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    Venice '11 Review: Jet Li's 'The Sorcerer & The White Snake' Is Wuxia-Lite, With Bad Action & CG

    It might have a highbrow reputation (something anyone who's caught one of the sidebars can confirm), but that doesn't mean that the organizers of the Venice Film Festival don't like to watch a little ass get kicked sometimes. Last year, in fact, was something of a banner year for action at the festival, with "13 Assassins" and 'Detective Dee' in competition, and "Machete," "The Town," "Reign of Assassins" and "Legend of the Fist" all playing out of it. 2011 is a little lighter on the chop-socky, but there is a single film that's here to let film critics scratch their face-punch itch, and that's the Jet Li vehicle "The Sorcerer & The White Snake." Directed by Tony Ching, who not only helmed the classic "A Chinese Ghost Story," but also served as action director/choreographer on the high octane likes of "Shaolin Soccer," "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers," so expectations were high that at the very least that we'd see some spectacular fight sequences, and possibly even something that transcends the genre, as "13 Assassins" did last year.

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    Raphael Saadiq Will Play Sam Cooke In "The Playboy Club"

    Raphael Saadiq has signed on to play Sam Cooke in one episode of NBC's upcoming 1960s-set The Playboy Club, which, as we all know by now, I'm sure, Naturi Naughton co-stars in.

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    Watch Trailer For Award-Winning And Shocking Doc "The Witches Of Gambaga"

    Still making rounds on the festival circuit, the award-winning documentary The Witches Of Gambaga brings light to a devastating practice taking place in Ghana.

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    Less Than One Week Before Opening Of DCShorts Film Festival, Sep. 8 - 18

    Just a reminder-- for all S&A readers who live, or will be, in the DMV from September 8 - 18, tickets are still being sold for the DCShorts Film Festival in showcase packages. So, if you plan on attending, this isn't something you would want to wait until the last minute to decide on. For more info on tickets, click HERE.

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    Michel Gondry's 'We & The I' Shooting Now; Centers On A Premise With Time Travel & A Youth-Machine

    During SXSW 2010, French filmmaker Michel Gondry first revealed to us a new lo-fi and under-the-radar project he was working on called, "The We & The I."It's [about] kids on a bus...it's about the group effect, how people in groups transform when the group is dislocated," he said in somewhat convolutedly. "Because everyone jumps out of the bus at different times, there is a smaller group and how the relationships evolve."

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    Venice: David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method Review and Press Conference

    David Gritten reviews David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method from the Venice Film Festival. It's a rave. David Cronenberg brought his Freud-Jung movie A Dangerous Method to Venice today, and received an enthusiastic reception from a packed press screening. Stars Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley joined him on the press conference, along with his long-time collaborator, producer Jeremy Thomas and co-stars Vincent Cassel and Sarah Gadon.

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    Review: Clever and Eerie Low-Budget British Shocker, Kill List

    From London, critic Matt Mueller reviews Kill List:On the night before its UK release, I popped along to a screening of low-budget British shocker Kill List, followed by a Q&A session with director/co-screenwriter Ben Wheatley and the film’s lead actors, Neil Maskell (Atonement), MyAnna Buring (The Descent) and Michael Smiley. Skitting through genres with nonchalant ease, from observational marital drama to violent hitman thriller to grubby pagan horror, Kill List built up a fair head of steam following appearances at SXSW and London’s recent horror-themed Frightfest, and it’s fair to say the hype is fulfilled. The small crowd of industry folk I watched it with were literally speechless as the credits rolled, still in a state of shock when Wheatley et al gingerly stepped out of the dark to answer a few questions.

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    Preview Indie Boxing Drama "Mikel's Faith" - Screening In NYC Next Week

    Ya know, I'm only now becoming familiar with the upcoming Hell's Kitchen Film Festival here in NYC, even though I've lived here for 8 years now.

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    Trailer For "The Help-less" (Funny Or Die?)

    If you haven't seen the movie, or read the book, you probably won't get the references. Regardless... funny or die???

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    Roman Coppola's Next Film Is Called 'A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III'

    'Beginners' & 'Tanner Hall' Composer Roger Neil Writing ScoreLate last year, during the press rounds for "Somewhere," we spoke to Sofia Coppola, who was tight-lipped, but gave us a little teaser bit of info and a bit of hope: her brother Roman Coppola was finally working on a new film. “He’s working on something new,” she told us coyly. Something he would writing and directing again we asked? “Yeah, he’s working on a script that he put together.”

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