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    Anyone Got A Time Machine? Rian Johnson's 'Looper' Gets A September 28, 2012 Release Date

    Roland Emmerich's 'Anonymous,' Gerald Butler Vehicle 'Playing The Field,' Space Actioner 'Lockout' All Shuffle DatesOf all the films to have gone before the cameras this year, Rian Johnson's "Looper" is one of our most anticipated. It's a mindbending, violent time travel thriller, with the best script to date from the man behind "Brick" and "The Brothers Bloom", and features a top-notch cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels and more. After a fierce bidding war, the project, now in post-production, was snapped up by FilmDistrict, who'll release the film through their deal with TriStar.

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  • Caryn James
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    Conan’s Website is Sarah Palin’s Classroom

    Conan O’Brien has had a lot of fun with Sarah Palin’s fractured sense of history, from her defense of her dead-wrong telling of the Paul Revere story to the way a Sarah Palin History Channel would imagine the Founding Fathers. And he’s not through trying to educate her. The Conan website has created "The Terrible Twenty: Sarah Palin History Lessons," in which the Conan writers offer Palin’s most important lessons on U.S. history.

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  • Caryn James
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    Book Review, "Fire and Rain": The Beatles Break Up, James Taylor Gets Famous

    Like David Browne, I was a fan of early Simon & Garfunkel. Unlike him, no one teased me in school that it was laughably “old music” in 1970. I also didn’t know that 1970 was such a pivotal year in music until I read Browne’s totally entertaining new book, Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970.

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  • The Playlist
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    Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Eyes A Late 2012 Release Date

    Well, as expected, filming is now underway on Paul Thomas Anderson's long-awaited untitled Scientology flick aka "The Master" in Vallejo, California and with it comes a couple morsels of info to tide over fans of the director for now.

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    PRESTON STURGES

    In 1973, I did an Esquire column about screenwriters, focusing largely on the first writer-director of the talking era, the mercurial Mr. Preston Sturges, who got so fed up with seeing his scripts mangled by inferior directors that he made an unprecedented deal with Paramount: he would direct his own screenplay for one dollar. The superb result was the brilliantly satirical political comedy, The Great McGinty, which won him an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. This was followed by seven more comedies over the next four years, each one of similar vintage quality (except for The Great Moment, which was somewhat wrecked by studio interference in the cutting), an amazing outburst of creativity that remains unchallenged to this day; six further masterpieces that have stood the test of time and changing tastes: Christmas in July, The Lady Eve, The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, Hail the Conquering Hero, The Palm Beach Story, and Sullivan’s Travels. If you haven’t seen every one of them, you are missing seven treasures of delight, wit and hilarity---human and wildly funny---among the finest of American comedy. The article I wrote was later reprinted in my collection, Pieces of Time, titled “Screenwriters and Preston Sturges,” and this has been uploaded on author-critic Clive James’ website, to which we hereby supply the link. All these fabulous films are available on DVD (or through Netflix) so if you haven’t seen them, there’s no excuse for not catching each and every one as soon as you possibly can!

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    Duplass Brothers & Jonah Hill Look To Reteam On Indie Rock Thriller 'Pitchfork'

    If you didn't see last year's "Cyrus" directed by Jay and Mark Duplass and starring Jonah Hill, do yourself a favor and catch up with it. Darkly funny and surprisingly moving it was a big leap forward for actor and directors alike and the trio are hoping to catch fire once again.

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    Mark Wahlberg Remains Pretty Insistent There's Going To Be A 'Fighter 2'

    The idea of a sequel to "The Fighter" is a cute thought. One has to assume high of the success off the picture (some seven odd years in the making) producer/actor Mark Wahlberg and director David O. Russell -- who have worked together on three films so far, "Three Kings," "I Heart Huckabees" and the aforementioned pugilist picture -- were just shitcking ideas around in a celebratory fashion.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Hillary Clinton Supports Women's Sports As the US Women Prepare for the World Cup

    Sports are a part of pop culture and this is an exciting year as the US women get ready to head to Germany to try and take back the World Cup trophy. Mind you if they played as bad as they played on Sunday they will be out in the first round, but we are hopeful.

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    Matthew Goode In, Colin Firth Out For Park Chan-Wook’s English Language Debut ‘Stoker’

    Well, that's weird. We were just wondering what was going on with this film and lo and behold an update has arrived.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Kimberly Elise In 1st Trailer For Ghanaian Drama "Ties That Bind"

    Here's your first official trailer below at Kimberly Elise in Ghanaian/American director Leila Djansi's Ties That Bind, which reportedly recently completed principal photography (it was shot on location in Ghana, by the way).

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