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    Ralph Fiennes Teases Blofeld Role In New Bond Film 'Skyfall'; Talks Shakespearean Adaptation Of 'Coriolanus'

    Ralph Fiennes Teases Blofeld Role In New Bond Film 'Skyfall'; Talks Shakespearean Adaptation Of 'Coriolanus'

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Soderbergh’s Haywire Premieres at AFI Fest: Review, McHale’s Q & A with Carano, Fassbender, McGregor

    By all accounts, the world premiere at Graumann’s Chinese Sunday night of Haywire at AFI FEST was, well, haywire. Sophia Savage was there.

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    Keira Knightley To Play Effie Gray In 'Untouched'

    It looks like Emma Thompson and Dakota Fanning have some competition. With production already underway and pre-selling at the American Film Market on their project "Effie" (with footage apparently being shown on an iPad to potential buyers), a rival picture is in the works, because no good idea in Hollywood only gets used once.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Stream Childish Gambino's (aka Donald Glover's) "Camp" In Its Entirety Before Next Week's Release

    I posted the *controversial* video for the first release from the album last week - Bonfire.

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    DOC NYC '11 Review: 'Scenes Of A Crime' Is A Riveting, True-Crime Documentary Worthy Of Errol Morris

    When the West Memphis Three were freed just a wee bit before Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's third film about their plight ("Paradise Lost 3") was about to hit the festival circuit, people were again reminded of the brass strength of cinema. After the first of the trilogy was aired on HBO, the public was wooed and spoke out against their conviction, with loud voices such as Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder bringing even more heat to the topic (with some celebrities even helping to fund the legal defense team). We often forget that film can help elicit change -- maybe it's our general apathy or maybe we've been conditioned to turn away at whatever new "issues" doc is at our door, that often speak directly to the choir. But let's not forget "Super Size Me" helped kick the fast food chain's extra large size to the curb, "Bowling For Columbine" got KMart to stop selling bullets, and most unforgettably, master filmmaker Errol Morris' "The Thin Blue Line" set a wrongly convicted man free. Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh's "Scenes Of A Crime" shares much of the latter film's DNA, focusing on a questionable murder confession by an unemployed upstate New Yorker.

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    Bernardo Bertolucci's 'The Last Emperor' Getting 3D Conversion; David Cronenberg Turns Down Chance To Turn 'Naked Lunch' 3D

    We're now entering the era of movie studios and producers finding new revenue streams simply by dusting off catalog titles, spit-shining them, and putting them back into theaters. Disney's hugely successful "The Lion King" re-release is still playing in some markets even with the film now out of the vault on BluRay. "Ghostbusters" re-visited theaters last month, and next year your eyeballs will be dazzled (sort of) by new 3D versions of "Titanic" and "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace." So far the arthouse hasn't gotten into the game aside from your standard new prints of classic films, but it looks like all that is about to change.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Clint Eastwood and The Politics of “J. Edgar”

    The big news over the weekend in awards circles was the unveiling of Clint Eastwood’s latest Academy contender “J. Edgar.” Unlike many of my peers, I greet the arrival of a new Eastwood pic like the latest Tea Party rally—an event with a lot of emotion and conservative politics, but not a lot of substance. Eastwood’s films are certainly better than Paul Haggis’s—who, of course, wrote Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby”—but they share the same penchant for melodrama, broad strokes and a political shorthand and reactionary quality that seems to think itself moral and upstanding by having token Others and spouting lessons, usually involving the comeuppance of angry white people, who turn out to be not that bad, after all.

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    Winning: Set Pics Of Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray & Jason Schwartzman On The Set Of 'Charlie Swan'

    Oh, to be a fly on the wall. We can only imagine what kind of oddball conversations Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman are having on the set of Roman Coppola's “Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan” and while we can't be there in person, their wardrobe is speaking volumes.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    10 Questions With Seith Mann

    Installment number 2 of a new S&A feature I introduced last week - what I'm calling "10 Questions With A Black Filmmaker," in which, as the title states, a filmmaker will be asked 10 questions, they'll answer, and I'll share both questions and answers here with the rest of you to read.

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    Bradley Cooper Kind Of Looks Like Charlie Day In First Look At 'The Silver Linings Playbook'

    Bradley Cooper Kind Of Looks Like Charlie Day In First Look At 'The Silver Linings Playbook'

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