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    Watch: Brief First Footage Arrives From Colin Farrell-Starring 'Total Recall' Remake

    It's going to be a competitive summer for everyone, as we've detailed in the past, but few films have a tougher fight ahead of them than Sony's "Total Recall." A remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger action sci-fi picture that's beloved by geeks everywhere, the new version has exchanged visionary helmer Paul Verhoeven for the much less popular Len Wiseman ("Underworld," "Live Free and Die Hard"), and toplines the still-unproven-as-a-box-office-draw Colin Farrell, rather than Arnie. Not to mention it's going head to head at the box office with "The Bourne Legacy," which is after an identical demographic.

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    BBC Announces iTunes-Style Pay Download Service For All Its Programs

    Welcome to the 21st century BBC!

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    SXSW '12 Review: 'Leave Me Like You Found Me' Should Have Been Called 'Fighting With Your Boyfriend In The Woods'

    The debut feature from Adele Romanski, "Leave Me Like You Found Me" centers on a couple, recently reunited after a year apart, on a romantic camping trip. Cal and Erin are still feeling each other out, careful with each other and tender. This doesn't stop them from declaring their love for each other, but love just isn't that simple, now is it. Their interactions devolve into passive-aggressive bickering and fighting, set against a gorgeous woodland backdrop, but if you wanted to watch couples fight, why head to the movie theater?

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    First Look Footage From "Total Recall" Remake (Bokeem Woodbine Co-Stars)

    Here's your first look at that Total Recall remake/new adaptation (depending on your POV) that's coming your way later this year. 

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    NC-17 Rating For 'Killer Joe' Still Stands After Appeal

    "I don't know how it goes either, but I understand you could maybe show the same film, same guys but different day, where there's enough levity along the way in the middle of the most violent stuff. It felt like an R to me, last night. It's got enough of a wink to not be an NC-17," Matthew McConaughey told us earlier this week at SXSW, about the harsh rating for "Killer Joe." But it appears the conservative bunch at the MPAA didn't see the wink.

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    Simon Pegg Lines Up Guest Role On Frank Darabont's 'L.A. Noir' Pilot

    Funnyman Simon Pegg will have to trade in his Starfleet uniform and phaser for a fedora and a gun as he's now set to join the pilot of Frank Darabont's gestating adaptation of John Buntin's epic saga "L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America's Most Seductive City" for the cable network TNT.

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    An Injury to One is An Injury to All... Filmmakers

    Last October, I blogged about the belated--and much welcomed--DVD release of Travis Wilkerson's celebrated agit doc "An Injury to One," a stirring, compelling and formally innovative documentary about the lynching of a famous union agitator named Frank Little in Montana nearly a century ago. The film had garnered added relevance with the growing Occupy Wall Street movement, and was singled out by Dennis Lim in an L.A. Times story as "one of American independent cinema's great achievements of the past decade": The film seemed to have found an ideal moment to enter the mediasphere. But not so, according to Wilkerson.

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    SXSW '12: Jack Black Talks Musical Aspects Of 'Frank Or Francis' & Says Charlie Kaufman's Film Has "A Powerfully Surrealistic Tone"

    After high-profile roles in commercial fare such as “School Of Rock,” “Nacho Libre” and “The Big Year,” Jack Black has tapped into a series of smaller and more idiosyncratic opportunities, starting with Richard Linklater’s true-crime dramedy “Bernie.” But the comedian and actor has even bigger challenges on the horizon with “Frank Or Francis,” Charlie Kaufman’s follow-up to his 2008 film “Synecdoche, New York.” While appearing at the SXSW Film Festival for the local premiere of “Bernie,” Black revealed he didn’t know how soon shooting was set to begin, but he characterized the film to The Playlist as an incisive portrait of celebrity culture.

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    Watch: New Japanese 'The Avengers' Trailer Reveals Gwyneth Paltrow Is In This Too

    Upon seeing the new Japanese trailer for "The Avengers," you'll have to agree that there's something about the visuals that blends better when underlined by an indecipherable Japanese narrator. Our latest peek at the superhero epic might be our clearest showcase yet, utiziling footage from the previous trailers while debuting a bit more of its own. Notably, several scenes from the first clips associated with the film return, but this time souped up with the addition of some special effects providing added context. To paraphrase Luke Wilson in "Idiocracy," now you know whose ass is farting, and why.

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    New 6-Hour Mini-Series Exploring The Roots Of Soul Food & Southern Music Styles For UK Audiences

    Digital broadcaster UKTV announced the launch of a new series "exploring" soul food for its Good Food HD channel which is available on Sky in the UK.

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