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    Watch: New 'Hesher' Trailer Powered By Metallica's 'Battery'

    While our man at SXSW didn't love "Hesher" through and through, for the rest of us, the prospect of watching Joseph Gordon-Levitt play a burnout is just too enticing to pass up, and with this latest trailer for the film baiting us with Metallica's classic "Battery" fueling the mayhem in the pic we just can't wait to check it out for ourselves.

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    Vincent Gallo To Take On Two Roles, Speak Italian & English In 'The Legend Of Kaspar Hauser'

    We'll say this: Vincent Gallo surely doesn't like to shy away from a challenge. In his last film, Jerzy Skolimowski's "Essential Killing," Gallo played Mohammed, a Taliban-like figure on the run from the American army -- who doesn't speak a single word for the entire runtime of the film. Well, for his next project, you won't be able to shut him the fuck up.

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    Film4 & Focus Developing 'Suffragettes' With 'Shame' Writer Abi Morgan & Director Sarah Gavron

    One of the reasons we get frustrated with political apathy -- the "I'm not going to bother voting, because it won't affect anything" mentality -- is because of the lengths that people went to in the past to ensure that they, and their descendants, would have the rights to have a say. Along with the civil rights movement, one of the most famous such campaigns were the Suffragettes, in early 20th century Britain. Initially used as a derogatory term (by the ever-sympathetic Daily Mail), their members -- women campaigning for the right of their gender to vote, which was finally fully granted in 1928 -- reclaimed the term, and have become inspirations to generations of activists in the years since.

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    'Modern Family' Star Sofia Vergara In Talks To Join 'The Three Stooges'

    You know how there was once talk of a "Watchmen" movie with names like Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Hilary Swank and John Cusack, and then we ended up with a "Watchmen" movie with Matthew Goode, Billy Crudup, Malin Akerman and Patrick Wilson? The Farrelly Brothers' new version of "The Three Stooges" seems to have undergone a similar downsizing. Initially announced with A-listers Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro and Jim Carrey attached (with names like Russell Crowe also linked at various stages), the film is finally happening, but with a cast mostly made up of supporting players from mid-level sitcoms.

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  • Caryn James
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    Video: Funny All-Star Spoof, "Uptown Downstairs Abbey"

    Before the new version of Upstairs Downstairs arrives on Sunday, take a look at Uptown Downstairs Abbey, a delicious parody of the genre and a direct descendent of the recent Downton Abbey.

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  • Spout
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    The Originals: "Arthur" Was Great the First Time (A Second Opinion)

    For some strange reason, like Christopher, I hadn’t seen the original “Arthur” until this week. Not that I’ve seen a lot of early ‘80s comedies, probably because by the time I was watching too much cable they’d fallen out of the rotation a bit. But still, I’m a big fan of both Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli, which you’d think would have been enough to drive me to watch it by now. Anyway, I’ve finally gotten to it, and I enjoyed it quite more than Christopher (whose original post you can read over here).

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    Jay Baruchel Joins David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis,' Maggie Grace Will Be 'Taken' Again

    Casting News Explosion Includes Rob Riggle As Villain In '21 Jump Street,' Tim Roth In 'Arbitrage' & Much MoreJay Baruchel is joining the cast of David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis." The rangy young actor will play a "financial whiz kid" in the film, who makes a fortuitous gamble over the course of the film's single-day narrative. Baruchel is joining a loaded cast, including Robert Pattinson, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric and Sarah Gadon. Baruchel will next be seen in the Michael Dowse-directed "Goon," which he co-wrote with Evan Goldberg, before lending his voice to the second film in the "How To Train Your Dragon" series. Update: First tipped by C7nema and confirmed by reps for the film, Kevin Durand ("Lost," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"), Emily Hampshire ("The Trotsky") and Patricia McKenzie have also joined the film playing Torval, Jane Melman and Kendra respectively.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Relativity Adds Curtin as Marketing Chief

    Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanugh made official Wednesday his appointment of Terry Curtin as president of theatrical marketing. Curtin will leave her gig as co-president of entertainment at the Cimarron Group to oversee Relativity's marketing planning, strategy and execution. Peter Adee recently chose to leave the post after an eight-month transition following Relativity's takeover of Overture. (More details below.)

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    AOL's Huffington Overhauls Online Brands Moviefone and Cinematical: Moviefone's Chui Loses Job

    AOL's Huffington Overhauls Online Brands Moviefone and Cinematical: Moviefone's Chui Loses Job

    Online movie brands Moviefone and Cinematical are caught in the chaos brought on by new AOL media mogul Arianna Huffington and her new editorial lieutenant, ex-New York Times editor John Montorio, as they overhaul AOL's entertainment coverage. Insiders say that AOL's first round of Draconian staff cuts a month ago were made not by Huffington Post staffers but by outside numbers-crunching consultants who did not assess individual strengths and weaknesses. At Moviefone, many strong, experienced editors were let go. The plan was to stop using freelance bloggers and hire new and improved staff editors and writers instead, with some exceptions for columnists with expertise or film festival coverage. "It's a mess over there," says one former editor at AOL Moviefone. "Goliath bought David and is turning it over to David."

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Women Theatre Directors Talk About Working in Seattle

    Great piece in the Seattle Times (with a video below) on how strong a town Seattle is for women theatre directors. Here's a comment from Kate Whoriskey who runs the Intiman Theatre about how things have changed for women directors in the country.

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