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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    New Adventures of Tintin Trailer Rocks The Boat

    Check out the action-packed new trailer for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (December 25) below. Director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson talk their inspiration for the film here.Video: MSN Exclusive: The Adventures of Tintin - trailer

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Robert Downey Jr. Developing Perry Mason for the Big Screen; Listen & Watch Past Incarnations

    Yet another TV brand heads to the movies. Will they never learn? But the casting is choice in this case: Robert Downey Jr. may bring Perry Mason to the big screen through Warner Bros. and Team Downey. Like the original Erle Stanley Gardner books--there are 82; Downey and producer David Gambino are looking for a writer to adapt their own original story based on the character--the film would be set in 1930s Los Angeles and would follow defense attorney Mason, his secretary Della Street, private investigator Paul Drake and courtroom adversary Hamilton Burger.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jaimie Alexander & 'Friday Night Lights' Star Zach Gilford Will Make 'The Last Stand' With Arnie

    Frankly, we could do without another "The Terminator" movie even though Arnold Schwarzenegger still really wants to make one, but stuff like "The Last Stand" is really the sort of movies he should be making now. Low key, gritty and backed by the envelope pushing "I Saw The Devil" helmer Kim Ji-woon, this is the kind of fare will put his bastard child ways behind him, not some bloated "final" entry in a franchise that should have ended a long time ago. Anyway, this a long way of saying that Sif from "Thor" (aka Jaimie Alexander), and that guy from "Friday Night Lights" (aka Zach Gilford) are gonna back up the Governator in his next film.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    NYFF: Lars von Trier's "Melancholia"

    Towards the end of Lars von Trier’s Melancholia, the troubled—and, as strongly implied in a third-act revelation, clairvoyant—Justine (Kirsten Dunst) reflects on the earth’s imminent demise. “The earth is evil,” she observes, clearly the mouthpiece of her film’s notoriously provocative maker, “We don’t need to grieve for it.” Trier’s Melancholia has drawn many comparisons to another cosmic existential head trip that, like this film, debuted at Cannes 2011: Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. Their superficially similar structures are obvious. The former imagines, with despondent nihilism, the end of the world through the experience of a person uncommonly attuned to the worthlessness of living; the latter tries to make sense of death and human suffering by contemplating the origins of the universe and of life on earth, as well as the childhood of its protagonist. It should be stated on the outset, however, that Trier’s film is not the yin to Malick’s yang; it is its opposite. Read Chris Wisniewski's review of Melancholia.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "The Help" Gets A DVD/Blu-ray/VOD Release Date After Impressive Box Office Run

    Seems like it's been awhile since our last post on The Help - quite possibly 2011's most polarizing movie, and not just here on S&A.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Lars Von Trier Will NEVER Give Another Interview; Retires from Public Speaking

    Lars Von Trier Will NEVER Give Another Interview; Retires from Public Speaking

    Lars von Trier has had it, finally. After being declared "persona non grata" by the Cannes Film festival after statements he made at the Melancholia press conference, calling himself a Nazi, the Danish filmmaker has released a statement. He's done speaking in public, period.Today at 2 pm I was questioned by the Police of North Zealand in connection with charges made by the prosecution of Grasse in France from August 2011 regarding a possible violation of prohibition in French law against justification of war crimes. The investigation covers comments made during the press conference in Cannes in May 2011. Due to these serious accusations I have realized that I do not possess the skills to express myself unequivocally and I have therefore decided from this day forth to refrain from all public statements and interviews.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    A Sound That Will Last Forever

    Film music buffs cite Jerry Goldsmith’s score for Chinatown as one of the all-time best, but relatively few people know who played the memorably moody trumpet lead. It was the same man you hear on the soundtrack of An American in Paris and countless other MGM musicals. Uan Rasey died last week at the age of 90, and I feel lucky that I got to interview him several years ago for my newsletter Leonard Maltin’s Movie Crazy.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Apple's Tim Cook Unveils iPhone 4S, Fails To Live Up to Steve Jobs

    Yesterday at the "Let's Talk iPhone" conference, Apple changed things up. Rather than announcing the iPhone 5, they announced a phone that looks no different than their current model, and only distinguishes the new product with an S added after iPhone 4. However, while the iPhone 4S appears to be no different, its capabilities are innumerable (Apple numbered them at over 200).

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    Shock Corridor

    Shock Corridor

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  • Shadow and Act
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    2011 Hollywood Black Film Festival Announces Lineup (Infiltrating Hollywood Makes The Cut)

    As the image above states, the festival runs from October 27 - 30, in Los Angeles, CA.

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