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    Does David Lynch Have A New Feature Film In The Works?

    Granted, it's pretty thin gruel but we'll take what we can get from David Lynch who hasn't made a film since 2006's "Inland Empire" and has lately embarked on an ill-advised music career.

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    Watch: ‘The Human Centipede II’ Aussie Trailer Has Some People Pretending To Be Scared

    Also Suggests U.S. Version Will Be CutSo, how low rent and cheaply shocking will "The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)" be? Judging by the Australian trailer for the film, which features a bunch of bad actors pretending to be scared by the film, director Tom Six seems to have given up.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Gender Watch: Vanity Fair's New Establishment List

    Another list is published and the there are not too many women on the list. The highest woman on Vanity Fair's 17th annual New Establishment list is Lady Gaga at 9. Here's what qualifies to get on the list: "the top 50 of an innovative new breed of buccaneering visionaries, engineering prodigies, and entrepreneurs—“The Age of Information gives way to a burgeoning Age of Technology..."

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    Bette Midler & Bailee Madison Join Billy Crystal for ‘Us & Them’

    Director Andy Fickman isn’t known for his deft skills at directing comedy, as the Amanda Bynes vehicle “She’s the Man” and last year’s already forgotten “You Again” bear out, but his next film “Us & Them” (which, we suppose completes an unofficial trilogy of films with bland, pronoun-heavy titles) can’t be knocked for lacking talent. It already boasts Billy Crystal returning from the wilderness after “Analyze That,” and now, Variety reports that Bette Midler -- absent from our screens since the nonsensical remake of George Cukor’s “The Women” committed gynocide at the box-office in 2008 worse than Charlotte Gainsbourg in “Antichrist” -- and precocious “Just Go with It” and "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" star Bailee Madison have also joined the cast.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Michael Fassbender Talks Sex and "Shame" In Venice

    I'm excitedly off to see Steve McQueen's "Shame" this cold, dreary morning in Toronto (I suspect 9am isn't the best time for this film, but whatever), and figured this clip of the sexiest man alive discussing the film in Venice would be an appropriate post in anticipation:

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  • Caryn James
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    From X-Men, to Keira Knightley in Love, A Wealth of DVDs

    You know that feeling of overload when too many big fall films arrive at once? Today is one of those days for DVD and streaming video, as many of spring and summer’s best movies arrive.

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  • The Playlist
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    Venice '11 Review: 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' Is A Remarkable, Quietly Devastating Spy Movie

    The spy genre, is generally speaking, a euphemism for 'action movie' -- look at the explosions, fistfights and car chases of the Bond films, of the 'Mission: Impossible' series, of the 'Bourne' franchise, none of which have much in the way of actual tradecraft. The business of being a spy is hard, boring work, made up of listening and talking and without a lot of glamor. One of the men who best understands this is novelist John Le Carré, himself a former spy, who for close to half a century has been behind some of the most acclaimed literary examples of the genre. But aside from the much-loved "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold," and the more recent "The Constant Gardener" (the latter not strictly speaking an espionage picture), his works haven't had a huge amount of success on the big screen, lacking the speedboats and fireballs of Ian Fleming or Robert Ludlum. One of the writer's best-known books is "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," the first of the 'Karla' trilogy, which focuses on George Smiley, a middle-aged veteran of 'The Circus' (Le Carré's term for the British intelligence services) and his rivalry with his Soviet counterpart Karla. Working Title Films has spent the last couple of years on a new cinematic take with Tomas Alfredson, director of the much-acclaimed "Let the Right One In," making his English-language debut at the helm. It's no small undertaking, considering that the novel was previously adapted as a much-loved, seven-part, 290-minute BBC miniseries, headed up by an indelible performance from the great Alec Guinness. Alfredson might have assembled an all-star cast of British talent to bring the book to life, but could the company, led by Gary Oldman taking up Smiley's thick glasses, hope to match their predecessors? And could the film manage to keep the plot coherent and thrilling at a running time less than half of what the TV take had to play with?

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  • Hope for Film
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    Tools Review: Stonehenge Mobile Apps For Films

    The other day, I posted a WIP list of some of the many tools and platforms filmmakers have it their disposal these days. It's hard to make heads or tails of them. How do we determine which ones we should use?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: Early Review Round-Up: "Chilly and Acrid" "Razor-Sharp"

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: Early Review Round-Up: "Chilly and Acrid" "Razor-Sharp"

    Early reviews praise Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) in the Cold War spy thriller Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy, the film adaptation of John le Carre’s 1974 best-selling novel directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In). Oldman plays MI6 agent George Smiley, previously immortalized by Alec Guinness in the 1979 BBC mini-series. Critics say that Tom Hardy also pops in the ensemble including Colin Firth, John Hurt and Benedict Cumberbatch.

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    Not Mad About 'Dreamgirls' Anymore, Eddie Murphy Considers Hosting The Oscars

    Update: Deadline reports that Eddie Murphy is now officially on board to host the Oscars. Career comeback? Between this and "Tower Heist" it could well be. However "A Thousand Words" and the "Hong Kong Phooey" movie say otherwise.

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