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    'The Killing' Star Kristin Lehman Is A 'Golf Pro'; David Morse Enlists In 'World War Z'

    A couple bits of casting for you, one for a smaller comedy the other for a big budget zombie movie.

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    Forbes Top Earning Women In Entertainment 2011: Oprah, Lady Gaga, Gisele, Frankel, Swift, DeGeneres

    Oprah Winfrey and Lady Gaga are Forbes' two highest-earning women in entertainment, with $290 million $90 million, respectively. The rest of the top ten is varied but reminds that TV makes fortunes: Bethenny Frankel (reality star and Skinny Girl owner) - $55 million, supermodel Gisele Bundchen - $45 million, pop star Taylor Swift - $45 million, Ellen DeGeneres - $45 million, Judge Judy Sheindlin - $45 million, pop star Katy Perry - $44 million, pop star and new Academy member Beyonce Knowles - $35 million, and author Danielle Steel - $35 million.

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    First Look At S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill In 'The Avengers'; Trailer Arrives Next Week

    Can you tell the marketing campaign for "The Avengers" is heating up? Just like those pics from Tarsem's Snow White movie that landed earlier today, Marvel has been handing out pics to a variety of outlets and now a few more have cropped up. Nothing earth shattering really -- new looks at Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) -- but also a set photo that seems to reveal “How I Met Your Mother” star Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill.

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    Watch: 'Tower Heist' May Cost $60 On VOD, But You Can Watch This New Trailer For Free

    So is the timing on this coincidence or bad luck? Depends on which side of the fence you're on, but the question is, after watching this new trailer for "Tower Heist," do you think it's worth forking over $59.99 to watch it at home a few weeks after it hits theaters? Yeah, probably not.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Doc Race Does Not Favor Lookalikes

    In the Oscar documentary feature race, usually 80-90 films qualify for a shot at landing on the doc short list of 15. And when several films tackle similar themes and subjects, doc branch voters tend to pick one favorite. Take director/producer Michael King's Oscar-qualified The Rescuers, which I saw at the Ashland Film Festival, which was just acquired by Neil Friedman's Menemsha Films, which often reps doc award contenders, for North American release in theaters in early 2012.

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    NYFF ’11 Review: ‘Paradise Lost 3’ Is Utterly Compelling, But Still Ethically Messy At Times

    Few movies have a conclusion as out-of-nowhere, compelling and yet strange as the one featured in "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory." What makes this finale even more exceptional is the fact that the film is a documentary and that this unexpected coda wasn't dreamed up inside the head of an imaginative screenwriter, but a surprise twist that occurred in these dramatic real life events.

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    Watch: Tom Cruise Shows Off Some Impressive Dance Moves & Totally Owns A Wedding Reception

    So movie producer David Ellison invited his "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" star Tom Cruise to his wedding and well, Tom Cruise fucking showed up. And if you dare challenge him to a dance off scored by Maroon 5 and their godawful "Dance Like Jagger," he will school you. Mission impossible? Nah, no sweat. Watch below. [via Vulture]

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    West Memphis Three Will Attend NYFF Premiere of Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

    West Memphis Three Will Attend NYFF Premiere of Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

    The West Memphis Three (Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. - just released from death row) will make their first public appearance at the New York Film Festival's premiere of Joe Berlinger’s and Bruce Sinofsky’s updated Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.

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    NYFF: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's "The Kid with a Bike"

    It’s clear now from their six fiction features that whatever the Dardenne brothers point their camera at becomes, for that moment, the most interesting thing in the universe. This is a rare talent; only a handful of similarly gifted living directors come to my mind—Claire Denis, for sure—through whose eyes, and by the simplest, most natural means, the world becomes beautiful, even set against agonizing tumult. This is because in fixating on the world’s traumas they see the possibility for minor daily redemptions. The Dardennes, in particular, are preternaturally adept at locating the beauty in bustle, and the solace amidst struggle. As fixated on the physical as their earlier Rosetta and L’Enfant, The Kid with a Bike, the Dardennes’ latest action film, is concerned with the tireless movements of twelve-year-old Cyril (Thomas Doret), a protagonist who courts our sympathy and tries our patience in equal, exhilarating measure. Read Michael Koresky's review of The Kid with a Bike.

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    Review: Imperfect Yet Understated & Tender 'Swell Season' Digs Under The Skin Of 'Once' Co-Stars

    “Once” was the little movie that could get you out of a rut, provided the mind and heart remained open to the maudlin yet unstrained love that sprung up between a guitar player and a flower seller of few words. Much of the film’s success can be justifiably attributed to the immense charm of the two leads, Irishman Glen Hansard and the Czech-born Markéta Irglová, whose effortless musicality and chemistry lent the film a lived-in feel that bigger budgeted studio fare would kill for. The film was a surprising success that culminated in an emotional Oscar win for its leads and their song “Falling Slowly,” recorded by the duo as The Swell Season.

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