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    'Men In Black 3' Starting To Sound Like A $200 Million Train Wreck

    Film Greenlit With Only One Act Of The Script Ready; New Writer David Koepp Refusing To Talk To Producer Walter Parkes Considering how tricky the genre is to pull off, the original "Men in Black" still stands as one of the more successful stabs at the sci-fi comedy. It's no "Galaxy Quest" or anything, and it derails a bit in the third act, but for the most part it was inventive, genuinely funny and starred a central pair with perfect chemistry. 2002's sequel? Not so much; a bloated, unfunny mess that failed to capture pretty much any of what worked in the original. A third film is, belatedly, on the way, but a fascinating look at the behind the scenes shenanigans suggests it's going to land much nearer the second installment than the first.

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    Junk Art: Verena Paravel and J.P. Sniadecki’s "Foreign Parts"

    A deserving winner of the Best First Feature prize at this year’s Locarno International Film Festival, Verena Paravel and J.P. Sniadecki’s Foreign Parts was produced with the support of Harvard’s Sensory Ethnographic Lab—the same department that produced Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash’s Sweetgrass (Castaing-Taylor is the program’s director). There are no sheep in Foreign Parts, but its relationship to the earlier film is unmistakable: not only in the sense that Sniadecki and Paravel favor an immersive yet unobtrusive documentary style, which eschews narration or contextualization, but also in its focus on a long-standing yet vanishing professional community.

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    35 WAYS TO KEEP THE FAITH IN TRULY FREE FILM

    I was invited to speak in Amos Poe’s “Media & Mavericks’ NYU Film School Undergrad class last month. Salman Rushdie and Abel Ferrara spoke before me. Patti Smith was set to follow (so does that mean I’ve opened for Patti?). How could I say no to Amos? Particularly when it was in such illustrious company? His offer to speak got me thinking about what have been the underlying philosophies that have helped me enjoy a prolific life in a capital intensive mass market art form. I entered the film world with the belief that I would be denied access to my lack of connections, class, and rarefied tastes & desires. These "philosophies" that I found, be they mantras, or just helpful reminders, have driven me through the decades and continue to fuel my fire. I hope they help to inspire more good work of yours and want to hear what additions you have to this list.

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    Review: 'Elektra Luxx' Seems To Exist Only As A Showcase For Carla Gugino

    Not That There's Anything Wrong With ThatSebastian Gutierrez’s “Electra Luxx” isn’t so much a sequel to 2009’s “Women in Trouble” as it is a 95-minute love letter to girlfriend and star Carla Gugino. The original film only made $18,000, so it’s difficult to see “Elektra Luxx” as anything other than a labor of love (albeit one with some fun cameos and solid casting) that's pointless to the world outside the couple.

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    New Posters For 'Bad Teacher,' 'Beginners' And 'Henry's Crime' Arrive

    And The Less Said About Them, The BetterWell, they can't all be winners. Sometimes an artist or designer (like Drew Struzan in the '80s or Neil Kellerhouse today) is allowed to execute his creative vision and creates a piece of artwork for a film that becomes as iconic as the film itself. And sometimes an intern who knows Photoshop has to slap some faces on a poster to let people know who's in the movie. Unfortunately the three posters arriving today look to be veering towards the latter. "Bad Teacher," based on a Black List script by "The Office" scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, stars Cameron Diaz as a foul-mouthed child-beating teacher. We're cautiously optimistic about the film based on what we've seen so far and this poster featuring Diaz asleep at her desk with an apple that says "Eat Me" does nothing to sway us either way. It's a decent teaser poster (though the "She doesn't give an "F"." looks like an afterthought) but we'd expect to see something with costar Justin Timberlake's face on it before it's June 17th debut.

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    Hasbro CEO Says Ridley Scott Still Involved With 'Monopoly'; Story About The "Play-Pattern" Of Game

    Oh hey, remember that "Monopoly" movie that was announced a long time ago with Ridley Scott attached? Well, kind of unbelievably, the movie is stil in the works with Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner revealing that Scott is still involved and he vaguely talked up the story details of the movie.

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    Pick Your Palin: Julianne Moore or Kathy Griffin?

    Sarah Palin manages to make news even on the rare occasions when she keeps her mouth shut. Today in the world of Palin media, it was announced that Julianne Moore will play her in the HBO film Game Change, based on Mark Halperin and John Heilbrun’s best seller about the 2008 election. So far Moore is the only actor officially cast in the film by Jay Roach, who also directed the HBO political film Recount (and more famously Meet the Parents).

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    Julianne Moore To Play Sarah Palin In Jay Roach's HBO Drama 'Game Change'

    It looks like Tina Fey doesn't have the sole lock on portraying one of the most embarrassing political figures in recent memory.

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    Wagner Moura, Star Of Brazilian Box Office Sensation 'Elite Squad,' Joins Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'

    With pre-production starting next month, another name has come aboard Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" and while he's not yet a household name, his appearance in the film should raise his profile considerably.

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    New Look At Havok In 'X-Men: First Class'

    How do you erase the memory of two shitty, shitty posters? Get another still from the movie out there.

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