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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    A Few Great Pumpkins VI—Sixth Night: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    Because Fredric March won the best actor Oscar for his double-role as the twin protagonists in the 1931 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the film is primarily remembered for his performance. Yet to ignore the astonishing filmmaking on display by the great Rouben Mamoulian is to miss one of the most elegant, technically audacious Hollywood horror films of all time, not to mention one of the most truly dangerous. This is definitely pre-Code stuff: a flash of nudity, sure (from madman's prey Miriam Hopkins, in bed), but also a surprising rawness in its violence and a vivid anger permeating its every shock. It feels particularly fresh today in the way it dares to go deep—not into the psychology of its two-faced protagonist, but into the animalistic undertones that permeate Robert Louis Stevenson's original story and that influenced every "dual side of man" tale that popped up in its wake.

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  • The Playlist
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    David Tennant & 'Gavin And Stacy' Star Joanna Page To Star In 'Nativity! 2'

    Yes, Virginia, There Was A 'Nativity 1'Comedy doesn't travel well, historically. It's rare to find a giant comedy that performs as well abroad as it does in the U.S -- instead, each nation will have their own box office draws in the genre, with only the occasional slapstick hit, like the current "Johnny English Reborn," going great guns internationally (but dying in the States), uniting comedy fans worldwide. As such, it's easy to miss these localized box-office phenomena. Like "The Inbetweeners Movie," a big-screen take on the crude British sitcom, currently the third-biggest film of 2011 in the U.K. Like "Le Petit Nicolas," an adaptation of a beloved childhood character that was France's top-grossing home-grown hit of 2009. Or like "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis," and its Italian-language remake "Benvenuti al Sud," which mined millions of Euros out of local cultural stereotypes.

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  • The Playlist
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    ‘Toy Story 3′ Writer Michael Arndt To Tackle Disney’s ‘Phineas And Ferb’

    If he doesn't have a key already, they might as well give him one because Michael Arndt -- the Oscar winning writer of "Little Miss Sunshine" and one of the co-writers of "Toy Story 3" (that also earned him a nomination) -- is going to be a fixture on the Disney lot for the next few years. This year the mouse house has been busy lining up projects for the man, tasking him with "Snow And The Seven" as well the ambitious, under wraps and currently untitled Pete Docter movie over at Pixar about the formation of ideas inside the human mind. Well, he's lined up yet another gig.

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  • The Playlist
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    James Cameron Says 'Fantastic Voyage' Has Been Retooled Into A Love Story

    While it still seems a bit of a way off just yet, the gestating remake of "Fantastic Voyage" is still very much in the works. The film has seen a number of helmers eyeing the director’s chair, but its Shawn Levy of "Real Steel" and "Night At The Museum" fame who is now set to take it on. The original 1966 film follows a group of scientists who are miniaturized and sent into a human body in a submarine to remove a blood clot from a colleague’s brain—a scientist who is invaluable to the CIA. Certainly, there is a lot of room to tell the story again particularly aided with all the special effects tools that are available today, but that's not the only change that's in store for the movie.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Philippe Niang's "Toussaint L'Ouverture" Stars Jimmy Jean-Louis, Aïssa Maïga, Sonia Rolland

    Just last month, Shadow and Act's own Tambay spoke with actor/activist Danny Glover about the possibility of Glover bringing to fruition his idea for a film based upon the life and exploits of Haitian revolutionist Toussaint L'Ouverture. Glover discussed the difficulty that came with such subject matter, saying, "You don’t want to hear those stories man… the stories I could write a book on… just on the process of trying to make a film about the Haitian revolution; but the project is still alive." Knowing what we do about Hollywood, there's no surprise there.

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  • The Playlist
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    Beautiful Trailer, Bland Poster Debut For 3D Stop-Motion Animated ‘ParaNorman’

    011 hasn’t exactly been an exceptional year for animated films. Besides this spring’s deliciously strange “Rango” and this summer’s gorgeous, supple “Winnie the Pooh,” there hasn’t been a whole lot to fawn over, animation-wise. (When Pixar unloads a colossal letdown like “Cars 2,”

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  • Caryn James
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    "Homeland" Preview: Who's Lying in Tonight's Episode?

    "Homeland" Preview: Who's Lying in Tonight's Episode?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Clip Watch: Classic Tintin Stop-Motion Animation from 1947, En Francais

    As a frame of reference for those of you eagerly awaiting the Jackson/Spielberg The Adventures of Tintin, which opened well in Europe this week, here's the first black-and-white stop-motion part of what some folks grew up on in Europe: Tintin and Snowy (or Milou) in Claude Missone's Le crab aux pinces d'or (The Crab with the Golden Claws, 1947). It's frame for frame the same as Herge's comic book of the same name.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Foreign Box Office: Spielberg's Adventures of Tintin Opens Big Overseas

    Sony and Paramount's move to open Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin overseas months ahead of its December stateside release --where the Herge comic books are beloved--is paying off. The performance capture film opened overseas with an estimated $55.8 million in 19 markets.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: Puss In Boots Stomps Timberlake's In Time and Depp's Rum Diary

    DreamWorks Animation's Puss in Boots stomped all over weaker rivals In Time and The Rum Diary this weekend, even with topliners Justin Timberlake and Johnny Depp, as Three Musketeers in 3-D and Paranormal Activity 3 both dropped over 60%. Charles Lyons reports on the box office this wintry World Series Halloween weekend.

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