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  • Shadow and Act
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    Joseph Conrad's "Heart Of Darkness" As A Spacebound Sci-Fi Flick?

    A sci-fi version of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness? One of the most controversial tales over the last century+, telling the story of Marlow, the cargo boat captain in Africa at the end of the 19th century, on assignment to return Kurtz, an ivory trader with a reputation, who encounters the "darkness" of the Congo wilderness, and the "darkness" that resides within human beings, after witnessing the brutalization of Africans by white European traders. Read on from Variety:

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  • The Playlist
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    Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo' Drops The 'Cabret'

    Official Trailer Coming SoonIt seems the prevailing sentiment in Hollywood right now is that shorter is better. "John Carter of Mars" recently became just "John Carter" and now Martin Scorsese's "Hugo Cabret" is simply "Hugo." Variety's Jeff Sneider has confirmed the title adjustment which frankly leaves us scratching our head a bit.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Look At Ian McKellen As Gandalf & Martin Freeman As Bilbo Baggins In ‘The Hobbit’

    Yes, we're still eighteen months away from "The Hobbit" hitting theaters but the fever for the films directed by Peter Jackson is already running very high. Last week, fans got a very early treat when the first official stills from the film hit the web and it looks like the filmmakers aren't being shy about showing off a little bit more.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Breakfast at Tiffany's Celebrates 50 Years with New Digital Restoration Screening, July 29

    Fresh from its world-premiere showing at the TCM Classic Film Fest, the 50th anniversary new digital restoration of romantic comedy-drama Breakfast at Tiffany's will screen on Friday, July 29 at 7:30 pm at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The Blake Edwards film adaptation of Truman Capote's novel has been a favorite ever since Audrey Hepburn first appeared as Holly Golightly. The movie may be dated (see Mickey Rooney), but Hepburn's Golightly isn't. "People don't belong to people," she tells smitten George Peppard.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Mandate Buys Diablo Cody Script Lamb of God for Her to Direct

    We need all the good women directors we can get. Oscar original screenplay winner Diablo Cody is jumping into directing via old partners Mandate Pictures and producer Mason Novick, who backed Juno ($227 million worldwide) and the upcoming Paramount film Young Adult. Comedy Lamb of God tracks a conservative religious woman from a plane crash through a sinner's life in Vegas and back to faith. Cody will exec produce along with Mandate president Nathan Kahane; they're planning to start casting.

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  • The Playlist
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    Diablo Cody Will Make Her Directorial Debut With Religious Comedy, 'Lamb Of God'

    She must have been playing her cards close to the chest. Just a week after teasing her filmmaking ambitions, screenwriter Diablo Cody ("Juno," "Jennifer's Body") has unveiled what will become her debut directorial effort. A self-penned comedy called, "Lamb Of God," the picture will follow a young conservative religious woman who loses her faith after a plane crash, decides to go to Las Vegas to live the life of a sinner, and on her journey finds her way back to her faith according to a press release.

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  • The Playlist
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    Chris Hemsworth Is A 'Shadow Runner' In Film Inspired By Killing Of Hamas Leader Mahmoud al Mabhouh

    After proving he could wield the mighty hammer of "Thor" with wit and charm to spare (one of the few lively things in the otherwise kind of stodgy comic movie), Chris Hemsworth is springboarding into other films. He's got "Snow White And The Huntsman" on his dance card, a couple of completed movies waiting to be released ("Red Dawn," "Cabin In The Woods") and of course, he's already on to his next Marvel gig in "The Avengers" but it looks like he's stepping out of the fantasy/remake realm for his next role.

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    The 400 Blows

    One could date the start of the American independent film movement with the release in France in 1959 of a picture that heralded the beginning of the French New Wave: François Truffaut’s first feature--made when he was 27--and one of the classics of humanist cinema, THE 400 BLOWS (available on DVD). The original French title is Les Quatre Cents Coups, which literally translated means “the 400 dirty tricks,” but is understood idiomatically as “raising hell,” which is quite a different thought than the English understanding of it as being “the 400 blows one endures in life.” Either meaning can represent the film, since the leading character both plays dirty tricks and receives 400 blows.

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  • Caryn James
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    Conan Programs the Michele Bachmann History Channel

    First he created the Sarah Palin History Channel, but now Conan O'Brien tells us it has been reprogrammed as the Michele Bachmann History Channel, in which we have a glimpse of the Founding Fathers convening to "gratify the Constitution" as Bachmann's fake voiceover puts it.

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  • The Playlist
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    Catherine Hardwicke To Direct Noomi Rapace In Swedish Boxing Biopic Opposite Ex-Husband

    It was just a couple of weeks ago when director Catherine Hardwicke hinted at her next movie saying, “I have another project that looks like it’s going to go first. It’s in Sweden and Germany, and it’s really wild. I can’t quite talk about it, but we’ll probably do the announcement in a couple of weeks." Well, right on schedule, that news has arrived.

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