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    Spike Jonze Has Directed "Otis" For Kanye West & Jay-Z

    While things seemed to have been quiet for Spike Jonze since his 2009 adaptation of the children’s classic “Where the Wild Things Are,” the director has been very busy in the last year or so, making a return to the sort of short form film projects and music videos that gave him his street cred. 2010 saw Jonze delivering the lovely short "I'm Here" and working with Arcade Fire on their “Scenes from the Suburbs” flick, while this year he co-directed the short “Mourir Aupres de Toi (To Die Next),” made the memorable Beastie Boys action figure video "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" and has a brewing Charlie Kaufman-penned feature with Joaquin Phoenix attached to star. But when Yeezy comes calling, you gotta pick up the phone.

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    Naturi Naughton Cast as Cecilia Reyes in "The Wolverine"

    The Wolverine, sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, will be directed by James Mangold and will star Hugh Jackman, Kelly Hu and Naturi Naughton.

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    Former OWN CEO Christina Norman Moves to HuffPost Black Voices

    Back in May, news broke that Christina Norman, who had served as CEO of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network for just two years, had been ousted as a casualty of the network's poor ratings performance.

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    Ryan Gosling Goes Pin-Up In New Poster For 'Drive'

    Plus One-Sheets For 'Like Crazy' And 'The Three Musketeers'We're excited about "Drive" for many reasons: director Nicolas Winding Refn, the killer supporting cast, the badass trailer and the rave reviews. But FilmDistrict has quite sensibly put their biggest asset front and center of the domestic one-sheet: Ryan Gosling. We've tried to maintain our journalistic independence, but in the face of R-Gos's big blue eyes, we just turn to jelly, which is why the backs of our notebooks are full of drawings of our future wedding and attempts to practice our signature with his surname.

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    "Rio" is Good for Kids, Better for Tourism

    This review was originally published on April 17, 2011. It has been reposted for the film's DVD and Blu-ray release.

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    Reese Witherspoon To Star In Disney's 'Wish List'

    It can be puzzling how A-list actresses make their choices, but you just have to remember that most of them get paid a lot of money to make movies that aren't very good. Take Reese Witherspoon. Since her well-deserved Oscar for "Walk the Line" in 2005 her box office record has been up and down, as for every "Four Christmases" or "Water For Elephants," there was a "Rendition" or "How Do You Know" -- and none of them have exactly been a critical darling. She keeps finding employment because her movies bring in the bucks, even if nothing she's made in the last few years has had any real substance.

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    MTV Launched Today (Watch The First Broadcast)

    On August 1, 1981, MTV: Music Television launched, changing the landscape of American music forever! I was 7 years old on that day, and was likely sleeping at the time, given that the launch happened at 12:01 am. Below, watch a recording of the very first moments of the network, including the first aptly-selected Buggles’ hit Video Killed the Radio Star.

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    Watch: Sam Worthington & Chloe Moretz In Moody Italian Trailer For 'Texas Killing Fields'

    The most surprising pick in the line-up of the Venice Film Festival was undoubtedly "Texas Killing Fields." The latest attempt from "Avatar" star Sam Worthington to return to non-tentpole territory, following the tepidly received "Last Night" and the long-delayed "The Debt," is a based-in-fact thriller revolving around a series of unsolved murders in League City, Texas, where 21 women were killed or disappeared since 1971, and marks the big-screen coming out party of Ami Canaan Mann, daughter of "Heat" director Michael Mann, who makes her directorial debut with the film.

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    Welcome to Criticwire

    Ever since I got my first beat-up old copy of The New York Times Film Reviews 1913-1970: A One Volume Selection, ever since I lied to my parents and secretly stayed up way past my bedtime to watch Siskel and Ebert (a true -- and truly sad -- story), I have loved film criticism. Loved to read it, loved to write it. A life spent in movie theaters, talking, thinking, writing, arguing, defending, attacking, celebrating movies? What's better than that?

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    Images From Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Comic-Con Footage Leak

    Comic-Con wrapped up over a week ago so we're kind of surprised it's taken this long for this to happen, but some pretty grainy, lo-res but no less intriguing snaps from the "Prometheus" footage shown in San Diego have made it to the web, providing us our first look at Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Idris Elba in the film.

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