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    BAM Blows Out DePalma's Suspense

    Brian DePalma is one of those filmmakers whose profile has lost luster over the years along with his commercial studio cred. It shouldn't. Simon Abrams writes about the thrillmeister on a the eve of a BAM retrospective:This weekend, Brooklynites can pump themselves up for the Criterion Collection's forthcoming release of Brian De Palma's Blow Out by checking out the BAMcinemathek retrospective aptly titled "De Palma's Suspense." Programmed by Noah Baumbach, this year’s BAM Cinema Club Chair, the thirteen day-long series showcase is a perfect way to see De Palma's films. It's also a great opportunity to check out Dressed to Kill and Obsession, two of De Palma's best films that are both unfortunately no longer available on DVD.

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    Buddy Cianci Biopic Another Project David O. Russell Might Possibly Maybe Direct

    So it's been a couple weeks now, so you know what that means -- another David O. Russell project attachment post!

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  • The Playlist
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    'Scream 4' Writer Kevin Williamson Says He Had A Massive Fight With Weinsteins & Then Hugged It Out

    Last summer, word from the set of "Scream 4" was ugly. Franchise creator Kevin Williamson, who originally penned the script, departed the film, with Ehren Kruger ("Scream 3," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen") coming in and wielding his mighty shitty pen all over the script. The rumor was that the changes pissed off the cast of the film, so much so that Lauren Graham actually left the film because her role had been greatly reduced and Hayden Panettiere was frustrated that her character had been "dumbed down significantly." Ever since, there have been rumors of reshoots and rewrites and other signs pointing to a plagued production, but with the film around the corner, Williamson has finally addressed his exit from the film describing as just a routine blowup between friends.

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  • Spout
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    Would It Matter if the "Arthur" Remake Abandoned the Booze?

    Forgive me for any lack of authority on the new "Arthur" remake, which I haven't yet seen (if ever I do). Looking at it from a normal, everyday moviegoer, though, I was kind of hoping its marketing wasn't just a careful avoidance of a touchy issue. I wanted the film to lose the booze. I had assumed, based on the trailers and posters and such that Russell Brand's version of Arthur Bach was not the slurring alcoholic that Dudley Moore's was. Not because I have any moral issue (it's been more than a decade since I could be considered straight-edge and now do enjoy drinking responsibly) but because I always want remakes to do something new. We already saw the drunken Arthur (and 20 years of parodies of the shtick). How about an Arthur with a coke habit or sex addiction?

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    Anne Hathaway Talks Hosting Oscars on Today Show: Will She Host Again? "Maybe...Perhaps No"

    Skip ahead to 3:09 for Anne Hathaway reminiscing on her Oscar hosting experience...Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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    Gabriel Sunday Talks My Suicide, Starring Late David Carradine, Opens in May Via Distrib Big Air

    It's been two years since David Lee Miller's My Suicide played the 2009 fest circuit, from Berlin (where it won The Crystal Bear) and Gen Art (best picture and actor, Gabriel Sunday), to SXSW, San Francisco and Seattle. The movie, which deploys cinema verite techniques to document a teen's quest to do himself in, kept distribution hope alive via an active Facebook page. Miller worked closely with his son Jason and his videographer star Sunday, who plays Archie, the film's "isolated, narcissistic blob,"as he describes it. They constantly raised coin for the film, which Sunday often shot himself, using multiple video cameras. It took three years to edit 15 terrabytes of footage. "It has this crazy ADD feeling to it," says Sunday.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Red Band Trailer For Star Studded Beastie Boys Short ‘Fight For Your Right Revisited’

    The Beastie Boys have a new album coming out which means their star-studded short film, "Fight For Your Right Revisited," will now be readied for public consumption following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last month.

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  • The Playlist
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    Hailee Steinfeld Falls In Love With 'Romeo & Juliet'

    For the young Hailee Steinfeld, the Oscar-nominated star of "True Grit," the world is her oyster. While Jennifer Lawrence has quickly turned Oscar glory into a lead role in a major franchise with "The Hunger Games," Steinfeld hasn't been in quite a rush to decide on what's next. She, too, was briefly mentioned as a possible contender for a role in “The Hunger Games,” got attached to the tween “Memento”-like film “Forgotten” and was part of a Sleeping Beauty movie pitch that went around Hollywood, but no decisions had been made. But now, the young thesp looks booked in one of the oldest tales of them all.

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    YouTube's Figglehorn Goes 3-D as Lionsgate's Night of the Living Fred

    Lucas Cruikshank's YouTube creation and sensation "Fred Figglehorn" is getting a 3-D movie. Lionsgate, Varsity Pictures and The Collective are producing Night of the Living Fred, which is a follow-up to 2010's Fred: The Movie (which debuted on Nickelodeon). While Lionsgate has North American distribution rights, they are selling international rights to the film. Family Guy's David A. Goodman wrote the script and John Fortenberry (Blue Mountain State) is directing. Lionsgate production/development president Michael Paseornek says:“We're always excited to partner with talent who has a direct relationship with a broad online fan base, because there are so many possibilities for engaging that audience throughout the filmmaking and marketing process.  Lucas is a true next generation entertainer, and we are so proud to bring Fred, the unique character he created, to his fans in 3D. Fred has already conquered the online world and achieved record ratings for Nickelodeon, and we believe he's ready for his feature film debut." 

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    Watch: Tom Hardy & Joel Edgerton Fight Each Other In Trailer For 'Warrior'

    Tom Hardy breaks out his "Bronson" bod once again for "Warrior," the MMA fighting drama that finds Joel Edgerton playing his brother and centers on the siblings who will have to face each other in the ring for money and their father's love or something like that.

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