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    Review: 'Essential Killing' An Intense, Provocative & Slightly Absurd Survival Tale

    The name Vincent Gallo is a fairly divisive one. Just the very mention of it usually follows with an impassioned argument for or against the actor and certainly, he's done himself no favors. After breaking out in a big way with "Buffalo '66" the writer/actor/director/musician/sperm entrepreneur wasted no time in using any interview opportunity to slag off pretty much anyone and everyone. He followed up his gritty little indie with the infamous "The Brown Bunny," a road trip movie about a guy on a quest for a resentment filled blowjob. It was savaged by critics at Cannes and when it eventually arrived in a new edit, not even a climatic scene of explicit oral sex could get anyone to care.

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    The Help at Cinema Con

    As usual, it's going to be a quiet summer for women centric films from the studios. The big studio film that will target the female demographic is The Help. Dreamworks brought in several members of the cast including Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard and Emma Stone to Cinema Con in Las Vegas to help get the theatre owners excited about the film. I'm sure it was quite a change to have a preview of a heartfelt drama in between all the summer sizzle. I'm very excited about seeing Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis as leads on screen.

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    Justin Bieber & Ashton Kutcher Ask 'What Would Kenny Do?'

    Seriously, who would've thought Justin Bieber's career would have lasted this long? When the pint-sized sensation first came on the scene with that hair, doe-like eyes and platitudes of love that warmed the hearts of nine-year-olds everywhere we pretty much figured he'd get his fifteen minutes of fame, fade out of the spotlight and become an accountant or something. But here we are in 2011, with "Never Say Never" becoming the third highest grossing non-fiction film of all time (we weep). Clearly, Bieber isn't going anywhere and it looks like his handlers are ready to spin this kid into a multi-quadrant star, and it's likely they're using the Justin Timberlake blueprint.

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  • Spout
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    "Kati with an I" and "Circo" - Come One, Come All to These Astounding New Documentaries

    I can see where people might be frustrated with the direct cinema approach. Re-watching Robert Greene's "Kati with an I" this week reminded me that it took a long time on my first viewing (at last fall's DOC NYC fest) to completely gather the story. Lacking any direct exposition save for some dated titles telling us how long until the eponymous character's high school graduation, it's easy to miss a basic "plot" element regarding Kati's current living situation and a potential problem looming post-ceremony. I'll spell it out for you here: the teen girls' parents have moved to North Carolina a few months before school's end, so she has stayed behind with a friend in order to finish up properly without a last minute change. But once the diploma is in hand, she'll be dragged out of her Alabama hometown, and the plan is that she'll be joined by her 21-year-old boyfriend, James.

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    Posterpalooza: New One-Sheets For 'Harry Potter 7.5,' 'Pirates 4,' 'Hesher' & More

    Almost alone among the marketing materials for a film, the poster is sometimes able to rise above its role as, well, advertising, and become an art form in and of itself. Let's face it, if you're reading this, you've probably got some kind of movie poster decorating your bedroom or apartment. Indeed, without naming any names, some movie websites now seem to dedicate three-quarters of their postings to whatever minimalist re-envisioning of "Return of the Jedi" some graphic design major has cooked up that day.

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    Staying In: Route Irish

    Staying InA Share of the SpoilsBy Julien Allen

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    What In The Name of Jessica Chastain Is Going On With 'The Tree of Life' And Its U.K. Release Date?

    Probably the biggest controversy of the week (despite the efforts of Disney and Jennifer Garner) has come over "The Tree of Life," the latest film from Terrence Malick that has been whipping up near-religious levels of anticipation in film fans everywhere, ourselves included. The film was all-but-confirmed to be playing Cannes last week, something that's been rumored ever since Fox Searchlight announced they'd be opening it in the U.S. at the end of May. But a spanner was thrown into the works by Empire's story on Monday that Icon, the distribution company originally founded by Mel Gibson, and who have the rights to the film in a number of territories, were planning to release it in the U.K. on Wednesday May 4th -- a week before Cannes gets underway, and over three weeks before the film opens in the States.

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  • Caryn James
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    McDreamy and Other Bad Kennedys On Screen

    The new Kennedys miniseries, with Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes as Jack and Jackie, is nearly here after months of high-pitched rhetoric about its accuracy. The already-notorious series was, of course, bought and dumped by the History Channel, then rejected all over town and finally picked up by Reelz (at least it gets that channel in the news).

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    David Gordon Green Acquires Rights To Original 'Suspiria' Score By Italian Prog-Rockers Goblin

    Will Utilize For Own Remake, 'Your Highness' Composer Steve Jablonsky On BoardWith his "Suspiria" remake now set as his next project, versatile director David Gordon Green is beginning to tease the long-gestating remake in bits and pieces as the first half of his 2011 double feature, medieval-stoner-comedy "Your Highness," nears release.

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  • Caryn James
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    Review, Hanna: A Fairy Tale Princess As Thrillling Action Heroine

    I didn’t think Joe Wright had it in him. In Hanna he leaves behind the polite literary pieces he’s known for – he directed Atonement and the Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice – and comes through with a thrilling action movie about a teenaged girl trained to kill. He hasn’t entirely lost his literary roots, though. Hanna, played with ferocity and thorough conviction by Saoirse Ronan, is metaphorically a fairy tale princess updated to a contemporary superheroine.

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