...

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    Judi Dench & Michelle Monaghan Join 'Better Living Through Chemistry'

    Cast Already Includes Jeremy Renner & Jennifer GarnerThe European Film Market in Berlin is in full swing this weekend and film deals are happening left, right and center. A lot of times these attachments and or pre-attachments are made to attract and or entice financiers and don't always come to fr...

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    David Slade To Direct Vampire Horror Pic 'The Last Voyage Of The Demeter'

    Noomi Rapace & Ben Kingsley Still Tentatively AttachedDirector David Slade must reeeaally love vampires as he's about to embark on his third film about bloodsuckers in a row.

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