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    Bradley Cooper To Play Lucifer (What?) In 3D Adaptation Of 'Paradise Lost' (Again, What?)

    Unaware that the concept seems to be an Onion headline come to life, Bradley Cooper is eyeing the role of Lucifer in a big budget 3D adaptation of "Paradise Lost" according to Variety. Take a second, and let that sink in. A big budget, 3D adaptation of "Paradise Lost." With Bradley Cooper. Got it? Ok, great. Great pains are being made to stress that negotiations are not yet underway, but that apparently Cooper is chomping at the bit for the chance to star in what deserves to be the biggest cinematic punchline of the next couple of years.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Something Borrowed Reviews: "Lame, Misjudged, Plastic, Obnoxious"

    Something Borrowed Reviews: "Lame, Misjudged, Plastic, Obnoxious"

    Even the combined adorability and charm of Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski and Colin Egglesfield can't seem to pull any love from reviews of this relationship comedy about a young woman who falls in love with her best friend's fiance, which will only suffer by comparison to the recent genuine romantic article: the royal wedding.

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    Watch: First Two-Minute Clip Of Ryan Gosling In Nicolas Winding Refn's Cannes Entry 'Drive'

    Update: We've been informed that the music in the clip is actually Johnny Jewel's "Tick of the Clock." Originally it was song by his previous group Chromatics, but it was remade specifically for "Drive."

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  • Caryn James
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    Mel Gibson Is Powerful, Haunting in Jodie Foster's Fine Drama "The Beaver"

    We know so much about the private lives of public figures that it’s harder than ever for actors to vanish into roles. Does anyone think Mr. and Mrs. Smith would play as well without the real-life Brad/Angelina subtext? So there’s no use pretending here: the Mel Gibson Issue overshadows The Beaver, which is too bad, because he gives a powerful, touching performance in Jodie Foster’s finely shaped, offbeat film.

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    William Petersen, Adam Brody & Rob Corddry Join 'Seeking A Friend At The End Of The World'

    Most comedians, once they're anointed stars, use their newfound fame to sign on to seemingly dozens of projects, reaching a kind of overexposure in speedy time. After the success of "The 40 Year Old Virgin," it seemed as though Steve Carell was heading that way, with the likes of "Evan Almighty" and "Get Smart," roles that could have been filled by any comic star, clogging up his big screen appearances. But to his credit, now that he's freeing up his schedule by departing "The Office" last week, he's taking on more interesting roles -- the excellent-looking comedy "Crazy, Stupid, Love" lands this summer, and he's got more dramatic projects like "Great Hope Springs," opposite Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, and the oddity "Dogs of Babel" on his slate alongside more straightforward fare like "Burt Wonderstone."

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Interactive Theater Blows My Mind: "Sleep No More."

    Art, particularly when it takes the form of a story, typically encourages a passive experience; the sensational interactive theater production "Sleep No More" works against that tendency. Loosely adapted from "Macbeth," the traveling show is currently housed at a warehouse in Chelsea, where it has been held over through June due to the hugely positive reception. I finally got a chance to try it out last Friday.

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    Check Out This Cool New Film Noirish Poster For Congolese Thriller "Viva Riva!"

    I'm loving this brand new poster for Djo Tunda Wa Munga's Congo-Kinshasa-set crime thriller, Viva Riva - a film I saw and reviewed enthusiastically earlier this year (calling it a pulsating look at a post-war city), and which will be released here in the USA this summer - just next month actually.

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    Call For Submissions - 2011 British Urban Film Festival

    Film submissions for the 2011 British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) are currently open until Monday, July 25.

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  • Spout
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    7 Movie Moms Who Are Also Teachers

    Mother's Day is this coming Sunday, so it's that time of year for movie sites to list their favorite movie moms and what not. As we pointed out yesterday, it's also Teacher Appreciation Week, which should make it all the more special for those millions of Americans whose mothers are also educators. Back when I was a kid it seemed everyone's mom was either a nurse (like mine) or a schoolteacher. So why was it so difficult for me to think of screen roles in which an actress played both parent and teacher? Look at most lists of great teacher characters and they're primarily made up of men. And many of the prominent female teacher characters are young single women or old ladies who rarely are linked to any children. Often in the former case the teacher acts as a mother figure to one or more students. Sometimes, as in "Matilda," they even end up adopting one.

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    Justin Lin Debunks "Original Cast" Rumors For Next 'Terminator' Film

    Last week, rumors surfaced that the project reuniting Arnold Schwarzenegger with the "Terminator" franchise was going to be a present-day affair featuring the cast of the original film. "Terminator 2012" as it may be called, is still without a home, the project being shopped to studios with director Justin Lin ("Fast Five") aboard, but Lin claims that the original cast chatter is just a hunk of balderdash.

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