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    New Pics From 'Snow White & The Huntsman' Reveal Mystery Creature

    Oh, so the upcoming "Snow White And The Huntsman" with Charlize Theron as the sexy Evil Queen and Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart as her foes, in a big sword wielding, mature take on the fairy tale isn't epic enough for you? Then how about this...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Whit Stillman's 'Damsels in Distress' Stars Indie Fave Gerwig

    Check out the new trailer for Whit Stillman's long anticipated college comedy "Damsels in Distress" (Sony Pictures Classics, April 6). The movie, which has been on the fest circuit since September, where it played Toronto (reviews here), is just what you'd expect from Stillman ("Metropolitan," "Last Days of Disco"). Fitfully charming and disarmingly punchy, it's Stillman's first movie in fourteen years. "Damsels in Distress" features a pack of co-eds aiming to revive the standard of life at an East Coast University. 

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Dark Crystal' Sequel 'The Power Of The Dark Crystal' Goes On Hiatus, Directors Spierig Brothers Move On

    Fans of ‘80s cult film “The Dark Crystal” may hang their heads in sorrow today, as it looks as if the decades long development hell for The Jim Henson Company’s sequel to the 1982 fantasy epic helmed by Henson and Frank Oz has taken a bad turn once again.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Fox Says "Waiting To Exhale" Sequel To Go On Without Whitney Houston + Oprah Might Replace Her

    With all the emphasis on whether the upcoming Sparkle remake release will at all be affected by star Whitney Houston's passing, I forgot all about that sequel to Waiting To Exhale that was officially announced in 2010, when author Terry McMillan's book (which the sequel will be based on) Getting To Happy hit bookstore shelves.

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  • The Playlist
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    Paramount Plots Remake Of Alfred Hitchcock's 'Suspicion' With 'The Killing' Showrunner Veena Sud To Write The Script

    Helmer Brian DePalma has stated on numerous occasions that his directorial style and even screenwriting has been influenced directly by the work of Alfred Hitchcock, a director who few would argue was a master of visual storytelling. Though while DePalma took his Hitchcock influence and incorporated it into his own sensibilities, some filmmakers like Gus Van Sant or D.J. Caruso, have made ill-advised exacting remakes of Hitchcock’s work with varying degrees of success. Even with the official remake in Van Sant’s shot-for-shot “Psycho,” or in Caruso’s unofficial and doltish “Disturbia,” it looks as if Hollywood has learned very little from the past as another remake has been announced only days after news that there’s another “Rebecca” in the works.

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  • The Playlist
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    Gore Verbinski Updates Us On 'The Lone Ranger,' Cary Fukunaga's 'Spaceless,' Chris Milk's 'Bitterroot' & More

    Yesterday, we ran our conversation with "Rango" director Gore Verbinski, where he shared his inspirations for the Best Animated Feature nominee and discussed the development of the film's distinct and unique aesthetic. But with a director as talented and in-demand as Verbinski, he's got a number of movies in the works, either as director or producer. So we asked him to fill us in on a number of his projects, including "The Lone Ranger," Cary Fukunaga's sci-fi flick, "Clue," Chris Milk's "Bitterroot" and Nicolas Winding Refn's heist movie.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Waiting To Exhale' Sequel To Continue Without Whitney Houston; National Enquirer Planning Doc On Late Singer

    As you already know, Whitney Houston tragically passed away over the weekend, in a shocking death that brought in condolences from around the world. The chart topping singer had spent most of the last few years more on the tabloid pages than on the pop charts, but was poised for something of a comeback in the remake of the '70s musical "Sparkle," which is still set to hit theaters later this summer. And if all had gone according to plan, she would have also returned to one of the her biggest and most beloved screen roles, and while the details are still being worked out, it seems it will go on without her.

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  • The Playlist
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    Rafe Spall In Talks To Headline Working Title Rom-Com 'I Give It A Year,' From 'Borat' Writer Dan Mazer

    Few companies have had as much success with the romantic comedy as British studio Working Title Films. While the company have had something of a banner year, thanks to the success of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Senna," "Johnny English Reborn" and "Contraband," they were built on the rom-com, and particularly those of Richard Curtis, including "Four Weddings And A Funeral," "Notting Hill" and "Bridget Jones' Diary." However, it's a few years since they've really tackled the genre -- 2008's "Definitely Maybe" is actually one of the better entries in recent years, but it never caught on at the box office.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Listen To Great Interview w/ Whitney Houston & Producer Debra Martin Chase On The "Sparkle" Remake

    Last November, a group of media outlets apparently spent an entire day on the Sparkle set, hald of which was reserved for interviews with the cast and crew, including Whitney Houston and producer Debra Martin Chase.

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    The Heart's Filthy Lesson

    I sometimes tell people that my favourite romantic comedy is The Silence of the Lambs. I say this partly because I’m a smartass, and partly because the very idea of rom-coms makes be break out in hives—though there really is something electric about that single frame in The Silence of the Lambswhen Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling’s fingers touch for a brief, charged moment. So dear reader, you can imagine my trepidation over the arrival of Valentine’s Day, the most saccharine time of the year. I won’t go on a tirade about the backwash of Hallmark’s slop bucket because I don’t want to ruin February 14 for everyone else. Instead, I present you with you a selection of ten tunes about scorned love and alternative takes on amorous relations.

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