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    Watch: Trailer For Roger Corman Doc 'Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel'

    Corman's World

    Though he's most recently responsible for producing SyFy originals like "Dinoshark" and "Dinocroc vs. Supergator," Roger Corman has a legacy that would make most producers in Hollywood jealous. Not only has he produced more than 300 features (almost all of them profitable) but he's launched the careers of dozens of filmmakers and actors including Peter Bogdanovich, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Joe Dante, John Sayles, Peter Fonda, Pam Grier, Bruce Dern and William Shatner among many others. He's been making movies for over half a century and looks to have no signs of slowing down with 6 projects currently in active development. (Just try scrolling down his IMDB page without getting exhausted.) He received an honorary Oscar earlier this year but outside of film buffs and horror fans (who will probably remember his Vincent Price-led Edgar Allen Poe adaptations), he's not likely to be mentioned in the same breath with some of his contemporaries.

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    The Queen Hussy Chronicles w/ Pete Chatmon: Issue VI

    It's been a couple of weeks since the last chronicle. Things have been nicely hectic around Double7 as we were finishing a campaign featuring the Porsche 911 GTS Cabriolet (awesome car!) and editing Queen Hussy Episode 2, "But, We're Neighbors".

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Occupy Wall Street: The Movie; Will There Be a Definitive Film of the Movement?

    So far, Occupy Wall Street has inspired a dozen prominent filmmakers, from Haskell Wexler to Jonathan Demme to Jem Cohen, to document the rising protest movement. And a handful of Hollywood and indie films, produced after the rebellion's rise, from "Margin Call" to "Tower Heist," have capitalized on the coincidental timeliness of their stories. But is there a definitive #OWS movie out there? And what would it look like?

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  • The Playlist
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    Russell Brand To Lead 'The President Stole My Girlfriend'

    This isn't scientific or anything, and evidence still needs to gathered to turn this theory into a fact, but as Russell Brand's hair has become far less wild and as he's settled into a domestic life with his improbable wife Katy Perry, the man has gotten distinctly less funny. The witty, energetic comedian fell hard into the man-child stereotype with "Arthur," a movie that bizarrely took him away from the exact style of comedy that made him noteworthy. And now, it looks like yet again, Brand is ready to go Hollywood even if it means making him a completely anonymous comic actor.

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    L.A. Rebellion: Creating A New Black Cinema - Shorts Program Reviews (Works By Julie Dash, Gay Abel-Bey, Larry Clark)

    The shorts program this weekend offered a chance to see early work by major names in the L.A. Rebellion and works by some lesser known filmmakers.

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    'Robot Chicken' Helmer Chris McKay To Co-Direct 'Lego' With Phil Lord & Chris Miller; 2014 Release Pegged

    The various movies in development based on childhood toys and board games, probably the most serious symptom of the creative bankruptcy facing most studios, have, thankfully, yet to come to pass for the most part. McG's "Ouija" had the plug pulled on it, Ridley Scott's "Monopoly" remains stranded in development hell, and films based on the likes of "View-Master" and "Candyland," while threatened, have never made it into production.

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  • Caryn James
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    Ricky Gervais Talks About Globes, Johnny Depp, His New HBO Series

    Ricky Gevais was interviewed at the 92nd St Y in New York last night by my old New York Times friend and media reporter Bill Carter, and in 90 minutes  - which seemed like a blip of time – their sharp conversation covered everything from whether Gevais will be back as host of the Golden Globes, the difference between British and American comedy, and his new HBO series, “Life’s Too Short” (on now in the UK, coming to HBO in February).  Gervais sipped a glass of beer during the chat, and close-up, his uniform black pants looked like tuxedo pants worn with a black T-shirt (more stylish than you thought, isn’t he?)

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: The Iron Lady (UK Version)

    The trailer is clear evidence that Streep will deliver another Oscar caliber performance (as if we had any doubt.)  Whether the movie stands up, still remains to be seen.  But this is clearly going to be very controversial.  Here's what Streep said to the Daily Mail about playing Thatcher:

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Full Trailer For 'The Hunger Games' Is Mostly Convincing

    If a trailer's going to bow on "Good Morning America," it feels like you're safe in making some assumptions on the content of that trailer. Something frothy, we would imagine, in the vein of "New Year's Eve" or "Eat Pray Love," perhaps. At the very most, something from the latest Disney film, bearing in mind that ABC is a subsidiary of Disney. Not on our shortlist? A violent, dystopian sci-fi film about children made to fight each other to the death for the benefit of the general public. 

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    Brad Pitt Plays The Retirement Card, Says He'll Stop Acting In 3 Years

    Have Brad Pitt and his "Ocean's Eleven" director Steven Soderbergh been trading notes? As both men approach fifty, it seems they're eager to step away from the limelight. Hitting the other side of the planet to promote "Moneyball," Pitt has revealed to the Aussie version of "60 Minutes" that he plans to retire from acting. Asked by journalist Tara Brown, "How much longer would you like to do your business for?" the actor had a very simple answer.

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