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    In Theaters: 'Paranormal Activity 3' Hopes To Scare Off 'The Three Musketeers' This Weekend

    It’s almost Halloween, which means it’s time for terrible horror movies to rule at the box office. I’m surprised there aren’t more this year, but we do have the "Paranormal Activity" franchise taking the Halloween crown from “Saw,” which I think we’ve seen the last of for a good while, at least. Seven installments seems to be more than enough. Also this weekend, a festival of crazy wigs in “The Three Musketeers,” and we finally get to see that Other Olsen moppet at the local theater with “Martha Marcy May Marlene.”

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    First Review Of Jason Reitman's 'Young Adult': Edgy, Subversive, Think "Juno's Wicked Step-Sister"

    While it circumvented the traditional fall film festival route, as you've probably heard by now, Jason Reitman and Paramount have been hosting "pop-up screenings" of the "Up In The Air" director's latest film, "Young Adult." The first screening was held in Toronto, Canada, and the second screening this week took place in Minneapolis; perfect considering the setting of this new film is small-town Minnesota.

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    The Amazing Race: Which Writers Could Adapt & Survive Their Way To An Oscar Nod?

    Considering they spend the rest of their time ignored, humiliated, rewritten and robbed of credit, it's only fair that screenwriters get two categories at the Academy Awards, effectively doubling their chances of being nominated. It's also their best chance of gaining real cachet; witness the careers of recent winners Diablo Cody and Aaron Sorkin, both celebrities in their own right now, and both planning directorial debuts.

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    Milla Jovovich Hits Out At Summit For Not Promoting 'The Three Musketeers'

    It may have been more than forty years ago when Tammy Wynette first commanded that you "Stand By Your Man" but the words still ring true. Well, they do for Milla Jovovich at least.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Brief Thoughts on "Batman: Year One."

    While the web has been drenched with rumors and buzz about the upcoming third entry in Christopher Nolan's live action "Batman" movies, the dark knight made a comparatively quieter arrival in a new movie this week: On Tuesday, Warner Home Video released the direct-to-DVD "Batman: Year One," an hourlong adaptation of Frank Miller's seminal '80s comic. Directed by Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu, the animated feature captures the original elegance of the source material, while at the same time proving that a transcendent experience in one medium doesn't always seamlessly translate into another one.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Gordon-Levitt Talks To Tarantino About Django Unchained; Premium Rush Moves to August 2012

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks to join Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (check out the already awesome cast). His schedule is tight but having Premium Rush moved from a January to August 2012 release should help, as Tarantino intends to start shooting Django in New Orleans in January, when Gordon-Levitt would have been busy doing Rush press. With this film, plus Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises and Steven Spielberg's Lincoln coming up, Gordon-Levitt shouldn't be too discouraged if he doesn't manage to build the momentum necessary for a 50/50 Oscar nomination. He's just getting started.

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  • The Playlist
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    Antonio Banderas Says He Was Asked To Join 'The Expendables 2' But Didn't Have Time To Fit It In

    Nicolas Cage Won't Be In It & Probably Not John Travolta EitherEven though the meat-head heavy "The Expendables 2" is already in front of cameras, with the Ben Gay-sponsored cast ripping it up for next summer's blockbuster, rumors have still been floating about possible appearances in the film. One rumor picking up heat in recent weeks was the possibility of Nicolas Cage and John Travolta joining the cast. Well, we heard from Cage's reps who told us he was not going to be in the film, and reportedly the folks at Think McFly Think have learned that Travolta is out too. Bummer. But they're not the only ones who have been on Sly Stallone's lengthy wishlist.

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    Emily Mortimer Says Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo' A "Hymn To The Imagination"

    New Poster For 'Hugo' UnveiledIf you looked up the word “versatile” in the dictionary, Emily Mortimer’s picture might be next to it: for almost two decades now, she’s amassed a truly amazing range of films, from period pieces (“Elizabeth”) to romantic comedies (“Notting Hill”) to horror sequels (“Scream 3”) to indie dramas (“Lovely & Amazing”) to popcorn adventures (“The Pink Panther”) and so much more. But after playing a role in Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” and following that up with voiceover work as Holly Shiftwell in “Cars 2,” it seems like she’s relishing the chance to reach younger moviegoers, at least evidenced by her work in Scorsese’s family-friendly odyssey “Hugo.”

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    Happy 40th Anniversary, Pink Triangle Press

    I'm sad to not be in Toronto as the Pink Triangle Press celebrates its 40th anniversary, which is currently being commemorated in an issue of PTP's current Xtra magazine. Beginning back in 1971 with iconic Canadian queer magazine The Body Politic, the Pink Triangle Press has been a remarkable contributor to the advancement of queer rights in the country, and continues to be. When I wrote a book on the history of said movement, it proved a remarkable research tool.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Fall/Holiday Preview: Four Films to Get Animated About, Especially Tintin

    Fall/Holiday Preview: Four Films to Get Animated About, Especially Tintin

    Bill Desowitz considers the Fall/Holiday seasons animated features, The Adventures of Tintin, Puss in Boots, Arthur Christmas and Happy Feet Two. Which have the right stuff to join Rango as an Oscar contender?It's obviously been a terrific week for Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin, given the mostly positive reviews coming out of Europe timed to the October 26 international release. And judging by the stunning new trailer and the footage I've already seen, the experiment seems to have paid off well for Spielberg and producing partner Peter Jackson. In fact, Tintin could very well turn out to be the performance capture game-changer for animation that we've been expecting, feeding off the momentum from Weta's innovative work on Avatar and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

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