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    Retrospective: The Films Of David Cronenberg

    It’s been a long journey to “respectability” for David Cronenberg. In the early days of his career, the helmer was a favorite of the Fangoria crowd, crafting genre entertainment that relied heavily on nightmarish prosthetics to sugar (or rather, gore) -coat the elemental, sometimes philosophical ideas he was preoccupied with. Many of these ideas are captured succinctly in early-year masterpiece “Videodrome”: we are but slaves to our outer sheaths, mutation is the only real evolution and matters of the heart are merely an illusion, while the mind's fragility and propensity to conflate reality with dreams or hallucinations will always make it ultimately subservient to the desires of the flesh. Pit logic against the darker recesses of human nature, he suggests, and logic, control and intellectualism will always fail.

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    Season 3 Of HBO's "THE LIFE & TIMES OF TIM" To Feature Voices Of Billy Dee Williams, Kym Whitley, George Wallace

    When The Life & Times of Tim returns to HBO this Dec. 16 for its third season, the "animated comedy series about an average guy whose actions repeatedly lead him down the wrong path" will feature some familiar funny voices.

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    Berenice Bejo Talks About Not Talking In The Silent Movie Sensation 'The Artist'

    There’s not a whole lot of dialogue in “The Artist” that isn’t delivered via intertitle, but it’s all in English, effectively deceiving audiences about the fact that it’s a mostly French production. But when asked about the challenges of making what amounts to a silent film in an era of audiovisual spectacle, co-star Berenice Bejo revealed a technique that some might consider almost stereotypically European. “I think it’s all about pleasure,” Bejo explained during recent press rounds in Los Angeles for “The Artist.”

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    Nicholas Stoller Talks Revamping ‘The Muppets’ For The Modern Age & The “Core Sweetness” That Runs Through All His Work

    As the director of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and co-writer and director of “Get Him To The Greek,” Nicholas Stoller has found enormous success shepherding original ideas onto the silver screen. But when he decided to pair up with his ‘Sarah Marshall’ screenwriter and star Jason Segel for an update of “The Muppets,” he faced a considerable challenge, not only in handling a beloved property, but figuring out a way to reintroduce it to audiences who, unlike himself and Segel, might not automatically be as in love with Kermit and company.

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    Chiwetel Ejiofor Confirmed To Star in BBC 2 Drama "Dancing On The Edge"

    We announced back in March that Chiwetel Ejiofor was in talks to star in the BBC 2 drama Dancing On The Edge, helmed by Stephen Pliakoff.  ScreenDaily has confirmed that Chiwetel will play the bandleader in the Jazz five-part series set in the 1930's.  Dancing On The Edge, shooting in London and Birmingham for 16 weeks, will be co-directed by Phillipa Lowthorpe and produced by Nicky Kentish Barnes.

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    Morning Pour: The Great "Muppets" Roundup

    Morning Pour is your daily stop for quick links, news commentary and trend-spotting. Here are your discussion topics involving The Muppets for Tuesday, November 22, 2011:

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    Terrence Malick's Editor Billy Weber Says New 'Badlands' DVD "Coming Soon" & Confirms Longer 'Tree Of Life' In The Works

    It has been a good year to be a Terrence Malick fan. Not only did the director finally deliver is long-awaited "The Tree Of Life," he's simply never been busier with four projects currently in the works: the Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams-led, untitled romance; "Lawless" with Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Haley Bennet; "Knight Of Cups" with Bale, Blanchett and Isabel Lucas; and the documentary "The Voyage Of Time." And while we patiently wait for these films to arrive whenever Malick decides they are done, it looks like we'll have something to tide us over.

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    Jeremy Renner Reveals Some 'Bourne Legacy' Details; Says He Talked To Matt Damon About The Role & Had His Worries About Taking It

    What's "The Bourne Legacy," the newest film in the franchise without Matt Damon, all about? Well, it's directed by Tony Gilroy who steered "Michael Clayton" to seven Oscar nominations for his first feature-length effort, it's lead by heir-apparent star Jeremy Renner ("Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol," "The Hurt Locker") and it also includes Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac, and returning members of the 'Bourne' franchise Joan Allen, Scott Glenn and Albert Finney.

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    Sexism Watch: The Hollywood Reporter Writers Roundtable

    It kind of feels like I am experiencing deja vu.  I just don't understand how the folks at The Hollywood Reporter can continue to publish these types of pieces without anyone saying hey, wait a minute, how about including some women?  Where are the editors of the magazine?  Isn't the Editorial Director a woman?

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    Royal Shakespeare Company’s “Julius Caesar” Gets West End Treatment In 2012

    The Stage is reporting that director Gregory Doran will be taking his production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar to the Noel Coward Theatre next summer, for the World Shakespeare Festival in London’s West End. Did I mention that Doran's version of Julius Caesar is set in contemporary Africa?

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