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    Scarlett Johansson Attached To Play Sexy Alien In Jonathan Glazer's 'Under The Skin'

    Production Tentatively Slated For Spring 2011If there is one director we've been dying to get back behind the camera, it's Jonathan Glazer. He made a helluva debut with "Sexy Beast" but fell off the map when his sorely underappreciated "Birth" failed to find an audience and got mired in an undeserved minor controversy thanks to the film's "bathtub scene." However, it's not for a lack of trying. Last year, it was reported that his adaptation of Michael Faber's "Under The Skin" was being prepped to go in front of cameras this year, but obviously, that never happened. But it now looks like the wheels are back in motion.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Variety Shuffles Editorial Deck, Hollywood Reporter Launches Glossy Weekly

    As newly flush The Hollywood Reporter poses a more robust threat than it ever has to Variety's one-time dominance of the trade space (its first glossy weekly, a fat 156 pages, hits stands Wednesday), Variety is moving its editorial deck chairs. Variety editor Tim Gray has turned to the solid news muscle in the daily bullpen, appointing ex-Hollywood Reporter editor Cynthia Littleton (who returned to Variety three years ago) and Brian Cochrane as deputy editors in charge of news. Thus Variety is not hiring a new editor to replace exiting daily editor Leo Wolinsky, who was let go Monday.

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    Javier Bardem Receiving International Star Award at Palm Springs Film Festival

    Javier Bardem Receiving International Star Award at Palm Springs Film Festival

    The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honoring Oscar winner Javier Bardem with its International Star Award at the festival's Gala on January 8, recognizing his critical and commercial success as a domestic and international star. Festival chairman Harold Matzner calls Bardem a "mesmerizing" actor who "brings a stinging intensity to his performances. He riveted audiences with his portrayal in No Country for Old Men and continues to raise the bar in his latest film, Biutiful.  Javier Bardem now ranks among the cinematic elite." Jennifer Lawrence and Carey Mulligan will also be receiving awards at the PSIFF, as previously announced.

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    5 Not-So-Thinly Veiled Remakes

    Based on the trailer alone, the new road trip comedy "Due Date" has enough similarities to John Hughes' sentimental 1987 hit "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" to have had the majority of the blogosphere immediately calling out its apparent unoriginality. Some critics also mentioned the rehash of certain elements from director Todd Phillips' prior release, "The Hangover," but it's the classic Steve Martin and John Candy team-up that comes to mind most with this pairing of Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis as an odd couple forced to travel cross-country together, the fat guy annoying the skinny guy every step of the way. This time around, though, the paternal commitment motivating the skinny guy's rushed arrangements is much greater than a desire to make it home for Thanksgiving dinner.

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    Mike White Lead Contender For 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'? Matt Reeves Out Of Contention?

    Ever since David O. Russell left the director's chair on the Natalie Portman-produced "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," a number of names have been linked as contenders to helm the film including Mike Newell ("Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time”), Neil Marshall ("Centurion”), David Slade ("The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”), Jonathan Demme, Matt Reeves, Mike White ("Year Of The Dog”) and the directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller ("Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs"). It's a strong list of names but it appears the unlikeliest contender has taken the pole position in landing the gig.

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    After Dark, My Sweet: Pedro Costa's "Ne change rien"

    No mere documentary, Portuguese director Pedro Costa’s enthralling Ne change rien is a cinematic offering laid at the feet of its bewitching singer-star, Jeanne Balibar. She’s glimpsed at music rehearsals, live club performances, and in studio sessions, meticulously honing vocal phrases and adjusting tempo with exactly the same attention to precision that Costa brings to his own rigorously arranged compositions. The lithe, luminous actress has a robust career in France, where she’s appeared in films by Jacques Rivette (Va savoir) and Arnaud Desplechin (My Sex Life... ) as well as numerous theater productions. She also moonlights as a chanteuse (or perhaps it’s the other way around), fronting a crackerjack quartet whose whirring loops and effects-driven guitar textures create a coolly luxuriant cushion for her throaty songs of tortured love. An ardent cinephile, Costa has cited Godard’s One Plus One as an inspiration for his approach here, which eschews voiceover and interviews in favor of moody, atmospheric detail and abundant use of long takes. But he also applies the distinctive, low-light visual style he developed for In Vanda’s Room and Colossal Youth, a tack that aligns this sultry music doc as much with the mise-en-scène of classic cinema (Von Sternberg, Nick Ray) and T Magazine–style fashion portraiture as it does with Straub-Huillet (a salient touchstone for the auteurist director) or ultrahip band-in-the-studio genre artistry. Read Damon Smith's review of Ne change rien, which opens today for a weeklong run at New York's Anthology Film Archives.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weather Report: Girls in Minis

    It seems inevitable. Taiwanese animators NMA have launched a new animated news video, a daily weather report, right out of Paddy Chayefsky's Network. Wave of the future? News weather men, watch your back.

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    Guillermo del Toro Admits He Didn't Want 3D For 'The Hobbit,' Doesn't Want It For Frankenstein'

    Filmmaker Says He Doesn't Want 'Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde,' Or 'Frankenstein' To Be In 3D, Is On The Fence About 'Slaughterhouse Five' Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is perhaps today's biggest genre-centric multi-tasker. If his projects file were a kitchen it would be jam-packed with several sous-chefs working on dishes in different states of readiness; many still marinating, trying out different sauce combinations, with some tested in various iterations and ready to to go on the grill.

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    CPH:DOX: make it make it, don't fake it

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    Tom Hardy Offered Vampire Role In 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

    If being offered the lead role in "Snow White And The Huntsman" didn't tip you off, Tom Hardy is one of the hottest talents in Hollywood right now. His turn in "Inception" made it known to a wider audience what those who saw "Bronson" already knew; the actor is the real deal and has the charisma and skill to be a major leading man. So, no surprise then that with 'Huntsman' now trying to land Johnny Depp to lead the film, Hardy has been offered the role of Henry Sturgess in another tentpole vehicle, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."

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