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    Watch: Nash Edgerton-Directed Video For Bob Dylan's "Duquesne Whistle" With Cameo From Joel Edgerton

    Nash Edgerton is a man of many hats. A stuntman and coordinator of some reknown who has worked on everything from "The Matrix" trilogy to "The Thin Red Line" to "Moulin Rouge!", he's also a filmmaker, likely best known for the thriller "The Square" but also earned strong notices for his recent short, "Bear." But it appears he has a friend in Bob Dylan as well. Little did we know, but he's directed two videos for the legend already, "Must Be Santa Claus" and "Beyond Here Lies Nothin,' " and now a third has arrived.

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    Pranking Global Politics: 'The Dictator' and 'The Ambassador'

    For more than a decade, Sacha Baron Cohen has ruled over the world of prank satire. Now he's been dethroned.

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    Werner Herzog Directs Cheery New Documentary Series 'Hate In America'

    In the last few years, filmmaker Werner Herzog's documentary output has garnered more critical acclaim and commercial attention than his narrative efforts. Just last year, "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," Herzog's nearly catatonic 3D movie about ancient cave paintings, was a critics' darling and became the highest-grossing documentary of 2011, earning nearly $4 million at the domestic box office despite offering almost no entertainment or information value whatsoever. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Herzog will be returning to the documentary field with two new limited series – "On Death Row," a three-part follow-up to his "Death Row" series of interviews with convicted felons awaiting execution, and "Hate in America," an all-new four-part look at hate crime in America. You might want to make sure your prescriptions for antidepressants are filled before watching either.

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    Review: The Bondurant Boys Deal Moonshine & Violence In John Hillcoat's Lively 'Lawless'

    "It's not violence that sets men apart, it's the distance they're willing to go," Forrest Bondurant (Tom Hardy) tells his youngest brother Jack (Shia LaBeouf) in "Lawless." And with a set of brass knuckles in his pocket and a pistol in his waistband, he knows what he's talking about. That theme is one that has carried John Hillcoat through his last two pictures "The Proposition" and "The Road," and once again he explores men and their relationship with violence in "Lawless," a picture that, while highly entertaining, doesn't quite match the heights of his previous efforts.

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    7 Years Ago Today, Katrina Struck; A Few Films That Addressed The Hurricane & Its Aftermath

    "When the Levees Broke"

    Today in history, August 29, 2005... America suffers its most destructive natural disaster. Hurricane Katrina stormed ashore in southeast Louisiana. Killing 1800 people, destroying homes. 100,000s are forced to flee. The sluggish response to Katrina only adds to the misery. Government officials all faced sharp criticism for their handling of the tragedy. Despite some progress in rebuilding, recovery remaisn a long hard road, while debate over the disaster goes on...

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    Watch: 2 New Trailers From The Final Season Of 'Fringe' Materialize From A Parallel World

    If you haven't been watching "Fringe," the admirably madcap Fox sci-fi series co-created by J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, well, you have a few weeks to catch up before the fifth and final season (and we suggest you do). Originally a kind of gooier version of "The X-Files," with a liberal dose of Cronenbergian scientific weirdness thrown in, the show has evolved into one of the most imaginative and surprising dramatic hour-longs on television, each season deepening its mythology while raising both the stakes and the emotional content. Not even a move to the Friday night death slot could slow it down creatively. And by the looks of two new trailers released for the new season, it's going to end on a high note.

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    Cinema Under Construction at San Sebastian from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Uruguay

    Films in Progress is a program of aid to Latin American film running twice yearly, organized by the San Sebastian International Film Festival and the Rencontres Cinémas d'Amérique Latine in Toulouse. This edition a total of 94 film entries were received from 16 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela. Six films have been selected to participate in Films in Progress 22 on September 25 and 26 at the 60th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival. This year's titles are: Asalto a la Fábrica de Caloventores (Argentina) by Estanislao Buisel; De Menor(Brazil) by Caru Alves de Souza; Gloria (Chile) by Sebastián Lelio, who already participated at the San Sebastian Festival with the film La Sagrada Familia (2005) in the Horizontes Latinos section; Las Horas Muertas (Mexico - Spain - France) by Aarón Fernández; Las Niñas Quispe (Chile - France - Argentina) by Sebastián Sepúlveda; and Tanta Agua (Uruguay) by Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge, a film also selected for the last edition of Films in Progress 21 at the Rencontres Cinémas d'Amérique Latine in Toulouse. The following awards will be granted at Films in Progress 22:

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    Watch: Amy Adams Wants To Attack In New Clip From 'The Master'

    With Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" heading full-steam into its official premiere at Venice (though it has already screened "unfinished" in a handful of cities), the one overriding message from everyone involved thus far is: it's not about Scientology. And indeed, our own review said that "while those looking for a scathing indictment of any well-publicized religion are certain to find similarities, in some cases even direct parallels, Anderson never creates an atmosphere of outright derision." And it's that statement Amy Adams was presumably trying to get across in her appearance on "Late Night With David Letterman" last night, before she was interrupted numerous times by the host who couldn't help himself by mentioning Scientology numerous times.

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    Watch 1st 10 Minutes Of 'Candid' (Voyeur Stalks Women w/ Camera, Crosses Paths w/ Serial Killer)

    Here's a longer look at a film I profiled yesterday, from writer & director Vishnu J. Seesahai, titled Candid.

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    Review: 'The Possession' Wants To Be 'The Exorcist' But Comes Off Like A Lesser Episode Of 'The X-Files'

    In "The Possession," a new horror movie from Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert's Ghost House production shingle, a young girl becomes infatuated and then, yes, possessed by a dubious Jewish spirit that had been kept imprisoned in a wooden box. As far as horror movie premises go, this one is pretty outlandish, even for a genre defined by chainsaw-wielding madmen, haunted hotels, and all manner of slippery, otherworldly creatures. The fact that the movie claims to be based on a true story doesn't exactly legitimize anything, either. And what could have been a Jewish take on "The Exorcist," full of existential dread and the violent collision of the new world and old faith, ends up coming across, instead, like a lesser (though considerably longer) episode of "The X-Files."

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