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    David Wain Discusses "Darkon," Screening This Week in New York!

    indieWIRE's 15th anniversary series at the 92YTribeca comes to a close this week with a screening co-hosted by our parent company SnagFilms. As the curator of this little program, I invited Snag to choose a film from its library that they felt was particularly strong, and couldn't be happier with the one they have selected. I saw "Darkon" a few years back after it premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. I was immediately struck by the way it treated its subjects, live action role players who dress up in medieval outfits, with utter seriousness. Of course, the movie has certain comedic elements for anyone whose sense of normalcy exists outside of its subjects' point-of-view. But "Darkon" mainly succeeds at dismantling any preconceived judgement of those subjects and widens its focus to become a fascinating portrait of outsiders finding a way to belong, and holding onto it at all costs.

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  • The Playlist
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    Emma Stone To Get Caught Between Ryan Gosling & Sean Penn In 'Gangster Squad'

    It looks like the sausage party of "Gangster Squad" is getting ready to add some estrogen into the mix, with another high profile bit of casting to add to the already awesomely/ridiculously stacked ensemble.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Small Screen: John Goodman & Michael K. Williams Join Season 3 Of 'Community'

    Plus Stephen Dillane, Carice Van Houten & Liam Cunningham Play 'Game of Thrones'We don't cover a lot of TV casting here at The Playlist; when we do, it's because our favorite, or at least most promising, shows, have landed great actors. As you'll know from our list of the ten best shows of the recently completed TV season, two of those shows at present are "Community" and "Game of Thrones." The former a top-flight sitcom starring Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong and a kick-ass ensemble, the latter an HBO adaptation of a popular series of fantasy novels, a show that rapidly proved itself to be the ballsiest, best-cast, best-plotted show on TV right now. And both series have just added some cast members that have made us even more excited to see their next seasons.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Will "The Iron Lady" Go Soft on Margaret Thatcher?

    Will "The Iron Lady" Go Soft on Margaret Thatcher?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Crazy, Stupid, Love Reviews: Refreshingly Upscale, Contrived, Genial Messy Comedy, Real Actors

    Each time a studio presents a new romantic comedy I face it with dread, unless Judd Apatow is involved. He works hard at finding some grain of truth about how men and women relate to each other. (Check out this candid KCRW podcast interview.) I'm allergic to fake studio gloss, and was surprised by the skill applied to Crazy, Stupid, Love (July 29), which could easily have gone south--the degree of difficulty was high. The top-flight cast delivers on this one.

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  • The Playlist
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    Albert Finney & Joan Allen Return For 'The Bourne Legacy'

    Well, well. While reports have been saying that the newest installment in the Bourne franchise would be shying away, it looks like the key figures of Operation Treadstone won't all be relegated to the rearview.

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  • The Playlist
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    Comic-Con '11: Chris Gorak Reveals Aliens Will Have "Lethal Wave Energy" In 'The Darkest Hour'

    While Hall H and the convention floor bristled with activity on Saturday as studios and filmmakers peddled their upcoming projects, Summit Entertainment herded a group of reporters into a guest room at the nearby Hard Rock Hotel that was made up with images from their forthcoming alien invasion movie "The Darkest Hour." Directed by Chris Gorak, and starring Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachel Taylor, Joel Kinnaman and Greg Kinnear the film follows a group of Americans who find themselves stranded in Moscow after an extraterrestrial force descends on the planet and causes destruction and terror on a global scale. Check out a few of the first details that the filmmakers released about "The Darkest Hour," whose theatrical trailer premiered at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Michel Gondry Directs Bjork's Crystalline

    Michel Gondry directs yet another wonky Bjork video, "crystalline." Always fun. Check out older ones below.

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  • The Playlist
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    Robert Zemeckis In Talks To Direct 'Here There Be Monsters' With Script By Brian Helgeland

    Ah Hollywood -- a magical place where a project can change hands a half dozen times before being locked down. In this case, Warner Bros. "Here There Be Monsters" is the culprit, and the studio is now in talks with Robert Zemeckis to direct, The Wrap reports. Paul Greengrass most recently took an interest in the project, but he appears to have moved on (hopefully to better things?). Brian Helgeland, whose two most recently produced credits were the underperforming "Green Zone" and the coldly received "Robin Hood", is set to write the film, which would follow a disgraced British Naval officer who is hired by a rich shipping magnate to investigate the disappearance of his merchant ships in the North Atlantic, only to discover a giant sea serpent is the culprit. We've got faith in Helgeland though, especially since the former Oscar winner ("L.A. Confidental") has turned in a "Cleopatra" script for Steven Soderbergh a while back, and more recently, found a home for his Robinson biopic with Legendary Pictures.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Crazy, Stupid, Love Ad Meeting: Steve Carell Has a Big Head

    In case you never noticed, Steve Carell, whose comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love opens Friday, has a big head. Check out this Funny or Die video:

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