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    Pierce Brosnan To Star In Susanne Bier's Romance 'All You Need Is Love'

    After years of directing heavy dramas like "Open Hearts," "After The Wedding," "Brothers" and most recently, the Oscar winning "In A Better World," helmer Susanne Bier is looking to take a break from heavy drama for a moment and do something lighter instead. Earlier this week it was announced she was set to direct "All You Need Is Love," a romantic comedy, and she's now found her lead actor.

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    Internet Fundraising: Rocks Snakes

    Introduction by Peter Belsito, Guest BloggerThe below piece (really feels like a diary entry) by a filmmaker of our acquaintance introduces an interesting and worthy project attempting to raise funds over the internet. This indie feature, a dramatic film, is going through a process now that is becoming more established and useful in our indie world.What is the main problem today? As Ted Hope, profiled recently in this blog, eloquently said, "the rules for funding have fundamentally changed". Basically as we see it more and more films are coming on line every day and funding sources have not kept up (i.e. have not been increasing).What to do? How to get these things made? Our filmmakers, always an enterprising bunch, have correctly touched upon the internet's 'community aspect', the ability to reach a large number of (sympathetic) people and also to reach 'your demographic', i.e. the ones who should will and want to help you create your vision, 'your' people. They get involved now and will also form the core of your future viewing audience. Getting them involved (i.e. by giving money at this early stage in whatever amounts) is an excellent thing. We also think that while this is a good thing, it is not ever easy. If you want easy take a holiday in Afghanistan now - because film is never easy - just kidding of course but you get my point. Lastly, I can't wait to see the limo bikini drivers film (again just kidding) but I understand perfectly how that harebrained film concept motivated our high minded filmmaker David. His odyssey begins below. We will revisit his efforts as time passes and that way will have a ground level view on this interesting DIY film project.

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    Review: 'Take Me Home Tonight' Travels To The '80s But Doesn't Bring Back The Laughs

    Maybe going into "Take Me Home Tonight" expecting something like a John Hughes movie was completely delusional, but when your 80s-set movie is less "Just One of the Guys" allure and more like the second-rate "Can't Hardly Wait" wannabes that flooded the late-90s/early-00s, well, we can't help but call bullshit. If you're gonna set your comedy in that decade, it's gotta have certain characteristics, not just video tapes and poofy hair -- here its something akin to a downloadable "skin" for an MP3 player. A period piece isn't just costumes and clever art design, it has to feel like that moment through in writing, acting, direction, etc -- it especially can't feel like some pretty people playing dress up. That just feels cheap.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Culture Wars Are Back: Mike Huckabee Slams Natalie Portman For Being Single and Pregnant

    The steam is coming out of my ears.

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    Ryan Reynolds Says 'Deadpool Is "Still In The Works" But Admits Scheduling Is A Problem

    So after what feels like multiple attempts at becoming a superhero -- he was originally pegged to play "The Flash," in its first development iteration -- Ryan Reynolds will finally become a man in tights on June 17 when "Green Lantern" hits screens. But what about the super villain role he already played in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," and its intended spin-off film, "Deadpool," aka the merc with the mouth over at 20th Century Fox?

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  • Caryn James
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    Catherine Breillat’s “Sleeping Beauty”: A Thinking Woman’s Fairy Tale

    Movies are meant to enchant us and Catherine Breillat’s visually stunning The Sleeping Beauty does that and more. Like her recent Bluebeard, this is a thinking woman’s fairy tale, in which Breillat explores the sexual awakening of girls, and the meaning of class and gender, revising the familiar stories while keeping their enrapturing charm.

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    Luke Evans & Robert Carlyle To Star In London Cop Thriller 'Dogs Of Law'

    Director Declan O'Dwyer Also Working On 'Noir Western' "Broken Cove"As we mentioned yesterday, we have a bit of a soft-spot for corrupt cop thrillers, even if the vast majority of entries to the genre are closer to "Pride and Glory" than to "Serpico." But for various reasons, it's never really crossed the Atlantic -- while the UK is stuffed with gangster flicks, both great and terrible, the fact that British officers are, generally speaking, unarmed seems to make them less enticing for filmmakers, "Hot Fuzz" aside.

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    "Rango" is the Funniest Western Since "Blazing Saddles" - But is This a Good Thing?

    This review was originally posted on March 3, 2011. It has been reposted for the film's home video release.

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    Best Fairy Tale Films For Grownups

    Fairy tales for grownups are everywhere, fraught with love, sex and menace. Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood, wonderfully cast with Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman, arrives next week. Catherine Breillat's smart revision of Sleeping Beauty opens in July. (Here's my review from the French film festival.)

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    David Fincher & Kevin Spacey Teaming For TV Remake Of British Series 'House of Cards'

    There have been some interesting debates in the last few weeks as to whether TV has surpassed film as the natural home for grown-up, dramatic storytelling. Scott Rudin told GQ as much a few weeks back, telling Mark Harris that "...for all those people who spent years trying to get movies made at all the companies that are now gone, there's now one place to work where you can get respectfully treated and fairly judged... HBO."

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