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    Will You Want 'A Thousand Words' From Eddie Murphy After The Oscars?

    So, is Eddie Murphy poised to make a comeback? Studio suits are certainly hoping so. With a role in Brett Ratner's "Tower Heist" that looks like a throwback to when Murphy actually used to be funny and with a hosting gig for next year's Oscars in the works, everyone is hoping the funnyman is done with family film paycheck gigs and ready to do something worthy of the comic chops he once so admirably displayed. While this writer has his doubts and thinks that Murphy will just continue to chase whatever movie gives him the biggest paycheck, others are more optimistic.

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    Review: Cool-Kids-Who-Kill 'Violet & Daisy' From 'Precious' Writer Isn't What You'd Expect

    After winning an Oscar for his screenplay for "Precious," Geoffrey Fletcher probably had options. The fact that directing "Violet & Daisy" -- a candy-colored crime story about two teen girl killers and their latest target -- was his ultimate choice is worthy of note in and of itself. Fletcher could have stayed in the vocabulary and landscape of "Precious" -- or, less charitably, thrown a rock and hit another indie film tale of life in the big city -- but instead stepped up, and out, to do something completely different as his directorial debut.

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    Eddie Murphy's "A Thousand Words" Release Date Pushed Back To Exploit Oscar Gig

    Originally scheduled to be released in January, Paramount has pushed the release date for A Thousand Words back even further, to March 23rd instead.

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    Gus Van Sant Talks Ben & Matt's Unfinished Post-'Good Will Hunting' Project, 'Restless' & More

    Eclectic Filmmaker Talks James Franco, 'My Private Idaho,' Dennis Hopper & His New Coming-Of-Age RomanceThe title of Gus Van Sant’s latest picture, “Restless” might as well describe the director himself. Genre-hopping, making movies for both the Hollywood system and himself, and long a fixture on the indie film scene, he’s undoubtedly one of the most significant American filmmakers working today. His lastest is a far cry from his more experimental entries like "Gerry," "Last Days" or even the "Psycho" remake, tackling the story of two teens in love even as one of them suffers from terminal cancer. It's yet another new direction for Van Sant and one that will likely land him new fans while giving longtime followers of the director something else to discuss and consider as part of his eclectic filmography.

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    Watch: A Wedding Goes Horribly Wrong In Teaser Trailer For '[REC] 3 Genesis'

    So, how successful is the Spanish horror franchise "[REC]"? Well, the original was released just a few years ago in 2007 and we're already on the third installment with a fourth entry, "[Rec] Apocalypse" already planned. But before we get to that, "[REC] 3 Genesis" will arrive to keep the magic going.

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    Giggles with Gosling: Clooney is Dreamy, Drive's REO Speedwagon Fate & Other Interview Revelations

    Ryan Gosling is busy--making movies, promoting movies, saving lives--but he spent some quality time with Vulture and it resulted in a quote-worthy conversation. He talks about working in wet pants with George Clooney, Nicolas Winding Refn having a thing for his mom, politics, Los Angeles and more. (You can see Gosling in Drive this weekend.)

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    Harlan Ellison Doesn't Want Anybody To See 'In Time' & Is Suing To Try And Make That Happen

    The lawyers for sci-fi author Harlan Ellison must have a pretty nice gig, because he likes to sue. In fact, he likes it so much his Wikipedia page has a section dedicated to the various lawsuits he has filed over the years against everything from "The Terminator" to AOL. Well, Ellison is at it again and this time he has upcoming flick "In Time" in his sights.

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    TIFF11: "Hysteria" Is a Smart and Riotous Comedy that Puts Recent R-Rated Humor to Shame

    “Your thrombus is the key to your future,” we are warned by one of the many memorable personalities in "Hysteria." There’s a sentence you don’t hear very often. It’s part of phrenology, the study of skull patterns to determine personality and other unexpected things. It’s also entirely ridiculous, but was just as highly regarded in the late 19th century as the medical usefulness of leeches. If you focus on the constant typhus and cholera epidemics of pre-germ theory Europe, you’re liable to get depressed. If, on the other hand, you concentrate on the total absurdity of pre-modern scientific ideas there’s a good chance you’ll collapse into hysterics.

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    Albert Brooks Says He Knows His 'Drive' Character's Entire Backstory

    Filmmaker/Actor Says His Next Directorial Effort Will Be "Odd And Different"You should already know about Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive." We haven't been the only ones pumping the picture, and for good reason -- it's one of the slickest, coolest pictures of the year; a tight genre picture with substance and style. Following an unnamed Hollywood stunt actor simply referred to in the credits as 'The Driver' (Ryan Gosling), the story is a minimalistic fairy-tale/noir mash-up involving Jewish gangsters and a family in danger. The attractive cast also includes Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Albert Brooks, and Christina Hendricks.

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    In Theaters: 'Drive' Looks To Zoom Past 'Straw Dogs' & 'I Don't Know How She Does It'

    Hello friends. Your mission, should you choose to accept it (WHICH YOU WILL CAUSE I SAID SO) is to go see "Drive" this weekend. There is no other movie playing in theaters. Nope, not one. There, this column is over. Done! "Drive" is all there is to see. Worth seeing anyway. And I would be remiss if I didn't champion truly original and excellent filmmaking in this column. Do not go see "Lion King 3D." We are not children (if you are a child, why are you reading this? Stop now). Don't you remember that talk we had back when "Green Whatever" came out? We don't watch movies for kids. Especially not ones we already saw 10 years ago. Ok, rant over. Let's get down and dirty.

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