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    Acclaimed Music Video Director Chris Milk To Helm 'Bitterroot' Produced By Gore Verbinski

    Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures To FinanceIt seems acclaimed music video director Chris Milk has found a new best bud in everyone's favorite young, billionaire movie producer/financier Megan Ellison. Earlier in the month it was announced the pair were teaming on an ambitious film adaptation of the album Rome, a record that teamed Gnarls Barkley/Beck producer Danger Mouse and Italian composer Daniele Luppi on an album of spaghetti Western homages. But it looks like he's going to get something a bit less high concept for his first crack at a feature film.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch New Trailer For "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"

    New poster a few days ago, now followed by a new trailer - the second one I believe, introduced by director Brad Bird - for the 4th installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise, titled Ghost Protocol, which sees the return of Tom Cruise (I haven't seen much of Ving Rhames in marketing materials for the film thus far, though he's listed in the credits), as well as the addition of newcomers Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and others, with Renner's role here being Cruise's heir apparent, as this might be his last go-round with the franchise.

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    Sylvester Stallone Will Get In 'The Tomb' For Summit But Antoine Fuqua Is No Longer Directing

    Originally positioned as a star vehicle for Bruce Willis before Arnold Schwarzenegger took a look at it this spring as one of his possible comeback movies, Summit has now landed another aging action star to take on the lead role in "The Tomb."

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  • The Playlist
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    Anne Hathaway To Produce & Star In Paranoid-Thriller 'Puzzler'

    Hollywood darling Anne Hathaway is certainly doing her best to shed the idea of her as a rom-com queen. With lensing almost complete on Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" where she'll take on the action-packed role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman, the actress is now set to follow that up with a starring role in paranoid-thriller "Puzzler."

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  • The Playlist
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    Nicole Kidman Pairs Up With 'Rabbit Hole' Producing Team For 'The Family Fang'

    And No, It Has Nothing To Do With VampiresLike most A-list talent in Hollywood, Nicole Kidman generally has more than a few movie options cooking at any given time (though we'll never understand why she did "Trespass"). In addition, she's got her own production shingle which is there to develop projects that have special appeal for her. It was Kidman's Blossom Films that developed last year's excellent "Rabbit Hole" in conjunction with Olympus Films, marking the first project out of the gate with the actress as the star (the company was also behind the Leighton Meester thing "Monte Carlo" but we'll politely ignore that).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Relativity Starts Production on First Chinese Joint Venture: Comedy 21 and Over

    Relativity Media's landmark alliance with China's Huaxia Film Distribution Company could make all the difference for the company's success going forward. That is if they make the right movies. Low-budget comedy 21 and Over is the first of many projects that Relativity plans to shoot and co-finance in partnership with Sky Land, their new production and distribution entity run by Relativity, SAIF Partners and IDG China Media.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Mekhi Phifer Currently Shooting Indie Romcom "The Love Section"

    Stumbled upon the below video interview of Mekhi Phifer while on the set of an upcoming indie feature film he co-stars in titled The Love Section. News to me... I checked his IMDB page and saw it listed there as "in production," as it now clearly is.

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  • Hope for Film
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    How A Film Festival Can Truly Help The Indie Film Community

    Film festivals must do more these days than just bring films to the public. The filmmakers need far more support than just that if they are going to be able to sustain a life of making ambitious and diverse work. Fortunately SOME festivals are doing something to help. The Lone Star International Film Festival is one, and so when they asked me to help, I agreed, as did some other truly brave thinkers in the field.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Brad Bird Talks Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol: IMAX vs. 3-D, Animation vs. Live Action, Trailer

    Several animation directors are trying their hand at live action of late, most notably Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille), who talks to Bill Desowitz about Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which boasts a new trailer and featurettes starring daredevil Tom Cruise (below).

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    B-Movies

    Back in the early 1970s, in my monthly Esquire column, I did a piece on B-Movies, focusing mainly on the low-budget but personal films directed by Samuel Fuller, Don Siegel, and Budd Boetticher. I said that TV had become a disappointing replacement for the small-cost, provocative, under-the-radar kind of strikingly individual films these picturemakers were doing. This, however, was long before The Sopranos, The Wire, or Mad Men changed everything, and cable-TV actually became more adult and more adventurous than network television, or indeed most current Hollywood movies. A whole new world opened up, and it was enormously exciting. Certainly, while The Sopranos reigned for six seasons, everyone was watching, and no movies supplied the kind of adult, brilliantly written, acted and directed fare that was coming over cable every Sunday.

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