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    Exclusive: New Bill Hader Film 'Vaughn Meader' Being Directed By 'The Wrestler' Scribe Rob Siegel

    Alexander Woo Writing; Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films To Produce Dark Comedy About American Comedian/ImpersonatorEXCLUSIVE: When comedians are hired for a film, it's generally so they can do the familiar and funny thing they're known for, so it's refreshing to see Bill Hader play against type in Greg Mottola's sci-fi road-trip film, "Paul," as what essentially is the psychopath villain, perhaps not unlike Robert Patrick as the T-1000 in "Terminator 2" -- his character is a man on a mission that won't be stopped.

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    Ray Stevenson Talks 'Thor' And The Possible Return Of The 'Punisher'

    We sat down with "Kill The Irishman" star Ray Stevenson yesterday, and while we discussed the upcoming Jonathan Hensleigh thriller, we also had to ask about being a cog in the mighty Marvel filmmaking machine. The once (and future?) "Punisher" has the role of Volstagg in this summer's "Thor," a hefty, bearded pugilist that brings color to the group known as the Warriors Three. But could Volstagg appear in the future?

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    TV Review: Hugh Laurie, Zombie Killer

    I’m devoted to House, but it’s no Singing Detective, even when a special Stunt Episode has Hugh Laurie in top hat and eye liner singing “Get Happy” with a chorus line of garishly made-up docs and nurses. Like most over-produced musical scenes – and it was a fairly short scene – this one took itself too seriously. Throughout last night’s episode of movie and TV parodies, the lighter the touch, the better.

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    Review: Abbas Kiarostami's 'Certified Copy' Is Rich, Absorbing & Moving

    The following is a reprint of our review from the Cannes Film Festival.

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    Bombay Beach in Tribeca's Competition

    I met the filmmaker, Alma Har'el, an Israeli filmmaker living in L.A.,on Facebook and heard about her film when I was in Berlin...how the audience loved it and the Q&A afterward went on for such a long time. Lucky for me I could see it at its second screening in the Berlinale's Panorama section. I was transported by it and I guarantee that it will transport you too. You can see it at the Tribeca Film Festival. My prejudices about the poor white trash living in these desert holes around the Salton Sea evaporated into the music composed by Beirut and Bob Dylan.

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    Simon Pegg Says He & Edgar Wright Still Trying To Find Time To Write 'The World's End'

    Third Installment Of The Cornetto Trilogy Not Even Started, C'mon Guys!If you don't speak geek-ese like we do, here's a translation: The "Three Flavours Cornetto" trilogy is the unofficial nickname of the films made by director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (a nice knowing nod to Krzysztof Kieslowski which we appreciate) Presumably, you've heard of the first two installments, "Shaun Of The Dead" and "Hot Fuzz," and while they are not sequels of any kind, they all star Pegg and Frost, they're penned by Pegg and Wright and they're directed by the "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" filmmaker.

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    Sony Picks Up Channing Tatum's Horrible-Sounding Peter Pan Prequel

    If you'll beg our indulgence for a second, we've got a pitch that we want to put out there, one that we think is our ticket out of this film blogging racket. It's called "Rick," and it's a prequel to the all-time-classic "Casablanca." See, Rick Blaine, as played by Humphrey Bogart, is one of the all time great screen heroes, but you don't really get that much of his backstory. When told that he came to Casablanca "for the waters," a baffled Captain Renault asks "The waters? What waters? We're in the desert." To which Rick replies, in one of the all-time-greatest pieces of screenwriting, "I was misinformed."

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    Video: James Bond in Drag

    Daniel Craig goes blonde and vulnerable for this promo spot about inequality between the sexes narrated by James Bond boss Judi Dench. Craig, like Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, makes a far less handsome woman than man. In person Craig is a slim, sweet mench of a man. It's cool that he was willing to deconstruct his womanizer/action/hero Bond image.

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    Stringer Bell Dresses Up For Halloween In New Picture From 'Thor'

    It's currently running between "Thor" and "Green Lantern" right now as to which comic movie is going to end up being the goofiest this summer. Admittedly, both are tough stories to bring to mainstream audiences -- alien worlds, hammers, green suits, power rings -- and while treatments we've seen so far have shown evidence of unintentional camp, hopefully the overall tone of the pictures will help sell the more outlandish elements. But until then, random pics like this aren't helping the non-comic faithful.

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    Happy 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day

    Here's to hoping there is a time when women are treated equally. When we don't have to fight twice as hard for half the pie. For girls to be able to go to school without regard for being assaulted. For girls and women not to be sold into slavery just because they are girls and women. For women's voices and visions to count as much as men's. For people to remember to respect others no matter what color, gender or belief.

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