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    Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow & Marion Cotillard Try & Stave Off The Virus In New 'Contagion' Photos

    Not washing your hands is pretty gross, but if events unfold like they do in Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion," you can use all the hand sanitizer that you want but it won't help when some douchebag sneezes on you without covering their mouth. That's all it will take for infection to set in.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Preview: Directorial Debuts Transition B.O. from Summer to Fall; Higher Ground, Circumstance

    Weekend Preview: Directorial Debuts Transition B.O. from Summer to Fall; Higher Ground, Circumstance

    During this transitional August week, blockbusters make room for smaller films and usher in the September start of the fall awards season. There's not a single sequel hitting theaters this weekend, although Guillermo del Toro and Troy Nixey's horrific Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, which Roger Ebert writes "milks our frustration deliciously," is a remake of a TV movie. Nixey's is one of four films from first-time feature directors, including Vera Farmiga's impressive Higher Ground, which Variety calls "satirical yet sensitive"; Maryam Keshavarz's surprising underground portrait of Iran, Circumstance, which is "stirringly sensual". AP calls Rowan Joffe's Brighton Rock, based on Grahame Greene's 1939 novel, "an exercise in style over substance."

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    Review: 'Colombiana' Is An Exploitation Actioner Devoid Of Thrills & Humor

    "Colombiana," an ornately florid title for a hopelessly pedestrian Euro-trash action movie, has been marketed and sold around various images of its comely star (Zoe Saldana) brandishing firearms while in her underwear. As far as exploitation hooks go, it's about as old as the format itself, and just as dependable. But "Colombiana," with its rapid-fire editing, humdrum supporting cast, and choked knot of superfluous subplots, doesn't have the thematic incisiveness of an exploitation movie, or the playfully go-for-broke, hands-in-the-air sense of naughty impishness.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Undefeated" - Definitely Not The Sarah Palin Documentary

    No doubt some of you have heard about that documentary Undefeated, the kiss-ass Sarah Plain documentary made by a right wing conservative filmmaker intending to trick people into thinking that that MILF (Why do you think the media makes so much fuss about her? Because of her intelligence, or that screechy nails-on-a-blackboard voice of hers?) was a force to be reckoned with.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Tyler Perry Begins National Tour With New Play Examining Class; Movie Adaptation Next?

    I just received notice that Tyler Perry will go on a national tour this fall with a new play he wrote and will direct titled The Haves and The Have Nots. He doesn't act in this one though; strictly a behind the stage effort this time.

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    Rob Corddry Joins Jonathan Levine’s Zombie Romance ‘Warm Bodies’

    We'll say this for Jonathan Levine -- you can't peg him down to any one genre. The director first made waves with the horror flick "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane" (which he says is still stuck in distributor hell) before breaking out with charming hip-hop coming-of-age film "The Wackness." Next month he's got the cancer dramedy "50/50" set to hit theaters, and after that? A zombie romance of course.

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    Chevy Chase Says He's Writing His Own 'Vacation' Movie, Isn't Interested In Mentoring Young 'Fletch'

    From somewhere in the late-'90s until about now, Chevy Chase had fallen off the map. There was a time when no comedy star was brighter than Chase, but his reputation for being difficult to work with and a string of bad pay-day movies found the comic icon struggling, until his new gig on "Community" revitalized his career. Seemingly back in the public consciousness, now would be a good time for Chase to become cooperative and boost his profile by helping along the "Vacation" and "Fletch" reboots that are in various stages of development. But it seems some old habits die hard.

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  • Spout
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    On VOD: "Beware the Gonzo" Feels Dated But Evokes the Charm of Minor 80s Teen Movies

    If only Bryan Goluboff's debut feature, "Beware the Gonzo," were made in the 1980s. This tale of teen 'zine rebellion almost has a Savage Steve Holland feel to it, minus almost all of the humor and general absurdity, and I could easily picture John Cusack and Curtis Armstrong in lead roles filled instead by Ezra Miller (who seems more interested in emulating Justin Long and Max Fischer) and Griffin Newman, respectively. Though Newman's character, "Horny" Rob, is actually more like the Armstrong of "Revenge of the Nerds." It's quite the Reagan-era nerds-versus-jocks underdog teen comedy, but the lower tier stuff, not John Hughes. And about rival school newspapers rather than athletic or general popularity contests. It would have been better with William Zabka as the villain, and if not Cusack as the Hunter S. Thompson-worshipping "Gonzo" Gilman, then perhaps Casey Siemaszko or Keith Gordon.

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    Isaiah Mustafa Joins Cast Of ABC's "Charlie's Angels" Reboot

    Maybe forever to be known as The Old Spice Guy, or The Man You Wish Your Man Could Smell Like, or Luke Cage wnnabe... Isaiah Mustafa has signed on for a recurring role on ABC’s upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot.

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    Author Robert Harris Says Paul Greengrass Is Going To Direct An Adaptation Of 'The Fear Index'

    Meanwhile, Greengrass Says 'Memphis' Will Get Made In "Due Course" Updated: Reps for Paul Greengrass confirm that he is indeed attached to this project.

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