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    Nicole Kidman Eyes 'Our Wild Life' With Phillip Noyce

    Just before the end of last year, there was a little bit of an update on the Phillip Noyce front. While he ruled out directing a sequel to "Salt," we heard that he was eyeing the true life conversation story "Our Wild Life." And then that was all we had heard. The film has a bit of an interesting history. Lat year Nick Cassavetes (”The Notebook”) was circling the project—then known as “Peaceable Kingdom” or “Elephant Orphanage”—but he bailed acrimoniously in what resulted in an ugly lawsuit. Slightly more tantalizingly, Walter Salles (”The Motorcycle Diaries”) became attached to the project later on and Julia Roberts was rumored to have been eyeing the lead. Salles is now off the project and Roberts’ participation never seemed to materialize. Rumors then pegged Kate Winslet as having been offered the lead role, but her reps denied involvement (other actresses said to be interested at one point were Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Drew Barrymore). Well, it looks like one of those names is possibly back in the mix.

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    New On DVD - "Guy And Madeline On A Park Bench" (Jazz-Themed Musical Romance)

    New on DVD this week... a film we've given a bit of ink to on Shadow and Act (on the old website anyway).

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    Quentin Tarantino Keeps Mum On 'Django Unchained' & Christoph Waltz; Is The Script Really 366 Pages?

    Just when we thought word was locked down over the weekend about Quentin Tarantino, Christoph Waltz and the forthcoming spaghetti western "Django Unchained," the director and actor themselves continue to play their cards close to the chest or simply outright deny recent reports.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Blame Canada

    Fucking eh. How did this happen? After two weeks of the increasing suggestion of a Conservative minority/strong New Democrat opposition, the Canadian electorate surprised everyone by totally shaking up the country's political landscape. For the better as Quebec rejected its political history entirely and gave a remarkable gift to the rest of the country by voting in the New Democrats nearly every seat in province (reducing the Bloc Quebecois to just 4 seats as a result). The rest of the country, meanwhile, couldn't quite join Quebec's orange surge. Though the cores of urban areas went for Jack Layton's NDP, most of the rest of the country thought with its pocketbook and gave the Canadian left its worst fucking nightmare: A Conservative majority.

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    Racy Poster For Cannes Contender ‘L’Apollonide’

    It looks like there's going to be a good amount of skin on display at the Cannes Film Festival this year. The trailer for Julia Leigh's provocative "Sleeping Beauty" with Emily Browning has already teased that you should expected some R-rated bits and pieces and early stills for "L’Apollonide" haven't been lacking in total exposure either.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trade Wars: Deadline vs. THR vs. The Wrap

    Trade Wars: Deadline vs. THR vs. The Wrap

    Anyone who deals with Nikki Finke knows her m.o. If she doesn't land a story first and early or doesn't like something, she will hit back hard until she terrifies her target into giving her what she wants. She is also thin-skinned. Hence her recent email assault on the MPAA's Howard Gantman, who sends me releases all the time. (Full email is below, hat tip: Gawker.)

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    Anna Kendrick & John Francis Daley Prepare For 'Rapture-Palooza' With Craig Robinson

    We have to be honest, when we first heard of "Rapture-Paloooza," a title that is being developed as part of Lionsgate's new micro-budgeted genre film division, we didn't think much of it. But studios are now wetting themselves over the possible gains to be made with no-budget fare as they watch "Insidious" getting ready to clear about $90 million worldwide on a $1.5 million budget. And these movies are attracting better-than-usual talent who are likely hoping to make some decent back end coin if the film becomes a hit.

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  • Spout
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    Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with Sidney Poitier

    Last night, Sidney Poitier was honored at Lincoln Center, where he received this year's Charlie Chaplin Award. Coincidentally, it's also Teacher Appreciation Week in America. Specifically today is Teacher's Day. As Morgan Freeman recognized on stage at Alice Tully Hall, Poitier played a teacher in many films ("but he was also a real life 'teacher' for so many," Freeman noted), so what better time to watch some of his films and what better way to celebrate the occasion -- outside of thanking your teachers and maybe giving them a gift or whatever you're supposed to do.

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    Saoirse Ronan Takes Dual Roles In 'The Host'; Andrew Niccol Might Return To Direct

    Well here's some Saoirse Ronan news we didn't expect. Though it's largely assumed -- but still not confirmed -- that she will be re-teaming with Peter Jackson with a role in "The Hobbit" and Joe Wright is waiting on her for "Anna Karenina," Ronan's next announced project is neither of those and something quite different instead.

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    Help Bring Back The HBO Series "The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency" With Jill Scott

    Based on the success of indie films we've supported like Moozlum, I Will Follow and Pariah...I've realized that you can never underestimate the power of social media. And if supporters and fans of the popular HBO series The No1 Ladies' Detective Agency have their way, they'll get a chance to feel that success when the show is renewed. Right now, a virtual petition is being circulated to help bring the show back which stars singer and actress Jill Scott.

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