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    Beaucoup de Bandes-Annonces! Trailers For French Films 'Love Like Poison' & 'Point Blank'

    As we gear up for the summer, with "Fast Five" hitting theaters next week, and "Thor" following swiftly on its heels, those of us who like to mix up the blockbusters with more thoughtful fare generally have to turn to international cinema in order to prevent ourselves from lapsing into the cinematic equivalent of a diabetic coma. U.S. audiences have the likes of "Tuesday, After Christmas," "Film Socialisme," "The Troll Hunter," "Rapt," "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" and "Sarah's Key" to look forward to, while Empire has just debuted trailers for two very different French pictures that are set to hit screens in the U.K. over the summer.

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    Dominic Cooper Goes A Bit Lady Gaga In Amazing Poster For 'The Devil's Double'

    Because we can't be everywhere at once, every film festival leads to at least one film that, despite the buzz, never quite gets above our radar. For example, we missed Mike Mills' "Beginners" at Toronto last year, but when we finally caught up with it in SXSW, it turned out to be one of our favorites of the year so far. And, while we took a good stab at Sundance this year, somehow, the presence of "The Devil's Double" didn't quite register -- or at least it did, but the prospect of a biopic of Saddam Hussein's psychotic son Uday, and of his body double, with "Mamma Mia" star Dominic Cooper playing both roles, and direction from "Die Another Day" and "xXx2: The State of The Union" helmer Lee Tamahori may not have particularly grabbed us.

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    Deluxe Edition Of Arcade Fire's 'The Suburbs' Lands In June, With DVD Copy Of Spike Jonze Short

    It feels like years since rumors started flying that Spike Jonze would be collaborating with Montreal's favorite sons Arcade Fire on a short film inspired by their latest album -- and indeed, the project was first revealed over a year ago. We've had a glimpse of the final product (entitled "Scenes From The Suburbs"), in the form of the video for the title track from the album, and the film premiered at SXSW last month, but with the group now anointed as one of the biggest bands in the world, following their surprise success at the Grammys, it feels like about time you and me got to see the full thing, right?

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    TV Review: One Person’s Verite Was Another’s Cinema

    Typical biopics, even good ones, end by flashing images of the real people who have been turned into fiction on screen; Cinema Verite dares to reverse that ploy. From the start and scattered throughout we glimpse Bill and Pat Loud and their five children as they appeared on An American Family, the jaw-dropping documentary that created reality TV.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Video Review Shows Go Young: Ebert Presents and ComingSoon's FilmPulse

    Video Review Shows Go Young: Ebert Presents and ComingSoon's FilmPulse

    Michael Phillips and Tony Scott, where art thou? Cheers went up among cinephiles when At the Movies dumped the two Bens (callow Lyons and less callow Mankiewicz), but unfortunately the damage was done, and Phillips and Scott were perhaps too intelligently polite to survive in TV land.

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    Soundtrack Details Revealed For Alexandre Desplat's Score For 'The Tree Of Life'

    So we're a few weeks away from when the world will get their taste of Terrence Malick's highly anticipated "The Tree Of Life." Nearly every scrap of information has been pored over in the run up to the film, and while the film boasts huge talents behind the camera on the screen, composer Alexandre Desplat has been a bit left behind thus far.

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    Mark Cuban Puts Landmark Theaters, Magnolia on the Block UPDATED

    Mogul Mark Cuban, 52, put indie chain Landmark Theatres and specialty distributor Magnolia Pictures up for sale more than a month ago via investment bank Moelis & Co. The first round of auction bids come in next week. The story was first reported by Bloomberg. "Business is great," wrote Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban in an e-mail. "We are just testing the waters. Lets see what market thinks it's worth, then we can decide what to do."

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    There's Going To Be A 'Fast Six,' Obviously

    While we may bemoan studios forever clinging to sequels and franchises, there is a very good reason why. They make shitloads of money. Thus far, "The Fast And The Furious" franchise has brought just under $1 billion worldwide at the box office, doing more than triple the budget for these films. That's in-freakin-sanity. And with "Fast Five" revving its engines to hit theaters next week, it's hardly surprising that Universal already have their eyes on a sixth installment.

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    First Look At Danny McBride In '30 Minutes Or Less'

    With EW dropping a fresh look last week, Sony has delivered the rest, with a small crop of new pictures for the upcoming comedy "30 Minutes Or Less," including our first look at Danny McBride in the film.

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    Star Studded Beastie Boys Short ‘Fight For Your Right Revisited’ Premieres Tonight At Midnight

    While this writer appears to be in the minority who didn't think the trailer for the Beastie Boys short "Fight For Your Right Revisited" was all that and a bag of chips, the rest of you will happy to know that it's now coming to a small screen near you.

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