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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Christian Bale's Flowers of War Is Not Delicate Film, Looks Gorgeous, Horrifying

    TOH! caught twenty minutes of gorgeous, horrifying footage of Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War (formerly Heros of Nanking) at Toronto, along with every distributor in town. It's China's most expensive movie to date, and will open there and across Asia on December 16, and is rumored to be near a deal for US distribution. The film stars Christian Bale, with what looks like a strong performance, as a mortician in wartorn 1937 Nanking who steps up to protect a group of schoolgirls and prostitutes taking shelter at the Winchester Cathedral. Adapted by Liu Heng from the novel by Geling Yan, it is inspired by true events during the Rape of Nanking. Here's more from Toronto. The film is China's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.

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  • Enzian Theater
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    First FFF Shorts Deadline Hitting

    First FFF Shorts Deadline Hitting

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  • The Playlist
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    Katherine LaNasa Joins 'Dog Fight' aka 'Southern Rivals' With Will Ferrell & Zach Galifianakis

    Also Lines Up Serial Killer Pic 'The Frozen Ground' With John Cusack & Nicolas CageSo, Katherine LaNasa comes to the table with some pretty interesting factoids. She's the ex-wife of both French Stewart and Dennis Hopper (and the mother of Henry Hopper who you saw in "Restless"), and while her name might not be familiar, she's been working steadily for years, mostly on TV, racking up appearances in a number of shows. Maybe you remember her as Lydia in "Two and a Half Men" (see above) or Beverly Ford in "Big Love." She was also the lead on the short lived NBC sitcom "Three Sisters." But the actress is making a huge leap into feature films, and with three projects on the horizon you'll be hearing her name and seeing her more often.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Harold Perrineau Chosen As New Voice Of "Blade" For Anime Series

    ComicBookMovie.com is reporting that Harold Perrineau (Oz, The Matrix, Lost) will be heard as the voice of Blade when the new Marvel anime series based on the comic character debuts on G4 in January 2012.

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  • The Playlist
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    MGM & Sony Get In The Ring For Eminem & Antoine Fuqua's Boxing Drama 'Southpaw'

    The past year has seen the boxing movie get a little bit of a resurgence. Of course, there was David O. Russell's "The Fighter," which jumped late into the Oscar race last year and went on to nab statutes for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, and for the past two weeks, Hugh Jackman's robot boxing flick "Real Steel" has stayed stead on top of the box office. Now, fresh-out-of-bankruptcy MGM are looking to get going on a project that does not have a hobbit or James Bond in it, picking up the rights to "Southpaw," which will have Sony distributing the film.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Preview: Martha Marcy May Marlene, Le Havre, Margin Call, Three Musketeers & More

    IndieWIRE Pick of the Week Martha Marcy May Marlene and Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre are this weekend's best bets, scoring high with critics across the board. JC Chandor's Margin Call -- a showcase for talented actors -- is arriving at a propitious moment, and could Occupy the box office with the same conviction that protesters are sticking it to Wall Street. (Producer-star Zachary Quinto's pitch-perfect coming out was also well-timed.) Brit import Oranges and Sunshine offers earnest true-story TV-level drama; critics cite Norman's always-watchable Richard Jenkins; Paranormal Activity 3 serves up ample scares; and yet another The Three Musketeers proves just how cheesy 3-D profiteering can be.

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  • The Playlist
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    George A. Romero Working On An Adaptation Of 'The Zombie Autopsies'

    This may get some fans all hot and bothered, but this writer is just gonna come out and say it. While there is no denying George A. Romero's place in horror history, the director hasn't made a relevant statement in the zombie genre in almost three decades. While the genre itself has soared in popularity in the past few years, becoming positively mainstream, Romero hasn't had much to add to the equation and the less said about this last effort, "Survival Of The Dead," the better. But, it appears the 71 year-old helmer is going to take another crack at a zombie movie, hopefully with better results.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cameron Unveils Titanic 3-D Footage for April 2012 Release, Talks 3-D, Exploration, Avatar

    James Cameron loves 3-D. He’s believed in it from the beginning—in fact, he’s personally responsible for the entire industry’s move toward 3-D, I was reminded at a Popular Mechanics high-rise lunch in Hearst Tower before Cameron accepted one of the magazine’s 2011 Breakthrough Awards (video of his Q & A, which digs into the Avatar sequels, and acceptance speech is below). Even though everyone told him and inventor Vince Pace that 3-D filmmaking was impossible, they rigged two HD cameras together “and figured it out,” he said, proving that it could be done. Thus they changed the entertainment industry, for better or worse. (Here’s my interview with Cameron about his love of science and exploration for the magazine.) Now he and Pace are testing new sophisticated servo-controlled light 3-D shoulder cameras for shooting sports and concerts, “serving broadcasters on a global basis,” Cameron said.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Vintage Footage Of The Accident That Starts It All In 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'

    Until now, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" has been all boobs, provocative trailers and Hot Topic magazine spreads, but today, something different arrives from the MouthTapedShut "unofficial" page.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Gotham Award Nominees Analysis: Three for Descendants, Martha Marcy; Two For Beginners, Take Shelter

    Gotham Award Nominees Analysis: Three for Descendants, Martha Marcy; Two For Beginners, Take Shelter

    Where smaller indie features are concerned, awards like the Gothams and Indie Spirits--not to mention year-end critics groups and eventually, the craft guilds--make a huge difference in building momentum for breakthrough actors such as Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson), Amy Adams (June Bug), Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) and Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone), who eventually earned Oscar nominations. Awards campaigns are all about turning a relative unknown or potential contender into a must-see, a movie that cannot be missed. The Gothams helped to push Winter's Bone, The Kids Are All Right and Black Swan toward their eventual Best Picture Oscar slots--and The Hurt Locker to its win.

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