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    'The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)’ Gets October 7 Release Date

    Few people have bothered going back and checking out director Tom Six’s back catalogue since “The Human Centipede (First Sequence)” became a minor cultural and cinematic phenomenon, and this writer is not among them. So perhaps “Gay in Amsterdam” is a masterpiece, but it’s doubtful the director will ever be remembered as anything other than the guy who made those forcible ass-to-mouth horror movies. If you’ve been holding out for the sequel “The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)” (and frankly why aren’t you watching "Tucker & Dale vs Evil" or waiting for Ti West’s “The Innkeepers” or something that seems half-way interesting?) it's time to put down the hastily sewn erotic tea doilies inspired by the film that you’ve been spending your evenings darning. That’s right, the wait is almost over: the second centipede comes on October 7th, according to Shock Til You Drop.

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    Lower Budget Turned In For 'The Lone Ranger'; Johnny Depp Sticking By Gore Verbinski

    Ah, the saga of "The Lone Ranger" continues to ride on and in case you've been away here's the short version. Seeing "Cowboys & Aliens" tank, contrasted with the extraordinary $250-75 million budget that was in play for "The Lone Ranger," Disney panicked and yanked the cord on the film, sending the filmmakers scrambling to try and get the budget down to somewhere between $200-220 million while still retaining the eye-popping sequences people are going to be paying for. The result? Well, it's not back up and running but producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski are trying their damndest.

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    Review: 'Bunraku' Wants To Be 'Sin City' But Is More Like 'The Spirit'

    When you go to see any movie, particularly a genre picture, you are required to make a handshake deal with the film regarding the world it's trying to establish. If the picture can successfully convince you that, yes, this is a world of superheroes who are now retired, or this is a planet where no one has ever told a single lie, then you have no choice but to evaluate the movie on these terms.

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    Toronto International Film Festival Other Programs

    The Toronto International Film Festival®’s Industry Programmes continue to develop and support the film industry, both at home and around the world, through innovative networking and career-development initiatives. The 2011 TIFF Industry programming lineup presents diverse sessions that explore the worlds of gaming, international co-production, costume design, soundtracks and music scoring, and provides a forum for provocative conversations about complex issues including funding, VOD distribution models, and the burgeoning Chinese film industry. The Festival welcomes industry professionals from around the world including filmmakers Bruce McDonald (Hard Core Logo II), Morgan Spurlock (Comic-Con: Episode IV – A Fan's Hope), Nick Broomfield (Sarah Palin – You Betcha!), Michael Dowse (Goon); producer Ted Hope (Dark Horse, Martha Marcy May Marlene); Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh; and musician Jason Collett, and presents a special look at Fortissimo Films’ storied and successful 20-year history with chairman Michael Werner.

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    First Look Footage At Andrea Arnold's "Wuthering Heights" Adaptation w/ 1st Black Heathcliff

    It's about to make its world premiere at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, next week - Andrea Arnold's adaptation of Emily Brontë's classic and only novel, Wuthering Heights, which features the first black Heathcliff in the many times the literary work has been adapted for both the big and small screens, played in this case by a young British actor by the name of James Howson.

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    Watch 2 Clips From "Machine Gun Preacher" As Gerard Learns That Death Comes At Night In Africa

    The more I see of this flick, the more convinced I am that I likely won't see it... at least I won't pay to see it.

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    Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier Play Cat and Mouse in "Love Crime"

    Love Crime feels like the kind of film Claude Chabrol could (and sometimes did) make in his sleep: a sly divertissement about power and manipulation that inevitably leads to crime.

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    "Attack The Block" Star John Boyega Cast As Lead In Spike Lee's HBO Drama "Da Brick"

    Well, that was fast!

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Summer 2011 Wrap: Box Office Heads Toward Record $4.5 Billion

    While 2011's box office is still lagging last year's tally, the summer scored record totals thanks to a raft of sequels, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:Even though Hurricane Irene shuttered theater wickets last weekend, the sun never set at the summer’s domestic box office, which is clicking toward an estimated record of $4.5 billion-plus through Labor Day, set to beat 2009’s high water mark of $4.48 billion. The summer breakdown and studio-by-studio report and market share rankings are below.

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    Gerard Butler Yells At A Banker & Learns Death Comes At Night In Clips From 'Machine Gun Preacher'

    Although it’s been hard to come to terms with, since Zack Snyder got him to strip down to his underpants and (doubtless) demanded he slather himself in goose fat for “300,” for whatever reason Gerard Butler is a movie star. The guy seems to enjoy scampering through sexist rom-coms (“The Bounty Hunter,” “The Ugly Truth”) with all the boundless gaiety of a Renaissance Man and otherwise crops up in hysterically misjudged vigilante pictures (“Law Abiding Citizen”) where he claims he’s going to “kill everyone,” perhaps in some deluded effort to test his "range" (more’s the pity, Gerry, you don’t catch Christian Bale pulling shit like this). Unfortunately for audiences, when it comes to giving nuanced screen performances, he’s about as versatile as Kangaroo Jack, though we’ll concede few can match the actor for sheer bovine intensity.

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