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    Emile Hirsch Set To Join Director Peter Berg's Navy SEAL Movie ‘Lone Survivor’

    Three years ago, when director Peter Berg promised Universal their tentpole adaptation of “Battleship” in exchange for his low-budget Navy SEAL actioner “Lone Survivor” down the line, the studio couldn’t have predicted that a similar SEAL film, “Act of Valor,” would domestically trounce their sure bet at the box office. However, the low-budget route proved viable yet again, and now the studio is ramping up Berg’s more personal film, moving the project into production right away, and assembling a strong cast that has attracted another young actor today.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Arthouse Audit: The 'Queen' Rules in Limited Openings

    With a solid opening weekend gross, Magnolia's "The Queen of Versailles" becomes yet another of the year's initially successful documentaries. The weekend's other new releases include an eclectic group of films and release patterns with varying-- but lesser-- results.

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    Russell Crowe To Make Directorial Debut With Bill Hicks Biopic, Production To Start In 2013

    It's well-known now, but there was a definite shift right around the release of Judd Apatow's “Funny People” when everyone suddenly realized Eric Bana had incredible comic chops, even though his native Australian fanbase had known that fact for ages from the actor's sitcom and stand-up career. Sadly, fellow Aussie Russell Crowe has no such hushed comedy background to be discovered, so he's decided lately to grow a sense of humor, first appearing as the villain in RZA's kung-fu film “Man With The Iron Fists,” and now making his own directorial debut with a biopic centered around one of comedy's biggest legends.

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Halts Its Death Plunge With Its Least Terrible Episode Since The Pilot

    So far "The Newsroom" has had two major problems, sitting on top of a whole bunch of minor ones. Firstly, Aaron Sorkin's often-questionable approach to female characters has reached something of a zenith here. His shows have often featured strong powerful women undone by their love lives, but the leads of "The Newsroom" feel particularly and offensively bird-brained, and unlike CJ in "The West Wing," Sorkin's finest creation to date, haven't been shown to be particularly competent at their jobs either, mainly out of Sorkin's desire to show Will McAvoy to be right about everything. And some of them have been shown to be actively devilish, like Hope Davis' gossip columnist last week.

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  • Criticwire
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    The Criticwire Survey: Movie Theater Memories

    This week, the critics take a moment to remember what makes the movie theater a special place.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Bachelorette - Written and Directed by Leslye Headland

    This is based on the play by Leslye Headland and premiered at Sundance in January. The more I see information about this movie, the more I want to see it. I am also excited to see more of Rebel Wilson who was hysterical in her scene in Bridesmaids.

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    Producer Frank Marshall Says ‘Jurassic Park IV’ Will Hopefully Land In Theaters For A 2014 Release

    Is it time to start humming that immense John Williams theme in our heads again? It has been over a decade since our last trip to Jurassic Park with Dr. Alan Grant, but it seems like we’re edging closer and closer to heading back there again. It won't be with Steven Spielberg at the helm again (but he’ll of course produce through Amblin), and just last month we heard that “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver were being handed the task of penning "Jurassic Park IV." At the time we pondered whether they’d be starting from scratch or working from the barmy John Sayles script or a more recent Mark Protosevich draft, but we never stopped to wonder how soon we might be seeing “Jurassic Park IV.”

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    Hayao Miyazaki's Next Film to Focus On The Life Of The Designer Of The Zero Fighter Plane

    As Twitch film points out, the next film from famed animator and director Hayao Miyazaki will not be something "everyone in the audience can relax and watch." No, instead, the director of such beautifully cuddly movies as "Spirited Away" and, most recently, 2008's touching aqua-fable "Ponyo," will be doing something more personal and unique. As it turns out, it's a film based around the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the Zero fighter plane that was used during World War II, most infamously during the Pearl Harbor attack. Whoa boy.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Will Mira Nair's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" Be Labeled Anti-American?

    This fall's festival calendar--coinciding with the final months of the U.S. Presidential Election--just got an extra dose of politicized media with the announcement that Mira Nair's latest film, an adaptation of the bestseller "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," would open the Venice Film Festival, and will likely be spotted in Toronto for its North American premiere. (On Twitter over the weekend, Toronto's Noah Cowan championed the film.) But the "Fundamentalist" is a contentious choice to kick-start the fall festivals, sure to draw fire from American conservatives.

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    New Look At Joaquin Phoenix & Marion Cotillard In James Gray's Period Drama 'Low Life'

    One of the biggest question marks and most exciting prospects of this coming fall is the potential return of New York writer-director James Gray who, after 2008's underrated drama "Two Lovers," reunites with Joaquin Phoenix and teams with Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner for an untitled 1920s set drama formerly known as "Low Life."

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