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    Steven Spielberg Says 'Lincoln' Will Not Feature The Civil War; Producer Kathleen Kennedy Debunks Daniel Day-Lewis Rumors

    To promote "War Horse" and "The Adventures of Tintin" these past two consecutive weekends in New York, director Steven Spielberg and producer Kathleen Kennedy had to make runs back and forth from Virginia, where they're currently shooting "Lincoln."

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: What To Expect When You Are Expecting - Written by Shauna Cross and Heather Hach

    Can one hope that this movie won't suck if Shauna Cross the writer of Whip-It has written it? I will hope...

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  • The Playlist
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    Jailed Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi Was Set To Make Hollywood Debut On Steve Zaillian-Scripted 'A Thousand Splendid Suns'

    One of the most depressing events in the film world in the last few years has been the imprisonment of Iranian director Jafar Panahi. The man behind acclaimed films such as "The Circle," "Crimson Gold" and "Offside" among others, was arrested by the country's regime two years ago for "assembly and colluding with the intention to commit crimes against the country’s national security and propaganda against the Islamic Republic," and sentenced to six years in prison, as well as being banned for making films, or leaving the country, for twenty years. Petitions and protests have been held all over the world, just as Panahi's documentary "This Is Not A Film" was unveiled at festivals, but so far, to no avail.  And it has emerged that, just as Panahi's imprisonment took place, he was moving towards making his Hollywood debut with one of the biggest producers in town, and an Oscar-winning screenwriter.

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    Groovy? Mike Myers Plotting 'Austin Powers' Stage Show Prequel

    As you might remember, late this summer, probably in an effort to revive a career that is for all intents and purposes dead, it was announced that Mike Myers was going to dust off the ugly dentures to play Austin Powers -- again -- in a fourth movie. Aside from his voicework in the "Shrek" series, Myers has become something of non-presence on the big screen popping up in a cameo in "Inglourious Basterds" after tanking hard with "The Love Guru." The cultural zeitgeist around all things retro seems to have died, but for whatever reason New Line seems to think this franchise still has life and if Myers has his way, "Austin Powers" is going to be bigger than ever.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    We've Got Virgins! History, Propaganda and "The Flowers of War"

    It was at the moment when the maurading Japanese soldiers broke into a cathedral, tried to rape a bunch of innocent Chinese schoolgirls, and a lone Chinese rifleman across the way managed to get off a few shots directly through the church's stained-glass windows, and into the neck of the Japanese attackers, that it became clear to me that director Zhang Yimou’s new epic about the 1937 Nanking massacre "The Flowers of War" is, well, frankly, propagandistic and, yes, anti-Japanese.

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    The Fire Rises: Our Verdict On The Six-Minute IMAX Prologue To 'The Dark Knight Rises'

    There’s a higher force at work in Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman feature, “The Dark Knight Rises.” Or so it seems anyhow.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Hollywood's Most Expensive Pieces of History

    Ahead of Profiles in History's "Icons of Hollywood" auction to be held in Beverly Hills this Thursday and Friday, which will put up for auction such items as Bela Lugosi's "Dracula" cape and Dorothy's red slippers from "The Wizard of Oz," THR mounts a retrospective gallery of the priciest pieces of Hollywood history. 

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    Critics Choice Awards Led by Hugo and The Artist with Eleven Nominations

    Two films celebrating silent cinema, "Hugo" and "The Artist," led the The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) nominees for the 17th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, with eleven each.

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    Review: David Fincher’s ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Is An Intense But Dispassionate Thriller

    Looking at “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” it’s hard not to think of the dark thriller cum procedural as director David Fincher’s “The Departed." Notwithstanding both films being inspired by/remade from acclaimed foreign predecessors, Fincher and Scorsese alike seem to be saying with them, “You wanted me to do this kind of movie? Well, here it is, motherfuckers.”

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    Warner Bros. Puts 'Paradise Lost' On Hold Citing Budget & Script

    So, just how worried are big studios these days about spending lots and lots of money on risky projects? Well, just ask Sony, which is still smarting from the "Men In Black 3" fiasco, and pushed Roland Emmerich's start and release date for "Singularity" back by months in order to get the script in the best shape it can be. And then there was that whole "The Lone Ranger" thing with Disney, which strong-armed the filmmakers to bring down the cost or else not make the movie at all. And now, the same is happening over at Warner Bros. With a big budget, star-studded, mo-cap, 3D adaptation of "Paradise Lost" set to begin filming in weeks, Aussie film crews are receiving a lump of coal in their stocking this year.

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