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    Cannes Market Watch: Polanski to Direct Period Thriller 'D,' on Dreyfus Affair

    Roman Polanski's next indie-financed film will be the political thriller “D,” based on the 19th century political scandal Dreyfus Affair in France.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: 30-Second TV Spot Teases 'The Amazing Spider-Man' NBC Super-Preview on May 14th

    Say what you will about “The Expendables 2,” at least they trotted out some amusing persuasion from Terry Crews to advertise the micro-teaser for that film. That's not the case with “The Amazing Spider-Man,” increasingly looking like the kid brother next to this summer's Whedon, Nolan, and Scott offerings, but the film's creative team is trying its hardest to convince you of its import, as its latest TV spot suggests.

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  • Criticwire
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    Film Critic Monkey Business On a Crazy Episode of TV's 'The Practice'

    There have been many film critics on television. There's Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, Gene Shalit and Jeffrey Lyons, even fictional reviewers like "The Critic"'s Jay Sherman and "In Living Color"'s Blaine Edwards and Antoine Merriweather.

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  • The Playlist
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    Roman Polanski To Direct Dreyfus Affair Drama 'D'

    While his personal/legal affairs unfortuantely continue to overshadow the late stage career of Roman Polanski, he continues to solider on, taking on challenging, intriguing fare. Last fall he delivered the drama/satire "Carnage," the big-screen version of the acclaimed play "God Of Carnage," and before that he helmed the underrated political potboiler "The Ghost Writer." And for his next effort, he's turning to a true-life tale.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "A Thousand Words" Coming Out On Blu-Ray DVD June 26

    The very troubled Eddie Murphy comedy A Thousand Words, which opened to terrible reviews and worse box office earlier this year, will come out on blu-ray DVD on June 26th from Paramount Home Video.

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  • The Playlist
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    Stephen Frears Frontrunner To Direct Freddie Mercury Biopic Starring Sacha Baron Cohen

    With Sacha Baron Cohen heading back into theaters next week with another loudly accented, outrageous comic character creation, it's easy to forget he has aspirations beyond comedy. For a couple of years now he's been attached to a biopic about late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury boasting a script from "The Queen" scribe Peter Morgan. At one point, the plan was to shoot it last August, but when we spoke to Morgan in the fall, he explained how it all went down. "Projects have great momentum, and then they slow down. I wrote it, they've got it. Maybe they're sneakily rewriting it, I've got no idea. They were in a great hurry to do it, and then Sacha committed to doing 'The Dictator.' So at that moment, all our afterburners were slowed down. 'Cause at one point, we were frantic, but Sacha had been working on the other one for four years. So I think he's up to his eyeballs at the moment," he said. But it looks like Baron Cohen wants to get back to it.

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  • The Playlist
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    Luke Evans Nabs Villain Role In 'Fast & Furious 6'

    Over the past few days rumors have been flying wildly around the web that Universal, impressed with Rihanna's performance in "Battleship," were going to slot her in the villain role in the brewing "Fast & Furious 6." The reports originated from the U.K.'s The Sun paper -- a red flag if there ever was one -- and quickly spread like wildfire. We reached out to reps to see if this was accurate, but while they didn't offer a straight denial, from what we we gather, nothing was certain. And whether it was true or not that the singer was being courted, a much more reliable source is putting forth a much different name.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Brave' Soundtrack Features Mumford & Sons, Emma Thompson & Julie Fowlis

    Details are starting to squeak by in the lead-up to the June 22nd launch of Disney/Pixar's newest bauble, "Brave." The first details of the "Brave" soundtrack (it will be released physically, unlike "Toy Story 3" and "Up" which were exclusively digital downloads) have emerged from Amazon (via UpcomingPixar), and it looks like the disc is set to include tracks featuring Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, a song featuring Birdy along with indie darlings Mumford & Sons (presumably over the closing credits) and a pair of songs featuring members of the cast (Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson, most notably). The rest of the tracks are orchestral cues from Patrick Doyle's score.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Brit Crime Thriller "iLL MANORS" Heading To Cannes Film Market Ahead Of UK Release (Watch Trailer)

    It's a Brit crime thriller titled iLL MANORS, which is apparently stirring up some excitement with buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Market later this month.

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  • The Playlist
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    Danny Boyle's Amazing 'Frankenstein' Stage Play Coming To American Movie Theaters This Summer

    In an impressive bit of synergistic strategizing, the Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Fathom Events will be screening a taped version of last spring's "Frankenstein" stage play for two nights in June. What makes this such a slick move is that it's perfectly tapping into a number of Zeitgeist-catching threads - the play co-stars Benedict Cumberbatch, whose amazing modern day take on "Sherlock" just started airing on PBS in America (seriously, that first episode alone makes Guy Ritchie's movies look even more like frothy kiddy stuff) and is poised for Next Big Thing Status when he stars as the villain in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" sequel next summer and was directed by Danny Boyle, who will serves as the director of the London Olympics opening ceremonies (not too shabby). The play also stars Johnny Lee Miller, who co-stars in this weekend's delightfully bizarre Tim Burton "Dark Shadows" redo.

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