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    Marvel Wises Up And Reportedly Lets Shane Black Co-Write 'Iron Man 3'

    Superhero movie fans were pretty puzzled a few weeks ago when it was announced that Drew Pearce would be penning the script for "Iron Man 3." Nothing against Pearce (who's seen success with the U.K. superhero comedy series "No Heroics"), but when Marvel Studios appointed Shane Black as director of the upcoming threequel, most people assumed he'd also be writing the script as well.

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    WHAAAAAT? Tyler is NOT going to be No. 1?

    Friday's box office numbers have come out, and, in a surprise, it looks like TP's Madea's Big Happy Family may not claim the no.1 position this weekend, as everyone (even S & A) expected.

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    Lil Wayne's New Album Cover

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    'Treatment' Premieres at Tribeca

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    Paul Thomas Anderson Testing Out 65mm Cameras For New Film Which Won't Be Shot By Robert Elswit

    When it comes to the next Paul Thomas Anderson film, all news is mysterious news. While we're still not sure exactly which of Anderson's films might be going into production first, it had looked like it might be his Thomas Pynchon adaptation "Inherent Vice" this fall, but recent casting speculation leads us to believe it may be the untitled religious drama sometimes referred to as "The Master," which is now possibly to co-star Joaquin Phoenix alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman. The next little morsel of news comes from reliable fansite Cigarettes & Red Vines. The site received a tip from a reader that indicates that Anderson has been shooting tests with and operating a 65mm camera, which the site also points out, is the same camera used by Stanley Kubrick on "2001: A Space Odyssey." Anderson has always been a big advocate of shooting on film and if this were to happen it would be a cinephile's wet dream.

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    SFIFF 54 Day Two: Movies Directed by Women, Miss Representation, The Good Life, Meek's Cutoff

    San Francisco TOH corespondent Meredith Brody continues her daily diary from the The San Francisco International Film Festival:If you’re one of the all-access-pass members of a film festival audience, intent on seeing as many movies during its brief annual flowering as possible, one of your main goals is avoiding the fate of the woman who sat in front of me on opening night.

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    Tribeca 2011: "Saint" Puts Some Bloody Vengeance Under the Mistletoe

    “Your parents told you he doesn’t exist,” and boy were they wrong. “Saint” opens with a pretty strong sense of doom. Following this comically foreboding quote is an almost completely wordless sequence set in an abysmally bleak Amsterdam in the year 1492. St. Nicholas, at this point a bloodthirsty bishop, leads his men through the town murdering and pillaging, mostly because he’s is in a bad (or good?) mood. The harsh landscape is appropriately dim and grim, pervaded by the classic misty gloom of medieval movies. When the villagers rise up against this wicked marauder, they have no idea what they’re getting themselves into: centuries of violence and terror on every December 5th coinciding with a full moon (so, every 30-odd years). Scary stuff.

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    Rewind: The Week In Movies, April 18-23rd

    Even though it’s almost summer, the movie industry doesn’t stop in April. This week came news of a potential paradigm shift in VOD releasing and plenty of filmmaker gossip to follow guiltily, while we mourned the loss of a promising documentarian.

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    Cameron Crowe's 'Pearl Jam Twenty' Doc Will Receive A September Release

    Previously MIA Director Releasing Three Films This Year In Burst Of CreativityAfter a possibly unintentional six-year hiatus Cameron Crowe is coming back in a big way in 2011. After his 2005 dramedy "Elizabethtown," (which ironically was about a guy dealing with a colossal failure), Crowe's own career went quiet for a few years. He wrote a supernatural romantic comedy called "Deep Tiki" that was to star Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon but that project fell apart sometime in 2008. He also tried to get a Marvin Gaye biopic off the ground, but that proved difficult as well and he shelved it in the meantime.

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    Tribeca 2011: "Angels Crest" is a Meditation on Grief, Guilt and Parenthood with a First-Rate Cast

    It takes a village to mourn a child. That’s a sort of thesis for “Angels Crest,” which takes a panoramic view of how a town reacts to the sudden death of a three-year-old boy. The entire community is brought into focus, its ensemble cast gathering around the bereaved father and his sorrow while simultaneously grappling with his negligence in the matter. Adapted from the novel by Leslie Schwartz, the film feels very much like a work of literature with its wide scope and thematic breadth. Yet this seems to be both a strength and a weakness, and its rich shared emotions occasionally give way to awkwardly under-developed characters and rushed editing between component storylines. It’s a difficult balancing act for director Gaby Dellal and scriptwriter Catherine Trieschmann.

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