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    F. Gary Gray Headed To 'The Last Days Of American Crime' With Sam Worthington

    F. Gary Gray has had a bit of a bumpy ride in finding his next film after "Law Abiding Citizen." Last year he was on board to direct the video game adaptation "Kane & Lynch" with Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx before that project ran into development hell, and earlier this year he was shortlisted for "G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes" (with that job going to Jon Chu) but it looks like he's landed on something new.

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    'Thor': The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

    "Thor" is waking up on Monday morning with a bit of a curious hangover. While most critics seemed to give the Marvel comic adaptation a shrug of approval (including us -- we gave it a B- and called it "mostly entertaining" though around the offices, most of us were split on the film, and audiences were a bit more cagey about seeing the mighty hammer up on screen. The film opened to a conservative $66 million. Yes, it was the second highest first-weekend gross this year so far, but for May, this is considered a soft summer opening if you look at the past ("Iron Man" movies and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" both did higher numbers). This could make rival studios quiver in their boots about bringing lesser-known, expensive comic films to the big screen (you can bet Warner Bros. execs are meeting today to figure how to avoid a similar opening for "Green Lantern," again not a bad one, but not quite the numbers they want to see considering the expensive budgets).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes 2011: The Latest Trailers & Pictures: Drive, Skin I Live In, L'Apollonide, Hara-Kiri & More

    Cannes 2011: The Latest Trailers & Pictures: Drive, Skin I Live In, L'Apollonide, Hara-Kiri & More

    Here is the complete Cannes Film Festival lineup, and the trailers available so far:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Today's Birthdays - 5/09/11 (Lorena Gale and Sean Nelson)

    Canadian actress Lorena Gale would have turned 53 today. Her long list of film and tv appearances include The Butterfly Effect, Smallville, Traitor, God Bless The Child, 21 Jump Street, Camp Candy, The Commish, The X-Files, P.T. Barnum, The Chronicles of Riddick, Things We Lost In The Fire and Battlestar Galactica where she starred as "Priestess Elosha" for four seasons. Her play, Angélique, the story of executed slave Marie-Joseph Angelique, was the winner of the 1995 duMaurier National Playwriting Competition in Canada.

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  • Spout
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    Short Starts: Watch "Hesher" Director Spencer Susser's "I Love Sarah Jane"

    When is a zombie movie not a zombie movie? “Hesher” director Spencer Susser answers that question with gusto in his 2008 film “I Love Sarah Jane.” The short does have a zombie, and it’s a pretty classic variety of zombie at that. It looks like a zombie, hungers for human flesh and can infect with zombie-ness by biting you. Yet that’s the extent to which “I Love Sarah Jane” conforms to the genre. The cast of healthy human characters, entirely kids and teenagers, are neither running away from an undead horde nor holed up trying to fight them off. It’s a movie in the context of zombies, but it can’t really be considered a “zombie movie,” and that’s part of what makes it so cool.

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    Hot Docs Review: 'Carol Channing: Larger than Life' Is Surface-Skimming, But Sweet

    Director Dori Berinstein is clearly a devoted Broadway fan having already directed one critically acclaimed documentary on the business we call “show.” In fact, it's no surprise that Berinstein has made a film about the life of Broadway icon Carol Channing - "Carol Channing: Larger than Life" is a marriage of two people with a genuine love of live musical theater which giveth to the movie as much as it taketh away.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Disney Rarities On Auction—And On View

    Auctions offering Disney artwork and memorabilia are fairly commonplace, but the material gathered for Profiles in History’s newest event, in conjunction with The actual envelope, in Walt Disney’s handwriting.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Why Bridesmaids Matters

    This feels like another cultural watershed moment for women on screen. A big studio comedy that is about women. We all know the difficulties women in comedy have faced. Gone are the days of Goldie Hawn and Madeline Kahn and Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin. Women who were allowed to be stars and allowed to be funny in movies.

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    First Look At 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

    Described As A Cross Between D. W. Griffith’s 'Abraham Lincoln' & F. W. Murnau’s 'Nosferatu'While filming is currently underway, it looks like 20th Century Fox is getting the press machine rolling very early on this one, granting the New York Times an early set visit.

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    First Piece Of Concept Art For Film Adaptation Of Nnedi Okorafor's "Who Fears Death"

    Check out (above) the first piece of concept art for the upcoming film adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor's third novel, Who Fears Death, which is set in an alternate, post-apocalyptic Saharan Africa, published just this year (for a larger, more detailed look at the image click HERE).

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