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    Watch Todd Haynes' "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story" In Its Entirety, Online, For Free...

    Who knows how long this will stay up, or how long it's been there, but you can watch all of Todd Haynes' nototious, difficult to find directorial debut classic "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story" on Google Video. An incomparable, strangely magical 43 minute film about the life of Karen Carpenter that was shot with Barbie dolls, take this as a serious opportunity if you haven't seen the film. Originally released in 1987, it was withdrawn from circulation in 1990 after Haynes lost a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Karen's brother and musical collaborator, Richard Carpenter.

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    A Look Inside The Brit List, The Best Unproduced Screenplays From The U.K.

    In some ways, it's been a pretty good year for the British film industry, with the likes of "Another Year," "The King's Speech," "Down Terrace," "Skeletons," "The Scouting Book For Boys" and "The Arbor" all providing some of the great movie-going pleasures of the year, and with some good prospects for next year, most notably Paddy Considine's "Tyrannosaur," Joe Cornish's "Attack the Block" and Richard Ayoade's "Submarine." In most other ways, though, things are fairly grim, thanks to the scrapping of the U.K. Film Council, responsible for substantial funding in the industry, by the new government.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Unstoppable' Is One Of Tony Scott's Most Enjoyable Films In Years

    "Unstoppable" is about a runaway train on a collision course to wipe out a mid-sized Pennsylvania town and that streamlined premise might be the best thing to happen to director Tony Scott in years. The schizophrenic director, given to rapid edits, multiple filters, and cameras stuck in a wide array of angles has never done well with scripts with any degree of complexity or multiple narrative threads (please see the disaster that is "Domino") so it's no surprise that the narrowly focused "Unstoppable" is one of the Scott's most enjoyable pictures in a long time.

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    U.S. Distributors Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: FilmDistrict

    Bob Berney and Peter Schlessel are key players in Graham King and Tim Headington’s new distribution company FilmDistrict. The company's brief is to acquire or generate films with strong casts that can play on between 1500 and 2000 screens. xxxx Bob Berney xxxxxxxx Peter SchlesselIn the first major deal of the American Film Market, FilmDistrict prebought North American rights to Drive from Affinity. Based on the James Sallis novel and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, budgeted for less than $30 million, the film stars Ryan Gosling who plays a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver and is targeted for death after a heist goes wrong, it also stars Carey Mulligan, Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks and Mad Men's Christina Hendricks. FilmDistrict plans to release in late summer or early fall. On Sunday FD acquired Europacorp's Lockout. Prior to AFM, the company acquired Soul Surfer.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Weinstein Company Lawyer Up To Fight The NC-17 Rating For 'Blue Valentine'

    “I just can’t wait to stand over your shoulder while you change the rating.”Ever since "Blue Valentine" got nailed with a baffling NC-17 rating, things have been uncharacteristically quiet from the Weinstein camp. And now we know why. Harvey Weinstein has been busy hiring lawyers (in what we hope inspires the best "Law & Order: Los Angeles" episode ever).

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  • The Playlist
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    'Kung Fu Panda 2' Teaser Trailer Released

    Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting... AgainGeeks flipping for any kind of morsel of news were all jazzed up this weekend when the synopsis and new logo (wow!) for "Kung Fu Panda 2: Kaboom Of Doom" appeared online on the film's official site. Now something a little more concrete, though barely, has arrived in the film's teaser trailer, which like most teaser trailers doesn't show a lot. All of the original characters (and their celebrity voices) will be reprising their respective roles; Jack Black (Po), Angelina Jolie (Tigress), Jackie Chan (Monkey), Seth Rogen (Mantis), Lucy Liu (Viper), David Cross (Crane) and Dustin Hoffman (Master Shifu). New additions include Gary Oldman as the new villain, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michelle Yeoh and Victor Garber.

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    Steven Spielberg Would Have Animated and Condensed "Harry Potter"

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Okay, maybe not shoulda in this case. As any production history comes to light there is potential for many "what if...?" situations with regards to casting alternatives and disposed of ideas. But especially now that seemingly every step of a film's development is reported on throughout the blogosphere, it's neat to hear about little tidbits of trivia that haven't surfaced before. In anticipation of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," today's revelation comes via the L.A. Times' look at how the "Harry Potter" film franchise came together as it did. Of particular interest is what Steven Spielberg wanted to do with the adaptations when he was expected to direct. Warner Bros. studio head Alan Horn is quoted:

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  • The Playlist
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    Rebecca Hall & Guy Pearce To Star In 'Man On Wire' Director James Marsh's 'Shadow Dancer'

    Director James Marsh is riding quite a wave right now. His 2008 documentary "Man On Wire" drew critical raves and multiple awards including an Oscar for Best Documentary and he quickly followed that up with "1980," the middle installment of the gritty "The Red Riding Trilogy" and now, a new project is in the the works.

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  • The Playlist
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    Channing Tatum Attached To Star In Randall Wallace-Scripted Period Espionage Tale 'Love And Honor'

    Anne Hathaway Offered Role Opposite TatumIncreasingly popular actor Channing Tatum is attached to star in Randall Wallace's gestating project based on his own 2005 historical work of fiction, "Love And Honor," a period espionage tale centering on Russian czarina and alleged admirer of horses Catherine The Great.

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    Stella Schnabel Joins Oren Moverman's Cop-Drama 'Rampart'

    First On-Set Look At Woody Harrelson In CharacterActress Stella Schnabel, daughter of acclaimed director Julian, has joined the cast of Israeli-born director Oren Moverman's upcoming cop-drama "Rampart" which will see him reunite with his "The Messenger" stars Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson -- seen above in an on-set photo courtesy of EW.

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