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    Harvey Weinstein May Have His Groove Back & The Greatest Hits From Recent Vanity Fair Profile

    Watch Out British Helmer Richard Ayoade, Harvey Scissorhands May Be BackAdmittedly, we might be behind the times and some of us just started parsing Vanity Fair's fairly massive Hollywood Issue tome. Written by Bryan Burrough, (the author of " Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34" which spawned Michael Mann's 2009 movie) the thesis of the article is essentially what you see in its (and our) headline: Harvey Weinstein is back. Maybe a slightly more mature, warm and fuzzy Harvey Weinstein with 70% less temper tantrums and outbursts, but one that still knows how to make noise and get his hands dirty with his films for better or worse.

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    Trailer Watch: Oranges and Sunshine

    Stars Emily Watson. Opens in the UK on April 1

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    The Small Screen: Aaron Sorkin To Talk Fast, Walk Through Corridors On '30 Rock'

    After a brief dip in quality in its fourth season, Tina Fey's "30 Rock" is firmly back on form, reinforcing its position as one of the funniest shows on TV in recent years. The show launched Fey's movie career and revitalized Alec Baldwin's in a big way (Tracy Morgan's, not so much), but the series has always been able to attract big guest stars as well: Jon Hamm, Oprah Winfrey, Alan Alda, Salma Hayek, Peter Dinklage, Michael Sheen, Elizabeth Banks, Matt Damon and, most recently, a brilliant Robert De Niro -- the best he's been in years (watch below) -- have all cropped up, in one-off or recurring roles.

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    David Mackenzie Set To Adapt Georges Simenon's Crime Novel 'The Stain On The Snow'

    Even with two projects -- the sci-fi love story "Perfect Sense" and on-the-fly music-fest-set love story "You Instead" -- due to be unveiled this year, Scottish helmer David Mackenzie looks to show no signs of slowing down and is now attached to write and direct an adaptation of prolific Belgian writer Georges Simenon's crime novel "The Stain On The Snow."

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    How Alexander Payne And Jim Taylor Contributed To 'Cedar Rapids' And Nine Other Things We Learned

    Director Miguel Arteta Really Loves Michael Cera, Compares Him To Peter Sellers & MoreFilmmaker Miguel Arteta’s comedy “Cedar Rapids” is on the big screen in limited release this week and will expand into approximately 90-some screens this weekend. It’s the story of a low level insurance agent sent to Cedar Rapids, Iowa for a major convention where he’s expected to compete for the top prize in the industry: the beloved Two Diamond Award. Ed Helms, who also produced the film, plays Tim Lippe the naive, boob of a salesman who gets in way over his head when he meets a group of colleagues that may or may not be in line to become his best friends.

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    Daniel Radcliffe To Star In Indie Comedy 'The Amateur Photographer'

    With the "Harry Potter" franchise officially for the birds as of this July, its young cast are starting to look elsewhere for work. Emma Watson has "My Week With Marilyn" coming up, and may be teaming with Taylor Lautner on "Incarceron," while villain Tom Felton has Hollywood work on "Rise of the Apes" and "The Apparition" later in the year, and Rupert Grint is hopefully somewhere having treatment to make him less teeth-grindingly annoying. But what of Harry himself?

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    Mickey Rourke, Lenny Kravitz, Rosario Dawson & Rodrigo Santoro Top-Lining 'The Blind Bastard Club'

    The Berlin Film Festival always brings a ton of news as independent producers shop around for pre-sales, and the latest project to be revealed is an intriguing, if odd-sounding drama, with an eclectic cast. Screen Daily reports that Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson and Lenny Kravitz are all attached to star in "The Blind Bastard Club," which will begin filming in April.

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    New Poster For Korean Revenge Film 'I Saw The Devil' Is Dark, Stunning

    When we saw “I Saw The Devil” at Sundance, we called it “ugly, gratuitous, sad, brutal, complex, and terrific.” The film received similarly glowing notices at TIFF and Fantastic Fest and in a few weeks Magnet will be releasing the blood-soaked revenge film in theaters. To coincide with the film’s March 4th release, the indie distributors have just relvealed a beautifully designed new poster for the film. The image (via IMP Awards), which you can check out below, is a simple typeface laid over the image of a dark figure to stunning effect. Take note American films, this is how it's done.

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    Oscar Watch: Hereafter VFX Breakdown

    Oscar Watch: Hereafter VFX Breakdown

    Scanline VFX (300, 2012) and VFX supervisor Michael Owens lavished so much time and energy on the nine-minute tsunami at the start of Clint Eastwood's Hereafter that the movie won the Visual Effects Society (VES) award for outstanding supporting visual effects in a feature motion picture as well as a hotly contested spot in the final VFX Oscar five.

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    Trailer, Poster Watch: Williams in Meek's Cutoff, Brand vs. Mirren in Arthur, Biopic Soul Surfer

    No one harbors any illusions that Kelly Reichardt's minimalist western Meek's Cutoff will be the next True Grit. And while Michelle Williams is by far the biggest name in a strong ensemble-- Bruce Greenwood, Paul Dano, Will Patton, Shirley Henderson and Zoe Kazan--she's hardly doing a showy star turn. But I admire this rigorous, dusty, austere road movie about pioneers who are lost and thirsty on their long trek west. If anything the movie reminds me of Gus Van Sant's under-appreciated desert epic Gerry. The new poster is designed by Marlene McCarty. Here's my Venice Fest review:

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