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    Nick Cassavetes To Direct Kristen Stewart Action Flick 'Cali'

    Crime, California and some unsavory characters? Yep, Nick Cassavetes has been there, done that before, with "Alpha Dog" and the director is going to get gritty once again in the Golden State.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Don't Mess with McConaughey in Deep Fried Texas Redneck Thriller 'Killer Joe'

    Matthew McConaughey is a dirty, twisted cop in "Killer Joe," from director William Friedkin ("The Exorcist") and screenwriter Tracy Letts ("Bug," also directed by Friedkin).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Lena Dunham Addresses "Girls" Diversity Criticism & Why I Just Don't Care...

    "I wrote the first season primarily by myself, and I co-wrote a few episodes. But I am a half-Jew, half-WASP, and I wrote two Jews and two WASPs. Something I wanted to avoid was tokenism in casting. If I had one of the four girls, if, for example, she was African-American, I feel like — not that the experience of an African-American girl and a white girl are drastically different, but there has to be specificity to that experience [that] I wasn't able to speak to. I really wrote the show from a gut-level place, and each character was a piece of me or based on someone close to me. And only later did I realize that it was four white girls. As much as I can say it was an accident, it was only later as the criticism came out, I thought, 'I hear this and I want to respond to it.' And this is a hard issue to speak to because all I want to do is sound sensitive and not say anything that will horrify anyone or make them feel more isolated, but I did write something that was super-specific to my experience, and I always want to avoid rendering an experience I can't speak to accurately."

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    Watch: Making Of Featurette For Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom' Plus 20 Minutes Of Behind The Scenes Footage

    The clock is ticking to the kickoff the Cannes Film Festival which will unveil Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" as its opening film, and "Moonrise Kingdom" will be competing In Competition as well. Unlike many of the films unspooling on the Croisette, this one will be arriving in theaters just as the fest is wrapping so luckily, fans have been treated to a wealth of promo material in the run-up to the movie, and well, there's even more today.

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  • Criticwire
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    The Pleasures of Movie Marathons

    A couple films into The Ultimate Marvel Marathon -- six comic book movies in fourteen hours as part of a geekstravaganza celebrating the premiere of "The Avengers" -- our host for the day, a genial theater manager with a thick Noo Yawk accent named Joe, came into Auditorium 9 at Manhattan's AMC Empire Multiplex with an announcement. "If you like events like this," he said, "and you want more of them, let the company know.  There's been talk of a 'Batman' marathon. There's been talk of a 'Star Trek' marathon. There's even been talk of a 'Twilight' marathon."

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    Nicolas Cage, Juno Temple & Johnny Knoxville Take A Walk On The 'Wild Side'

    Man, it's been way too long since word of a new Nic Cage movie. But rest assured, he's bringing his trunk full of crazy wigs to a brand new film, and it sounds as improbable as everything else he's done recently.

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    Deconstructing The New (And Final) 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Poster

    Boom! That sound you hear is Paramount pretty much destroying any memory of "G.I. Joe: Rise Of The Cobra." The moderately successful movie was pretty much hated by critics (with good reason), and the fanboy core were also disappointed and probably didn't buy as many action playsets as Hasbro had hoped. But hey, a brand is a brand is a brand, and it must be continued, public indifference be damned! So here we have "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" (see, it already sounds edgier!) and now, the final poster has been unleashed on the masses. Can you handle it?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Tyler Perry Actually Shares Top-Billing On 1st Poster For "Madea's Witness Protection"

    MTV had the exclusive on this, which struck me initially, because I wondered why anything Madea-related would premiere on MTV, given that the audience for Madea films aren't necessarily in MTV's targer demo. 

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    Paul Rudd, An iPad & A Toilet: It's The Poster For 'This Is 40' Plus A New Image From The Film

    When Judd Apatow's "This Is 40" was first announced, it was described as not a sequel to "Knocked Up" by Universal even though the film is clearly a look at the lives of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) a few years after the events of that film. Now the new poster (like the recent trailer) plays with that tag describing the film as the "sort-of sequel to 'Knocked Up'. " Nice wink at that original claim, Uni.

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    Book Review: Max Allan Collins Does Mickey Spillane & Mike Hammer Proud With 'Lady, Go Die!'

    In his ten rules for writing, Elmore Leonard forgoes the advice of Ernest Hemingway, and says: "Never open a book with weather." Well, Mickey Spillane isn't one for niceties or poetry, and he certainly lived by that code, as the late author's "Lady, Go Die!" doesn't mince words from the get go: "They were kicking the hell out of the little guy."

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