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    Poland to Submit Agnieszka Holland's In Darkness for Oscars

    Poland has selected Agnieszka Holland's World War II drama In Darkness (Sony Pictures Classics) as their submission for the best foreign-language Oscar. A Polish-German-Canadian co-production, In Darkness is based on the real story of a Polish man, Leopold Socha (Robert Wieckiewicz), who turned from smalltime swindler to a hero, hiding Jews in the sewers of Lwów (Ukraine). Holland has said that this film is about “the dark and bright sides of man, showing how easy it is to cross the line from one to the other.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Richard Linklater's 'Bernie' Starring Jack Black & Matthew McConaughey Picked Up By Millennium

    Director Richard Linklater needs a hit. The indie filmmaking icon has been in the cinematic wilderness for a while following a trifecta of films -- "Fast Food Nation," "A Scanner Darkly" and "Me And Orson Welles" -- that didn't play to many people at all and came and went from theaters in the blink of an eye. However his latest effort, the black comedy "Bernie," certainly has the ingredients to get the director back on the radar. Starring “School Of Rock” star Jack Black and “Dazed & Confused” thesp Matthew McConaughey, the story centers on the titular character (Black), a beloved mortician in small Texas town who befriends a mean old widow (Shirley MacLaine) and commits a horrific crime. The film premiered last month at the Los Angeles Film Festival to largely strong reviews, including one from us that noted the film has the "slow burn of a crime thriller" in telling its odd, messy (and true) tale.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Will Palin Doc "The Undefeated" Be Defeated at the Box Office?

    Will Palin Doc "The Undefeated" Be Defeated at the Box Office?

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  • The Playlist
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    John McTiernan's 'Shrapnel' Moving Forward As Financing Lines Up, But Without Nicolas Cage

    Update: The Wrap has heard back from reps for Cage who say he's dropped out of the movie. Moreover, while a fall start is being eyed, it's not quite a sure thing just yet.

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  • The Playlist
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    Dimension Makes Sure 'Bad Santa 2' Will Be Doubly Excellent By Commissioning Two Competing Scripts

    In the years since “Bad Santa” was released in 2003, it’s become something of a holiday season anarcho-classic and alternate required viewing to off-set the occasionally cloying feel-goodery of bona fide golden oldies like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” It’s also one of the few legitimate bright spots in the wizened and dull sub-genre of the “Christmas movie” that’s been particularly bankrupt of late (to wit: “Christmas with the Kranks,” “Fred Claus,” “Four Christmases,” Billy Bob Thornton’s own “Ice Harvest,” etc) which tend to be lazily executed and have an extremely short cultural shelf life. Talk of a sequel has been bandied about for years but only recently did “Bad Santa 2” seem to gain any traction, first with star Thornton announcing he’d be up for it and now, as The LA Times reports, the hiring of two writers, Johnny Rosenthal and John Phillips who, somewhat bizarrely, will write separate and competing drafts of the same film. The ‘winning’ script will move forward into production for a mooted Christmas 2012 release date, with the possibility of material in the other script being folded into another potential sequel.

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  • The Playlist
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    Steven Spielberg To Make First Comic-Con Appearance, Will Receive Award & Present 'Tintin' Footage

    The argument about whether or not showing stuff off early to geeks at Comic-Con is worth the investment has strong arguments on both sides, but if one thing is clear, the alarmist worries a month ago that the event would be bereft of major studios and films seems to have been premature. Not only that, one of the biggest directors in the world is now set to grace Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Can Michigan's Tax Incentives Be Saved?

    Can Michigan's Tax Incentives Be Saved?

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  • The Playlist
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    New Photos Of Michelle Yeoh As Aung San Suu Kyi In Luc Besson's 'The Lady'

    Believe or not, Luc Besson, the hugely successful producer behind action fare like "The Transporter" franchise, "Taken," and the "District 13" films, and the director of "The Fifth Element" and "The Professional" is now directing a film about Burmese pro-democracy politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Seriously. Shot last fall and due to hit theaters overseas later this year, we're now getting our first major look at "The Lady."

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  • Press Play
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    GREY MATTERS: TEEN WOLF, The MTV remake does its best BUFFY

    By Ian Grey PressPlay contributor

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    Orson Welles' 'Chimes At Midnight' Is Restored & Will Screen Next Month At The Screen Arts Festival

    The body of work that enigmatic genius Orson Welles produced in his time on Earth is probably more than most of today’s best filmmakers will ever produce in their lives. While that may be a bit of an overstatement, there is no denying that there’s a reason Welles’ work is still preached in film schools around the world. For a man who did so much, it’s also a shame that some of his best work hasn’t been seen in a such a long time. Back in January we reported that his unfinished film “The Other Side of the Wind,” which features an insane ensemble that includes names like John Huston and Dennis Hopper, would finally see the light of day, but little has come of that. Now, another of Welles’ films is being unearthed, and this release seems a whole lot more promising (and not to mention definite).

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