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    Can Will Smith Keep Shawn Levy Interested In Directing 'Fantastic Voyage'?

    Levy Considering A Frankenstein Flick & 'Maleficent' In case "At The Mountains Of Madness," "The Dark Tower" and "The Lone Ranger" haven't tipped you off, these days studios are more wary than ever about the coin they spend. It's an irony considering that only tent-pole fare seems to get greenlit these days, but even then, expensive, costly gambles like "Cowboys & Aliens" are projects no movie executive can afford to make. Which brings us to "Fantastic Voyage." Produced by James Cameron, and set to be in 3D, the hot project found a number of directors circling or involved at various points including Paul Greengrass, Tarsem, Darren Aronofsky, Jonathan Mostow, Timur Bekmambetov and Louis Leterrier, before Shawn Levy signed on in February. But it seems the director and Fox are at odds over how to proceed with the production.

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    The Big Lebowski Out on Blu-Ray, Available for Rent on Facebook: "Get high and watch"

    Yesterday was a huge The Big Lebowski day, with die-hard fans of the 1998 cult classic joining stars Jeff Bridges, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman and Julianne Moore as well as musician T Bone Burnett at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom to celebrate the film's Blu-ray release.

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    Six Recommendations to Start Watching Chinese Independent (Microbudget) Cinema Now

    Now you know what all indies can learn from watching Chinese Indies, right? If not, then you need to read Karin Chien's post from yesterday. So how do you drill down deeper this knowledge boost? Well, Kevin Lee, dGenerate Films' VP of Programming and Education, has been kind enough to generate a list for us.

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    Brian De Palma To Direct Thriller 'The Key Man'

    Brian De Palma has been MIA for the past little while, but not without reason. In 2006 and 2007 he delivered a double whammy of disappointments in failed noir "The Black Dahlia" and the Iraq war drama "Redacted" and he's been trying to get something going ever since. Things were in motion for him to direct his long-gestating psychological thriller “Toyer” last fall, but it looks like the project never quite got off the ground and at the beginning of the year he signed on to direct a remake of Alain Corneau’s "Love Crime" though nothing has been heard about that since. So hopefully, this next project will actually see it's way through to rolling in front of cameras.

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    Joe Manganiello Is Big Dick Richie In Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike'

    With Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey and Matt Bomer already set to oil up their bods, it looks like the beefcake factor just went up another notch in Steven Soderbergh's stripper pic "Magic Mike." Buckle your seatbelts, gals.

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    Chris Tucker, Disappointed With Roles Offered Him In Recent Years, Plots A Comeback!

    He says nothing was specifically responsible for his detour, except disappointment with the roles offered him. And Mr. Tucker, who on Friday will begin his own cross-country comedy tour in preparation for what he says will be bigger things to come, is supremely confident that he can pick up exactly where he left off... “When I got to ‘Rush Hour,’ ” he said, “I felt like: O.K., I’ve proven myself as the pinnacle. Now where’s all the bigger movies?” Instead, he said, the parts he was offered were too similar to “Rush Hour” and “frankly, just weren’t good enough.” So Mr. Tucker said he simply sat it out, rather than accept projects to stay in the public eye. Mr. Tucker did not provide details about the film projects he was developing for himself and hoped to get into production later this year. Asked to name an actor whose career he wished to emulate, he immediately said Sidney Poitier, citing “The Defiant Ones” as a movie that “meant something.” “It was what was going on in real life,” Mr. Tucker said. “It’s social, real stuff, and I like movies like that.” From a New York Times profile of Chris Tucker, posted earlier today, as he prepares to go on a comedy tour, answering a question that many keep asking - what happened to Chris Tucker?.

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    Video: Cooper Loses It on CNN Over Depardieu's Plane Pee

    Yesterday's news was Gerard Depardieu peeing on a plane (confirmed by the airline). Today it's CNN anchor Anderson Cooper's giggling response. It's pretty infectious.

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    Edward & Bella Cruise In A Speedboat In New 'Breaking Dawn' Pics

    SQUEEEEE! NEW PICS OF EDWARD AND BELLA! TAKE THE PHONE OFF THE HOOK!

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    Fall Fest Trailer Watch: From Hysteria and Dangerous Method to Anonymous and Scorsese's Harrison

    We're collecting trailers from films coming up on the fall fest circuit. A smattering is below.

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    New 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Pics Confirms "Pre-iPhone" Setting For The Film

    One of the biggest films of the year will also be on the darkest. David Fincher's Feel Bad Movie Of Christmas "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" will sap you of any Christmas cheer but dammit, we can't wait for it anyway. Based on the massively popular best-selling book, and a potential franchise starter, the pitch black thriller will end the year with a bang. And while there is no full length trailer in sight just yet (we imagine it will arrive around the same time as "Moneyball" gets ready to hit theaters) these pics will have to do.

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