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    'Burn Notice' Star Jeffrey Donovan Will Play Bobby Kennedy In Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar'

    With lensing underway for a couple of weeks now on Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," it looks like the director is still filling in bits and pieces of his cast as he goes along.

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    Cary Fukunaga Talks His Horror/Romance Take On 'Jane Eyre' With Michael Fassbender & Mia Wasikoska

    Indie Filmmaker Also Discusses His Gestating Musical With Owen Pallett, His African Civil War Drama 'Beasts Of No Nation,' & His Good Filmmaking Fortune So FarExclusive: Delighting fans of period romance everywhere -- and kids who can't be bothered with even the Cliffs Notes of the classic Charlotte Brontë novel --"Jane Eyre" is making another appearance on screen. But rather than coming from a predictably English pedigree, the 2011 Focus Features version arrives from the seemingly unlikely source of Cary Fukunaga, a young American director with a single feature to his name, 2009's gritty immigration thriller "Sin Nombre." Fukunaga went young with his casting, opting for Mia Wasikoska ("The Kids Are All Right") to play to the title role, while Michael Fassbender ("Hunger," the dreams of many a female Playlister) takes on the brooding part of Edward Rochester.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    San Francisco International Film Fest Opens with Mike Mills' Beginners, with McGregor & Plummer

    San Francisco International Film Fest Opens with Mike Mills' Beginners, with McGregor & Plummer

    The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival will open April 21 at the Castro Theatre with Beginners, from writer-director Mike Mills (Thumbsucker). The movie, which stars sexy couple Ewan McGregor and Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) and Christopher Plummer in rare form as a gay man fighting against the dying of the light, played well at Toronto, where it was acquired by Focus Features. The festival, which usually draws an audience of over 75,000 people and gives out 15 jury awards, will feature 200 films.

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    Me vs. Civic Anthems Stuck In My Head

    I went from this....

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    Neil Burger Doesn't Know What's Next, But Says His 'The Criminals' Script Is Gaining Buzz

    'Limitless' Director Says He Has Several Projects To Choose From & The Bradley Cooper/De Niro Sci-Fi Film Is Opening DoorsExclusive: Eclectic filmmaker Neil Burger has gone from pseudo-documentary ("Interview With The Assassin"), to period-drama ("The Illusionist" with Ed Norton), to smaller indie, post-Iraq War film ("The Lucky Ones") and now has landed on a film that combines self-improvement, sci-fi-ish elements and high stakes power in New York, "Limitless."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Fairy Tale Trend Reveals Female Sex Threat; A Comprehensive Guide to Fairy Tales in the Works UPDATE

    - A bit behind the curve, The Guardian warns: "Prepare for a fairytale invasion." The trend will "really get into top gear with the debut in the U.S. of [Catherine Hardwicke's] Little Red Riding Hood." While we've been tracking the abundance of fairy tales -- from the high-profile The Brothers Grimm: Snow White starring Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen to Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters to Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (we've compiled details on all the fairy tales in the works and a quiz, below) -- The Guardian is honing in on themes of sexual awakening and the supernatural -- the popular variation of which was kicked off by the Twilight series and has been picked up for Red Riding Hood (clearly aiming for the same teen demo).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Video Interview: Wasikowska and Fukunaga Talk Jane Eyre

    Check out the Film Independent interview (below, with trailer) with Jane Eyre director Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) and star Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right, Alice in Wonderland). He explains why he wanted to adapt the Charlotte Bronte public domain classic, and how he came to cast Wasikowska as the lonely governess who comes to work for and love the tragic Mr. Rochester, played by rising star Michael Fassbender (here's my old flip cam interview). Focus Features opens the film March 11.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    A "Little Mermaid" Sing-a-Long At The Castro

    I said so long to a week in San Francisco last night by taking in the extreme nostalgia that was a sing-a-long screening of "The Little Mermaid" at the famed Castro Theater. I'd never been to San Francisco, and for the first time in ages was visiting a city without a film festival dictating my schedule, so I definitely dropped off of blogosphere and took in what is - despite all the ridiculous hype - an underrated city. Endlessly gorgeous in both nature and architecture... exuding this serene energy that is not at all boring... full of warm, happy people... As far as I'm concerned, it's the dreamiest city in America. Case in point: On a Monday night, its people packed the 1,400 seat Castro for a sing-a-long screening of "The Little Mermaid." From nostalgic 1980s-born gay boys to Ariel-dressed drag queens to parents and their children, it was an atmosphere that easily ignited chills. Especially when you're me, who was saw "The Little Mermaid" in the movie theater at least 10 times (I turned 6 in the midst of its release), and it was also the first VHS my parents ever bought me, and would more or less watch it weekly. I hadn't seen the film in at least a decade, but every frame, line and musical note came back to me instantly (though it also seemed remarkably gayer than I remembered.. right down to Ursala clearly being inspired by Divine). To sing along to "Part of Your World," "Under The Sea," "Kiss The Girl," etc... Was downright euphoric, especially when it came at the end of a pretty magical little week in the SF. Figuring this was one opportunity to share, I recorded a couple of (poorly filmed) videos from the event, so if you're an 80s kid with some "Little Mermaid" in their heart, enjoy:

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  • The Playlist
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    DreamWorks Animation Lineup Through 2014 A Mix Of Sequels & Original Content

    Earlier today, DreamWorks Animation announced its lineup through 2014, with six original films and three sequels to the "Kung Fu Panda," "Madagascar" and "How to Train Your Dragon" franchises. Original films are titled "Rise of the Guardians," "The Croods," "Turbo," "Me and My Shadow," "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" and "Puss in Boots," a spin-off from the eponymous character in the "Shrek" franchise. This announcement comes on the tail end of CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg's statement last week that DreamWorks Animation would not necessarily be releasing three animated films per year as it did last year.

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  • Spout
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    Mountains of Madness: Universal Branded with Blame and Film Fans Faulted with Failure

    I'm not too familiar with what "At the Mountains of Madness" is or was going to be. So I don't really care that it's now a dead project. As far as I'm concerned, regardless of its cast, director, producer, source material or any hope and hype from the blogosphere, the adaptation up until now has had, like any other film in the making, a 50-50 chance of being either good or bad. There's a reason Spout doesn't follow the usual pitch-to-product track of films. And it's not just that one or two film lovers can't handle the load. Or that sites like The Playlist are perfect enough at that part of movie blogging. It's that it pretty much kills a part of my interest in movies.

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