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    David Fincher Says ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’ To Be 70% CG, Keen On Motion-Capture Work

    Of all the projects David Fincher has attached himself To over the years, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" is certainly the most mainstream-ready. Set up at Disney and set to be shot in 3D, it's definitely Fincher's first step towards tentpole filmmaking and while we'd probably rather see the director do something, anything else, the fact that Scott Z. Burns ("Contagion," "The Informant!") penned the script gives up hope this will be a cut above the rest.

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    Material Needs: An Interview with Sophie Fiennes, director of "Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow"

    Sophie Fiennes’s beautifully rigorous and wonderfully mysterious new documentary Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow, an observational examination of German artist Anselm Kiefer’s massive thirty-five hectare workspace/art installation in Barjuc, France, seems to have confounded many of the American critics who have had a crack at it. The filmmaker’s decision to elide almost all shreds of context—where we are, what we’re watching, who exactly this Anselm Kiefer guy is and what he’s up to—has been derided as a lack in the filmmaking, as opposed to an aesthetic decision that need be reckoned with on its own terms, pushed and probed to release its secrets of intent (oddly, British and other international counterparts seem to have raised few objections on this score). This criticism, which is not unlike attacking a bonsai garden for not being Redwood National Park, reveals yet again how many critics fall back on familiar tools in the face of a form (nonfiction filmmaking) different from the one they’ve been trained to examine (narrative filmmaking). It’s a critical blind spot that pushes studious, unimaginative bores like Inside Job to the forefront of public consciousness while leaving art like Over Your Cities in the dust.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    God - or Satan - Appears Above New Brunswick

    "Was it the face of Jesus or the face of the devil?" That's what's apparently being asked with regard to the following video, which sees storm clouds morphfrom what appeared to be a pig face to the face of Jesus:

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    Empire Big Screen '11: First Footage From 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Is Flat-Out Terrific

    Plus Glimpses Of 'Contraband,' 'The Raven' & 'Immortals'After a mixed summer ("Fast Five" and "Bridesmaids" performed well over expectations, "Cowboys and Aliens" well under them), it's interesting to see where Universal goEs from here, considering recent changes in management and all. They've got a fairly strong commercial line-up heading into the end of 2011 and the start of 2012, and gave punters a first look at many of those films in London's O2 arena as part of the Empire Big Screen event.

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  • Hope for Film
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    LITTLE ROCK Is That Rare Indie That Consistently Defies Expectations

    Truly Free Indie Film lovers get a rare treat this weekend; that is IF they are in NYC. I got to screen MIke Ott's LITTLE ROCK for my HopeForFilm series at Goldcrest earlier this year, and am pleased to see that it opens today at Cinema Village. Mike will be there in person on Friday and Saturday. Don't let his modesty mislead you: this kind of thing is not easy to achieve -- as natural as he makes it look.

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    Watch: Jay-Z & Kanye West Drive Recklessly, Set Off Fireworks In Spike Jonze Directed "Otis"

    Also, Aziz Ansari Is There Too For Some ReasonIn case you feel off the planet Earth this week, you might have heard that Jay-Z and Kanye West released a new collaborative album under their new namesake The Throne. Entitled appropriately Watch The Throne you may have also heard that the album is what the kids like to call "shit hot." Well, as was reported not too long ago, Yeezy called up his old pal Spike Jonze to direct the video for the lead single "Otis" and frankly, it looks like they had a fucking blast making it.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Rooney Mara Defends Teaser Poster for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

    One of my favorite EW issues is about to hit my mailbox - the fall film preview issue. Yum. Can't wait to take a more in-depth look at all the films coming down the pike this fall. One of the most anticipated is of course The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

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  • Caryn James
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    Why Are Hollywood Stars Quoting Winnebago Man?

    When Ryan Gosling turns to Emma Stone in Crazy Stupid Love and says, “Will you do me a kindness?” he becomes the latest movie character to reveal the unlikely influence of Jack Rebney, the cantankerous eccentric turned cult figure who is the subject of the film Winnebago Man.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch on Coriolanus: Fiennes and Redgrave Stand Out, New Trailer, Early Reviews

    Rookie feature director Ralph Fiennes and veteran screenwriter John Logan (The Aviator) have crafted a strong modern adaptation of Shakespeare's bloody war tragedy Coriolanus (trailer below). Fiennes shines in the central role, which he played on the London stage in 2000 to raves. It plays to his strengths as an actor who doesn't seek to be liked. Fiennes plumbs the depths of a brilliant, ambitious, stubborn, ruthless, deadly, ramrod straight Roman general--with no talent for politics. "This man has no mercy in him," says Coriolanus's ally Menenius, well-played by Brian Cox.

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    Nico Tortorella Joins New Film By 'Like Crazy' Director Drake Doremus, Plot Details Revealed

    Newcomer Mackenzie Davis Also On BoardIt has been a pretty nice year for Drake Doremus. He walked away from the Sundance Film Festival with fantastic buzz for his lo-fi tale of long-distance love "Like Crazy" along with a Grand Jury Prize under his belt for the effort, and he's used that momentum to get his next project rolling. Announced last month, not much was known about the project except that it would reunite him with "Like Crazy" star Felicity Jones, and also feature Guy Pearce and Amy Ryan, with the story centering on "love and marriage." Well two new actors have joined the film and in the process some details on the story have landed.

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