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  • Caryn James
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    Ralph Fiennes Talks About Directing Coriolanus (Video Interview)

    Ralph Fiennes’ career has taken him from the swoon-inducing romantic hero of The English Patient to noseless Voldemort in the Harry Potter series. Now, in his fierce, accomplished first film as director, he has extended his range again with a topical, centuries-old political drama: Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, in which he plays the thorny title character, a war-hero turned candidate for office.

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  • The Playlist
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    Soundtrack for 'New Year's Eve' Features Jon Bon Jovi & A Bunch Of Terrible Music

    "New Year's Eve" is coming, and we don't mean the debaucherous, end-of-year booze fest. We're talking about the latest rom-com in the holiday-themed (shudder) franchise whose claim to fame is overstuffing the movie with celebrities whose screen time each amounts to about five minutes. As is befitting to such a half-hearted endeavor, the soundtrack is equally lame, featuring artists you've either never heard of and/or didn't realize people still listened to. Though your mom might like it.

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  • The Playlist
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    Grateful Dead To Get The ‘Across The Universe’ Treatment

    Before there was Phish, the Grateful Dead were the original jam band, for which people traveled the country, doing drugs and attending multiple-hour-long concerts every year, up until frontman Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995. Now an “Across the Universe”-style film is in the works, one that would feature re-recorded Dead songs in a film that “captures that psychedelic Haight-Ashbury hippie spirit of the late 60s and early 70s.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method' An Insightful Look At Sexuality & The Mind

    The recent career of David Cronenberg has been an interesting thing to watch. Having made his name with a very particular, icky brand of fetish-happy body horror, he hasn't dipped back into that well for a decade now, preferring instead to take his obsessions and use them to spice up what in other hands could be standard fare. And generally speaking, it has worked well: "Spider," "A History of Violence" and "Eastern Promises" all have much to recommend them, all peculiarly Cronenbergian, but each pushing in a slightly different direction. But now he's made what, on the surface at least, might seem to be his biggest departure to date: a period piece, based on a stage play (one of several in Venice this year--have movies rediscovered theater as a source of material?), that examines the relationship between the two major forefathers of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Pics For Angelina Jolie's 'In The Land Of Blood & Honey' & David Gordon Green's 'The Sitter'

    One movie is gunning for Oscar, while the other wants to tickle your funny bone, and both have new images. See how we tenuously tied these two films together?!

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  • The Playlist
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    The Small Screen: Chiwetel Ejiofor & Matthew Goode To Star In 1930s Jazz World Drama 'Dancing to the Edge'

    His name might be pretty much unfamiliar to all but the most fervent Anglophiles, but Stephen Poliakoff is something of a legend among British writers. He started his career as a playwright in the 1970s, before moving into television, which has hosted the bulk of his work, followed by feature films like "Hidden City" and "Close Your Eyes," with Alan Rickman and Clive Owen. Poliakoff's consistently idiosyncratic, often oblique dramas have become a brand in to themselves, making him one of the few writers who can continually bring in huge audiences for serious, adult television when it airs on the BBC.

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  • The Playlist
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    Gary Oldman Won't Be The Colonel In 'Akira,' Ken Watanabe Next On List

    Gary Oldman Won't Be The Colonel In 'Akira,' Ken Watanabe Next On List

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  • Hope for Film
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    Digital Hollywood NYC 2011 -- Part 1

    Conferences abound in the US Film Biz and sometimes seems like another example of industries that still financially prosper in a field that has regularly been headed downwards (18% drop in theatrical attendance this year anyone?).  Yet, as corporate focused as they often are, they do point to a tendency to continued education.  Perhaps most hopefully they point to a willingness for our industry to evolve and embrace some aspect of change.  We sent Filmmakers Alliance (link) founder and past HopeForFilm contributor (link) Jacques Thelemaque to Digital Hollywood NYC to get the perspective for the truly free film community. -- Ted

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Hugo—movie review

    Leave it to Martin Scorsese to use 3-D not as a gimmick, but as a means of drawing us into a unique and magical environment. Other films may boast of flashy special effects, but Scorsese has created a world of wonder—which is much more unusual—in his elaborate adaptation of Brian Selznick’s illustrated book The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    The Muppets—movie review

    On my way to see this movie I kept saying to myself, “I hope they didn’t louse it up!” The Muppets mean too much to me to let Jason Segel, or anybody, for that matter, diminish them. The minute the picture started, I heaved a sigh of relief and broke out in a smile. This is a joyful movie, the kind the Muppets (and their many fans) deserve.

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