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    'Wolverine' Sequel May Have To Wait Several More Months for Hugh Jackman (Maybe Summer 2012)

    Matthew Vaughn Expected To Return For Another 'X-Men: First Class Sequel'While making the rounds to promote the home video release of the surprisingly fun "X-Men: First Class" (tomorrow is "First Friday" or something, 20th Century Fox is making a huge over-done fuss out of this release in hopes to drum up some more revenue, sheesh), producer Lauren Shuler Donner -- who we're sure is a nice lady but on the special features portion of the Blu-ray disc looks like some kind of horrifying wax sculpture brought to life by dark magic to inflict deadly harm on the land of the living -- let loose some details about other projects set within the "X-Men" universe.

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    Michael Keaton And Michelle Monaghan Set For Thriller 'Penthouse North'

    The Hollywood Reporter is, er, reporting that serially underrated actors Michael Keaton and Michelle Monaghan will star in a thriller entitled "Penthouse North," to be directed by Joseph Ruben. It was announced at the Toronto International Film Festival and will start shooting in Canada's capital of Ottawa this November.

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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: The "Reincarnation" of Futurama

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The sci-fi cartoon's season finale spoofs 1930s cartoon shorts, early arcade games and badly dubbed anime.

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    The '70s Come Alive In First Set Pics from Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

    For the last few weeks Ben Affleck has been hurriedly assembling an eclectic cast for his next directorial effort, the historical thriller "Argo." We've watched (and reported) as Affleck has brought together a wonderful cast of actors, including Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston (in a role that forced him out of Ruben Fleischer's "Gangster Squad" and apparently "World War Z"), Kyle Chandler, Tate Donovan, Richard Kind and Michael Parks, who all appear alongside the talented director-star.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Toronto Film Festival - Day 1

    It didn't look like I was going to make it this morning because the day started with a monsoon and my flight out of NY was cancelled which of course I wasn't notified about until I was at the airport, but everything worked out well and I made it onto a lovely Air Canada flight and arrived only one hour behind schedule. I also met a distributor Stuart Strutin of Panorama Entertainment on the flight and found out he is distributing Niki Caro (Whale Rider) film The Vintner's Luck. He also has a bunch of other female directed films that we discussed. He told me that he doesn't release a lot of his films in NYC because it is so expensive. Not the first time I've heard that from an indie distributor.

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    SIMON SAYS: Of Zen, 3D and donkey penises

    By Simon AbramsPress Play Contributor

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    Winning: Charlie Sheen To Return To Spotlight Toplining Roman Coppola's 'Charles Swan III'

    Jason Schwartzman To Co-StarIn the midst of Charlie Sheen's public meltdown earlier this year, the actor made an appearance on the Today Show where he claimed that, despite everything that had happened, he still had film projects at his disposal. The list included a new sequel to "Major League," a project with Nick Cassavetes and another from director Roman Coppola. Considering the fact that three days prior to that appearance, Morgan Creek CEO James Robinson had come out and denied any claim of a "Major League" sequel, we (and presumably everybody else) assumed Sheen's claims were nothing more than a side effect of whatever he might have been on that day -- even though the filmmaker's sister Sofia Coppola did reveal that her brother had something in the works.

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    Watch Danny Glover In Trailer For Indie Psychological Thriller "Donovan's Echo" + Screening Dates

    And I just interviewed the man yesterday...

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    In His Own Words: Andrei Ujica's "The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu"

    Every nation has its own ideas about what makes a political leader, its own variations in principle and ideology. But whether government is big or small, leaning left or right, behind an iron curtain or a red-white-and-blue flag, supported by Islamic or Judeo-Christian values, there’s one constant, one quality that most agree on as a requisite for a position of immense power: charisma. And such magnetism needs to be rewarded, with elections, yes, but with pomp and circumstance, too. Speeches need not only content but also form (and formula); the theater of politics is well known to all but only the most naïve, but we still all are naturally in thrall to idolatry. When that delusion touches not only the masses but also the elected leader, danger lies ahead. For then it’s image that must be maintained above all else. The new film The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu—a thrilling three-hour whirlwind through tumultuous late twentieth-century Romanian history that focuses exclusively on the deposed president and tyrant—reminds us that the public face is often all we are privileged to see. As the title jestingly implies, we’re only getting things, troublingly, from one point of view.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    A Film That Is Making a Difference - The Whistleblower

    A couple of months ago I participated in a Q&A with Amy Kaufman one of the producers of The Whistleblower. I asked her if the people at the UN had seen the film and her reply was that she didn't think that they would be so into it because the film takes a harsh stand on the peacekeepers who trafficked women.

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