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  • The Lost Boys
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    Tim Hortons Kicks Out Lesbian Couple For Going "Beyond Displays of Affection"

    Disturbing - though frankly, unsurprising - news from the homefront.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Exclusive: Official Poster, Opening Dates & Cities For Second AFFRM Release "Kinyarwanda"

    Unless you've had your head buried in the sand, or floating, with equanimity, in the clouds, you'll know that the 2nd film to be distributed theatrically via AFFRM (the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement), which was announced on Independence Day, July 4, 2011, will be Alrick Brown's 2011 Sundance award-winner Kinyarwanda!

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    IN THE WORKS: Damon & Affleck Together Again for Bulger; Bana as Elvis; Akira Casting

    It's about time. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will work together again along with Casey Affleck to bring life to the story of Whitey Bulger at Warner Bros. Bulger was a New England mob boss and subsequent 16-year fugitive before being caught in Santa Monica, CA, last June. Affleck will direct as well as co-produce and co-star with Damon, who will play Bulger. Neither of the Affleck brothers' roles are confirmed. It gets better: Boardwalk Empire writer and creator Terence Winter is writing the script, which will track the mobster's youth in Alcatraz, his rise to the top of the crime world and his secret involvement as an FBI informant.

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  • The Playlist
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    Warner Bros. Pulls A Disney, Waves Wand To Make All 'Harry Potter' DVDs Disappear On Dec. 29th

    For a while now, Disney has employed a home video strategy that has paid off in spades. The studio's "vault" system makes titles available for a short window of time on home video, before they are pulled from stores and kept locked up for years until Disney decides to re-release it to great fanfare and even greater sales. This fall the studio tried a new tactic, a 3D converted theatrical re-release before the home video bow. The result? A nearly $100 million domestic haul for "The Lion King (in 3D)" before it's latest BluRay bow and a huge wake-up call to the rest of the industry who suddenly realized there is all kinds of money to be made from rehashing beloved tentpole and franchise films.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch: "The Hero's Journey" Doc Explores Action Adv Genre (Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Rodriguez)

    Directed by Ed Zwick (Blood Diamond, Defiance, Love & Other Drugs) The Hero's Journey is a documentary short exploring the Action Adventure genre within the concept of heroism. The short film, released to hype PlayStation 3's Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (released November 1st), includes contributions from stars Djimon Hounsou, Sam Rockwell, Michelle Rodriguez and Diane Kruger.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Elizabeth Olsen-Starrer Silent House To Open March 9; Impeccably Choreographed but Underwhelming

    Elizabeth Olsen-Starrer Silent House To Open March 9; Impeccably Choreographed but Underwhelming

    Open Road and Liddell Entertainment wisely waited for Fox Searchlight to spend their marketing and PR energy to promote Elizabeth Olsen in Martha Marcy May Marlene before scheduling the opening of their own Sundance Olsen-starrer, Silent House, for March 9. Directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Open Water) shot the horror thriller--which places a young woman locked inside her family's isolated lake house with no contact to the outside world-- in one seamless 79-minute shot. (How they did that is another story.)

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  • The Playlist
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    Frank Miller Says 'Sin City 2' Has A New Story For Jessica Alba's Character To Tie 2 Films Together

    It seems as if rumors/speculation have been kicking around forever about "Sin City 2," but this summer the long-awaited sequel received some major injections of good news. First, "The Departed" writer William Monahan was signed on to get the script across the finish line with Robert Rodriguez promising that it will go in front of cameras as soon as they have a screenplay to work with. With next spring now being eyed as a potential start date, Frank Miller has spilled a few more small details about what we can expect in the next chapter.

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  • The Playlist
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    Katheryn Winnick Joins Roman Coppola's 'Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan' Opposite Charlie Sheen

    While he's been busy producing for family (Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere"), co-writing with friends (Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom") and shooting second unit for both (Francis Ford Coppola's "Tetro" and Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited"), it's high time Roman Coppola made a new film. His last effort, the deeply underrated "CQ" was ten years ago and so we're very glad he's casting up his latest effort, the indie pic, "Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan" (apparently no longer titled "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan III," unless Variety's being super terse).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Undefeated" Wins Audience Doc Favorite Award at Chicago International Film Fest

    The football documentary Undefeated about the Memphis Manassas Tigers high school football team, a severely underfunded and underprivileged football whose fortunes reverse thanks to coach Bill Courtney, was named the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature at this month's Chicago International Film Festival.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Peter Bart on Clint Eastwood and J. Edgar

    Clint Eastwood, the wily old coot, has long been adept at winning friends in influential places, and knows how to work the press better than anyone. His usual early-screening suspects include such critics as Scott Foundas and Todd McCarthy. Perhaps betraying his lack of awareness of how behind-the-pay-wall Variety is, Peter Bart was one of the hand-picked folks tipped to an advance Carmel Film Festival showing of J. Edgar, which opens the AFI Fest November 3 before hitting theaters November 9: At a moment when Hollywood is flailing about with tired remakes, Clint Eastwood, one of its more senior filmmakers, seems more determined than ever to stake new ground. His gripping new film "J. Edgar" is the polar opposite of contemporary studio product -- a searing biopic about a megalomaniacal right-wing ideologue. Under his four-decade reign, J. Edgar Hoover used the FBI to blackmail presidents and manipulate the media to mold his image as the nation's lone protector against gangsters and "Bolsheviks." Top politicians and reporters were scared to reveal that J. Edgar (superbly played by Leonardo DiCaprio) was a mama's boy with a gay lover. Eastwood's picture opens Nov. 9, so I am not going to review it here other than to say that it's consistent with Clint's legacy. His protagonists are a study in surprise -- who else would roam from Dirty Harry to Walt Kowalski (of "Gran Torino"), from Josie Wales to Nelson Mandela, from the troopers of Iwo Jima to a "Million Dollar Baby."

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