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    Carey Mulligan Joins Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' & Spike Jonze's New Film Starring Joaquin Phoenix

    It's hard to believe that just two years ago the world was waking up to Carey Mulligan. The actress seemed to come out of nowhere with her turn in Lone Scherfig's "An Education," and rather than try and go for big paydays in tentpole or franchise movies, Mulligan has wisely opted to work with filmmakers instead. Jim Sheridan ("Brothers"), Oliver Stone ("Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"), Mark Romanek ("Never Let Me Go"), Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive") and Steve McQueen ("Shame") now grace her filmography, with Baz Luhrmann being added this fall as she shoots "The Great Gatsby." And Mulligan isn't stopping there, as Variety report, she's adding two more helmers to the list.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Talk: Spielberg's Tintin, Gothams, NY vs. LA Critics Votes, Animation and Foreign Debates

    In Contention's British correspondent Guy Lodge reports on his viewing of The Adventures of Tintin during this week's Oscar Talk with Kris Tapley. "The action sequences are more fluid," Lodge says, than anything else in Steven Spielberg's work. A downhill chase through the streets of Morocco is "jaw dropping...it's such a ride." We debate how the Academy's animation branch will regard this motion capture adventure. Is Spielberg an interloper in their ranks? Will the mainstream Academy take the movie, which has been compared to Raiders of the Lost Ark, seriously? (Here's TOH's London review.)

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Darryl Roberts' "America The Beautiful 2" Held Over And Opening In More Cities

    Filmmaker Darryl Roberts' follow-up to his highly successful and self distributed 2007 documentary America the Beautiful, entitled America The Beautiful 2 :The Thin Commandments (which we told you about HERE and HERE) in which he further explores this country's obsession with youth, beauty and image, and how it affects women (and guys as well) has been a success so far in its limited opening release.

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    Watch: Blood-Spattered Red Band Trailer For 'The ABCs Of Death' Horror Omnibus Contenders

    As we’ve previously mentioned, “The ABCs of Death” is an intriguing little omnibus horror anthology project that Drafthouse Films and Magnet are putting together, featuring a bold mix of modern horror talent like Ben Wheatley (“The Kill List”), Ti West (“House of the Devil”), Jason Eisner (“Hobo With a Shotgun”), Nacho Vigalando (“Timecrimes”), Srdjan Spasojevic (“A Serbian Film”), and twenty others. The concept is simple, the film will feature 26 vignettes from 26 directors each dedicated to a letter describing a manner of dying, while “a linking device will open, connect and close” each short, according to the official website. However, one slot has been left open for an amateur filmmaker to get their claim to fame.

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    Trailer Watch For The South African Film "A Million Colors"

    Here's a trailer for the upcoming South African dramatic film A Million Colors, which will open the Hollywood Black Film Festival next Thursday, and is scheduled for release in early 2012.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: Bayaka Women in OKA! by Lavinia Currier

    Shooting the feature OKA! in the Central African Republic with the Bayaka pygmies of the forest was about as far from Hollywood as one can imagine, our ‘sets’ were forest camps of huts built by the Bayaka women and our art department.

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    'Idlewild' Director Bryan Barber Nabs Rights To 'Gigantor' With An Eye To Direct

    Developing Sizzle Reel Take To Studios To Pitch The ProjectIf Hollywood won't let you make your tentpoles, come to them with one of your own. This is the logic fueling director Bryan Barber's desire to make "Gigantor," an adaptation of a popular Japanese cartoon from the sixties that had fallen into semi-obscurity despite everyone's love of giant robots. Barber, who has struggled to get a movie made after his debut film, the OutKast-driven "Idlewild" went nowhere, has taken the initiative in tracking down the rights to the character. Turns out, they belonged to an 86-year-old voiceover artist named Fred Ladd, who has been holding on to "Gigantor" for years with no interest in letting go.

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  • Spout
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    "Elevate" is a Fine Basketball Documentary But Doesn't Rise to Its Occasion

    It's hard not to mention "Hoop Dreams" when reviewing the new documentary "Elevate," which similarly follows young NBA hopefuls on the path to the college level. But we mustn't compare them any more than we need to mention how much better "Citizen Kane" is in any fiction film review. "Elevate" is a mediocre film, and this is fine I suppose. Mediocre isn't bad, it's just ordinary and average, which is common with docs. Common being another word to isolate and use to describe this simple work. I do wonder, though, why more docmakers don't really aim to be the best, especially when that's just the sort of story they're selling on screen.

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    Laurence Fishburne Narrating Film Based On Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book "Slavery By Another Name"

    Douglas A. Blackmon's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery By Another Name, will become a PBS documentary and renowned actor Laurence Fishburne will narrate the project.

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    Bradley Cooper Offered Lead In 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

    With George Clooney forced to bow out due to a bad back from the physically demanding lead role of Napoleon Solo in "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," director Steven Soderbergh began looking at a number of possible actors to take on the part with Michael Fassbender and Ewan McGregor among his favored names. However, Warner Bros. has got the ball rolling, placing a call to somebody on their wishlist.

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