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    'Gangster Squad' Targets The Oscars With October 19, 2012 Release Date

    If you had any doubt that period gangster movie starring Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Anthony Mackie, Michael Peña, Giovanni Ribisi, Emma Stone and Nick Nolte was awards season material, well Warner Bros. has made it official, giving the film a plum October 19, 2012 release date. We're sure organizers at TIFF, Telluride and Venice are already working the phones.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Laugh, Don't Cry: Chick Flicks Are Sci-Fi Sub-Genre, Female Stereotypes Still Depressing in Media

    The Office actress-writer Mindy Kaling's "Flick Chicks: A guide to women in the movies" in the The New Yorker takes a humorous look at a depressing subject.

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    Dennis Christopher To Play Calvin Candie's Lawyer Leo Moguy In 'Django Unchained'

    This bit of news seems to have been brewing for a bit -- we were recently tipped by a reader that he was in the running for a role -- but now it's all official as Variety reports that Dennis Christopher has joined Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained."

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    Reverse Shot Presents: See It Big!

    We're hugely excited to announce Reverse Shot's upcoming film series, See It Big, a collaboration with New York's Museum of the Moving Image. We couldn't be more thrilled—not only is this one of the city's finest cultural institutions, it's also got a gorgeous new 267-seat theater, built as part of its amazing multi-multi-million-dollar expansion, in which we can't wait to project some of our favorite large-scale movies.

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    Robert Duvall Aims For 'One Shot' With Tom Cruise

    With the thriller "One Shot" gearing up to shoot very soon, the casting rounds continue and more excellent names continue to get added.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer for "Los Pasos Dobles" (The Double Steps) San Sebastian Film Fest Winner In Spain

    The Spanish film Los Pasos Dobles (The Double Steps), directed by Isaki Lacuesta from a script by Lacuesta and Isa Campo, was the winner of the Best Film Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain this past Saturday. The film is inspired by the biography of French artist and author Francois Augieras (1925-1971) "who painted the walls of a military bunker in the desert and let it sink into the sand."

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    Melissa McCarthy & Paul Feig Project Titled 'Dumb Jock' & Talks New Project 'Tammy'

    Also Writing Dark Comedy With 'The Help' Director Tate Taylor; Jon Hamm Says He Doubts Kristen Wiig Will Want To Do 'Bridesmaids 2'So just how scorching is the heat on Melissa McCarthy right now after her breakout turn earlier this year in "Bridesmaids"? Well, after taking the statue for Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for "Mike & Molly" (a show wholly undeserving of her talents) at the Emmy's talk pretty much immediately began for an Oscar run for the actress. And while we'll believe it when we see it, that's just an indication of how universally beloved in a span of about four or five months. And Hollywood isn't wasting any time in making sure she has gigs lined up for her next hiatus from the CBS sitcom. "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig and Judd Apatow are already developing a movie for her which may star Jon Hamm and she's got "ID Theft" lined up with Jason Bateman. And Judd Apatow also gave her a part in his forthcoming "This Is Forty." But believe it or not, that's not all.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    No Bridesmaids Sequel, Mick Jagger as Big Bad Media Mogul, Free Previews for Footloose

    Almost as soon as runaway comedy Bridesmaids hit theaters this spring, there was talk about a sequel. At the time, director Paul Feig told New York Vulture: "When you get a group that's this deep and this good, it's a crime to not use them again." However, an Entertainment Weekly interview with Jon Hamm, who played a sleazy love interest in the comedy, put a halt to sequel rumors: "I don't think Kristen is going to do it," said Hamm. "They need to lock [Wiig] up before me."

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    Wes Craven Says 'Scream 4' Was First In New Trilogy & 'Scream 5' Is Likely

    Well, by most accounts, both critically and commercially, "Scream 4" was a dud. Even though it rounded up all the original players (that were still alive) from the first installment and paired them with a bunch of newcomers, the movie earned the lowest of any entry of the franchise to date and unlike its predecessors, it failed to crack $100 million worldwide. Still, despite the rough production which saw franchise creator Kevin Williamson scrapping it out with the Weinsteins (they later hugged it out) and changes by replacement screenwriter Ehren Kruger rumored to have soured some cast members, talk of a sequel is still rearing its head.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Spain and Italy Snub Auteurs Almodovar and Moretti

    Oscar Watch: Spain and Italy Snub Auteurs Almodovar and Moretti

    On the foreign Oscar front Spain has disappointed Pedro Almodovar yet again by not picking The Skin I Live In, which failed to win a prize at Cannes. Sony Pictures Classics is releasing the kinky thriller starring Antonio Banderas stateside. And Italy did not choose Nanni Moretti's non-award winning Cannes entry Habemus Papam, either, which IFC is releasing here.

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