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    The Coen Brothers Say They Are Working On A New, Music-Based Film

    Not Being Written For Usual Repertory Company Of ActorsLast night at the opening of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's beautiful new facility, the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, we were fortunate enough to catch a conversation between filmmakers and mutual admirers, the Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan and Noah Baumbach. The theme of the evening was film openings and the trio picked a grouping of their film intros and discussed the who, what, where, when, hows and whys of their selected filmography (strangely enough the Coens elected to skip by one of the greatest film openings ever, the eleven-minute opening of "Raising Arizona").

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    Monte Hellman Says 'Road To Nowhere' Was A "Group Subconscious Experience"

    This weekend, Monte Hellman‘s “Road To Nowhere” opens. Somehow, no one has acknowledged that this is an event; Hellman, the vaunted director of “Two Lane Blacktop” and “The Shooting,” hasn’t made a movie since 1989. Things are a bit different this time around, as Hellman is working with much more unconventional material, with “Road To Nowhere” focusing on a murder-mystery happening in a movie-within-a-movie, with actors playing multiple roles within two separate storylines that keep dovetailing into each other. If you ask Hellman, who still believes, “No explanations, no apologies, and above all, no refunds,” this elaborate structure was more of an experiment of the subconscious, an attempt at trial-and-error than a purposeful artistic decision.

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    'Fast Five' Star Sung Kang To Join Untitled Sylvester Stallone-Walter Hill Collaboration

    Joel Silver's Dark Castle Entertainment Producing; Film Begins Shooting Later This MonthIt seemed to make sense that Sylvester Stallone would reach out to Thomas Jane to co-star in the film formerly-titled "Headshot" as both were macho brawlers with a significant age difference. The thriller, from director Walter Hill, was to match Stallone as a professional killer with Jane the young cop who must collaborate with the hitman to solve a massive conspiracy. And then Dark Castle and superproducer Joel Silver got involved. And looks like Silver he threw his weight around, claiming a Dark Castle mandate for racially mixed lead cast members, so Jane is out, and the handsome, charismatic Sung Kang is in.

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    Al Pacino and Barry Levinson Reteaming To Adapt Philip Roth Novel 'The Humbling'

    Levinson Talks Prospect Of Helming Mob Epic 'Gotti: Three Generations'For someone who's almost incontestably one of the greatest living American novelists (there will always be naysayers...) Philip Roth has never fared well on the big screen. "Goodbye, Columbus is mostly forgotten, but fairly decent, but "Portnoy's Complaint," "The Human Stain" and "Elegy" (an adaptation of "The Dying Animal") were all disasters of varying degrees, despite excellent source material. But Hollywood ain't done with Roth yet, with news breaking that a veteran director and star, fresh off a recent success together, are joining forces again to adapt a recent work from the author.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Come Play At My Panel Today At 4P At Lincoln Center

    I am moderating the "Some Of The New Faces Of NY Independent Film" panel today to help kick off Lincoln Center's new theaters. They are truly beautiful and will surely be a must-see destination for all Cinemaniacs throughout the universe. As I believe we will have eleven panelists on the stage with me (it having been determined that that is the magic number required to get me to shut up and let someone else talk), it is going to be a bit of a circus.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Morgan Freeman Is Bromanced by Eastwood, Poitier, McConaughey at 39th AFI Life Achievement Awards

    The really good AFI tributes are the ones where there's warmth in the room for the tributee. Morgan Freeman, winner of the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award, is in that category.

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    'Rubicon' Star James Badge Dale Circling Role Alongside Brad Pitt In 'World War Z'

    James Badge Dale might not be a name that's immediately familiar to you, but increasingly, it's a face that you'll recognize: the actor had key roles on "24" (as Jack Bauer's sidekick Chase) and in "The Departed" (as the bent copper who pops Leo in the head at the end), before landing two big leads last year, on HBO's "The Pacific" and AMC's "Rubicon," proving to be an intense, yet likable presence.

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    'Che' Star Demian Bichir Joins All-Star Cast For Oliver Stone's Crime Flick 'Savages'

    Prequel Novel Also In The WorksIt's fair to say that Oliver Stone has been off his game for a while. Recent output varies from the workmanlike ("World Trade Center") to the disappointing ("W") to the disastrous ("Alexander"), and we're not sure we've unreservedly loved one of his films since 1995's "Nixon." But as our retrospective from last year proved, Stone has produced enough great work in his time that we'll always root for him, and his latest picture, "Savages," is shaping up to be his most promising in decades.

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    Alan Arkin To Play Spy-Turned-Movie-Producer In Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

    Any budding screenwriters could take more than a few hints from the career arc of Ben Affleck. From Oscar-winning wonderboy, Hollywood's next big thing, to much-mocked star of flops like "Paycheck," "Gigli" and "Surviving Christmas," to critically-adored director of terrific Boston crime flicks "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town," Affleck's had quite a ride, but he's firmly back on top now, to the extent that he's got the lead role in Terrence Malick's as-yet untitled next film.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Remembering Richard Leacock, Clips, Louise Brooks Interview

    L.M. Kit Carson remembers documentary filmmaker Richard Leacock, who died March 23 at age 89. (Video interview and film clips below).Ricky Leacock means a lot of good to a lot of film-people. Many showed up starting at 9:30 AM June 5 at Lincoln Center’s nearby Walter Reade Theater at the unique Leacock Memorial. People filled the place – and stood up in a loose order – to break their memories back to how Leacock changed them.

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