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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: In Heaven, Underground

    When I was asked five years ago if I could make a documentary about the Weissensee cemetery in Berlin I was full of fascination for Europe’s largest Jewish cemetery still in use - but also skeptical. Who would go to the cinema to watch a cemetery film? The special nature of the Weissensee cemetery, the mixture of stone graves and wild and rampant nature, the miracle that this site survived the Nazi era without being destroyed – can be best experienced by going there oneself.

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  • The Playlist
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    Joel Edgerton Opts Out Of '300: Battle Of Artemisium', Tate Taylor Turns Down Melissa McCarthy's 'Tammy'

    You can't stop Hollywood from trying to make stars, even if the audience isn't biting. After the complete failure of "Warrior" and "The Thing," Joel Edgerton remains in demand, evevn if he can still walk the streets completely unrecognized. He was in the mix for a potential supporting role in the now-defunct "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." and recently was sought to play Themosticles in the currently-gestating "300: Battle Of Artemisium." However, Variety has heard something new on the Aussie grapevine: they're reporting that Edgerton has turned the role down, leaving the Noam Murro actioner without a leading man.

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  • Spout
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    Are the Best Movie Characters of 2011 Animals?

    The other night I caught Mike Mills’ “Beginners,” which will probably (surprisingly) make my top ten fiction film list for this year if I make one. One of the best parts of the film is the Jack Russell terrier, Arthur (played by Cosmo), especially when he’s given subtitled speech. And so I was reminded of some other great dogs I’ve seen in movies lately. Two in particular were the only thing I really loved about their respective films: Uggie, the Asta/Skippy-like pup from “The Artist” and the animated Snowy from “The Adventures of Tintin.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Woody Harrelson Didn't Take To The First Cut Of 'Rampart,' But Loved It The Second Time Around

    Woody Harrelson Didn't Take To The First Cut Of 'Rampart,' But Loved It The Second Time Around

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Bogdanovich, Shepherd, Bottoms, Leachman and Brennan Talk The Last Picture Show, Forty Years Later

    Bogdanovich, Shepherd, Bottoms, Leachman and Brennan Talk The Last Picture Show, Forty Years Later

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  • The Playlist
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    Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Next Film To Be 3D, English Language Adaptation Of 'The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet'

    It has been a couple of years now since "Micmacs," the last film from "Amelie" director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and as he generally takes a few years between pictures, now is about the time for the helmer to start gearing up make another. Over the summer it was revealed that the helmer had acquired the rights to two books for possible future projects: Reif Larsen's 2009 novel "The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet" and Thomas H. Cook's crime tome "Red Leaves." It was assumed the former would go in front of cameras first, and indeed that is the case and few more details have arrived today about the project.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    CASTING WATCH: Game of Thrones' Harington and The Killing's Kinnaman Are Arthur & Lancelot

    Thanks to Steven Soderbergh, who pitched Brit Kit Harington (Jon Snow in "Game of Thrones") and Swede Joel Kinnaman (AMC's "The Killing," "The Darkest Hour," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") for his soon-to-be-aborted "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."), Warner Bros. has cast both rising actors in "Arthur & Lancelot," slated for a March 2013 release. Harington landed King Arthur, while Kinnaman is playing Lancelot. The studio has made an odd choice of director for this project, David Dobkin ("The Change Up," "Fred Claus," "Wedding Crashers") who is writing the script. Check out soundbites from Harington at Comic-Con, where we covered the "Game of Thrones" panel and witnessed proof that Harington is already a scream-inducing heartthrob. How does he feel about the thousands of 15-year old girls putting posters of him on their walls? "It scares the crap out of me."

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Colin Firth Creeps In New 'Tinker Tailor Solider Spy' Clip Plus New Cache Of Pics From The Film

    “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” is one of those highly anticipated films that feels like it's been on its way to theatres forever. With Gary Oldman’s performance being touted for Oscar, the film has already been playing in the U.K. to strong reviews and big box office. The Tomas Alfredson (“Let the Right One In”)-directed film begins its rollout December 9th, and now there’s a new clip from the film. ‘Tinker Tailor’ feels like a film that is very clip-resistant, and this one doesn’t give much away, but features some lovely cinematography, a few beautiful camera moves, and some thrillingly tense British politeness between Oldman and Colin Firth.

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  • Press Play
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    PICTURES OF LOSS: HEREAFTER, directed by Clint Eastwood

    Joan Didion says, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” In the months after my father died, the story I told myself was that I could write as I always had, about movies and movie directors, and that this would, in fact, serve as a useful distraction from my grief. I was certain that my professionalism would see me through this terrible time.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Searching for the Muppets

    When Jim Henson died in 1990, at the age of 53, there was reason to fear that the Muppets wouldn’t live on without him. They did. Since Henson’s death, Muppets have appeared in three major movies, a short-lived TV series, a few TV specials and several direct-to-YouTube videos. They’ve inspired toys, calendars and postage stamps. And now they’re poised to hit the big screen yet again, in a movie written by and starring Jason Segel.

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