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    Watch: Swashbuckling New Trailer For 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'

    We're just two months away now from "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and can't say we're really all that excited. The fourth entry in the water-logged series will now find Captain Jack Sparrow chasing down the fountain of youth and getting into oh-so-many misadventures along the way.

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    Peter Jackson is Back in Middle Earth as The Hobbit Starts Production

    Am I crazy, or doesn't writer-director-producer Peter Jackson look happy again? In the years since he completed The Lord of the Rings trilogy (which grossed a total $3 billion worldwide; extended DVD due June 28), he shot the gargantuan budget King Kong (which would have been hugely successful if it had cost less) and the smaller-scale The Lovely Bones, which cost more than the literary delicacy should have. He produced protege Neill Blomkamp's District 9 as well as collaborating closely with director Steven Spielberg on the Tintin trilogy; the first is due this December.

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    James Gandolfini To Make Ribs & Negotiate Nuclear Arms Deals In 'Eating With The Enemy'

    James Gandolfini is currently having a very busy spring. He's got roles in no less than three very high profile films: Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close," Andrew Dominik's "Cogan's Trade" and David Chase's "Twylight Zones" and moreover, he's got a couple in the can with HBO's "Cinema Verite" premiering next month and the teenage assassin pic "Violet & Daisy" due later this year. And "The Sopranos" star shows no signs of slowing down, as he attaches himself to another promising project.

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    Watch: Ryan Phillippe & Malin Akerman Wear Some Bad Accents In Trailer For 'Bang Bang Club'

    Film festivals are a strange animal. With hundreds of films to look to look at, it's inevitable that some will get unfairly ignored or overlooked such as the recent "Cracks" which premiered at TIFF in 2009 and is only hitting theaters now. And such is the case with "The Bang Bang Club." It premiered at TIFF last year to virtually zero pre-screening buzz and then promptly fell off. We certainly didn't get a chance to check it out, but judging by the latest trailer we can see why word was a bit muted.

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    'Gypsy' With Barbra Streisand Not Dead, Universal Nearing A Deal

    Just last week, writer Arthur Laurents nixed the idea that Barbra Streisand would star in a new film adaptation of his play "Gypsy." He stated that only the theater could be the place for his play after, according to him, the 1962 version starring Rosalind Russell botched his story about an overbearing stage mother and her talented daughter, Gypsy Rose Lee. Either Laurents recently changed his mind, or Deadline knows something he doesn't as they are reporting that not only is the movie is forging ahead, but that Universal Pictures will close the deal any day now.

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    Team Behind Sundance Hit 'Like Crazy' To Adapt Sci-Fi Romance 'Through To You'

    One of the most buzzed about films at this year's Sundance Film Festival had to be indie filmmaker Drake Doremus' "Like Crazy." Touted as the next "Blue Valentine," the mostly improvised film about a long-distance romance won the Grand Jury Prize and was bought by Paramount for the sum of $4 million. The drama stars Anton Yelchin, features a breakout performance by Felicity Jones and has "Katniss Everdeen" Jennifer Lawrence in a supporting role, so with the right marketing push the film should have no trouble being a modest hit for the studio. Our reviewer called it "a familiar tale, well told" and this writer has to agree. (The film doesn't make it clear why Jones might fall for Yelchin but if you can get past that, it really nails the pain of separation.)

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    SXSW Review: Romain Gavras' 'Our Day Will Come' Is An Exhilarating Political Road Movie

    Remember last summer when M.I.A. was trying to drum up attention for her ultimately underwhelming third album? There was the New York Times profile, the outrageous fashion decisions, and, most notably, the "controversial" video for "Born Free," directed by Romain Gavras (son of director Costa-Gavras). In the clip, redheaded kids were being rounded up and forced to march through landmine-strewn patches of earth, which at the time was seen as some kind of reaction to the stringent anti-immigration laws in Arizona or American xenophobia or… something. But it turns out that the music video is actually part of a larger work Romain Gavras is constructing, which includes his striking, often brilliant debut feature "Our Day Will Come."

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    'Attack The Block' Unleashes A Poster

    Joe Cornish's "Attack The Block" came to SXSW and conquered, hands down. Wowing audiences in Austin, the film -- partly inspired by a carjacking Cornish suffered in 2001, and partly by both M. Night Shyamalan‘s “Signs” and John Sayles’ unmade script “Dark Skies” -- the film mixes newcomers, most notably John Boyega and Alex Esmail, as leads Moses and Pest, with more established names like Jodie Whittaker, Nick Frost and Luke Treadaway in the tale of a gang of teens who protect their hood from an onslaught of invading aliens all powered by an awesome Basement Jaxx soundtrack.

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    Valerie Plame Wilson Writes Female Centered Suspense Novels with Female Action Star Potential

    Seeking a female action hero? A new one may come from an unlikely source: memoirist and ex-spy Valerie Plame Wilson, whose CIA debacle was brought to the screen by Doug Liman in last year's Fair Game, which starred Naomi Watts as the glamorous, fierce yet tender operative (opposite Sean Penn as husband Joe Wilson).

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    Interview: Thomas McCarthy Grapples With 'Win Win'

    Director Also Discusses His Upcoming Project 'Million Dollar Arm“Win Win” is the latest effort from writer-director Thomas McCarthy, who last helmed the Oscar-nominated “The Visitor.” But most have preconceived notions of the man behind the camera. McCarthy is also an accomplished actor, having appeared in work as diverse as "The Wire," “Syriana” and “2012” in between his small, sensitive character dramas, and is often seen in unpredictable places. The bulk of people who attended the loony New York Comic Con presentation for “Your Highness” seemed to be oblivious that McCarthy was in fact the moderator at that event.

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