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    Imogen Poots Says Colin Farrell Brings A "Slick Sexuality" To His Vampire In 'Fright Night'

    Here at The Playlist, we’ve been singing the praises of British actress Imogen Poots for a while now. She impressed in Jordan Scott’s boarding school drama “Cracked” and David Levien’s “Solitary Man,” and has been building her presence over the years, with smaller roles in “V for Vendetta,” “28 Weeks Later” and “Me and Orson Welles.” At the close of 2010, The Playlist listed Poots as one of our 15 actresses on the rise, and indeed with roles coming up in the biopic "Greetings From Tim Buckley," the drama "A Late Quartet" (alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and more) and the romance/heist flick "Comes A Bright Day" with "Submarine" star Craig Roberts, she's definitely living up to her early promise.

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    DEEP FOCUS: Sidney Lumet's PRINCE OF THE CITY (1981)

    "Prince of the City" was released on August 19, 1981. Like so many of Sidney Lumet's movies, this one lives and breathes New York City, showing us everything from tenements to court rooms and everyone from drug addicts to district attorneys. The film has well over a hundred speaking roles and what I would consider one of the best casting of authentic New Yorkers in film, mixing professional and non-professional actors throughout. The look and feel of the movie would influence many films and television shows in subsequent decades, ones that strove for realism and a more procedural approach to the cop genre. One of those shows, "Law & Order", even used one of the film's most prominent cast members, Jerry Orbach.

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    John Sayles Looking To Direct Own Script Based On The Rosenberg Trial

    Talks Demise Of The HBO Satchmo Miniseries, 'Girls Like Us,' And MoreJohn Sayles is a busy man, a prolific screenwriter and icon of the American independent film movement. Having made his name directing films such “Eight Men Out,” “Matewan,” “The Return of the Secaucus Seven,” "Lone Star," "Sunshine State," and a variety of small but frequently warmly received films, Sayles also made his mark as an occasional Hollywood scribe, most recently co-writing "The Spiderwick Chronicles". With his latest, "Amigo" (our reviewer at TIFF '10 called it "a complex and organically built work that coaxes meaning out of the situations it builds rather than putting the politics first and constructing a story around it"), a look at the Philippine–American War of early 1900s, opening this week, we had an opportunity to talk with the writer/director and had a chance to ask him about the wide variety of projects he has on his slate and here's what he had to tell us.

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    British Star Nikki Amuka-Bird In Film Adaptation of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus"; Trailer

    Nikki Amuka-Bird (Shoot The Messenger, Torchwood, Small Island, The Omen, #1 Ladies Detective Agency) has one of those faces that makes you say, "Haven't I seen her somewhere?" More than likely, you probably have.

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    Scorsese Says 'Mean Streets,' 'Taxi Driver' Or 'Raging Bull' Would Have Fit Perfectly In 3D

    Meanwhile, James Cameron Says Premium 3D Prices Are Unlikely To Last3D movies aren't worth the hype and cause headaches, the Guardian wrote last week - 3D movie attendance is way down in the U.K., according to The Hollywood Reporter, with the percentage of English audiences opting to pay the extra 3D premium price having fallen 23% compared to last year. Folks like DreamWorks Animation chief and 3D evangelist Jeffrey Katzenberg are genuinely worried about the technology's underperformance with audiences of late. A 3D "Glee" movie tanked at the box-office this weekend. A recent 3D report conducted by the California State University actually says the stereoscopic visuals can cause you physical discomfort and another prime advocate James Cameron, recently told Reuters that he thinks its unlikely that premium 3D prices will last.

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    Brad Pitt To Become 'The Gray Man' In POV Assassin Thriller Directed By James Gray

    You might remember that Brad Pitt and James Gray were set to team up for "The Lost City Of Z," an adventure tale excitingly billed as a “Lawrence Of Arabia”-style epic, and naturally attracted buyers and massive interest around the world. But Paramount pulled the plug late last year with rumors that the studio and Gray couldn't come to an agreement on pay. Pitt moved on to "Cogan's Trade" and it seemed that was it. But it looks like the pair have found something else to team up on.

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    Reeve Carney Lands Role Of Jeff Buckley In Jake Scott Directed Biopic

    Even though "‘Greetings From Tim Buckley" starts shooing this month with Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots leading the film, there are some differences between this project and previously announced Jake Scott directed Jeff Buckley biopic. 'Greetings' will take place entirely before Jeff became a star, centering around his 1991 performance at a tribute concert for this father (and thus, the rights for his music aren't needed, nor have they been granted). Scott's untitled film, on the other hand, is presenting a much more thorough look at the life of the singer, using David Browne‘s book “Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley" as a resource, with full and exclusive access to the Buckley archives. So even though they are competing films, the scope and focus between the two is quite different, and while word on Scott's film had been quiet for a while, he's now found his Jeff Buckley.

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    GROUNDED IN MUSIC: MANHUNTER and the Michael Mann soundtrack

    By Aaron AradillasPress Play Contributor

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    Kieslowski's 'Blue White Red' Trilogy, '12 Angry Men' & More On Criterion's November Slate

    'Fanny And Alexander' & 'Rushmore' Go BluLooking for some Christmas ideas for the cinephile in your family? Then you might want to take a look at Criterion's November slate, which is poised to help end the year on a bang for the boutique label.

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    "DO YOU SEE?": ZEN PULP, PART 4; composition and psychology in Michael Mann's MANHUNTER

      By Matt Zoller Seitz and Aaron Aradillas Press Play contributors

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