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    SIMON SAYS: See 'Devil' if you must, but buy tickets for 'Darkest'

    According to Box Office Mojo, The Devil Inside wasn't just this weekend's surprise box office leader. Having raked in approximately $33.7 million dollars in just three days' time, the maddeningly generic Exorcist rip-off-by-way-of-Paranormal Activity also holds the record for the third-highest grossing domestic release to debut in January. Funny thing about that success: as Box Office Mojo also points out, Devil was most successful on Friday night, raking in about half of its take in just one night. Word of mouth about this pile of doo, directed by the guy that brought us Stay Alive, spread faster than a stink bomb in a middle school bathroom. (Stories about spontaneous booing at the film's hilariously anti-climactic conclusion are personal favorites.) And yet, common sense did not ultimately prevail and a goodly portion of the American movie-going public collectively said, "Fuck it, I'm going to just give my money away."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Ten Young Actors Named Europe's Shooting Stars of 2012

    Here are the ten Shooting Stars of 2012 -- "Young, talented, European" -- who the European Film Promotion will showcase at the Berlin International Film Festival (February 9-19). (They were culled from 23 nominees.) The EFP has been choosing and showcasing young actors for fifteen years, helping them transition to the next level of their careers. Past Shooting Stars include Carey Mulligan ("Shame," "An Education"), Elena Anaya ("The Skin I Live in") and Mélanie Laurent ("Beginners," "Inglourious Basterds"). Shooting Stars 2012:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Locarno Fest's Retrospective Will Screen Director Otto Preminger's Entire Body of Work

    The Locarno Film Festival (August 1-11) will partner with the Swiss and French Cinémathèques for its 2012 retrospective, devoted to Austrian-Hungarian director Otto Preminger ("Laura" [1944], "Anatomy of a Murder" [1959], "Porgy and Bess" [1959]). Preminger's entire body of work - forty films - will be screened in 35mm prints along with fest discussions with filmmakers, actors and critics. The retrospective's curator, Carlo Chatrian, will also hold a roundtable discussion open to fest attendees. Capricci will publish French and English versions of a book on Preminger, and the screenings will be repeated by each of the Cinémathèques in the fall.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Preview: Swinton, Belafonte, Wahlberg and Streep

    Meryl Streep may be a major contender for a Best Actress Oscar nomination and win (as per usual), but reviews for her film "The Iron Lady" (expanding its run this weekend) are less than upbeat. While Streep's performance is called "virtuouso," the Margaret Thatcher biopic from Phyllida Lloyd is also being called a failure.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Doc Series Asks What It Means To Be Black & Latino In The US (Featuring Laz Alonso, Tatyana Ali, Soledad O'Brien, Others)

    Throw this into that age-old, ongoing discussion we've been having on S&A on the black Latino experience; posts on the subject always tend to get quite, shall we say, *involved.* 

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Feast Your Eyes on Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

    Wes Anderson, we've missed you. It's been a few years since his last live-action feature ("The Darjeeling Limited" in 2007), so it is with much pleasure that his fans will watch the new trailer for "Moonrise Kingdom." There's a lot of storybook, painterly charm going on in the très Andersonian trailer. Check it out:

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  • The Playlist
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    Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer & Matt Bomer Strip In 'Magic Mike' Pics; Gina Carano Gets Sucker Punched In 'Haywire' Clip

    Whether you like it or not, with two movies coming out this year on top of shooting two more --yes, that's four projects total -- there's going to be a lot of Steven Soderbergh news in 2012. Just deal with it.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Beauty and the Beast 3D' Is The Same Great Movie, With Some Added 3D Charm

    It's easy to forget, what with the endless string direct-to-video sequels and long-running musical and theme park omnipresence, what a big deal "Beauty and the Beast" was when it first opened in 1990. But it was. It screened at the 1991 New York Film Festival in an incomplete form (the next time they would show a movie like that was last year, with the rough-around-the-edges version of Martin Scorsese's "Hugo") to a rapturous response and became the first animated movie ever nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award. It cemented that period, which began with 1989 "The Little Mermaid" and concluded (unofficially) a decade later with "Tarzan" in 1999, as the second golden age of Disney feature animation. And now it's back, with a fresh coat of 3D paint. Like this past fall's 3D presentation of "The Lion King," it's less a whole new experience than a slightly different one and the main reason for seeing it isn't the newly immersive effects but the profound awesomeness of the original movie. It still gets you.

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    Palm Springs With Love

    I love the Palm Springs International Film Festival. With 40 of 63 international films submitted for Academy Award Best Foreign Language Fiilm Nominations and with such easy access to the directors and producers of these and other films, such as The Loving Story which is a shortlisted doc submission for the Oscar for Best Documentary, or Dolphin Boy, the Israeli-Arab doc about the love of a father and of the dolphin community in Eilat brings a traumatized young man back to life...what's not to love? Great brunch given by Variety and its annual 10 Directors to Watch honoring Charlize Theron? Great receptions by The Film Collaborative, great hotels...OK not so great restaurants. The audience is as good as it gets, on a par with TIFF and Telluride.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    SXSW 2012 Unveils Early Slate (Marley Documentary & Wumni Mosaku Horror Title Make The Cut)

    Yes, I'll be doing lots of traveling this first 3 months of the year, from one festival to the next; Sundance this month, Pan African next month, and SXSW in March.

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