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  • Criticwire
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    Early Review of Wong Kar-wai's 'The Grandmaster' Calls it a 'Visual Feast'

    For Chinese audiences, the wait is finally over. Wong Kar-wai's "The Grandmaster," the director's first film since 2007's "My Blueberry Nights," opens today in China after three years in production and nearly a decade in development. Sadly, English language audiences will have to be a bit more patient for Wong's version of the life of legendary martial artist Ip Man (Tony Leung); its American release date is still undetermined (it'll next appear at the Berlin Film Festival in February).

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  • The Playlist
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    Lucas Till, Jeremy Irvine & Alex Pettyfer Testing For 'Divergent' Lead Opposite Shailene Woodley

    So, will any of these guys be the next Robert Pattinson? As studios gear up to fill the space left by the now finished "Twilight" franchise -- "Beautiful Creatures" from Warner Bros. arrives next month and Sony's "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones" hits in the summer -- another contender is on the way, but from the studio who brought you Edward and Bella in the first place. Summit is gearing up "Divergent" with Shailene Woodley, and it's time to find her a co-star.

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  • The Playlist
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    Steven Spielberg Reveals Daniel Day-Lewis' 'Lincoln' Rejection Letter; Leonardo DiCaprio Was Key In Getting Him Back On Board

    As fans of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" probably already know by now, Daniel Day-Lewis originally rejected the role, and the world's most famous living director had to chase the notoriously discerning actor for nine years before he agreed to take the titular part. Obviously, he eventually relented. "Lincoln" has already grossed a terrific $144 million domestically and it's poised to be one of the biggest Oscar nominees when the nods are announced on Thursday. Spielberg recently unveiled the rejection letter that Day-Lewis sent him circa 2003 (via THR), leading him to go after Liam Neeson, before circling eventually circle back to Day-Lewis).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch 6 Clips From 'Fire In Blood' (USA Involvement In Blocking Aids Drugs From Reaching Africa)

    Continuing our highlights of films scheduled to screen at month's Sundance Film Festival, here are a whole bunch of clips from a feature documentary we previously profiled, that will compete in the World Cinema Documentary category, titled Fire In Blood, from director Dylan Mohan Gray.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jason Clarke Talks 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Terrence Malick & Where He Was When He Heard Osama Bin Laden Was Dead

    This weekend, the 2012 movie that has generated as much critical praise as controversy, will finally be unleashed on the masses in wide release – Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty." A white-knuckle account of the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, it's a surprisingly human tale, focusing on a cluster of dedicated operatives (led by Jessica Chastain's note-perfect portrayal of CIA agent Maya) who brought down the architect of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. One of those operatives is played by Jason Clarke, as man as skilled at the art of "advanced interrogation techniques" (aka the torture scenes that have gotten people so riled up) as he is in greasing the wheels of an informant by buying him an expensive sports car in the middle of the night.

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  • The Playlist
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    Newcomer Jack Reynor Lands Co-Starring Role Opposite Mark Wahlberg In 'Transformers 4'

    Even though the trailer for his upcoming "small" movie "Pain & Gain" showed us the Michael Bay we forgot about -- fun, ridiculous, over-the-top, funny -- dude has sports cars to buy, so he's dully shooting "Transformers 4" next. Sigh. And Bay has been busy over the fall, testing various young things to take roles opposite Mark Wahlberg in the movie, and now he's found his new Shia LaBeouf.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    'Fifty Shades of Grey' Will Be NC-17, Says Writer

    It's not shocking news exactly, but in case any of you were wondering, as far as screenwriter Kelly Marcel is concerned, yes, Universal/Focus Features' movie version of the erotic global bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey" will be rated NC-17. Given that the film's sexy S & M content has fueled sales of the original book (to the tune of more than 65 million copies) and its two sequels all over the world, it would make sense for the studio version to hew close to the source material.

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  • The Playlist
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    Josh Brolin Confirmed For 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For'; Replaces Clive Owen As Dwight

    That was fast. Yesterday Joseph Gordon-Levitt joined Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" and Josh Brolin was said to be one of the additional actors potentially joining the cast. Now Brolin is confirmed. Dimension Films announced today that Brolin has joined the "Sin City" sequel cast as “Dwight," the character that Clive Owen played in the original film for co-directors Rodriguez and Frank Miller. Evidently there's still one more big part up for grabs. The part of the titular “Dame” has yet to be cast.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer, Poster For Upcoming Indie Action/Thriller 'blackhats' (Bounty Hunter Tracking Hackers)

    As the debate about "genre" movies centered around black characters continues...

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  • The Playlist
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    Writer Kelly Marcel Says 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Will Be "Raunchy" NC-17 Rated Film

    One of the biggest sensations of last year was the "Twilight" fan fiction turned erotica sensation "Fifty Shades Of Grey," and it arguably is also one of the riskiest buys of 2012. Studios fought tooth and nail to get the rights to the bestseller, with Universal and Focus Features beating all comers, and ponying up $3 million dollars for the movie last spring. In the months that followed, the project gained "The Social Network" producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, and "Saving Mr. Banks" and (uncredited) "Bronson" writer Kelly Marcel, all while casting rumors have flown around. But perhaps the biggest question is: how can this movie depict the S&M acts on the page and remain faithful to the book, within the boundaries of an R rating? Well, it looks like they'll be stepping outside those constraints.

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