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    Gore Verbinski Updates Us On 'The Lone Ranger,' Cary Fukunaga's 'Spaceless,' Chris Milk's 'Bitterroot' & More

    Yesterday, we ran our conversation with "Rango" director Gore Verbinski, where he shared his inspirations for the Best Animated Feature nominee and discussed the development of the film's distinct and unique aesthetic. But with a director as talented and in-demand as Verbinski, he's got a number of movies in the works, either as director or producer. So we asked him to fill us in on a number of his projects, including "The Lone Ranger," Cary Fukunaga's sci-fi flick, "Clue," Chris Milk's "Bitterroot" and Nicolas Winding Refn's heist movie.

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    'Waiting To Exhale' Sequel To Continue Without Whitney Houston; National Enquirer Planning Doc On Late Singer

    As you already know, Whitney Houston tragically passed away over the weekend, in a shocking death that brought in condolences from around the world. The chart topping singer had spent most of the last few years more on the tabloid pages than on the pop charts, but was poised for something of a comeback in the remake of the '70s musical "Sparkle," which is still set to hit theaters later this summer. And if all had gone according to plan, she would have also returned to one of the her biggest and most beloved screen roles, and while the details are still being worked out, it seems it will go on without her.

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    Rafe Spall In Talks To Headline Working Title Rom-Com 'I Give It A Year,' From 'Borat' Writer Dan Mazer

    Few companies have had as much success with the romantic comedy as British studio Working Title Films. While the company have had something of a banner year, thanks to the success of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Senna," "Johnny English Reborn" and "Contraband," they were built on the rom-com, and particularly those of Richard Curtis, including "Four Weddings And A Funeral," "Notting Hill" and "Bridget Jones' Diary." However, it's a few years since they've really tackled the genre -- 2008's "Definitely Maybe" is actually one of the better entries in recent years, but it never caught on at the box office.

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    Listen To Great Interview w/ Whitney Houston & Producer Debra Martin Chase On The "Sparkle" Remake

    Last November, a group of media outlets apparently spent an entire day on the Sparkle set, hald of which was reserved for interviews with the cast and crew, including Whitney Houston and producer Debra Martin Chase.

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    The Heart's Filthy Lesson

    I sometimes tell people that my favourite romantic comedy is The Silence of the Lambs. I say this partly because I’m a smartass, and partly because the very idea of rom-coms makes be break out in hives—though there really is something electric about that single frame in The Silence of the Lambswhen Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling’s fingers touch for a brief, charged moment. So dear reader, you can imagine my trepidation over the arrival of Valentine’s Day, the most saccharine time of the year. I won’t go on a tirade about the backwash of Hallmark’s slop bucket because I don’t want to ruin February 14 for everyone else. Instead, I present you with you a selection of ten tunes about scorned love and alternative takes on amorous relations.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Game Of Thrones' Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Joins Tom Cruise In Sci-Fi 'Oblivion,' Presumably Won't Push A Child Out A Window

    Even if it wasn't one of the best new TV series of 2011 (perhaps beat only by "Homeland"), "Game of Thrones" would have been manna from heaven for casting directors: a cast of attractive young stars, who get to show their action and acting chops, pre-picked by one of the best in the business Nina Gold, who have half the year free, and given the show's body count, will likely be free in a year or two anyway. Since the first season debuted on HBO last year, its stars have cropped up consistently in casting announcements, from Kit Harington landing the lead in the since-canceled "Arthur and Lancelot" (ahead of co-star Richard Madden), Emilia Clarke in "Spike Island" and "Overdrive" and Alfie Allen in "Confine" to Lena Headey in "Dredd" and Sean Bean in "Pan."

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    God of Love

    In recognition of St. Valentine’s Day, here—again—is the trailer for last year’s Academy Award-winning live action short film God of Love, which was written and directed by Luke Matheny and produced by Gigi Dement, Stephen Dypiangco, Ryan Silbert and Stefanie Walmsley.

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    Good Lord: Paramount Turning That Talking Dog YouTube Video Into An Actual Feature Length Movie

    We try not to be cynical. We try not to let the continual spate of comic book adaptations, board game movies and tired remakes get us down. We try to resist the urge to sit in our garage with the engine running when "Transformers: The Dark Of The Moon" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" make a billion dollars apiece. We try to convince ourselves that no one sets out to make a bad movie. We try to let the handful of great films that come out of the studio system every year prevent us from heading down to Mann's Chinese Theater and setting ourselves on fire outside the premiere of "Battleship." We try.

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    Will The 'The Adventures Of Tintin' Sequel Begin Shooting This Year?

    While the domestic box office for "The Adventures Of Tintin" barely made it over $75 million -- a disappointment to be sure -- internationally, the film slayed and the worldwide box office topped off at just over $370 million, which isn't too bad. A sequel has always been the plan, with Peter Jackson saying last year he'd get behind the camera for the movie once he was done with "The Hobbit," which we always figured meant once he wrapped up those two massive pictures entirely (he's still in the midst of the lengthy production). But recent comments by the first film's director Steven Spielberg suggest everyone could get into mo-cap suits as early as this year.

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    FESTIVALS: Berlinale Decision Points Pt. 3: Billy Bob Thornton and Melissa Leo play to their own tune

    Part three of my Berlinale coverage, focusing on decision points: the moment when I pretty much made up my mind about a film, and how that moment reflects on the film as a whole, capped by my Indiewire grade.

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