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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Torchwood: Miracle Day, Episode 7, “Immortal Sins,” Recap and Review: Tightly Plotted, Romantic

    Torchwood: Miracle Day, Episode 7, “Immortal Sins,” Recap and Review: Tightly Plotted, Romantic

    Animatronic aliens hit Torchwood: Miracle Day, reports critic David Chute:After episode seven, no one will be able to argue any longer that Miracle Day “isn’t Torchwood” -- not without revealing themselves to be terminally full of shit. There’s even a small and memorably nasty animatronic alien on display, which is supposedly an iron clad indication or orthodoxy – although, thankfully MD seems to be stopping far short of pinning the underlying global health care conspiracy on aliens. Resorting to that creaky SF equivalent of a deus ex machina would be an act of desperation unworthy of a creator and showrunner as cool as Russell T Davies.

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    Strike Back Episode 2, Recap and Review (SPOILERS)

    Still mourning the demise of 24, action fan David Chute finds his bliss on Cinemax.At some point I will have to devote some major word count to the work of frequent Strike Back director Daniel Percival. In my youth I was a dedicated action aficionado, with enthusiasms that have moved from Don Siegel and Sam Peckinpah to George Miller and John Woo. We can’t put Percival in the all-time category quite yet, in part because he doesn’t use battle sequences for displays of virtuosity. The firefights aren’t abstract exercises, for him. His action sequences are scenes of drama. They are horrendous ordeals that are happening to people who seem normal to him. He’ll give us a tight close up of a fighter’s face, just as he’s firing, as if the most important thing to understand at that moment is why this guy is taking that particular shot.

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  • The Playlist
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    Confirmed: Michael Fassbender Offered The Lead In 'Prisoners'

    However, Can This Once-Hot Project Bag The Rising Star?While names like Tom Hardy, Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy, Garrett Hedlund and Chris Pine are ostensibly the five biggest rising and most-wanted leading males in Hollywood, arguably no actor is more desirable in Tinseltown right now in than Irish/German actor Michael Fassbender. In the two and half years since 2009's "Hunger" put him on the map as an acting force to be reckoned with, the thespian has found himself in the utmost demand and has already worked with some of the most top-shelf and interesting directors out there, including Ridley Scott ("Prometheus"), Steven Soderbergh ("Haywire"), Matthew Vaughn ("X-Men: First Class"), British helmer Steve McQueen again (the follow-up to "Hunger," titled "Shame"), David Cronenberg ("A Dangerous Method") and Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Bastards"). In the works are collaborations with Jim Jarmusch (an untitled vampire film opposite Mia Wasikowska and Tilda Swinton) and actor Brendan Gleeson's directorial debut, "At Swim-Two-Birds" with Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy.

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  • The Playlist
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    Tom Cruise Picks 'Thor 2' Director Brian Kirk To Take On Rodeo Drama 'Paper Wings'

    Hollywood is littered with scripts or projects mostly known for not being made or spending years in development. "A Confederacy of Dunces," "Pinkville," "Shantaram" -- these are just a few projects that have knocked around for years in fits and starts without getting made. And while there is fresh movement on the long-gestating "Paper Wings," this is one that is still a long way off.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Three Unmade Kubrick Films In Active Development; Lunatic at Large Close to Financing

    Three Unmade Kubrick Films In Active Development; Lunatic at Large Close to Financing

    No director has had a more storied posthumous career than Stanley Kubrick. The director died before the release of his controversial 1999 Eyes Wide Shut, which he had nonetheless completed, and of course Steven Spielberg used Kubrick's original drafts to script and direct 2001's A.I. Artificial Intelligence, which received mixed but mostly positive reviews.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    First Look At Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, David Alan Grier & Rest Of "Porgy & Bess" Revival Cast

    Despite musical theater god Stephen Sondheim's majestic smack-down of this new revival, for what he feels are extreme reworkings of the original work (read his New York Times op-ed HERE), the show apparently still will go on...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Tweet Pic: Sanaa Lathan and Anthony Mackie in the Set of "Vipaka"

    This pic was tweeted by Sanaa Lathaan last night with the caption, "Me & my very beat up onscreen hubby, Mr. Anthony Mackie." Currently in production in New Orleans, the Philippe Caland-directed Vipaka stars Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Sanaa Lathan and Nicole Ari Parker.

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  • "Boredom at Its Boredest" by Michael ...
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    SEPTIEN in Seattle, Athens, Birmingham, San Francisco

    If you live in the following cities, please be sure to check out and/or spread the word about these Septien screenings (visit our official website for links):

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  • The Playlist
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    Atom Egoyan Ready To Shoot A Feature Based On The West Memphis Three Called 'Devil's Knot'

    Related Documentary, 'Paradise Lost 3' Getting New Ending; Oscar-Qualifying RunWell, that was fast. No sooner were the West Memphis Three freed on Friday that Hollywood struck while the iron was hot. Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan ("Chloe," "The Sweet Hereafter") revealed his intentions to direct a feature-length drama called "The Devil's Knot," based on the true-life story of three teenagers, known collectively as the West Memphis Three, who were convicted of the murder and sexual mutilation of three 8-year-old boys in 1993. As the teenagers were fans of heavy metal music (and especially Metallica), the prosecution in the case suggested the motive behind the slayings was part of a Satanic ritual. Even with incredibly questionable police work -- which many felt to be outrageous -- sensationalized media, fear and panic from the satanism angle in the trial led to the teens' conviction and sentence of life imprisonment.

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    Jason Flemyng Joins Ralph Fiennes & Jeremy Irvine In Mike Newell's 'Great Expectations'

    With 2012 marking the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth, it's no surprise that there's a whole spate of Dickens-related projects in the works. Ralph Fiennes, for instance, is directing biopic "The Invisible Woman," "Oliver Twist" is getting a 21st century spin in British 3D parkour actioner "Twist" (don't blame us, we didn't come up with the thing...) and even Guillermo del Toro wants to get involved at some stage, developing an adaptation of Dan Simmons' novel "Drood," which investigates the horrifying secret behind Dickens' last, unfinished work. And of course, there are straight adaptations on the way too, most notably a pair of versions of "Great Expectations."

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