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    'The Muppets' Now Called 'The Muppets Movie,' Release Date Bumped Up A Month To November 23, 2011

    Plus Release Dates (& Changes) For 'The Company Men,' 'Now' and 'Piranha 3DD'Lots of little changes this week for Jason Segel's "Muppets" movie starring himself, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones and a bevy of cameos including Zach Galiafinakis, Emily Blunt, Ricky Gervais, Jack Black, Alan Arkin, Jean Claude Van Damme, but not fellow Apatow troupe member Paul Rudd (surely there will be many more cameos announced).

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    The Enduring Influence of Spalding Gray

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    Watch: Announcement Trailer For 'Transformers 3' Has Lens Flare, Clanking Noises & Lame Backstory

    So, when is a teaser trailer not a teaser trailer? When it's an ANNOUNCEMENT TRAILER. That's right fools, Michael Bay plays by his rules and he's not gonna call the first trailer for "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" something sissy like a "teaser trailer." Sounds like the name of a backwoods brothel or something that only dorks and losers who've never felt up a girl in the backseat of a Camaro would think of.

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    Review: 'The Tourist' Is Not Worth Getting Out Your Passport For

    From the very first shot of the film, director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck makes it evident that "The Tourist" will attempt to be flashy, frothy entertainment. An impeccably dressed police captain climbs into the back of a van with three more impeccably dressed officers, bringing them a tray of espresso, in some pretty fabulous looking takeout cups (no grimy We Are Happy To Serve You style cups for these guys). It's a minor detail, but the scene is indicative of the film as a whole. More often choosing fabulous locations, set design and attire over realism, charm or originality, "The Tourist" mostly feels like walking through a very expensive store where you can't buy or touch anything and that distance keeps the film from ever truly taking off.

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    The 50 Best Songs of 2010, Part 4

    The best songs of 2010 countdown continues:

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    Keanu Reeves Vehicle '47 Ronin' Won't Be Released In 47D, Will Be Released In 3D

    The samurai genre (or 'chanbara' if we wanted to show off), is almost as old as cinema itself, with Japanese cinema featuring films focusing on the life of the samurai as far back as the silent era. There are a host of classics in the style, mostly thanks to the work of Akira Kurosawa, but as far as Hollywood is concerned, it doesn't count until you put a white guy in the lead.

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    UPDATE: Iraq's First Academy Award Nomination?

