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    "Tuesday, After Christmas" is a Stunningly Executed Romanian (In)Action Flick

    On the whole the Romanian New Wave and James Bond movies aren't mentioned in the same conversation. Certainly our recent outings with 007 and the similarly action-packed franchises of Jason Bourne, Indiana Jones or the superheroes that fill our cineplexes every summer hardly seem to qualify as film making even adjacent to “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” or “12:08 East of Bucharest.” Yet while watching “Tuesday, After Christmas,” the newest feature from director Radu Muntean, I couldn’t shake the feeling that these two areas have more than a little in common.

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  • The Playlist
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    Fox Searchlight Picks Up Dayton/Faris Film 'He Loves Me'; Jeff Bridges Being Courted For A Role

    It’s been five years since 2006’s “Little Miss Sunshine” and while directing duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have had several projects in development, earlier this year it was finally revealed the duo were pushing forward with "He Loves Me." Written by actress Zoe Kazan who will co-star in the picture with her real-life boyfriend Paul Dano, the project is a meta-strange sounding road-trip film that centers on a young novelist who achieves success early in his career but begins to face struggles. It has been described as a blend of “Adaptation” and “Weird Science,” as the young protagonist follows the advice of writing the woman he thinks will love him in a bid to overcome his writer’s block. Here’s the strange part, through this odd exercise he ends up willing her into existence.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ron Howard Says 'The Dark Tower' Will Shoot Spring 2012, Remains Cagey About Javier Bardem

    With a plan to stretch over three films and television series, Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman's adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" is certainly ambitious, so much so, that rumors swirled earlier this month at Universal was getting cold feet about the project. Alas, the project is still set up at the studio, but undergoing some revisions as the cautious studio looks like slim down the budget with the filmmakers getting more time to get the story and approach right. EW recently caught up with Howard and he was quite candid about the latest developments, including the involvement of Javier Bardem who isn't quite secured just yet.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Edi Gathegi Cast In Lead Role In New USA Network Pilot "Wild Card"

    Speaking of up and coming young black actors... Edi Gathegi seems to be gradually making a name for himself in Hollywood, building a resume, both in film and TV - from Twilight to X-Men: First Class on the big screen, and bit parts on several TV shows, to, now, one of 3 lead roles in a new USA Network pilot (and hopefully an eventual series) titled Wild Card.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'The Hangover Part II' Is A Lazy, Unpleasant & Unfunny Mess

    Unlike most of the summer movies, which seem to be thundering into theaters without any real anticipation beyond the cacophonous marketing hype, "The Hangover Part II" seems to be a film people are unreasonably excited for. The 2009 original, directed by Todd Phillips, has metamorphosed from simply being the biggest R-rated comedy of all time (and winner of a Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Golden Globe) to being a movie that average filmgoers consider an instant "classic" of the genre and a staple of any fun-lover's DVD collection. (It's also the biggest selling comedy DVD of all time. Jesus.) The prospect of another movie, again starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis, coming this quickly, has been tantalizing for cinemagoers and something that is getting people really, really jazzed, which makes it somewhat harder to report that "The Hangover Part II" is one of the laziest, unself-aware and most unpleasant Hollywood products we've seen all year. And we just saw the fourth "Pirates Of The Caribbean" movie a couple of weeks ago.

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  • The Playlist
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    Columbia Pictures Snags Kathryn Bigelow's Seal Team 6 Film; Set For Fall 2012 Release

    No Mention Of Joel Edgerton Starring In The FilmSince late last year, director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal have been hard at work on black ops thriller, the details of which, at the time, were being kept under wraps but was rumored to be about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Those rumors turned out be true but when the Al Qaeda leader was suddenly killed a few weeks ago, it was reported that Boal a former investigative reporter, shifted his research and resources and was already rewriting with a section covering the 40 minute firefight that resulted in Bin Laden's death. Even more, Aussie actor Joel Edgerton was said to be a frontrunner for the untitled film -- also referred to as "Kill Bin Laden" -- but once, again word quieted. But not for long.

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    Spout About: Geek Pride Day; R2D2 as Captain Jack Sparrow; Another Body Swap Movie

    Spout About is a daily look at what people are discussing related to the films currently in theaters and the classics we're still talking about. Have another topic worth addressing? Let us know.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch - Salli Richardson-Whitfield Channels Lena Horne (Diversions)

    A video clip from the 2011 Jenesse Silver Rose Auction and Gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel, benefiting the domestic violence oriented Jenesse Center, which Halle Berry has been a long-time supporter of. As part of the evenings festivities, which took place last month, actresses Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Taraji Henson and Wendy Raquel Robinson (above at the event) each separately channeled iconic black female performers.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Jennifer Fox "The Next 14 Things I Learned From Our Six-Figure Kickstarter Campaign"

    Yesterday, Jennifer Fox shared with us six things she recommends doing BEFORE launching a Kickstarter campaign. Today she brings the list up to twenty. She's giving us a lot. She's got a few days left on her campaign. Perhaps you can give back?

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Thelma and Louise Turns 20

    I can't believe that it is 20 years since Thelma and Louise was released. We still have so much work to do. This is a movie that resonated with people in a profound way, it's a movie that people still think about fondly, yet sadly it is a movie that never effected any long term change for women in Hollywood.

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