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    John Swihart Hired To Score David O. Russell's 'Nailed'; No More Squeak E. Clean Music?

    The saga continues for David O. Russell's "Nailed," his aborted, troubled farce that he walked away from last year, but is still in the hands of financiers who are trying to get some kind of finished product released. Shooting on the film — written by O. Russell and Kristin Gore, daughter of Al — began in 2008 but was plagued by multiples delays and financial struggles on account of David Bergstein's shady dealings. Despite all that, production was noted to be only days away from completion with formerly silent partner Ron Tutor coming out from the shadows last year in an attempt to make something of the "$26 million just sitting on a shelf." And while O. Russell has officially walked from the film, about a month ago, a screening of an extremely rough cut of the film played for an early test audience (you read reader feedback here) and at the time, it was noted the film was presented with an oldies soundtrack that we surmised was a temp track. Looks like we were right.

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    Mexican Documentary Presumed Guilty One Screening Only

    Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF)'s free monthly screening this April 13 at UCLA's James Bridges Theater at 7:30 pm. One time only: Presumed Guilty (Presunto Culpable), the award winning documentary about Mexico’s legal system was briefly banned in Mexico until its producers showed it on You Tube and it showed recently at Guadalajara Film Festival. International sales are by Films Transit. One day after a Mexican judge ordered theaters to halt screening a hit documentary about Mexico’s system of justice, an appeals court has reversed the order, saying that it violated constitutional guarantees of freedom of information. The documentary examines Mexico’s trial system that presumes defendants to be guilty until proved innocent. It focuses on the retrial of 26-year-old Antonio Zúñiga, a street vendor who was wrongly convicted of a murder in 2005 and sentenced to 20 years in prison. His lawyers had filmed the proceedings with permission of the trial judge, but a key witness who testified against Zúñiga complained that his right to privacy was violated when the filmmakers featured him in their film. Distributor Cinépolis opened the film on Feb. 18, and it quickly became the country’s biggest box-office hit for a documentary, earning $3.5 million. Last weekend, it was still No. 2 at the Mexican box office, behind Rango. The censorship of the film proved to be a boon for pirates. One street vendor told Britain’s Guardian newspaper, “I can’t remember anything like this. … Maybe Spider-Man 3 did as well, but I’m not even sure about that.”

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Alec Baldwin vs. John Krasinski Argue Yankees vs. Red Sox for New Era Ad

    Check out 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin as he argues baseball with The Office's John Krasinski in this New Era ad:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes to Honor Bernardo Bertolucci with Honorary Palme d'Or Award

    Cannes to Honor Bernardo Bertolucci with Honorary Palme d'Or Award

    The 64th Cannes Film Festival will award its 2011 Honorary Palme d'Or award to Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, whose films include Prima della Revoluzione (1964), Novecento (1976), The Conformist (1970), The Last Emperor (1987), Stealing Beauty (1996) (which elicited boos and flapping chairs when it and young Liv Tyler debuted at Cannes) and The Dreamers (2003, pictured with Bertolucci). Bertolucci joins the likes of Woody Allen and Clint Eastwood, who have both received the award within the past decade.

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    Jeff Buckley Biopic On Its Way: A Selection of His Music and Interview

    Jeff Buckley will get his biopic, and it will come via director Jake Scott (director of Welcome to the Rileys, and many rock music videos, including U2, The Smashing Pumpkins, REM & Radiohead). Michelle Sy and Orian Williams are serving as producers, and Buckley's mother, Mary Guilbert, is executive producing, with financing coming from financier Amy Vaughan King. Buckley was an influential musician and son of folk singer Tim Buckley, though he only released one studio album, Grace (1994), before he tragically died in 1997 when he accidentally drowned in the Wolf River Harbour channel of the Mississippi River. At the time, he had been working on his second album. This production has the rights to Buckley's music and has optioned David Browne's book Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley. The plan is to kick off production this fall.

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    True Story Oranges & Sunshine Goes to Cohen Media Group; Stars Emily Watson & Hugo Weaving

    Rights for Jim Loach's Oranges and Sunshine, from the producers of The King's Speech, have gone to Cohen Media Group from Icon International. The film stars Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving and David Wendham and tells the true story (from a screenplay by Rona Munro) of social worker Margaret Humphreys, who, after uncovering the organized deportation of children who were sent from the UK to Australia, fought to reunite thousands of families and bring worldwide attention to the scandal.

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    Anyone Remember "Band of the Hand"? See John Cameron Mitchell as an 80s Action Hero

    Nowadays, John Cameron Mitchell is known as an increasingly accomplished filmmaker, whose excellent "Rabbit Hole" can be currently viewed on Amazon Instant Video (and hits DVD and Blu-ray next Tuesday). But 25 years ago today, the guy who broke through with "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" saw one of his first major roles debut on the big screen. Opening April 11, 1986, "Band of the Hand" would finish the weekend #3 at the box office, just behind popular mainstays "The Money Pit" and "Police Academy 3: Back in Training."

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    Tarsem Singh Says He Initially Had "No Interest" For 'Immortals,' Spent A Year Retooling Script

    Director Says He Made Necessary Changes In Mythology To Suit His StoryWhen fanciful visualist Tarsem Singh was first offered the chance to direct "Immortals," initially he wasn't having it.

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    James Marsh Calls His IRA 'Shadow Dancer' Film Starring Clive Owen An "Espionage Thriller"

    'Man On Wire' Director Wants To Keep Vacillating Back And Forth Between Docs and Features

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    Willem Dafoe In Talks For Stephen Sommers' 'Odd Thomas'

    Willem Dafoe is a man of eclectic taste, vacillating between decidedly arthouse fare like "Antichrist" and "The Dust Of Time," low rent fare like "Mr. Bean's Holiday" and "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" and straight up tentpole movies such as "Spiderman" and the upcoming "John Carter Of Mars." He follows his muse wherever it goes really, and it looks like it has a taste for the supernatural.

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