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    Kevin Costner To Play Slave Fighting Trainer in "Django Unchanged"

    You got to admit that Quentin Tarantino always manages to put together the most interesting cast list in the most interesting roles for his films. And here's further proof.

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    'Winnie The Pooh' Directors Talk About The Challenges Of Bringing Back A Beloved Bear Character

    And More We Learned From Our Chat With Filmmakers Stephen Anderson & Don HalThis weekend a sweet, handsomely made family film overtook all box office records… And it sure wasn't "Winnie the Pooh." Left reeling in the boy wizard's wake (it debuted in the bottom half of the top 10), it doesn’t make "Winnie the Pooh" any less wonderful. We also have faith that the audience will find "Winnie the Pooh," if not during its initial theatrical run, then over its long life on home video (its got a timelessness that lends itself to later being dubbed a "classic").

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    'Captain America' Director Joe Johnston Wants To Make A Boba Fett Movie

    Before Joe Johnston became a filmmaker in his own right, he spent years learning the tricks of the trade by working under George Lucas on the director's celebrated early projects. As a concept artist and effects technician, Johnston worked on the original "Star Wars" trilogy and later parlayed those skills into an Oscar for Best Visual Effects for "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Lucas. It has been over a decade since Johnson last collaborated on a Lucas-related project -- he co-directed "The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Spring Break Adventure" back in 1999 -- but it looks like he's been trying to get something the fanboys would love off the ground at LucasFilm.

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    The Originals: "Captain America" Serial Is Marvel's First Crossover Hit

    The 1944 “Captain America” film serial is a bit of an oddity. Unlike the new Chris Evans feature, or any other incarnation of the hero for that matter, it totally abandons the basics of the comic book character. In place of US Army Private Steve Rogers the striped suit is filled by District Attorney Grant Gardner. There’s no Super-Soldier Serum, no massive patriotic shield, and there aren’t even any Nazis. It's an odd cross between the superhero genre and the noir/crime serials that Republic Studios put out around the same time. Simultaneously entertaining and a little confusing, it poses an odd question about what a superhero film should look like.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Destroying Los Angeles: From Blade Runner to Battle: Los Angeles and the Carmageddon that Wasn't

    Destroying Los Angeles: From Blade Runner to Battle: Los Angeles and the Carmageddon that Wasn't

    In the annals of film, no place has endured as many disasters as the City of Angels. It’s been the site of 10.5 magnitude quakes, lava spewing from the La Brea tar pits, and the incineration of the Earth’s crust. So, in honor of the Carmageddon that wasn’t, this week’s edition of “Now and Then” attempts to quench your unsatisfied thirst for the destruction of Los Angeles. Nothing quite says “sunny Southern California” like the alien invasion of Battle: Los Angeles or the gutterpunk paralysis of Blade Runner — two films in which the city fares distinctly worse than it did with the closing of the 405.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Ten Things You Should Know About Miranda July: She's Totally Not Kidding

    Ten Things You Should Know About Miranda July, courtesy of The NYT Mag's Katrina Onstad. (If you missed it, here's our Sundance interview with the writer/director/star of The Future.) The film opens in limited release July 29 through Roadside Attractions.

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    The End Is Nigh In Poster For 'Take Shelter' Starring Michael Shannon & Jessica Chastain

    This fall, the end of the world will prey heavily on the minds of those going to their local arthouse. Lars Von Trier and his infinite sadness will unleash "Melancholia," the psychological disaster film about an apocalypse caused by a planet named Melancholia literally smashing into the Earth, killing everything in its path. But before we get to that, a much smaller, subtler and better film will tackle end times anxiety, with Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter" rolling into cinemas.

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    Kevin Costner In Talks To Be Leonardo DiCaprio's Henchman In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

    Quentin Tarantino may not have landed the biggest movie star on the planet, Will Smith, for his controversy-bomb slavery Western "Django Unchained," but that doesn't mean he's starving for A-listers: Jamie Foxx has taken over the title part, originally intended for Smith, while Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz is going to be Dr. King Schultz, Django's pal and mentor, Leonardo DiCaprio will take on the principle villain (and appears to be locked in now), slave-trader Calvin Candie, and Samuel L. Jackson will be Candie's principal house slave, Stephen. And now, another big name has signed on, making the film perhaps Tarantino's most traditionally starry to date.

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    Monday Hangover: Winnie the Pooh

    Monday HangoverWinnie the Pooh By Fernando F. Croce and Adam Nayman

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Today's Birthdays - 7/18/11 (Vin Diesel, Andre Royo and Anne-Marie Johnson)

    New York City native Vin Diesel turns 44 today. His impressive film credits include Pitch Black, Boiler Room, Saving Private Ryan, The Fast and The Furious, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Pacifier, Babylon A.D., Fast Five and xXx. Upcoming projects include The Fast and The Furious 6 and The Machine.

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