    Son of Babylon film, has simultaneous global screenings to recognize 10th December, International Human Rights Day - including special UK solidarity screening at Leeds University Occupation. Leeds, UK 9th December, 2010 - Son of Babylon, Iraq’s official entry for the Golden Globes and Oscars 2011 will simultaneously screen internationally, giving new audiences the opportunity to see the extraordinary film by director Mohamed Al-Daradji. The film was made with the intent to raise awareness of the 1,000,000 + people who are currently missing in Iraq, as well as inspiring activism that will help find answers for their families. Human Film have arranged for the film's associated IRAQ'S MISSING CAMPAIGN and their distributors in the UK, Iraq, Mexico, Germany, Baghdad and Lebanon to work closely with other NGO's within each country to screen SON OF BABYLON in global solidarity of the humanitarian message of the film. The screenings will begin on the eve of International Human Rights Day in Berlin, hosted by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung foundation. Followed on the 10th December with simultaneous screenings at: Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece with a director Q&A. In Mexico, Plan B Distribution will co-host with Amnesty International, in attendance will be the Iraqi Ambassador of Mexico. In the UK the film will screen at Leeds University Occupation, in support of students currently in their second week of a sit-in to protest government fees changes. It will be followed by a Q&A with Producer Isabelle Stead who hopes the event will recognise and support the wide range of issues that the International Day of Human Rights seeks to highlight. The filmmakers will finish up later this month with solidarity screenings in Lebanon on the 21st December, hosted by ‘Act for the Disappeared’ campaigners and followed shortly in Baghdad with the 2nd Iraqi Mobile Cinema, where screenings have unfortunately had to be postponed due to security reasons. “These are important events for me personally and for the film's associated 'Iraq's Missing Campaign'. The sadness and suffering that Iraqis have incurred in recent history is something that motivates us in our on-going pursuits for answers and justice. I hope that international audiences will take inspiration from the film and approach the authorities, pushing them to get their act together and stand up for all human rights” Al-Daradji The International Human Rights events coincide with the confirmation that the IRAQ'S MISSING CAMPAIGN has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Human Rights in Iraq to help coordinate a strategy to tackle the issue of over 1,000,000 missing people. Following the solidarity screenings the nominations for Golden Globes will be closed and the filmmakers will learn if the film has been selected. The possibility of inclusion at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and the Oscars would mean the human rights atrocities that the film and campaign voice, could be propelled into the international spotlight, enabling significant steps to be made towards the reconciliation of Iraq. Son of Babylon’s Special Screenings: BERLIN, GERMANY – 9th Dec 2010, 6 pm, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Schumannstr. 8, 10117 BERLIN. Followed by panel discussion. Heinrich Böll Stiftung foundation: http://www.boell.de/service/home.html THESSALONIKI IFF, GREECE – 10 th Dec 2010, FRIDA LIAPPA: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 23:00 | ID:747 http://tiff.filmfestival.gr/default.aspx?lang=en-US&loc=9&page=891&movie=1843 UK - 10th Dec 2010, 7pm onwards, Michael Sadler Lecture Theatre, University of Leeds, LEEDS. Q&A with the Filmmakers. For more information please call 0113-243888 or email Kathryn AT humanfilm.co.ukMEXICO -10th Dec 2010, 10am Cinépolis Diana, MEXICO CITY. Special Guests: a representative of the Iraqi Embassy in México, Amnesty International México, a representative of Spain Embassy, a representative of the French Embassy members of the press will be present. Plan B: Distribution in Mexico http://www.planbdistribucion.com/ LEBANON: 21st TBC, Al Madina Theatre in HAMRA to announce the International Convention regarding enforced disappearance enter into force on December 23, 2010.IRAQ: TBC, BAGHDAD. Hosted by production company Iraq Al-RafidainFor information on the film or filmmakers or festivals bookings, press, EPK, marketing and interview opportunities please contact Human Film | Office +44 113 243 8880 | info AT humanfilm.co.uk Son of Babylon (2010) has succeeded in creating a bridge of unity between the West and the Middle East, through the shared vision of Human Film (UK/NL), Iraq Al-Rafidain (IRAQ), Crm-114 (FRANCE), Cinema Production Centre (Palestine), Sundance Institute (US), UK Film Council, Screen Yorkshire, UK Trade & Investment (UK), Fond Sud & CNC (France), Hivos, Doen, Nederland’s Fonds voor de Film and Rotterdam Media Fonds (Netherlands), Royal Film Commission (Jordan), Sunnyland Film ART, Mawred Fund (Egypt), Pyramedia and ADACH (UAE), world sales with Roissy Films, Paris. http:www.humanfilm.co.uk IMC: The Iraq's Missing Campaign was established in 2010 to raise international awareness of Iraq's one million + people, arousing hope for reconciliation in Iraq whilst providing direct practical relief and support to the relatives of missing. The IMC was founded by Isabelle Stead (Producer), Mohamed Al-Daradji (Director) and Atia Al-Daradji (Producer) http://www.iraqsmissing.org http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/iraqs-missing-campaign http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVCS610R8Eg -- HF Virtual Press MaterialHuman Filminfo@humanfilm.co.ukADP House, 35 Hanover Square, Leeds, LS3 1BQ, UK, t: +44 (0) 113 243 8880 M+ 44 (0) 7835 378454 Iraq's Missing Persons Petition - please sign: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/iraqs-missing-campaignhttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Son-of-Babylon-bn-bbl/165219640829http://www.causes.com/iraqsmissing

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    Watch: Jesse Eisenberg & Anne Hathaway As Love Birds In The Animated 'Rio'

    Is This Why Pixar's 'Newt' Was Cancelled?Ever since his debut in 2002's "Roger Dodger," Jesse Eisenberg's career has gone from strength to strength. Following that film fairly swiftly with a brilliant performance in Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and the Whale," before having a banner year in 2009 with both Greg Mottola's "Adventureland" and the sleeper hit "Zombieland," he gave the best, and most acclaimed, performance of his career thus far in David Fincher's "The Social Network." But the next time he'll be heard of on screen, following up his almost-certainly Oscar-nominated portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg? He'll be playing a nervous blue macau.

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    Ronni Chasen was Killed by Harold Martin Smith, Who Likely Acted Alone

    The Ronni Chasen murder mystery that has ignited so much speculation is finally solved. No, there was no mysterious secret life, or a hit man, or any sort of organized crime. It makes so much more sense, to anyone who knew Chasen, who worked tirelessly for her clients around the clock, that she wouldn't submit easily to a haphazard robbery attempt--and got shot through her car window by a robber on a bicycle.

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    As You Were: 'Alien' Prequel Not Called 'Paradise,' Doesn't Have A Cast, Only One Movie

    So, rumors started flying at the end of last week that the "Alien" prequel, or prequels, which has been set for most of the year to be Ridley Scott's next film, would possibly be delayed for as much as a year, despite talk that the film would be getting under way shortly. As we reported yesterday, the reports of a delay were inaccurate, particularly as the film is yet to be officially green-lit.

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