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    Mark Ruffalo Joins Scarlett Johansson In John Carney's 'Can A Song Save Your Life?' Produced By Judd Apatow

    "Avengers assemble!" Okay, not quite, but it looks Black Widow and The Incredible Hulk are going to get their own spinoff (but not really).

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    The Big Sleep

    The two Humphrey Bogart movies that are quintessentially Bogart—in which that line between a star actor’s screen persona and a specific character he’s playing is most thoroughly and effectively erased so that these become indistinguishably one—were directed and produced back-to-back by Howard Hawks. Both co-star Lauren Bacall at her freshest and most defining (her first and third films) and both have screenplays worked on by William Faulkner, one based (rather vaguely) on Ernest Hemingway, the other (rather strongly) on Raymond Chandler.  The first was 1944’s dramatic World War II espionage romance, To Have and Have Not, and the second starred Bogie as the definitive Chandler private eye, Philip Marlowe, in 1946’s mesmerizingly entertaining The Big Sleep (available on DVD).

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    New Images Of Paul Dano, Robert De Niro & Olivia Thirlby In 'Being Flynn'

    While it's a drag that the title of the novel it's based off of -- "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City" -- couldn't stick for the big screen adaptation, things are looking good for "Being Flynn." The first trailer that dropped last fall was a pleasant surprise, promising a solid dramatic diversion this spring from the various tentpoles that will be hurled our way at the multiplex.

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    First Look At James Franco, Heather Graham & Lily Taylor In 'Cherry'

    Among the many academic pursuits, art installations and meta-projects James Franco undertakes at any given moment, it might shock you to know that he also makes movies. You may have forgotten he was in last summer's smash hit "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" or that his latest directorial effort "The Broken Tower" hit VOD last month. Well, "Cherry," the latest movie starring the busy thesp, is headed to Berlin and some first images have arrived.

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  • Press Play
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    SIMON SAYS: THE WICKER TREE needed a different director

    Robin Hardy’s "The Wicker Tree" could have been a much stronger film had it not been directed by Robin Hardy. Which is a weird thing to think when you actually waste time thinking about it. Hardy is the director of the original 1973 film "The Wicker Man" and the author of "Cowboys for Christ," a thematic sequel to "The Wicker Man." He’s now synonymous with "The Wicker Man," a canonical British horror film about a murderous community of Scottish pagans. Hardy’s the first guy that balked in terror and dismay when Neil LaBute’s "The Wicker Man" underdone parody-cum-remake came out (also in 2006). So while playwright Anthony Schaeffer scripted the original "The Wicker Man," it is now considered Hardy’s baby. So who else could direct "The Wicker Tree," an adaptation of "Cowboys for Christ," but Hardy?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Bokeem Woodbine, Keri Hilson Join Cast Of Long-Awaited "Riddick" Threequel + Official Synopsis

    Universal Pictures and Vin Diesel's One Race Films officially announced that principal photography has begun on the 3rd film in the Riddick franchise, with shooting taking place in Montreal.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Isabelle Huppert In Brillante Mendoza's 'Captured'

    It was about a year ago that speculation first cropped up that controversial helmer Brillante Mendoza -- who won a divisive Best Director award at Cannes for his audience-splitting "Kinatay" -- would return to the Croisette with his latest effort, "Captured." The film was apparently in post-production and headed to the finish line...and then word went quiet.

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    Review: 'The Union' Is A Love Letter To Leon Russell From Cameron Crowe & Elton John

    A documentary portrait by filmmaker and avid music lover Cameron Crowe ("Almost Famous," "Pearl Jam Twenty"), "The Union" has a pretty simple concept: chronicling the making of The Union, the eponymously titled album by Elton John and the ultimate rock & roll session man Leon Russell, a musician also known for a solo career featuring his angelic gravely voice and mix of rock, country, blues, and gospel.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    America's Dubious War on Drugs: Pot Busts and Eugene Jarecki's Sundance Winner "The House I Live In"

    Yesterday, news broke that New York City police had arrested more than 50,000 people on low-level marijuana charges last year despite being told dubious tactics--such as "stop-and-frisks"--should not be used. According to reports, marijuana-possession arrests account for about 1 in every 7 cases in the city's courts, and not surprisingly, the vast majority of those stopped are black or Hispanic (about 87% vs. only 10% white, despite the fact that "young whites use marijuana at higher rates than young blacks and Latinos,” according to sociologist Dr. Harry Levine. If you saw Eugene Jarecki's new documentary "The House I Live In," which continues to be a talking point for me with family and friends, this latest data continues to prove several of the film's theses:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Denzel Washington Wins A Golden Camera Award (Germany's Oscar)

    Denzel Washington will be honored this Saturday (Feb. 4) with the Golden Camera Award, Germany's equivalent to the Oscars or Emmys, for "best international actor."

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