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    Luke Evans, Toby Kebbell, Richard Madden & Kit Harrington Could Don The Crown In 'Arthur & Lancelot'

    King Arthur: a prestigious part to play, but not always the most fun. Played over the years by names as diverse as Richard Harris, Nigel Terry, Malcolm McDowell, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Pierce Brosnan, Clive Owen, Justin Timberlake, and Monty Python's Graham Chapman, few of those names have truly made an impression in the part. Despite his legendary status, he can often come across as... well, kind of dull. Hopefully "Wedding Crashers" director David Dobkin has found a way to make it a little more interesting for his new version of the tale, "Arthur & Lancelot," which is gearing up over at Warner Bros, but he's certainly got some promising names in the mix.

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    Acclaimed Thriller "96 Minutes" (Evan Ross & David Oyelowo Co-Star) Picked Up For 2012 Theatrical Release

    96 Minutes, a film we profiled back in March, soon after its debut at the SXSW Film Festival, which Evan Ross (who won a breakthrough performance award at SXSW for his work in the film) and David Oyelowo both co-star in, has been acquired by ARC Entertainment and XLrator Media (North American rights specifically), in a partnership, with plans to release the thriller in early 2012. Synopsis reads:

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    'The Iron Lady' Sneaks In For Oscar Qualification With December 30th Limited Release, While Star Alexandra Roach Joins 'Girls Night Out'

    Now that latecomers like "Hugo," "Young Adult," "J. Edgar" and "War Horse" have started screening for the press, there's only a handful of Oscar hopefuls that remain unknown quantities. Along with Angelina Jolie's directorial debut "In The Land of Blood and Honey," which won't hit theaters until Christmas, the most high-profile is "The Iron Lady," the biopic of legendary British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, which reteams Meryl Streep and her "Mamma Mia" director Phyllida Lloyd. Acquired by The Weinstein Company during Cannes, the film's raised eyebrows by skipping the festival circuit entirely, in part, we're told, because Lloyd went back to make tweaks to the film at the last minute.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Apocalypses Now and Then: Von Trier’s Melancholia vs. Anderson’s Magnolia

    In his “Now and Then” column this week, Matt Brennan examines two visionary directors’ takes on the end of the world as we know it — controversial Dane Lars von Trier’s Melancholia (on VOD now, in theaters Friday) and Paul Thomas Anderson’s sprawling 1999 classic Magnolia.

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    Review: 'J. Edgar' Presents A Highly Controversial Figure With Dry Objectivity & Dramatic Inertia

    An exercise of stultifying blandness and dramatic inertia, “J. Edgar” is second- or third-tier Eastwood, the sort of respectably proficient but forgettable work that he did all too often before “Million Dollar Baby” reminded audiences that one of Hollywood’s oldest dogs still has some fight in him. A sort of “Brokeback Mountain” for the blue-state set, the film operates dually as a chronicle of Hoover’s rise and fall as Director of the FBI, and a skillfully bloodless depiction of his complicated personal life, in particular his relationship with Associate Director Clyde Tolson. Undermined by old-age makeup, a story largely unbothered by chronology (or even dramatic momentum), and no throughlines or uniting themes other than what the characters dutifully explain, “J. Edgar” is a would-be prestige picture that’s sorely lacking in emotional power.

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    Goldwyn Acquires Global Warming Doc The Island President

    The Toronto Film Fest doc audience award-winner The Island President has been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films for stateside release in February 2012. The film will be screened at DOC NYC on Tuesday November 8, followed by a Q and A with director Jon Shenk by Michael Moore. Goldwyn has acquired all ancillary U.S. rights including theatrical and home video. The movie follows President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives as he struggles to save his Indian Ocean island archipelago from climate change that threatens to literally drown his country.

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    "The Mountaintop" Extending Broadway Run... Again; Cinemacast Also Possible

    I haven't seen the play yet; but everything I've heard from those who have suggests that it's an absolute must-see! And given that an extension of its run passed the original end date was announced last week, I'd say it's doing very well at the box office! And, as if that's not already enough encouragement for those of you in NYC to go see it, this news just came across the wire:

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    Jessica Chastain To Play Princess Diana In Biopic From 'Downfall' Director Oliver Hirschbiegel

    Jessica Chastain To Play Princess Diana In Biopic From 'Downfall' Director Oliver Hirschbiegel

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    AFM News EXCLUSIVE: Jessica Chastain To Star In Princess Di Biopic

    Many of the deals announced at the American Film Market will never get made. One hot ticket item that could go forward is current it-girl Jessica Chastain starring as Princess Diana in Caught in Flight, reports Liza Foreman.

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    European Film Award Nominations Favor Melancholia, The Artist

    The European Film Academy nominations for the European Film Awards 2011 at the Seville European Film Festival were voted on by more than 2,500 EFA members who will now vote for winners to be presented during the awards ceremony on December 3 in Berlin. Continuing their march toward Oscar are The Artist and star Jean Dujardin as well as actresses Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin) and Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia).

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