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    Jim Carrey Wants To Be 'Bruce Almighty' And/Or 'Dumb And Dumber' Again

    There's merit to the idea of stars aging and eventually losing sight of what their fans want. Which is why Arnold Schwarzenegger opted for "The Governator" and "Cry Macho" as potential comeback projects, or Sean Connery signing on to something like "The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen" despite claiming to not understand a single word of the script. While Jim Carrey might not be as old as these people, he is threatening to take the path of Harrison Ford, which is to do a bunch of indifferent middlebrow studio films that no one cares for, and then return to a beloved character decades too late. With Ford "Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull" paid off, but we aren't expecting the same fortune to smile on another tired Jim Carrey sequel.

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    Idris Elba Wanted For Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim"

    Maybe my suggestion that Idris Elba's meeting with "a very controversial director for a very controversial part" had nothing to do with Django Unchained, may not have been so inconceivable.

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    Ewan McGregor & Mike Mills Talk The Sadness, Humor & Joy Of 'Beginners'

    This article originally ran during the 54th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival in April, but is a great overview of Mike Mills' wonderful drama "Beginners" and is worth revisiting.

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    Idris Elba Sought For Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

    Every now and then there is a story of an actor who has worked hard for years, slowly building acclaim on the back of strong performances matched by a just as tenacious work ethic. One of those people right now is Idris Elba. He had almost a decade of experience under his belt when he took on the role of Stringer Bell in the acclaimed HBO series "The Wire" and from there, things began to snowball until suddenly he seems to be everywhere. He's already got another hot television series on the other side of the ocean in "Luther," he played Heimdall in the box office hit "Thor" and he's currently working with Ridley Scott again (he was in "American Gangster") on his "Alien" spinoff "Prometheus." He recently cryptically tweeted about possibly working with "a very controversial director for a very controversial part" which most assume is Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" but it appears another big movie also wants a piece of Elba.

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    More "Django Unchained" Casting News... Uh... Rumors + Fan-Made Poster

    Hmmm... I woke up this morning to find a post on MTV's movie site stating that Michael Fassbender revealed on Twitter last night that he had joined the cast of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, stating: "Great news everyone. Quentin Tarantino has asked me to be his latest film Django Unchained. He was talking so fast, but I said 'f***, yes'."

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    The New Digital Repertory Model

    In a recent post on his excellent blog, Ira Deutchman asks "Why not recreate the repertory cinema model for the digital age–program different strands of films on different nights, day-part them if you will. Why not stage national events to showcase those strands and have audiences feel like that are part of something larger–something they can’t get on TV or from a DVD?"

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    Terrence Malick Wrote A Letter Of Instruction To Every Projectionist Showing 'The Tree of Life'

    Plus Experimental Filmmaker Whose Work Malick Samples TalksSo, after years and years of waiting, Terrence Malick's long-delayed "The Tree of Life" is finally in theaters. Like, right now. In fact, today sees it expand beyond New York and L.A. to Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Austin and Dallas, among others, so more and more of you will get the chance to check out a film that, while not the second coming of cinema that some were hoping for, is undoubtedly a must-see. And with that expansion underway, it seems that the typically meticulous Malick has been getting personally involved to make sure that you see it in the way he intended.

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  • Caryn James
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    Previewing the MTV Movie Awards With Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Emma Stone

    It's not as if the MTV Movie Awards are real awards, not the Oscar kind that can change careers. That trophy isn't shaped like a bucket of popcorn for nothing. But the show (live on MTV on Sunday night), is a comic spectacle. Its movie parodies are a highlight, and it's a lot more fun to watch than pseudo-serious sham awards like The People's Choice. The success of this show is in inverse proportion to its sincerity.

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    8th Annual Tarifa Africa Film Festival Starts Next Week In Spain

    The 8th Annual Tarifa Africa Film Festival in Tarifa, Spain, will begin place next week, running from June 11th to the 19th , showcasing some 148 movies from 23 African countries.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    The trailer for Rupert Wyatt's prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco as a scientist run amuck and Andy Serkis (Gollum, King Kong) as a smart primate, looks pretty creepy. Here's more on WETA's VFX. Fox releases the pic on August 5. Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton and David Oyelow also star.

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