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    Writer Peter Straughan Confirms That 'Smiley's People' Will Form Basis Of A 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Sequel

    It's something that will become clear to most of you in the coming weeks, with the film finally opening in the U.S soon, but to reiterate what we've been saying for a while -- "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy" rocks. Meticulously made on every level, with a brace of impeccable performances, it works as both a gripping thriller and a moving character study, and it's one of the best films of the year. With the film already pretty much in the black thanks to a blockbuster box office showing in its native U.K where it opened back in September, anything from here on out is a bonus, and it looks like plans are starting to crystalize for a possible follow-up.

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    The Greatest Indie Film Development News of All Time?

    Before Sunset 3 seems to be actually happening!!! Or, whatever it is they'll call it. "During Moonlight"? "Before Another Sunset"? Either way, though, I've always hoped this would come together and have complete faith the Delpy-Hawke-Linklater triad of combined genius (though separately they are a bit more hit and miss) will lay to rest any debate over what the greatest second sequel of all time is.

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    Is Werc Werk Works Dead? Uncertain Future for Producer Redleaf's FilmCo

    Is Werk Werk Works, the bold indie film company founded by producer Christine Walker and benefactor Elizabeth Redleaf in 2008, on the rocks? Responsible for five films to date, including Todd Solondz's "Life During Wartime," Rob Epstein and Jeff Friedman's "Howl," Bela Tarr's "The Turin Horse," and most recently, Lawrence Kasdan's "Darling Companion," the company appears to be at a "crossroads," according to a major story in the Minneapolis StarTribune.

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    Michael Fassbender Talks Researching Carl Jung For 'A Dangerous Method'

    Michael Fassbender recently took some time away from his endlessly busy 2011 to speak with The Playlist about his role as swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung in David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method,” which opens in limited release this week. The story focuses on the early career of Jung -- considered the founder of analytical psychology -- at a period in his life when his career briefly intersected with Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). But the story also brings a lesser known influence to light in Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), a figure long lost to the annals of history who may have influenced the work of both Jung and, to a lesser extent, Freud.

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    Morning Pour: Discussing the Best Documentary Oscar Shortlist

    Morning Pour is your daily stop for quick links, news commentary and trend-spotting. Here are your five discussion topics involving the Best Documentary Feature Oscar Shortlist for Monday, November 21, 2011:   

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    The Curious Case of Sinterklass and Zwarte Piet

    One of the most fascinating things about being in Holland at this time of year is being able to experience firsthand the bizarre tradition surrounding Christmas for Dutch folk. It focuses primarily on two characters: Sinterklass and Zwarte Piet.   Commercials featuring the two are constantly on Dutch television, and the poster above - for the annual release of a Sinterklass-themed film - is plastered all across Amsterdam...

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    Review: 'The Artist' A Joyous, Big Hearted Tribute To Old School Moviemaking

    When The Weinstein Company announced before the kick off the Cannes Film Festival that they had picked up Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" it was certainly a surprise. Harvey and Bob laid down big bucks for a film that, in this age of CGI and 3D blockbuster pictures, seems like box office poison. A silent film, in black and white, led by two French stars that are virtually unknown in the United States, it doesn't seem like the kind of movie that, outside of arthouse buffs, would catch on with a broader audience. But, the Weinstein instincts were right on as the movie played like gangbusters to critics (who applauded several times through the screening at Cannes), but moreoover, Hazanavicius' film is a pure joy. Wildly entertaining, with a big generous heart, "The Artist" is not just an exercise in old school filmmaking, it's a beautifully told story that is classic and timeless in feel.

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    Chastity and Motherhood: How Conservative is "Twilight: Breaking Dawn"?

    Is there any better example of the need for Planned Parenthood than "Twilight: Breaking Dawn"? That's a joke, of course. For those looking for examples of the conservative and reactionary nature of Hollywood, there's no stronger proof than Stephanie Meyer's no-sex-before-marriage "Twilight" franchise.

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    Steven Soderbergh Considering Post-'U.N.C.L.E.' Options & New 'Haywire' Photos

    After exiting the gestating adaptation of '60's spy series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." as a result of casting and budgeting, it looks like Steven Soderbergh is wasting no time in finding his replacement with his upcoming sabbatical to still take place after filming the Liberace biopic, "Behind The Candelabra," starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon next summer.

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    My Four Year Old Take On "Titanic"

    An excerpt of one of my more overwhelming childhood obsessions as documented in 1998. Leo & Kate 4ever:

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