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    'True Blood' Alexander Skarsgård To Produce & Star In Epic Viking Pic 'The Vanguard'

    Let the typecasting for Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård’s Nordic good looks begin. As one of the leading men in the HBO hit series “True Blood," Skarsgård plays 1,000-year-old Viking warrior-turned-vampire Eric Northman. It looks like he will now play the part before being bitten as he is set to produce and star in a Viking epic along the “vein” -- no pun intended -- of “Gladiator” and “Braveheart.” The story will follow a pair of Viking brothers who embark on a journey back to their native Sweden after being exiled to North America, for reasons yet unknown. The working title of the pic is “The Vanguard” and it was successfully pitched to Warner Bros. by Andy Horwitz and Jake Kurily from Atlas Entertainment (“The Brothers Grimm”, “Get Smart” and upcoming Superman reboot “Man of Steel” starring another gladiator Russell Crowe) and by Christopher Boal. This is the second project acclaimed playwright and emerging screenwriter Boal will pen for Warner Bros., the other being an epic tale about Julius Caesar, to be directed by Jonathan Liebesman (“Battle: Los Angeles”, “Clash of the Titans 2”). We suspect Boal will know what he's doing on that pic, considering that his play “23 Knives” is about Caesar’s murder. It also doesn’t hurt that he also happens to be the brother of Mark Boal, who wrote the Academy award-winning film “The Hurt Locker,” for which Chris Boal directed and produced the behind-the-scenes footage for the DVD release.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    How this Liberal Racist "Eunch" was Attacked by the Right

    How this Liberal Racist "Eunch" was Attacked by the Right

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    Heigh Ho: Yet More Dwarves for ‘The Hobbit’ As Bofur, Bombur & Bifur Revealed

    A red letter day for rabid fans of Peter Jackson productions and/or purveyors of specialist fantasy erotica, for three more vaguely silly-looking promotional stills of grown men dressed as mythical dwarves have hit the interwebs. Even though there’s well over a year until “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is released in theaters, these bland-as-hell photos are rapidly becoming the new “Harry Potter” posters: an endless drip-feed of drawn-out and bland ephemera from Jackson’s promotional dialysis machine as he attempts to keep the specifics of his production puckered up tighter than a snare drum, and yet still keep his thousands of fans on his side. It’s an admirable plan as any rationally-minded film fan should be looking forward to the first installment of “The Hobbit” as one of the highlights of 2012 but, though we’ve met seven of the clan thus far (Dori, Nori, Ori, Óin, Glóin, Kili & Fili) it’s hard not to feel, well, dwarfed in both senses of the word by these diminutive and non-spectacular announcements.

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  • Spout
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    A Bastille Day Conundrum: Where Are the Good Movies about the French Revolution?

    Happy Bastille Day! 222 years ago a mob of angry French revolutionaries raided a prison, freed a bunch of people and then went about dismantling their repressive monarchy. Sort of. But really, what's historical accuracy when you can be out drinking wine and imitating Maurice Chevalier? And as always, on holidays we advocate watching some celebratory movies. The French Revolution is perfect for cinema. There’s intrigue, war, sex, politics, sweeping narratives and an endless supply of dramatic reversals. It’s a watershed moment in world history that practically demands celluloid.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Early Reviews: Clumsy Mistranslation

    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, adapted from Lisa See’s 2005 novel, tells parallel stories of lifelong female friendship in 19th century China and modern Shanghai. Early reviewers find that Wayne Wang’s adaptation fails both in comparison to the novel and to his 1993 hit the Joy Luck Club.

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    Lionsgate Somehow Gets 'Boardwalk Empire' Star Paz De La Huerta Naked For 'Nurse 3D' Poster

    Seriously, We're Shocked. Plus A Really, Really Boring Poster For 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark'Paz De La Huerta is, it seems, a very good actress, with fine taste. The 26-year-old New Yorker has been acting for over a decade: she appeared as a child in "The Cider House Rules" and "The Object Of My Affection," and has since cropped up in "A Walk To Remember," "Fierce People" and "Choke," among others, while she had the lead in Gaspar Noe's "Enter The Void," and reached real exposure as Steve Buscemi's mistress Lucy in the Martin Scorsese-created HBO series "Boardwalk Empire." But it's hard to ignore the fact that, at this point, de la Huerta is best known for her willingness to get her kit off.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: The Family Tree - Directed by Vivi Friedman

    Film opens August 26

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  • Shadow and Act
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    A Black Film Festival Undressed - ABFF 2011 Wrap-up

    Last weekend, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), generally considered to be the preeminent black film festival in the land (certainly one of the biggies), wrapped up another installment of its annual black cinema showcase – its 15th year, a remarkable accomplishment by almost any measure.

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    Melanie Laurent Confirmed For 'Now You See Me'; Jake Gyllenhaal Out, Jesse Eisenberg Stays In

    We definitely have a soft spot for Louis Leterrier, as far as action-led helmers go. Undeniably talented, he's more than proved his action chops on the first two "Transporter" films, and pulled off a solid superhero flick on "The Incredible Hulk." Unfortunately, his last film, "Clash of the Titans," while a big hit, suffered from shoddy 3D and was probably a script that shouldn't have gone before cameras in the first place.

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    Vin Diesel To Star In Jane Austen Adaptation. No, Wait, It's Another Action Movie.

    It's not that the movie star is dead, as such, it's that domestic audiences (viewers abroad are still very much in thrall to "the star") are less and less willing to watch actors outside of the genre in which they made their name. It's arguable, for instance, whether Hugh Jackman is much of a draw when he's not playing Wolverine, while any hint of intelligence in an Adam Sandler film sees the box office takings plummet, and Denzel Washington is sensible enough to stick to the middle-brow thriller: when he tries something else ("The Great Debaters," "Antwone Fisher," "The Preacher's Wife") the box office plummets.

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