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    In Theaters: 'Tower Heist' Will Try to Steal Box Office Dollars from 'Harold & Kumar'

    We are in the heady post Halloween time, my friends. Apparently this is when all those awards contenders get in line to start their rollout, but I don’t see a one in the mix this weekend! Instead we get “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.” Um, it is NOT time for Christmas movies. Nope nope nope. Thanksgiving movie? MAYBE. Geez. Also, Eddie Murphy makin’ a comeback in "Tower Heist"! Ratner'd!

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    Ridley Scott Says His Second 'Blade Runner' Is "Liable To Be A Sequel"

    As if he didn't blow enough fanboy minds when it was announced that he'd be making an "Alien" spinoff thingy with "Prometheus," Ridley Scott positively left brains in a puddle on the floor when this summer he decided, he was going to head back to the world of "Blade Runner" as well. At the time, details were scarce. It wasn't known whether it would be a DNA sharing standalone like "Prometheus" or something directly linked, but Scott has shared a few cryptic details about what might be in store.

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    'Dirty Dancing' Remake To Get Sweaty In Cinemas On July 26, 2013

    Well, with "Footloose" opening at number two and earning (to date) $45 million at the box office, it's a modest success for the low budget film, one that proves that a) 1980s "classics" are not sacred and b) at least not sacred enough that people won't pay to see them remade. This summer, original "Dirty Dancing" choreographer Kenny Ortega was brought on to direct the remake and now the stakes are raised, because he's getting a juicy summer release date.

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    DOC NYC '11 Review: 'Kumaré' A Morally Questionable Docu-Comedy About Expensive Yoga Gurus

    Sick of spiritualists charging an arm and a leg just to spout incredibly vague musings designed to help you? Think they're all a bunch of scammers taking advantage of those who actually need real assistance? If so, you're in luck, because Vikram Gandhi is on your wavelength. This filmmaker has made a documentary not unlike "Borat" in which he pretends to be a native Indian guru (code name: Kumare), creating his own philosophy and gathering very dedicated followers. Unlike the Kazakh, the director will reveal himself to his peons at the end in an effort to prove that whatever change occurred was because of them and not him. Winner of the Audience Award and the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, "Kumare" is a tricky flick that makes a scary case on how easy it is to begin a cult, but it also (unsurprisingly) is a morally questionable film endeavor.

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    Guest Post: A Couple of Other F Words: Filmmaking and Family by Andrea Blaugrund Nevins

    Guest Post: A Couple of Other F Words: Filmmaking and Family by Andrea Blaugrund Nevins

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    Elijah Wood To Star In Remake Of 1980 Splatter Flick 'Maniac'

    It looks like Elijah Wood is ready to get back in touch with his evil side. After surprising many with his turn as the silent Kevin in "Sin City," the actor will followup his time in the shire by killing some people. Cinematically speaking, of course.

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    'The Smurfs' Writers Jay Scherick & David Ronn Will Ruin 'Popeye' This Time

    Back in 2003, people were surprised when Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, writers of “Cats & Dogs,” followed up that piece of fluff with the smart and filthy “Bad Santa.” Ficarra and Requa have gone to direct “I Love You Philip Morris” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and nobody talks about "Cats & Dogs" anymore. Then are there are people like Jay Scherick and David Ronn, a couple of writers who have willfully doled out garbage for more than a decade. From “Serving Sara” to “I, Spy” and “Guess Who,” the only team that can touch these trash men is Friedberg & Seltzer (“Date Movie,” “Meet the Spartans”). We always hold out hope that such Hollywood hacks have a secret remorse for their cinematic sins, but what’s much more likely is that they just shrug it off and say, “We do it for the fans.” And by "fans" they mean unsuspecting patrons who don’t read reviews.

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    Are A-List Stars Saving—Or Waylaying—Indie Film?

    Are A-List Stars Saving—Or Waylaying—Indie Film?

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    Commercials Director Randy Krallman To Make His Feature Debut On 'Bullies' Starring Danny McBride

    Danny McBride’s had a tough 2011 at the box office. “Your Highness” and “30 Minutes or Less” were basically flops, but money isn’t everything, and McBride is a talented guy who seems to be well-liked by people who greenlight movies. He’d have to be after getting studios to shell out $50 million so he can wear a minotaur’s penis around his neck.

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    Experimental Filmmaker Ken Jacobs Occupies Wall Street - in 3D!

    The number of filmmakers documenting the Occupy Wall Street is growing. After recent efforts by Jonathan Demme and Jem Cohen, veteran avant-garde luminary Ken Jacobs -- father of Azazel Jacobs -- has uploaded a 6-part series of videos to YouTube (part one is embedded below). Like many of videos to come out of OWS, the footage is verite observations of the activities of the protesters. But Jacobs goes one step further in trying to put viewers into the lively environs, by putting the footage in 3D. (Glasses not included.)

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