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    Check out Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia" Trailer

    The trailer for Lars Von Trier's latest, "Melancholia," widely believed to be in Cannes this year, launched today. It has been described as a "beautiful movie about the end of the world," starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland as well as Alexander Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier and Jesper Christensen.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Arthur' A Tedious, Bland Comedy That Earns Intermittent Laughs Almost By Accident

    “Why?” will echo through your head if you’re a fan of the 1981 “Arthur” starring Dudley Moore as you watch this useless remake. The original won a shiny pair of Oscars and is considered a classic, but apparently Warner Bros. thought it needed to be remade for contemporary audiences. But the larger philosophical question soon fades in favor of a strictly personal one: “Why me?” Though it has fleeting funny moments, this Russell Brand vehicle is a sputtering Pinto that surprises more when it runs well than when it lurches to a stop.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow and Other Celebs Stand Up for Planned Parenthood

    As the budget battle continues one of the last sticking points is Title X funding which covers family planning funding (and not abortion funding.)

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  • The Playlist
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    'Californication' Star Madeline Zima Goes Into 'Storage'

    That Cute Kid From 'The Nanny' Is All Grown Up

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  • The Playlist
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    Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas Returns With 'Lust' In His Heart

    There was a time -- quite a long time ago -- when Joe Eszterhas was one of the biggest screenwriting names around town. He made his name with "Flashdance" and "Jagged Edge" and exploded into the stratosphere with "Basic Instinct" which soon saw him commanding millions for his work. But with disappointments in follow-ups "Jade" (which is now mostly known for being a punchline in "40 Year Old Virgin") and "Sliver" and the colossal bomb that was "Showgirls," Eszterhas packed his bags and left Hollywood. And while he may not be in Tinseltown anymore, the movie bug struck and he's got a new script that will mark his comeback vehicle, and no surprise he's drawn up another sexual thriller, a genre he's more than familiar with.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    French Week in Los Angeles: City of Lights City of Angels Preview

    French Week in Los Angeles: City of Lights City of Angels Preview

    The French are coming! Francophile Cari Beauchamp, author of the must-read Cannes guide Hollywood on the Riviera (with Henri Behar) previews COLCOA:It’s the week that Los Angeles – like most American cities, often bereft of screens showing foreign language films -- can gorge on a smorgasbord of Frenchfilm. The 15th Annual City of Lights City of Angels Film Festival begins on April 11 and runs through April 18, showing over 30 features films includingevery genre, directorial debuts and homages at the Directors’ Guild.

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  • Spout
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    "Ceremony" Director Max Winkler Talks About His Debut Feature and Why P.T. Anderson is The Best Ever

    Max Winkler is new to cinema; his first feature film, “Ceremony,” opens this weekend. But if you’ve seen any of the popular CBS web series “Clark and Michael,” which he directed, you know that his debut film is something to look forward to. “Ceremony” is a great little wedding film, starring Michael Angarano as Sam, a 20-something New Yorker desperate to win back the love of his life (Uma Thurman) before she marries a hilariously self-absorbed documentary filmmaker (Lee Pace).

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For 'Johnny English Reborn' Makes Us Genuinely Concerned For Dominic West's Career

    For getting on fifteen years now, Working Title, the biggest dog in the U.K. production company world, have carved out a severely profitable niche in family comedies that, while they barely make an impact in the U.S. market, manage hugely impressive grosses internationally -- a remarkable feat, considering that comedy is the hardest genre to translate successfully. Starting with the biggest, "Bean," in 1997 (which managed a haul of $250 million worldwide, five times the U.S. take), they've come along every few years, with one equally successful sequel to that film, "Mr. Bean's Holiday," and a pair of "Nanny McPhee" pictures

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The White House Project - Epic Awards

    Last night I attended The White House Project (an organization that I was the first director of) for their annual EPIC Awards. EPIC stands for Enhancing Perceptions in Culture and it honors how important culture is to helping people understand the value of women's leadership.

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  • The Playlist
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    Author Anthony Horowitz Writing Tintin Sequel 'Prisoners of the Sun' For Peter Jackson To Direct

    We're still about eight months (six months if you're in the U.K.) from seeing the long-awaited Steven Spielberg/Peter Jackson adaptation of the classic Hergé comic character Tintin, in "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" (the film opens internationally, where the series is a juggernaut, in October, before landing in the U.S. at Christmas). The motion-capture-fueled project was always planned as a trilogy -- the idea was that Spielberg would direct the first film, Jackson the second and another helmer, possibly Robert Zemeckis, the third. While the film's uncertain domestic appeal prevented the original idea of making all three back to back, word has come in that there's been some movement on the second film in the series.

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