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    Original Leatherface Gunnar Hansen Will Appear In 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D'

    So, how do you get fanboys on board you horror remake that is otherwise totally unnecessary and probably terrible? Dig up the star of the original and get him to pop in and say hello in your new film.

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    Justin Timberlake Gets 'Fully Automatic' For Warner Bros.

    Who would have thought when Justin Timberlake was little more than that curly haired dude in *NSync that he would graduate to a hugely successful solo career that would help launch an acting career that would see him show considerable acting and dramatic chops. And while he's proven his mettle in "The Social Network" and showed that his charm translates easily in "Bad Teacher," Timberlake is ready to shake things up a bit. Later this year, he'll be starring in his first bonafide genre flick, Andrew Niccol's thriller "In Time" and it looks like Timberlake is still looking to dirty up his good looks.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Viola Davis' Controversial Serial Killer Role (Worse Than "The Help"?)

    With all this discussion we've had lately regarding Viola Davis and her role in the upcoming film The Help, and whether it's a degrading stereotyped role beneath her considerable talents, it reminded me of a role she played some ten years ago which might be even more controversial.

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    Fantasia '11 Review: 'The King Of Devil's Island' A Chilly & Compelling Nordic Drama

    Stop if you've heard this before: an overbearing headmaster gets his comeuppance from his students after he pushes them too far, causing a violent uprising and revolt to take place. In literature and in films, variations on this theme have cropped up time and again usually with the same types of characters and signifiers, with the story and pacing playing out to the beat of a very familiar drum. And while on paper, Marius Holst's "The King Of Devil's Island" may seem like a trip down an already well-worn path, the film is a refreshing surprise that offers up a character-driven take on the genre that throws familiar notions of how this kind of story should play right out the window.

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    SEPTIEN Opens in Boston (7/15-18)

    SEPTIEN Opens in Boston (7/15-18)

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    Tom Hardy May Play Al Capone In David Yates' 'Cicero' (That May Turn Into A Trilogy)

    Yates Also Considering Directing Stephen King's 'The Stand'Having spent the last four or five years deep in the world of "Harry Potter," making mad bank for Warner Bros. while delivering movies that have more than satisfied the legion of fans around the world, director David Yates and the studio are at an interesting crossroads. With lucrative franchise finished (for now), and with the Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy set to finish in 2012 with "The Dark Knight Rises," Warner Bros. is suddenly seeing two of their biggest moneymakers waving goodbye (though yes, they do have two "The Hobbit" films in their back pocket). Hoping that Yates can weave his magic on another property to get the money machine rolling, Yates is headed to Tinseltown this weekend to meet with honchos where he'll have his pick of the litter, and Vulture has the details on what he'll be considering.

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    Trailer for Martin Scorsese's "Hugo"

    Here's the just released trailer for Martin Scorsese's upcoming fantasy children 3D movie Hugo based on the children's book The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

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    Singer Maxwell Added To Lee Daniels' Film "The Paperboy"

    Don't know how we missed this news but accordingly to showbiz411 (via our sister blog The Playlist), soul singer Maxwell has been added to the Lee Daniels flick The Paperboy.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Tree - Written and Directed by Julie Bertuccelli Opens Today

    The Tree is a lament on love, loss and family. It's a movie about trying to find a way through your grief to see some light on the other side. One of the stars of the film is this gigantic Moreton Bay fig tree which becomes the place where the young Simone (played by the unbelievable Morgana Davies) goes to talk with her dad. The tree becomes her refuge where she feels connected to him. And her relationship to the tree spreads out to the other members of the family including the mother played by Charlotte Gainsbourg and they cling to the tree as it spreads its roots dangerously threatening their house. The Tree is one of those movies where you don't know how much you are moved until the end, when you say wow I really liked that. Film opens in NY this week and LA next week.

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  • Caryn James
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    Stephen Colbert Hacks Rupert Murdoch's Voicemail (Video)

    Seems like fair play: Stephen Colbert hacks into Rupert Murdopch's voicemail. You may be suspicious of the thick Australian accent and the photo of Murdoch with a koala's face, but you decide if the messages are authentic. Or, to echo Colbert's response to a video of Fox News Channel commentators deciding they were "not going to touch" Murdoch's News of the World phone hacking scandal, "That's their motto: 'We don't touch it, you decide.' "

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