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    James McTeigue Gets A 'Message From The King'

    While James McTeigue hasn't made his defining film yet, under the guidance of The Wachowskis he has proven himself to be an able and stylish director. Cutting his teeth with the duo as an Assistant Director on "The Matrix" trilogy and a Second Unit director on "Speed Racer," he was given the his first shot behidn the director's chair with "V For Vendetta," a kind of silly, very Wachowski-an adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel. From there he tried to save the disastrous "The Invasion," brought in at the last minute to try and salvage whatever he could before moving on to his second effort, "Ninja Assassin." Next year's "The Raven" is poised to see him break out on his own in a big way and he's lining up a new project to keep that momentum going.

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  • Caryn James
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    Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Rap Again (Video)

    Justin Timberlake was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to promote his movie Friends With Benefits, which he called a romantic comedy for guys. We'll be the judge of that, but whatever the film is, Timberlake is always one of the great TV guests. Last night he and Fallon did a sequel to their viral hit History of Rap. Take a look at the sly, hip-hop History of Rap 2.

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    Watch: Daniel Craig Seems To Be Losing His Mind In Trailer For 'Dream House'

    Poor Jim Sheridan, we love the dude, but he seems to have fallen on a run of weird, wacky luck. The director followed up his beautiful and brave "In America" somewhat inexplicably with the 50 Cent thingy "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'." He seemed to return back to fare worth his talent with "Brothers," the remake of the Susanne Bier film, but the film was delayed and when it finally landed in theaters both critics and audiences shrugged off the war drama. A bit unfair really, since it was a very strong film with excellent performances all around by Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman with a breakthrough turn by Bailee Madison. But Sheridan's hard luck continued on "Dream House," another return to mainstream fare.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch The $10 Million Opening Sequence That Was Cut From "Superman Returns"

    I wasn't at all a fan of Bryan Singer's 2006 film of the superhero; would my lack of appreciation for it have been positively influenced if this 5 1/2-minute intro sequence from the extras on the recently-released Superman anthology Blu-ray, wasn't left on the cutting room floor? Uh... no. And it cost $10 million! How many movies could Spike Lee have made with that?

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Take 'The Last Stand' On January 18, 2013

    He'll be back (sorry we had to). After much buzz, hype, rumor and then a mini-meltdown after revelations surfaced that he fathered a child with his housekeeper, Arnie is looking both to re-start his acting career and get back in the good graces of the public. With that in mind, he's made a pretty bold choice, teaming with "I Saw The Devil" and "The Good, The Bad, The Weird" director Kim Ji-woon for the gritty genre flick "The Last Stand." And he'll have a couple of years to spit shine his image before facing the press again.

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    Historically Accurate 'Spartacus' Movie On The Way Written By The Guy Who Penned '300' (Obviously)

    Already the subject of Stanley Kubrick's 1960 film, the 2004 USA Network made-for-TV movie starring Goran Višnjić and the backdrop for Starz bloody and sexed up "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" and "Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena" it seems that GK Films feel that tale of Spartacus still needs to be told.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Missing the Point: Daniel Craig Likes Tattoo Boob Poster Because Mara "Looks Great"

    Daniel Craig was out shilling his new film Cowboys and Aliens and in between questions about his wedding to Rachel Weisz (the press is still incredulous that they dared do it privately) he was also teasing some information about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and spoke about the highly provocative poster where Rooney Mara appears topless.

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    Review: 'Captain America' Swells With Patriotic Pride & Delivers An Old School Superhero Adventure

    Well-paced, classical in nature, and featuring a completely different setting -- the 1940s during WWII which makes it a big tonal departure from other Marvel Films -- "Captain America: The First Avenger," is a relatively muscular and sturdy super-hero tale which is sometimes facile, but effective enough to meet most of its goals and aims.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Silent Films Soar In San Francisco

    Rare films from around the globe, featuring everyone from Marlene Dietrich to Walt Disney’s earliest animated characters, marked the 16th annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival this past weekend…along with the announcement of the Festival’s plans to screen Abel Gance’s Napoleon with a live orchestra next spring. (see separate story HERE).

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    ‘Marie Antoinette’ Producer Ross Katz To Direct Assassin Thriller 'Brotherhood Of The Rose'

    Ross Katz certainly has good taste and knows good material when he see it. As a producer he's been behind "Marie Antoinette," "Lost in Translation," and "In the Bedroom" and being around those sets and that talent seemed to have been a help when in 2009, Katz made his feature directorial debut with "Taking Chance," the acclaimed HBO drama starring Kevin Bacon. Since then, Katz has been taking his time with a followup. This past spring he was linked to direct Luke Evans in the thriller "The Amateur American" but another movie will now roll first, and we have admit, it sounds pretty promising.

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