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    Tony Scott Plots Remake Of 'The Wild Bunch' But Wants To Do 'Hell's Angels' Next

    Not content to have his brother hog the spotlight today, Tony Scott has some news he wants to share -- and you're probably not gonna like it.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Is Millennium Dumping Toronto's Trespass, Starring Kidman and Cage?

    Is Millennium Dumping Toronto's Trespass, Starring Kidman and Cage?

    Poor Nic Cage can't get a break from Millennium Entertainment. He co-stars with Nicole Kidman as husband and wife in Joel Schumacher's R-rated heist thriller Trespass, which is making its debut at the Toronto Film Festival (trailer below). The movie is scheduled to be released by Millennium Entertainment (formerly First Look) on October 14 in theaters and on VOD, followed a bit too swiftly by a Blu-ray release on November 1. "Millennium Entertainment will release TRESPASS on October 14, 2011 in theaters and at home – rent it with your remote control," invites the press release.

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    Box Office: Warner Bros. International Races Past $2 Billion, Following Paramount

    How will Warner Bros. ever top the year they released the Harry Potter finale in 3-D?

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  • Spout
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    "A Bitter Taste of Freedom" is a Personal Portrait of a Late Friend and a Nation That's Lost Its Way

    Forgive my usual instinct to compare new films with old, and docs with narratives, but going into Marina Goldovskaya's new documentary, "A Bitter Taste of Freedom," I couldn't help but think of Joel Schumacher's "Veronica Guerin." There have been other female journalists assassinated for their prying, I'm sure, but Guerin and Anna Politkovskaya, the Russian reporter at the center of "Bitter," are probably the most famous. In Schumacher's drama (and no, I haven't seen John Mackenzie's earlier, names-changed version, "When the Sky Falls"), Guerin is portrayed by Cate Blanchett as more pestering than penetrating, an obnoxiously forthcoming investigator who may not have deserved death but surely had to suspect it as an outcome to her prickly probe into the Irish underworld. In the doc, Politkovskaya is able to represent herself for the most part, through firsthand footage filmed over years by Goldovskaya, her former professor and longtime friend. She hardly seems reckless so much as she was undoubtedly a brave and amiable crusader (in the film she asserts she's a civilian rather than a journalist). In the wake of her murder, Vladimir Putin claimed her writing had no real influence, as if to reject notions the State did her in by identifying her as no Guerin-esque sort of nuisance.

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    Watch: Beautiful, Deeply Romantic Trailer For Michael Winterbottom's 'Trishna' With Freida Pinto

    Michael Winterbottom works very fast, but don't think he skimps on production values. Even though the film was shot on location in Jaipur, India earlier this year, Winterbottom has it all locked up and ready to premiere at TIFF next month, and we have to admit, we weren't expecting this.

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    Watch: Trailer For Tsui Hark's IMAX Sized 'Flying Swords of Dragon Gate' With Jet Li

    While Tsui Hark certainly has his fans around the world, for us, we're mostly waiting for him to make something to match the inspired audacity of 2000's "Time And Tide." As anyone who has seen that movie knows, it's a ridiculously awesome and totally bonkers action flick that still has some of its setpieces seared into our brain (the shootout between guys scaling two tenement buildings anyone?). Everything since has been kind of disappointing, just lacking the sheer balls-out verve of that flick.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Foursquare to Offer In-App Movie Tickets Via Movietickets.com

    Pretty soon our smart phones are going to be smarter than we are. Movietickets.com announced today that it is joining with location-based social networking site foursquare for the debut of foursquare's new events feature. Foursquare allows users to check in at specific locations and venues for points and badges--and annoy their Twitter followers with announcements of their mayoral appointments.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Will Smith Being Courted For "Fantastic Voyage" Remake

    Unlike most (if the 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes is of any indication) I wasn't that enamored with the original 1966 film. I've seen it twice; first as a kid, and then later, a few years ago, and I had trouble remaining engaged throughout. Yeah I know, blasphemy on my part. La-di-dah! I think what I had most trouble with was getting past the special effects, which, while I'm sure were considered groundbreaking at the time, leave a lot to be desired when compared to films that came before and even after it.

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    Can Will Smith Keep Shawn Levy Interested In Directing 'Fantastic Voyage'?

    Levy Considering A Frankenstein Flick & 'Maleficent' In case "At The Mountains Of Madness," "The Dark Tower" and "The Lone Ranger" haven't tipped you off, these days studios are more wary than ever about the coin they spend. It's an irony considering that only tent-pole fare seems to get greenlit these days, but even then, expensive, costly gambles like "Cowboys & Aliens" are projects no movie executive can afford to make. Which brings us to "Fantastic Voyage." Produced by James Cameron, and set to be in 3D, the hot project found a number of directors circling or involved at various points including Paul Greengrass, Tarsem, Darren Aronofsky, Jonathan Mostow, Timur Bekmambetov and Louis Leterrier, before Shawn Levy signed on in February. But it seems the director and Fox are at odds over how to proceed with the production.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Big Lebowski Out on Blu-Ray, Available for Rent on Facebook: "Get high and watch"

    Yesterday was a huge The Big Lebowski day, with die-hard fans of the 1998 cult classic joining stars Jeff Bridges, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman and Julianne Moore as well as musician T Bone Burnett at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom to celebrate the film's Blu-ray release.

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