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    Kristen Wiig's Dark Comedy ‘Imogene’ From ‘American Splendor’ Directors Starts In August

    Not to be Nikki Finke about it, but like toldja or something? The trades are making noise about Kristen Wiig's "new" project "Imogene," a dark comedy that's a labor of love and one that she's been working on for two years. We've heard of it, as you had too. We asked a few months ago rhetorically, why had all the cast and crew of "Bridesmaids" -- Melissa McCarthy, writer Annie Mumolo, director Paul Feig, Jon Hamm, Chris O’Dowd, Ellie Kemper -- reaped the benefits of that film ($206 million worldwide and counting) except for its star, co-producer and co-writer Kristen Wiig?

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    Watch: Trailer For Steven Soderbergh's Virus Thriller 'Contagion' Reveals A Major Character Death

    Just like Warner Bros.' "Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows," cheap bootlegged footage from Entertainment Tonight made its way online from Steven Soderbergh's virus thriller "Contagion" today. So following the pattern, WB has just decided to drop the trailer like it's hot (so how about the "The Dark Knight Rises"?).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Robot Builders Doc Bots High: Mad Hot Ballroom with Nerds

    Bots High is a film that proudly declares its geekiness, which is a promising sign for a documentary that follows three groups of high school robotics students as they develop and (literally) battle their way to a national combat robots competition in Miami. Basically, it's Mad Hot Ballroom with nerds.

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    Interview: Errol Morris Talks The Anxiety Of Making 'Tabloid' & Finding The Laughter In His Films

    In a time where documentaries are made cheaply and are often no more than glossy, agenda-pushing propaganda bulleted lists, filmmakers like Errol Morris seem even more admirable. Starting in 1978 with the amusing "Gates of Heaven" (which followed a number of people who had beloved animals buried in a California pet cemetery), the man alternated between scrutinizing the weird and picking apart the political, triumphing in both camps due to both his respectful and prudent attitude. He even invented his own interviewing technique called the "Interrotron" which, using two-way mirrors in a similar way a teleprompter would work, allows both camps to see the face of who they are talking to while directly looking into the camera. Because of this intimacy, Morris' films not only avoid the dullness that many talking head flicks fall into, but it also constructs a very personal audience connection to each speaker. As he probes into each subject, he's never condescending, but often unearths uncomfortable truths and manages to portray each person as not just a tool to prove whatever point he's trying to make, but as a complicated human being.

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    R&B Singer Maxwell Joins Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy'

    We suppose this was bound to happen. With Lee Daniels riding the waves of ups and downs in casting his next effort, "The Paperboy," he has firmed up a pretty solid line-up including John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron with Nicole Kidman circling a role. But it looks like he just has to have a singer in his movie, and like Lenny Kravitz in "Precious" (who was actually pretty good), a smoooooooth dude is coming on board.

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    ALL AN ACT: Notes on John Cusack and the art of being yourself

    By Masha Tupitsyn 
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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    TMZ Sex Professor Harvey Levin Explains It All to You

    Do you know what soaking is? As TMZ's Harvey Levin (@HarveyLevinTMZ) promoted a TMZ Live story on Twitter, he felt called upon to define--to those who were not in the know--what sex-forbidden Brigham Young University kids mean when they say that "soaking" is not sex. He started out tweeting thus: This is the most fun I've ever had doing @TMZLive today.. talking about soaking and how BYU students do it to get around the no-sex policy

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    The Horror! Dimension Picks Up 'Livid'; 'Dibbuk Box' Becomes 'The Possession' & 'Massacre' Adds 3

    Here's some updates from the horror world to scare you silly or at least inform you.

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    Harvey Weinstein and His Mommy Pleaser, "Sarah's Key"

    Never judge a movie by its poster when it comes to The Weinstein Company. Last year when Harvey and co. dropped the first poster for "The King's Speech" my jaw hit the floor...and not in a good way (see above to get an idea). But hey, that film went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars, so who am I to judge the company's marketing methods? The final poster for his latest drama, "Sarah's Key" is similarly weak and uninspired. Thankfully, the same can't be said of the film itself.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    A Yiddish-Speaker Sees "Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish."

    You don't have to find the Yiddish language inherently amusing to get something out of "Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish" -- which is currently playing at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center -- but it helps. A linguistic oddity with oodles of charm, it cleverly satirizes the paradoxical sense of pride and self-loathing that has come to define the modern America Jew. Eve Annenberg's scrappy feature has plenty of appeal if you're willing to go with it.

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