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    Adam Scott Says 'Party Down' Movie Will Shoot Next Summer, If Schedules Can Be Worked Out

    Exclusive: Many a prematurely-canceled TV show lives on in hope of resurrection on the big-screen. This is partly due to the success of "Star Trek," originally a low-rated three-season TV show that became Paramount's biggest franchise after the success of "Star Wars". Very occasionally, it happens; Joss Whedon's cult sci-fi TV show "Firefly," became the Universal movie "Serenity," although the film didn't catch on with many beyond fans. But more often, there's a lot of talk, but very little action -- even Annyong's agent has given up hope of an "Arrested Development" movie ever happening.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Commemorating 9/11 On Screen...

    First, if you live in New York City, TONIGHT, at 7:45PM, the Walter Reade theater at Lincoln Center in Manhattan, will be screening Spike Lee's 25th Hour - the first major motion picture shot on location in New York after September 11, 2001.

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    Lynne Ramsay Has A Psychological Sci-Fi Movie In The Works, Plus A Picture At Warp Films

    Director Talks About Almost Working With Aphex Twin & Plaid, Was Asked To Do 'Jane Eyre,' But Turned It DownExclusive: If you haven't already surmised, the consensus seems to overwhelmingly suggest that "We Need To Talk About Kevin" -- the long-awaited return of Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay -- is a big winner. Starring Tilda Swinton, in a performance that's already turned towards Oscar talk, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller (Antonio Campos' "Afterschool") and boasting a score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, " our review from Cannes earlier this year described the movie as a "haunting and unflinching drama... Swinton is superb, and if there were any doubt she’s one of our greatest living actresses, that has now been removed with one swift stroke." A recent tweet from our Toronto International Film Fest correspondent said the picture was, "beautiful, brooding, devastating -- I need a stiff drink. Maybe two."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Terry Dexter & Teyana Taylor Now Attached to Star in Florence Ballard Screen Biopic?

    If you recall, I did a post a little over a month ago; regarding the rumor that Jurnee Smollet was attached to play ex-Supreme Florence Ballard and Beyonce's sister, Solange Knowles was supposedly in the role of Diana Ross, in the screen biopic Blondie: The Florence Ballard Story.

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    Weekend Box Office (Sept 9-11)

    As expected Contagion was No 1, with The Help (AKA the film they cannot kill) as No.2. But the this weekend's two biggest surprise were, first, the dismal opening take for Warrior, a film that Lionsgate was very high on. The film got fantastic responses from preview audiences and Lionsgste screened the hell out of the movie around the country (maybe too much so) and did a ton of publicity work for it yet it failed to catch fire.

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    Trailer Watch For "The Raid" (A Man's Man Movie If Ever There Was One)

    Yeah, now we're talking! Below is the red band trailer for the Indonesian film The Raid , directed by Welsh filmmaker Gareth Huw Evans, which has gotten nothing but ecstatic reviews since it was screened at the Toronto Film Festival this month. Not surprisingly, it's been picked up by up for release in worldwide territories - USA (Sony Pictures), Canada (Alliance), the UK (Momentum), Australia (Madman), France (SND), Germany (Koch), Japan (Kadokawa), China (HGC) and Turkey (Calinos).

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Contagion' Infects Box Office In Year's Weakest Overall Frame

    It looks like “Contagion” lived up to its name, landing at number one with $23 million and sapping the rest of the lineup of its health, creating one of the genuinely weakest weekends of the year. The Steven Soderbergh thriller, loaded with familiar faces, benefited from a savvy ad campaign and a few IMAX engagements to deliver what should count as a big opening by September standards.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Box Office: Contagion Runs $23-Million Fever Over Cold Weekend

    Box Office: Contagion Runs $23-Million Fever Over Cold Weekend

    Steven Soderbergh's pandemic ensemble thriller Contagion posted a healthy opening despite an overall downer weekend. Anthony D'Alessandro breaks down the box office:

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    TIFF11: "Into the Abyss" is Werner Herzog's Horror Documentary Based in a Texan Tragedy

    Werner Herzog is against the death penalty. He has no problem letting it be known, and his stated reasoning is Nazi Germany, into which he was born. While presenting his new documentary, "Into the Abyss," partly about a Texas Death Row inmate, at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, he told the crowd, “No one from my generation, none of my peers, is for capital punishment. It’s as simple as that.”

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    TIFF 36 Day Three: Wuthering Heights, 360, Keyhole, In Darkness, Comic-Con: Episode IV–A Fan’s H

    TIFF 36 Day Three: Wuthering Heights, 360, Keyhole, In Darkness, Comic-Con: Episode IV–A Fan’s H

    Meredith Brody continues to make the rest of us Toronto attendees look like slackers.

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