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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Schnabel Talks MPAA Appeals Board Overturn of Miral's R-Rating UPDATED

    Thursday the MPAA's ratings appeals board overturned Miral's R-rating for “some violent content including a sexual assault.” Weinstein Co. can now release Julian Schnabel's controversial Palestinian film on March 25 with a PG-13 rating for “thematic material, and some violent content including a sexual assault.” UPDATE: While the final cut filmmaker screened a cut that was 13-minutes shorter than the one that played the fall festival circuit (which drew mixed reviews), he did not make changes in the rape or cane-beating scenes that had earned the initial rating. Trims at the beginning and end of the film were designed to engage audiences with the characters, he told TOH. "I'm very pleased with the movie. Some battles you have to lose in order to win the war."

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  • The Playlist
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    'Passion Play' With Mickey Rourke & Megan Fox Not Surprisingly Going Straight-To-DVD

    To put it quite simply: "Passion Play," starring Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox, was the worst film we saw at TIFF last year (though Dustin Lance Black's "What's Wrong With Virginia" comes a close second). Our man on the ground called it "a cliche-riddled, risible and utterly painful experience that boasts hallmark sentiments and TV movie-of-the-week sensibilities mixed in a disastrous attempt to make a love story about unearned redemption." And most critics agreed with that sentiment. It was the directorial debut of screenwriter Mitch Glazer and it's sure to be his last time behind the camera for a long, long, while.

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  • The Playlist
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    Bill Hader Working On A Secret Project For Scott Rudin With 'Jackass' Writer Vernon Chatman

    Comedian Also Says Judd Apatow Slasher Comedy Is Probably Not Called 'House Of Joel' AnymoreYes, it's turning out to be Bill Hader month on The Playlist, sue us (could be worse, Michael Bay month could start April 1).

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  • The Playlist
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    To Honor The Passing Of 'At The Mountains Of Madness': 10 More Great Lost Projects

    The beginning of this week marked one of the more disappointing moments in recent film news with the news that, after leaving "The Hobbit" due to frustrations with the delays, Guillermo del Toro's long-time dream project, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness," had failed to get the green light from Universal Studios. Despite the triple threat of del Toro, producer James Cameron and star Tom Cruise, the $150 million budget and a likely R-rating put an end to the film's chances.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    I Dream of Genies

    I had so much fun bitchily live blogging the Genie Awards last year that I'm actually kind of sad I'm missing it this year. Especially since the awards clearly are actually trying this year, moving from an embarrassingly lowbrow concert venue in Toronto where the biggest "celebrity" was Joshua Jackson to classy new digs in the nation's capital with William Shatner hosting, and a very respectable batch of nominees including "Incendies," "Barney's Version," "Heartbeats" (making up nicely for fucking over Mr. Dolan last year), and "Last Train Home." I tried to send my occasionally trainwrecky teenage sister (who lives in Ottawa) as a special "Lost Boy" correspondent but it didn't work out... I can make myself laugh out loud just by imagining what that scenario would have looked like.

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  • The Playlist
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    Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Will Hit Theaters On March 8, 2013

    Excited for Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to his smash hit "District 9"? Well, you're going to have to wait.

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  • The Playlist
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    Keira Knightley To Make U.S. TV Debut (Sort Of) In Syfy's Mini-Series 'Neverland'

    In case you missed the memo, fairy tales are the new vampires (or something like that). "Red Riding Hood" opens this weekend and coming up are a trio of Snow White movies, another based on Hansel and Gretel, Channing Tatum's Peter Pan thingy, and now another movie spinning off the J.M. Barrie tale.

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  • Caryn James
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    Video: The Comic Side of Ash Wednesday

    I'd almost forgotten that Conan O'Brien had a show, tucked away at 11:00 and competing with Jon Stewart, but I'm glad I caught his Pee-wee Herman interview last night. It ends with Conan, Pee-wee (who was promoting next week's HBO special, recorded from his recent Broadway show) and a cast ready for a school pageant in a silly, funny sketch explaining the meaning of Ash Wednesday.

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  • The Playlist
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    Neil Gaiman To Pen Epic 'Journey To The West'; Guillermo Del Toro Being Courted To Direct

    James Cameron To Consult On The Script & 3DWho do you get to make a movie out of a national tale of fantasy and intrigue? If you're a Chinese filmmaker, the choice is celebrated writer Neil Gaiman, and the decision is a pretty smart and inspired one.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Red Riding Hood Reviews: "Snoozy Lulluby," "Hokum at Best," "Generic," "Moon-faced and Dumb"

    Red Riding Hood Reviews: "Snoozy Lulluby," "Hokum at Best," "Generic," "Moon-faced and Dumb"

    IndieWIRE's Caryn James says that Red Riding Hood makes Twilight look good. You've been warned. Below, a round-up of reviews on Catherine Hardwicke's reinterpretation of the classic fairy tale, which has been told in various forms since the 14th century. This latest retelling didn't get the Disney PG treatment, nor does it have a male-friendly gothic-horror edge. It sits somewhere in-between: the femme teen zone. Check back Saturday for TOH's SXSW interview with Hardwicke. In the meantime, see what the critics are saying:

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