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    Watch: Powerful Errol Morris Short 'The Umbrella Man' Investigates The Mysterious JFK Assassination Figure

    Give Errol Morris any topic (the more obscure and bizarre the better), and he'll likely dazzle you with what he can come up with. And as a testament to his powers of narrative force, all the famed documentarian needs is about six minutes to let his latest short, an endeavor for New York Times where he frequently writes, to say more about the JFK assassination than Oliver Stone did in his own three hour movie (which is a still great watch).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Celebrity Life, Big Willie Style - It Ain't All Gravy?

    Ahhh... celebrity life! Borrowing from mobster Johnny Caspar in the Coen Brothers' classic Miller's Crossing, after he discovers just how hard it is to be top dog, “runnin' things... it ain’t all gravy!”

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    David Cronenberg Says 'A Dangerous Method' Was Originally Intended For Julia Roberts

    David Cronenberg Says 'A Dangerous Method' Was Originally Intended For Julia Roberts

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Dark Knight Rises: Christopher Nolan Drops News, Batman a Mess, Bane's Brutal Carnage

    Go nuts, Batman fans, new details on "The Dark Knight Rises" have landed. Director Christopher Nolan confirms to Empire that the "first six, seven minutes of the film" will screen in select IMAX cinemas on December 21, and will give "an introduction to Bane [the villain, played by Tom Hardy], and a taste of the rest of the film." We'll have to wait until July 20, 2012, to see the complete film. More details below: What's the plot? Well, eight years have gone by since we left Bruce Wayne in "The Dark Knight": "It's really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne's story. We left him in a very precarious place. Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later, eight years after 'The Dark Knight.' So he's an older Bruce Wayne; he's not in a great state." The challenges in this film are new for Batman, and Nolan says the choice of villain and the direction the story aim to test him "both physically as well as mentally."

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    Listen: Johnny Depp & Vanessa Paradis Cover "Ballade de Melody Nelson" For Serge Gainsbourg Tribute Album

    The category of actor/musician consists of a small, diversely talented and wide-ranging bunch, including Ryan Gosling, Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Bruce Willis, Kevin Bacon, Idris Elba, Billy Bob Thornton, Keanu Reeves, Russell Crowe and yes, Johnny Depp. That Jack Sparrow has also moonlighted as a guitar player is nothing new -- in fact, just last month he jammed with ZZ Top in Austin, Texas -- and it looks like he's got some aural candy for devoted fans.

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    Review: A Slight & Superficial 'My Week With Marilyn' Often Resembles A Lifetime Movie

    Marked by an admirable, but certainly not spectacular performance by Michelle Williams -- in a role she's arguably not very suited for -- some wonderful costuming, set design and locations, and a stand-out supporting turn by Judi Dench, there aren't many other favorable things to say about "My Week With Marilyn," a slight drama with a reputable cast that still feels through and through like a superficial, made-for-TV Lifetime movie.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Thandie Newton Circling Lead In Time Travel Police Procedural Series "Out Of Time"

    Thandie Newton is currently in talks to play the lead in a Stateside adaptation of a new Canadian sci-fi/crime drama TV series Out Of Time, for 

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    Ewan McGregor Joins Noah Baumbach's 'The Corrections' For HBO

    After an excellent, nuanced and emotive turn in Mike Mills' "Beginners" earlier this year, and with a Steven Soderbergh collaboration arriving in January of next year ("Haywire"), is Scottish actor Ewan McGregor finally back on track? Over the years, we've lamented his post-"Star Wars" prequels career, which basically leaves the actor's work in an unmentionables section, but we've always been rooting for the guy to find his footing again -- he's talented, as his early arthouse work illustrates, and apparently he's one of the nicest and easiest guys in the industry to work with. Well, it looks like he's back. Another fine addition to his upcoming resume is a lead role in Noah Baumbach's forthcoming adaptation of Jonathan Frazen's "The Corrections" for HBO, which already stars Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Will Hugo's Rave Reviews Yield Audiences and Oscar Nominations?

    It's no surprise that film critics are loving "Hugo," Martin Scorsese's valentine to the birth of cinema and reinvention of the art of 3-D (November 23). In fact, as I was rejiggering my Oscar chart I recognized that in a field of small-scale movies this year,  the $150-million period adventure has a strong shot at quite a few technical nominations, going up against the likes of "The Adventures of Tintin," "The Tree of Life," "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part Two."

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Corrupt Cops, "Rampart" and the Crisis of Masculinity

    One of my favorite films from this year's Toronto International Film Festival, "Rampart," which has an Oscar-qualifying one-week run starting this Friday in theaters, is a deeply fascinating portrait of masculinity in crisis, and as I argued after Toronto, shares with "Shame" -- another favorite -- a depiction of a man descending into personal hell, swallowed up by his very own testosterone. And though it's about the Rampart scandals of years ago, its vivid depiction of corruption and the excesses of law enforcement should prove greater resonance in these tumultuous days of pepper-sprays and baton beatings.

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