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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Melancholia - movie review

    Lest anyone mistake the man who made Antichrist as a purveyor of feel-good entertainment, Lars von Trier has opted for truth in advertising by titling his new film Melancholia. The Danish filmmaker enjoys courting controversy, and some of his films seem deliberately designed to provoke and upset audiences…but he’s also made some fascinating pictures like Breaking the Waves andDogville, so I try to take each movie as it comes without any preconceived notions.

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  • Caryn James
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    Jimmy Fallon's New Political Ads, Beyond Perry's Brain Melt

    Jimmy Fallon revealed a new crop of Republican campaign ads last night, just in time to take advantage of Rick Perry's brain-fail. Or, as Fallon put it in his monlogue, "Turned out that George Bush was the smart Texas governor." His forgetful Perry and cash-poor Michele Bachmann are fun, but the sharpest is his dead-on, already hilarious Mitt Romney impression. The non-Fallon Herman Cain ad is pretty shrewd too.

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  • Press Play
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    SIMON SAYS: Is Frank Henenlotter a horror genius or a sick man?

    Somehow, it seems wrong to single out two of Frank Henenlotter's more "horror-comedy" films as examples of the writer/director's style — which, in a sense, is fitting. Henenlotter's a guy whose crew has abandoned him on two separate projects because they found what he was making to be in such poor taste that they refused to be a part of it. You can complain all you want about how his films are juvenile and gross and unpolished and what have you. But don't you want to see a penis-shaped monster suck the brains out of a woman through her mouth like he were a very evil boner and she were giving the world's worst blowy? Doesn't the thought of seeing something so uniquely low and disgusting intrigue you? Don't you want to see a man with no shame, no sense of good taste and no self-restraint at work?

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  • The Playlist
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    Steve Carell & Universal Are 'Lunatics'

    Geez, it seems every other day another project pops up for Steve Carell. Now freed from the schedule of "The Office," the actor has been on a tear the past year, starring in "Crazy Stupid Love" and filming "Meeting A Friend At The End Of World" and "Great Hope Springs." In 2012, he'll be no less busy with the comedy "Burt Wonderstone," the drama "Foxcatcher" and the satire "Frank Or Francis" booking time in front of cameras. Oh yeah, he'll also reprise his voice role in "Despicable Me 2" somewhere in there as well. On top of all that, he's got a slew of projects in development including "Dogs Of Babel" with "Once" director John Carney set to helm; the heist comedy "Conviction" and a back-packing comedy he'll produce for "Crazy Stupid Love" helmers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. And now, he's adding yet another project to the slate.

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  • Press Play
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    GREY MATTERS: The top 10 movie-metal moments

    I blame it on David Lynch. Until "Lost Highway," I didn't even know how to contextualize metal as anything more than a mighty but occasional pleasure. But that film's magnificently insane dreamtime imagery opened the floodgates, and suddenly, I understood how certain loud sounds connected to a freighted language of images that in turn connected to all kinds of interior "stuff". By "Lost Highway's" end, I literally stumbled onto Second Avenue buzzed; I was seriously, no-kiddingly "high." The lockstep tech-metal ache of Germany's industrial titans, Rammstein, was still ricocheting in my cortex while Marilyn Manson, in his disreputable, goth-Ziggy prime, worked the sleazier shadows. And there was Nine Inch Nails pounding away on "The Perfect Drug" which lived up to its name in spades. Everything else just sounded "weak" after that.

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  • The Playlist
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    Max Borenstein To Tackle 'Godzilla' & Evan Spiliotopoulos Levels Up To 'Asteroids'

    A pair of upcoming tentpoles have found writers to try and Rumpelstilskin these “ideas” into box office gold. First off, Gareth Edwards' “Godzilla” remake Legendary Pictures has just hired Max Borenstein to pen the script for the upcoming blockbuster movie.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Laurence Fishburne Signs Development Deal With Fox TV

    Coming off his run for several seasons on CBS' CSI, Laurence Fishbrune and his production comepany Cinema Gypsy Productions have signed a two year, first look deal with Fox Televsion Studios to develop and produce TV shows for cable networks.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Snow White and the Huntsman

    Trailer Watch: Snow White and the Huntsman

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  • Press Play
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    Eastwood's "J. Edgar" takes few risks with its controversial subject

    You'd think Clint Eastwood would be the right guy to direct a movie about J. Edgar Hoover. After all, who better to tell the story of the 20th century's most influential law enforcement officer, the man who wrote the rule book on fighting crime only to disregard those rules when they prevented him from getting his man, than Dirty Harry himself? Or, to be less obvious, what would the man responsible for "White Hunter Black Heart," "A Perfect World" and "Million Dollar Baby" — movies about men who defied authority, be it Hollywood, the law or God — bring to the life story of the man who held authority over the country for nearly 50 years? Alas, Clint Eastwood's stately biopic "J. Edgar" is a frustrating experience. For nearly 2 hours and 20 minutes we are held captive by the possibility of a major revelation or insight into a man whose obsession with cataloging every single detail of a person's personal and professional lives foretold the collapse of privacy. We get hints, intimations and suggestions of darker urges that shaped Hoover's behavior, but nothing concrete about the man's personality, and no attitude whatsoever toward his actions. Eastwood mistakes vagueness for ambiguity and puts us in the position of being armchair psychiatrists.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Michael Fassbender Says He's Robert De Niro And Steve McQueen Is His Martin Scorcese

    This was recorded at the New York Film Festival screening I attended about a month ago here in NYC.

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