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    First Look: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell & Christopher Walken in 'Seven Psychopaths'

    The talented Irish McDonagh family has a lot to be proud of today. This morning "The Guard" director John Michael McDonagh’s latest project, a black comedy about a good priest tormented by his community, titled "Cavalry" was announced, and now photos from his brother's latest, Irish playwright turned writer/director Martin McDonagh's "Seven Psychopaths" have surfaced via Entertainment Weekly.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Upcoming Controversial Austrian-Produced Drama "Paradise" Tells Story Of Sex Tourism In Kenya

    I've been following this project but just haven't written about it yet, mostly because information on it has been sparse. But a new development today prompted me to finally post something about it.

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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Showalter Says 'Wet Hot American Summer' Sequel Is "Absolutely" Happening

    It was only this past summer that David Wain teased he was thinking about making a followup to the cult classic "Wet Hot American Summer." It's hard to believe that the film is now over ten years old, but the wild summer camp comedy proved to be a launching pad for a boatload of names like Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Amy Poehler, Judah Friedlander and many, many more. While the film fizzled at the box office, taking in a paltry $300,000, it was on DVD where the fervor for the movie grew, and where the word of mouth propelled it into must-watch status. And it looks like Wain and co-creator and longtime collaborator Michael Showalter aren't done yet.

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    Annette Bening To Star In Gillian Armstrong Comedy 'The Great,' Inspired By Life of Catherine The Great

    Annette Bening has never been the most prolific of actresses. Whenever she's appeared in the last decade or so, she's tended to make a splash, but she's rarely made more than one film every couple of years, preferring, totally understandably, to focus instead on raising her children with Warren Beatty. But her Oscar-nominated turn in "The Kids Are All Right" seems to have revived her interest in acting: she's got as many as four films on the way, including "Imogene," "He Loves Me," "Bomb" and Beatty's gestating Howard Hughes picture. And she's just added one more to her dance card.

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    Michael Shannon Talks 'Return' & His Experience Making The Indie Film

    Looking for strong roles for women in film? Look no further than this week's "Return," (read our review here), a compelling tale of a woman unable to settle into her suburban life after she returns home from a tour of duty overseas. The debut feature by visual artist Liza Johnson, the film is an assured, bold look at a mother and wife who's become a stranger to her own life all wrapped up in a slick combination between Michelangelo Antonioni's "Red Desert" and the stark realism employed by the Dardenne Brothers. It's got quite a great amount of talent behind it, with Linda Cardellini ("Freaks and Geeks") in the lead role of Kelli and a supporting cast of Michael Shannon and John Slattery ("Mad Men") all giving ace performances.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Director Patrick Doyon Talks Animated Short "Sunday"

    What it feels like to be going to the Oscars: "It's surreal. I didn't expect it to happen when I was making the film—I just wanted it to be the best it could be. The Oscar nomination is like the cherry on the sundae."

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    In Darkness

    Agnieszka Holland’s latest film, “In Darkness,” pulls us into a monochromatic world in which all of the primary characters display shading and nuance. The film is based on a true story about a sewer inspector in Lvov, Poland (now Lviv, Ukraine) who helped a group of Jews hide in the sewers to save them from the Nazi holocaust.

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  • Caryn James
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    Miss Piggy Hosts The BAFTA Red Carpet

    This could be the Red Carpet for people who hate The Red Carpet: Miss Piggy is the hostess for the BAFTA arrivals Sunday, asking the urgent questions about clothes, jewels, dates (“Who are you with, Georgie? Why not moi?”) and we can only guess what else.

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  • The Playlist
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    Hammer Films Lining Up 'The Quiet One' With Michael Sheen Eyed To Lead & Jack The Ripper Tale 'Gaslight'

    Once a go-to institution for screams in the horror world, Hammer Films had a fine output of chillers from the late ‘50s to the mid ‘70s, which included the classic string of monster films in which actor Christopher Lee re-imagined iconic characters like Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Mummy. Then in the late '70s and ‘80s, right as Americans were starting to favor gory slashers like “Friday the 13th” and brutal horror films like “Last House on the Left” and the original “I Spit On Your Grave” to name a few, the fog strewn atmospherics of Hammer Films didn’t seem quite so scary any more. As of late the company has seen a resurgence of sorts, proudly putting out Matt Reeves’ excellent “Let Me In” and the predictable but atmospheric and entertaining “The Woman in Black” this past weekend, along with a few forgettable titles like “Wake Wood” and “The Resident.” Current co-chairman of Exclusive Media Guy East, Nigel Sinclair, along with Hammer Films CEO Simon Oakes, understand that their banner carries a certain amount of prestige and they seem to be heading in the right direction on a number of future projects.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Doc "BB King: The Life Of Riley" In Post-Production - Added To GFM Films Sales Slate

    It's not the B.B. King feature film that Wendell Pierce is attached to star in (B.B. King And I), but we'll take it for now.

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