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    Weinsteins Acquire Multiple Territories for French-Language Untouchable

    The Weinstein Company has acquired from Gaumont all rights to Untouchable, Quad Films' French-language drama starring Francois Cluzet (who won the Cesar for Tell No One) and Omar Sy (Those Happy Days). The film has not yet been released in France.

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    Master of Horror John Carpenter Answers Your Tweets

    Yesterday Barack Obama, now John Carpenter (the director whose iconic horror films have likely scared you witless) will answer your questions live on Twitter, Friday from 2:00 to 3:30 PST.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For 'Jack And Jill' Reveals The Worst Movie Adam Sandler Has Ever Made

    Same Goes For You Al PacinoWith last year's "Grown Ups" we thought we had reached the nadir of Adam Sandler's laziness, a "movie" in which he conned Sony into paying for his best buddies and him to hang out, act like retards and get rewarded handsomely for the privilege. But it seems he has reached an ever lower standard than we thought possible.

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    Disney and Time Warner Chase AMC, Soap’s Second Life on Internet, Google+ Brand Pages

    After AMC Network spun off from Cablevision last week, such buyers as Time Warner and Walt Disney Co. have made a run at purchasing the network, reports AdAge. One fund manager at GAMCO, who oversees some four million AMC shares, says that the network would benefit from a sale because of its current popularity due to acclaimed shows Mad Men, The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad (pictured). In addition to AMC, AMC Networks also controls IFC, WE TV and the Sundance Channel.

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  • The Playlist
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    In Theaters: 'Horrible Bosses' Or 'The Zookeeper'? You Decide

    Hello my summer chickadees, have your retinas grown back after the assault of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"? I'm peeping through protective lenses as I type my weekly missive to you. This weekend doesn't hold quite as much bombast in new releases, so if your addiction to explosions and CGI rears its head, you'll have to revisit some of our earlier summer releases. Or just take it down a notch with some low brow comedy. If you like your comedy R-rated, we have "Horrible Bosses." If you want to take a kid (or you have a massive head wound), check out "The Zookeeper" with the maestro of fat man physical comedy, Kevin James. There are also a few other new selections in theaters, or you may just have to get outside and soak up the Vitamin D.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Óin & Glóin In 'The Hobbit'

    Yep, it's more dwarves. You would think this was a Snow White movie or something.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    In Memory of Robert Sklar, NYU Cinema Studies Scholar

    NYU Cinema Studies professor and one-time department chairman Robert Sklar died June 26 in a bicycling accident at age 74. While I earned my degree in Cinema Studies from NYU and respected Sklar, I never took one of his classes. Here's his NYT obit; current Cinema Studies chair Richard Allen's tribute is below. IN MEMORY OF ROBERT SKLAR 1936-2011It is with great sadness that I must report to you the death of our beloved colleague, Robert Sklar. On Sunday, June 26, Bob had an accident while bicycling in Barcelona with his wife, Adrienne Harris. He lost control of his bike, fell and hit his head. He was removed to a Barcelona hospital with head injuries. At the hospital he was diagnosed as having extensive bleeding of the brain. He underwent brain surgery, but the injuries were too severe for recovery. On Saturday, July 2, he expired from his injuries. He will be cremated and the ashes brought back to New York. Our thoughts go out to Adrienne and to Bob’s entire family at this time.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Reviews Of French Slavery/Time Travel Comedy "Case Départ" Are In! The Verdict?

    Case Départ opened in France on Wednesday this week, and the French film press have started posting their reviews online; naturally, it's all written in French, a language I don't speak nor read fluently, so the translations below are courtesy of Google, which further means that there very well could be some sentiments that are indeed lost in translation.

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    Fox Ape App Could Deflate Your Ego

    To promote prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes’s simian-vs-man premise, Twentieth Century Fox has released an application that will test whether iPhones and iPads users are more intelligent than monkeys.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Horrible Bosses' Director Seth Gordon Says 'King Of Kong' Remake Will Be Done In Faux-Doc Style

    Exclusive: Director Seth Gordon, the man behind the cameras of "Four Christmases" and this weekend's "Horrible Bosses" still has people talking about his debut feature, the documentary "The King Of Kong: A Fistful Of Quarters" four years since it hit theaters. The sleeper sensation was an unlikely hit, tracking Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe as they slugged out to wear the crown as the champion players of Donkey Kong. As funny and at times absurd as that story was, it was also unexpectedly tender and moving, and it's no surprise that New Line snapped up the rights to remake it into a feature film. And even as Gordon has gone on to work both in film and television on a variety of projects, "King Of Kong" is still a movie people want to talk about and thought movement has slow, we recently caught up with the director who told is it's still definitely happening.

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