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    Melanie Laurent Confirmed For 'Now You See Me'; Jake Gyllenhaal Out, Jesse Eisenberg Stays In

    We definitely have a soft spot for Louis Leterrier, as far as action-led helmers go. Undeniably talented, he's more than proved his action chops on the first two "Transporter" films, and pulled off a solid superhero flick on "The Incredible Hulk." Unfortunately, his last film, "Clash of the Titans," while a big hit, suffered from shoddy 3D and was probably a script that shouldn't have gone before cameras in the first place.

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    Vin Diesel To Star In Jane Austen Adaptation. No, Wait, It's Another Action Movie.

    It's not that the movie star is dead, as such, it's that domestic audiences (viewers abroad are still very much in thrall to "the star") are less and less willing to watch actors outside of the genre in which they made their name. It's arguable, for instance, whether Hugh Jackman is much of a draw when he's not playing Wolverine, while any hint of intelligence in an Adam Sandler film sees the box office takings plummet, and Denzel Washington is sensible enough to stick to the middle-brow thriller: when he tries something else ("The Great Debaters," "Antwone Fisher," "The Preacher's Wife") the box office plummets.

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    Sam Raimi's 'Evil Dead' Remake Is Getting Some Script Help From Diablo Cody

    After endless promises and "confirmations" about the long brewing new "Evil Dead" movie, the Internet was taken by surprise yesterday when a flurry of info hit the web that indicated it was no longer a mere pipe dream. Word was that the film was gearing up for production in Detroit and that Sam Raimi’s regular collaborator, editor Bob Murawski, who worked with Raimi on all three “Spider-Man” films and “Drag Me to Hell” before winning an Oscar for “The Hurt Locker,” was also going to be involved in some capacity. By the end of the day, it was revealed that Fede Alvarez, who made the hyped robot invasion short “Panic Attack!” that nabbed him a deal with Sam Raimi‘s Ghost House Pictures back in 2009, was going to be directing.

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    Trailer Watch: Steven Soderbergh's Contagion Stars Damon, Paltrow, Winslet, Law, Fishburne

    It looks like Steven Soderbergh is returning to the land of smart mainstream commercial filmmaking with Contagion (September 9), starring Matt Damon as an everyman whose wife (Gwyneth Paltrow) appears to be patient zero in a burgeoning killer bird flu virus sweeping the globe. It is transmitted by touch. Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, John Hawkes and Laurence Fishburne also star.

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    Welcome to Anthony Kaufman's ReelPolitik

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    First Trailer For Steven Soderbergh's Virus Outbreak Thriller "Contagion" Arrives!

    First trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s ensemble action-thriller Contagion, about an international team of doctors hired by the CDC to prevent the global outbreak of a deadly virus.

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    Kristen Wiig's Dark Comedy ‘Imogene’ From ‘American Splendor’ Directors Starts In August

    Not to be Nikki Finke about it, but like toldja or something? The trades are making noise about Kristen Wiig's "new" project "Imogene," a dark comedy that's a labor of love and one that she's been working on for two years. We've heard of it, as you had too. We asked a few months ago rhetorically, why had all the cast and crew of "Bridesmaids" -- Melissa McCarthy, writer Annie Mumolo, director Paul Feig, Jon Hamm, Chris O’Dowd, Ellie Kemper -- reaped the benefits of that film ($206 million worldwide and counting) except for its star, co-producer and co-writer Kristen Wiig?

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    Watch: Trailer For Steven Soderbergh's Virus Thriller 'Contagion' Reveals A Major Character Death

    Just like Warner Bros.' "Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows," cheap bootlegged footage from Entertainment Tonight made its way online from Steven Soderbergh's virus thriller "Contagion" today. So following the pattern, WB has just decided to drop the trailer like it's hot (so how about the "The Dark Knight Rises"?).

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    Robot Builders Doc Bots High: Mad Hot Ballroom with Nerds

    Bots High is a film that proudly declares its geekiness, which is a promising sign for a documentary that follows three groups of high school robotics students as they develop and (literally) battle their way to a national combat robots competition in Miami. Basically, it's Mad Hot Ballroom with nerds.

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    Interview: Errol Morris Talks The Anxiety Of Making 'Tabloid' & Finding The Laughter In His Films

    In a time where documentaries are made cheaply and are often no more than glossy, agenda-pushing propaganda bulleted lists, filmmakers like Errol Morris seem even more admirable. Starting in 1978 with the amusing "Gates of Heaven" (which followed a number of people who had beloved animals buried in a California pet cemetery), the man alternated between scrutinizing the weird and picking apart the political, triumphing in both camps due to both his respectful and prudent attitude. He even invented his own interviewing technique called the "Interrotron" which, using two-way mirrors in a similar way a teleprompter would work, allows both camps to see the face of who they are talking to while directly looking into the camera. Because of this intimacy, Morris' films not only avoid the dullness that many talking head flicks fall into, but it also constructs a very personal audience connection to each speaker. As he probes into each subject, he's never condescending, but often unearths uncomfortable truths and manages to portray each person as not just a tool to prove whatever point he's trying to make, but as a complicated human being.

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