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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Page Eight Review: Weisz and Fiennes Give David Hare’s Directing Comeback a Boost

    London critic Matt Mueller reviews Page Eight, respected scribe David Hare's BBC-backed bid for respect as a director, which debuted at the Edinburgh Film Festival last month. It was going to take something special to attract Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes back to the small screen: David Hare stepping behind the camera for the first time in 15 years turned out to be it. Directing his own script, Hare serves up a stylish political feature that’s a purposeful throwback to 1960s British espionage thrillers like The Ipcress File and, in Bill Nighy, finds the perfect actor to play his quintessentially English protagonist: Johnny Worricker, a long-serving MI5 intelligence analyst who’s forged a successful career by fading into the background but comes out of the shadows when his boss (Michael Gambon) unveils a dossier showing the UK government knew all along about America’s top-secret torture prisons.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Higher Ground - Directed by Vera Farmiga

    Film opens on August 26th. A terrific directorial debut by Farmiga who also stars in the film.

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  • Spout
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    More Reason to Hate "Horrible Bosses": the Billy Mitchell Mockery

    One of the few things I enjoyed about "Horrible Bosses" is Colin Farrell's coke-snorting, business-inheriting Asiaphile, Bobby Pellitt. Even before I saw the movie, the actor's appearance alone -- including his worst hairdo yet -- made me think of real-life arcade-game champion Billy Mitchell. I thought Farrell would be perfect for the part of Mitchell in New Line's long-threatened remake of Seth Gordon's documentary "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters," opposite my first choice for rival Donkey Kong player Steve Wiebe, Will Forte.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Looks At The Leads Of Roman Polanski’s ‘Carnage’

    Update: Another new "Carnage" pic has fluttered online over at Italian site ComingSoon. Check it below.Update #2: Fotogramas also has a new pic from "Carnage." Check it out below.

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  • The Playlist
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    Bruce Campbell Confirms A New 'Evil Dead' Film Is Gearing Up For Production

    Film Apparently Low-Budget, Sam Raimi Collaborator Bob Murawski InvolvedUpdate: Yes, the new "Evil Dead" movie is really for real this time and Bloody Disgusting has dug up more news on the film, revealing that Fede Alvarez will be directing the film. Who? Well, he made the hyped robot invasion short "Panic Attack!" that nabbed him a deal with Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures back in 2009. Looks like his big moment has arrived. Check out the short film below.

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  • The Playlist
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    Johnny Depp Lines Up 'Night Stalker' & Paul Revere Pic As Potential Pics; Not So Fast On 'Pirates 5'

    Deadline's Mike Fleming can't seem to enjoy his vacation. Filing from wherever he's taking a siesta, it looks like either Nikki is cracking the whip or Fleming can't turn off his Blackberry. Anyway, it looks like he's been making some calls over to Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil production company has some updates on a couple new projects brewing for the actor, making for a total of three today if you add our exclusive story today about "In The Hand Of Dante" with Julian Schnabel so let's get started shall we?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Guardian Media Group UK Offering Video Production Interships

    The Guardian Media Group UK through its owner The Scott Trust Ltd are currently offering internships with Guardian Films UK.

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  • The Playlist
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    Chris Hemsworth Will Feel The 'Rush' As Formula 1 Driver James Hunt In Ron Howard Flick

    It has been quite the journey for Chris Hemsworth from his days on the Aussie soap "Home And Away." He proved himself capable of carrying a comic movie with charm and charisma to spare with "Thor" and he's got a slate of projects on the way including "The Cabin In The Woods," "Red Dawn," "The Avengers" and "Snow White And The Huntsman." It's certainly a blockbuster loaded slate, but the actor has been making strides into more dramatic fare as well. He's attached to the black ops thriller "Shadow Runner" and he's now taking the pole position on a film that has been gaining a lot of steam.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Production On Mary J. Blige's Nina Simone Film Postponed + Mary Will Spend Summer Studying For Role

    Sooo... last we reported on this project, it had been financed to the tune of $10 million, cast (Mary J. Blige & David Oyelowo in the starring roles), and was booked to start filming at the end of May, much to the chagrin of a lot of you folks. I'd actually forgotten about it (I know, how could I, right?), until I saw this MSN report today that reminded me of the much-debated production.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: New 'Tintin' Trailer Looks Like The Indiana Jones Sequel We Should Have Had

    It's been three years since Steven Spielberg's last full-length feature, the awful "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," a sequel rightly regarded as a stain on the franchise. What should have been another breezy adventure with our favorite grizzled professor of archaeology was a silly Area 51-influenced quest that missed the pulse of the original films. Well, it looks like Spielberg is ready to redeem himself.

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