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    'X-Men: The Last Stand' Writer Simon Kinberg Hired To Write 'X-Men: First Class' Sequel

    Just to show that studio thinking is not really ever easily understood, this summer's "X-Men: First Class" was not only one of the better superhero movies of the summer, it also was a big relief to fans who saw the franchise on the verge of collapsing after Fox fumbled with both "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," widely regarded as two of the worst entries in the series. But Matthew Vaughn, along with a crack cast led by Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, delivered a clever, involving, and gritty origin story reboot of sorts with 'First Class.' One that took the superheroes back to their '60s beginnings, and pitted them against a real life threat, giving the movie the kind of raised stakes realness, that none of the other movies could claim to have. So you would think that it would just be a no brainer to bring back the same creative team as the first film to ensure a repeat success for the sequel, but it isn't that easy.

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    Laemmle Passes Sunset 5 to Sundance Cinemas

    Say good-bye to the Sunset 5 Theaters in West Hollywood. As venerable Laemmle Theatres is preparing to open a new seven-plex in North Hollywood, after almost two decades, it will close the now-shabby Sunset 5 on December 1. Competition from new complexes took films and moviegoers away from the Sunset. Sundance Cinemas will renovate the space and reopen in late spring 2012.

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    Bond Expert Deciphers Skyfall Intelligence, Craig's Development as 007

    So what have we learned after Thursday's press conference in London about Bond 23? Bill Desowitz, who is writing a book about the Bond films, parses the available 007 intelligence.

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    Darren Aronofsky To Direct Video For Metallica/Lou Reed Track "Iced Honey"

    Will Probably Look Great, Sound AwfulWith "Noah" not set to film until next year, and now probably looking for a new leading man since Christian Bale is gonna spend his 2012 tossing back brews with Terrence Malick as they embark on two films together, Darren Aronofsky is likely looking to keep his directing skills a well oiled machine, so what the hell, he's just gonna go direct a video for Metallica and Lou Reed.

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    First Look At Bill Murray Not Ghostbusting As Franklin Delano Roosevelt In 'Hyde Park On Hudson'

    That's right. Peter Venkman is getting all presidential on us. In case you forgot, Bill Murray has gone ahead and done something more interesting than reading the "Ghostbusters 3" script, taking the role of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the upcoming period piece "Hyde Park On Hudson."

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    Killing II Starts in the UK

    Tired of waiting for season two of AMC's The Killing? Well, the second season of Danish Forbrydelsen starts on BBC Four on November 19th, if you can get to it.

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    Zoe Saldana, Mark Wahlberg, Marion Cotillard Circling Remake Of 70s-Set French Thriller "Rivals"

    Zoe Saldana, Mark Wahlberg, and Marion Cotillard are reportedly all circling starring roles in French actor/writer/director Guillaume Canet's English-language debut - a stateside remake of the 2008 thriller in which he starred titled Les Liens Du Sang (or Rivals as it was titled in English).

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    Review: 'Son Of No One' Suggests 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' As Written By Dennis Lehane

    In the relatively ridiculous new procedural/mystery "Son of No One," Channing Tatum, as a mustachioed police officer married to Katie Holmes (and looking after an epileptic daughter), is sent taunting letters and anonymous text messages alluding to a violent incident from his past. (The movie is set way back in 2002 which is why he doesn't receive cryptic emails too. Because no one used email in 2002 apparently). You can tell how terribly we're supposed to take the threats because of all the shaky shots of Tatum flipping open his ancient cell phone, the scenes shot in sickly shades of blue and green. Except that instead of coming across as suspenseful or menacing, it's just silly and laughable, like something out of a teen slasher movie or ABC Family series, lacking anything approximating weight or gravitas.

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    The Black Keys In Discussions To Score 'Way Down South' Starring Jack Huston, Emmy Rossum & Nas

    EXCLUSIVE: There are few bands right now that deliver no frills, rootsy, blues influenced rock 'n roll, but the The Black Keys are easily the best of the bunch. The duo have been at it for well on a decade now, with six albums that have seen the band both expand and mature their sound into a fiercely honed shape that is instantly identifiable, yet uniquely their own. With three Grammy awards now under their belts thanks to their latest album Brothers and the smash single "Tighten Up," and with their next disc El Camino arriving next month, it looks like the pair are looking to dip their toes into some new waters.

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