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    Details Emerge On What's Inside Natalie Portman-Scribed Sex Comedy 'BYO'

    Oh, the many faces of Natalie Portman. On the one hand, she recently told David Poland in an interview that she's very careful about the choices she makes onscreen as she doesn't want to end up edited into hand moisturizer fodder on sites like Mr. Skin (or worse). On the other hand, in the recently debuted red-band trailer for David Gordon Green's "Your Highness," the actress strips down to a thong much to the delight of teen boys everywhere. But it turns out, her pen might be the biggest aphrodisiac yet for dudes who really need to get out more.

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    Your Friends and Neighbors: Claire Denis's "White Material"

    Claire Denis’s films usually stray so widely from anything resembling newsworthy topics that her new White Material, an experiential foray into a contemporary African crisis, risks being categorized as merely “topical.” This might not sound so damning a criticism generally, but Denis’s devoted followers tend to most admire the French director’s unassailable focus on corporeality and unerring ambiguity, and perhaps implicitly her ability to remain untethered to the issues of the day. The fact that the subject matter of White Material sounds instantly quotable (hence reducible)—a white plantation owner living in an unnamed African country suddenly finds herself amidst civil war and must decide whether to evacuate as the violence escalates—has already gotten a handful of die-hard Denisians’ backs up. Rather than an ethereal globe-hopping adaptation of writings by a French theorist (L’Intrus) or a personal, insular rumination on a one-night-stand (Friday Night), this is a fleshly, concrete dramatizing of a time and place, and, yes, it’s capital-R relevant—yet since it’s a Denis film, it’s hardly a conventional “social problem” picture or even a linear narrative. Instead, it’s yet another emotionally complex study in character identification. Click here to read the rest of Michael Koresky's review of White Material.

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    Review: 'Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part 1' Is A Satisfying Chapter All Its Own

    And We Can't Wait For Part 2You're just a few minutes into "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1," when it becomes explicitly clear that, no matter how much the other entries in the franchise have flirted with "darkness," this will be a completely different experience. In the scene, Hermione (Emma Watson) is seen at her parents' home. Her parents, as we know, are human (or "Muggles") and therefore not entirely clued in to the apocalyptic doom that's been gathering, like very literal storm clouds, in the magical world. To protect her parents, she waves her wand over them, and she is instantly erased from all of the family photos. She's literally cast herself out of their lives. It's a small moment, and subtle too, but it sets up the stakes well... even if this is only half of the final chapter.

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    Brad Pitt/Chilean Miner Movie Rumors A "Huge Wave Of Nothing”

    Earlier this week reports flew around the web that Brad Pitt's production company Plan B were looking to make a movie about the thirty-three trapped Chilean miners who were eventually freed and became celebrities, at least for a moment.

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    Amazon Moving Into Crowd-Sourced Movie Production

    One of the few outright large-scale success stories of the internet age, along with Facebook, Google and YouPorn, are retail giants Amazon, who've gone from a bookstore to selling... well, just about everything, with a still-intimidating marketshare for literature, both real and e-books. So the next step on the route to world domination? Movie production.

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    Swedish Electro Star Fever Ray To Cameo In Catherine Hardwicke's 'Little Red Riding Hood'

    Update: Fever Ray says she will not be appearing in "Red Riding Hood" but that she has penned a new song for the film.

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    Remake Of Irwin Allen Killer Bee Movie 'The Swarm' In The Works

    In the last week or so, there've been whispers of a project on tracking boards and in the likes of Production Weekly: a potential remake of Irwin Allen's 1978 disaster movie "The Swarm." Featuring an all-star cast including the likes of Michael Caine, Katharine Ross, Richard Chamberlain, Olivia de Havilland, Patty Duke, Slim Pickens, Fred MacMurray and Henry Fonda battling killer bees in Texas, the film was a notorious flop, being pulled from theaters after two weeks, while Caine calls it the worst film of his career (no mean feat, considering some of his 70s/80s fare).

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    First 'Green Lantern' Trailer Hits, Still Looks Like A SyFy Channel Movie

    So, we were jawing around the Playlist watercooler today about how with three high profile comic book movies set to hit next year -- "Thor," "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "Green Lantern" -- they can't all be mega hits. We figure at least one of the them will under-perform, and while the early footage of "Thor" that was leaked and subsequently pulled this summer was pretty goofy, the hyped Ryan Reynolds vehicle "Green Lantern" pic has its own share of problems.

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    Chasen Tributes Pour In, Memorial Service November 21

    It's been a tough day, not only as the death of Ronni Chasen meant the loss of a friend, but as the reality of her violent demise hit home. Also, many of us who spend time at late-night industry functions and drive home at night alone are thinking about how fragile our lives are. Chasen worked tirelessly, especially during Oscar season. How did she deserve to end like this? Tonight I will attend an impromptu get-together of her friends, after I do my best at a social media panel at the Egyptian. Here's the NYT.

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    Watch: Flat-Out Awesome Red-Band Trailer For David Gordon Green's 'Your Highness'

    Considering we're huge fans of pretty much everyone involved, it's almost surprising that we've been cautious of the upcoming fantasy-comedy "Your Highness." But with David Gordon Green's previous studio comedy, "Pineapple Express," being far from a home-run, and a near-six month release delay, signs were beginning to stack up that the film could be yet another expensive, indulgent misfire from Universal. However, our man on the floor of New York Comic-Con flipped for the footage shown there, calling it "excellent, funny [and] thrilling," and now the rest of us have been able to catch up with what he was talking about, with the first widely available footage from the film making its way on to the internet, in the form of a red-band trailer on IGN.

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