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    Diablo Cody Talks the Inspiration for 'Young Adult,' Working With Jason Reitman & Preparing For 'Lamb Of God'

    Writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman are quite the pair. After teaming on the beloved small-scale dramatic comedy (or comedic drama?) "Juno," which won the first-time writer Cody an Academy Award, they collaborated on teen horror romp "Jennifer's Body," a Cody script that Reitman produced. They are back together again on the darkly tinged comedy "Young Adult," opening this week in limited release before going wide next week. In "Young Adult" the unstoppably sexy Charlize Theron gets considerably uglier (inside if not out) as a young adult novelist named Mavis who returns to her hometown to woo her former high school flame. It's funny, occasionally quite difficult stuff, and is made all the more special by Cody's oddly heartfelt portrait of longing and obsession. We got to talk to Diablo Cody about the inspiration for the script, her own directorial effort, and her nervousness about bringing a character like Mavis to the multiplexes.

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    On DVD: "Cowboys & Aliens"; "The Hangover Part II"; "Bobby Fischer Against the World"; "The Staircase"

    Looking for something to rent this week? Here's what we had to say about the films out now on DVD/Blu-ray today:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Halle Berry Will Play "A Jewish Woman In The 1930s" & "An Old Tribal Woman" In Wachowski/Tykwer "Cloud Atlas" Adaptation

    Some interesting tidbits about the upcoming, highly anticipated film, from a profile in yesterday's New York Times...

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    I Admit it: I Love Sons of Anarchy

    On the occasion of the fourth season finale tonight I am coming out and admitting to my deep affection for the TV show Sons of Anarchy. This might seem a bit off based on what I usually write about, but my TV watching is very different from my movie watching. I watch a lot of male centric and crime shows on TV. I'm a big fan of Criminal Minds and you can't find a Law and Order I won't watch.

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  • The Playlist
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    Halle Berry Reveals She Plays A 1930s Jewish Woman & Old Tribal Woman In "Phantasmagorical" 'Cloud Atlas'

    To call "Cloud Atlas" ambitious would be an understatement. The film is based on the complex novel by David Mitchell, and the story follows six plot threads across time—a 19th century notary on a Pacific expedition, a bisexual musician in the 1930s, a female journalist embroiled in a thriller in 1970s California, an aging publisher in London in the present, a clone in a futuristic dystopia, and a Pacific survivor in a post-apocalyptic world—all of which fold in on themselves. Oh yeah, all the characters may be sharing the same soul that has traveled through time.

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    So, Bryan Singer's 'The Munsters' Will Apparently Be A Mix Between 'True Blood' & 'Modern Family'

    We're not even sure why they're resurrecting "The Munsters," other than perhaps some executive at NBC heard from this daughter that monsters were cool and dusted off the old TV show, but this thing is happening. And if you though they couldn't make a bad idea sound worse, well, they can.

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    THREE REASONS FOR CRITERION CONSIDERATION: Shuji Terayama's PASTORAL, TO DIE FOR THE COUNTRY (1974)

    Every great filmmaker reaches a point in their career when they need to reflect upon their life and childhood, tracing the path that lead them to where they are today. Most often these nostalgic quandaries find their way into new fictionalized scenarios, drawing on personal experience to entertain themselves as well as audiences. Sometimes a director takes a more direct approach, probing their past in the form of autobiographical diaries. Our experiences as children inevitably make us who we are today, and tapping into those memories can provide some tasty material for any filmmaker who questions why they make the kind of films they make. (Look to Federico Fellini’s entire career for further evidence of that point.) Not all memories are immediately accessible to recall, especially those associated with extreme emotional connections.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Occupy Cinema Occupies Wall Street "Charging Bull"

    Long considered off-limits for Occupy Wall Street, the famous charging bull statue in Wall Street has become a symbol of the brutal ways of American Capitalism, and as reconfigured in Adbuster's imagery, a symbol worth reclaiming and co-opting for the OWS movement. Tonight, starting at 6pm, the Occupy Cinema group has come up with an intriguing way to get around the police barricades and make Adbuster's image a reality.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Extremely Loud Gets Closer with Second Trailer, Press Screenings

    The message in the new trailer for Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" is: "if things were easy to find, they wouldn't be worth finding." Loss and grief are front and center after Sandra Bullock and Thomas Horn's characters lose husband/father (Tom Hanks) on 9/11. The young son's need to understand what happened leads him on a journey through Manhattan to discover what the key his father left him means. We're partial to the first trailer, where U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" and slick editing allude to the story's emotional core. "Extremely Loud" opens Christmas Day.

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    New Posters & Images From 'The Flowers Of War' Starring Christian Bale

    Pretty much all the Oscar contenders are out of the gate and jockeying for position, but one film that still remains an unknown quantity is Zhang Yimou's "The Flowers of War" starring Christian Bale. The expensive Chinese production that splits the language duties between English and Mandarin, has been earning its fair share of buzz, but mostly around the unusual situation of a major Hollywood star stepping into a foreign film. But a recent profile on the film in THR reveals it was none other than Steven Spielberg who championed his "Empire of the Sun" star to Zhang.

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