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    'Simon & Simon' and 'Deadwood' Actor Gerald McRaney Signs For Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

    Once you've done one Western, it's much easier to keep getting asked back for more of them; you need to prove that you can be convincing on a horse with a hat, as John Wayne, and Kevin Costner, and so many others, have done over the years. And nothing has been a better Western training ground in recent years than the much-missed HBO show "Deadwood." Would Keith Carradine have been asked in for "Cowboys & Aliens" without the show? Eh, maybe. Would Timothy Olyphant have landed contemporary cowboy tale "Justified" without his starring role? Probably not.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Late Great John Calley: Businessman with Soul of Artist, Life Saver

    Longtime Hollywood producer and studio executive John Calley has died after a long illness. He was 81. While at Warner Bros. in the 1970s (as production chief, president, and vice chairman), the controversial and groundbreaking movies Calley supervised included Alan Pakula's All the President's Men, Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, William Friedkin's The Exorcist and Don Siegel's Dirty Hairy.

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  • The Playlist
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    Stallone Says He Might Get Nic Cage & John Travolta For 'The Expendables 2' If Schedules Permit

    Chuck Norris & Jean-Claude Van Damme Confirmed, Are Michael Biehn And Michael Pare In The Mix Too?"The Expendables" having proven successful enough in its collection of elderly ass-kickers to get a sequel green-lit, it was clear that creator/writer/star Sylvester Stallone would have to raise his game for the second go-round. First of all, with not all the stars returning (it looks like Jet Li won't be back, for one), it would help to draft in a few more action icons to help make up the numbers. And secondly, with the first film being somewhat subpar, and the less than amazing Simon West ("Con Air," "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider") replacing Stallone in the director's chair, it'd need something special to get all but the least discerning action fans excited about a sequel.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer For Acclaimed Thriller "96 Minutes" (Evan Ross & David Oyelowo Co-Star)

    We completely missed this trailer for 96 Minutes, a film we profiled back in March, soon after its debut at the SXSW Film Festival. Nothing more about it has crossed my virtual desk since then, and I obviously missed the posting of this trailer on the film's Facebook page, even though I'm a Facebook *fan.*

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  • Spout
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    TIFF11: "Paul Williams: Still Alive" Director Stephen Kessler Calls Documentary a Kind of Dance

    There is a point in the inspiring documentary "Paul Williams: Still Alive" where you really understand that Stephen Kessler is not a hands-on kind of filmmaker. The Oscar nominee (for his 1991 short "Birch Street Gym"), who went on to helm "Vegas Vacation," is mostly nowadays a director of commercials who presumably works with large cushy crews. It's not apparent for most of this new film, a rare successful 'stalk-umentary,' that Kessler is not doing any of the shooting. Typically with a small documentary like this the documentarian would, I think.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Michelle Yeoh and Luc Besson Talk Timely Burma Biopic The Lady; Besson Trims 16 Minutes

    Michelle Yeoh and Luc Besson Talk Biopic The Lady, TIFF Reviews

    Luc Besson wasn't planning to direct the biopic The Lady, which Hong Kong action star Michelle Yeoh initially brought to the Europa movie mogul to produce. Both Yeoh and Besson are better known for their commercial action ventures than period dramas, although Yeoh gave a stellar dramatic performance in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon opposite Chow Yun-Fat. The true story on which the movie is based--Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese daughter of a slain president, known as “the steel orchid,” who fights for her people against a repressive regime, which places her under house arrest for 15 years after she is elected president--offered Yeoh a character she not only closely resembled, but was aching to play. "You can feel the vibration: 'this is my time, I want this part,'" says Besson. "For an Asian actress, there aren't so many parts."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Gordon Parks' "The Super Cops" Now Available On Warner Archive DVD

    Back during the early 1970's, after Shaft and Shaft's Big Score, aside from Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks just might have been the biggest black film director working at the time. As a result, he branched out into doing other types of films and his 1974 MGM action/comedy cop movie The Super Cops is a prime example.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Interesting Details From The 9/11 Commemorative Screening Of Spike Lee's "25th Hour"

    Recall our post this past Sunday 9/11 about the commemorative screening of Spike Lee's 25th Hour, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and actors. Well, as reported by The Playlist today, Spike Lee, producer Jon Kilik and actors Edward Norton and Philip Seymour Hoffman attended the festivities, where Spike Lee uncovered a few interesting details from 10 years ago.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Bourne' Producer Developing Adaptation Of Jeffrey Archer Thriller 'A Matter Of Honor'

    We imagine that Jeffrey Archer is not particularly well known outside the U.K. Which is a shame, because he's a fascinating figure; elected to Parliament aged only 29, before giving it up after five years, he went on to become both a millionaire and a successful writer of potboiler thrillers (perhaps most notably the "Kane and Abel" series, which CBS turned into a TV miniseries starring Sam Neill in the 80s). He returned to politics in the 1980s, becoming deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, but was swiftly unseated by a sex scandal, with tabloid the Daily Star alleging that he'd paid a prostitute for sex.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    TONIGHT IN TORONTO

    Come one, come all...

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