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    Short Starts: "Scream 4" Star Neve Campbell in "Love Child"

    Nostalgia is a funny thing. Here we are in the year 2011 and a few days from the release of “Scream 4,” the success of which will depend on fondness for the franchise’s origins 15 years ago. We’ve seen quite a bit of this hearkening back recently, and with the return of the Ghostface killer maybe we’re about to be thrown into full-on ‘90s flashbacks. New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys will be on tour this summer, after all, and it seems that we could be moving away from our recent ‘80s obsession (perhaps killed with a look at "Band of the Hand"?) into a more recent memory lane.

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    Watch: Trailer For Dreadful 'Passion Play' Starring Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox & Bill Murray

    “Passion Play,” starring Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox and Bill Murray, was the worst film we saw at TIFF last year (though Dustin Lance Black‘s “What’s Wrong With Virginia” comes a close second) and early candidate to top our worst of 2011 list this year. Our man on the ground called it “a cliche-riddled, risible and utterly painful experience that boasts hallmark sentiments and TV movie-of-the-week sensibilities mixed in a disastrous attempt to make a love story about unearned redemption.” And most critics agreed with that sentiment. It was the directorial debut of screenwriter Mitch Glazer and it’s sure to be his last time behind the camera for a long, long, while.

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  • The Playlist
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    '2001' & 'Blade Runner' VFX Legend Douglas Trumbull To Direct 3D Feature Using Higher Frame Rates

    While Douglas Trumbull will go down in the history books as the visual effects legend who worked on such films as "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Blade Runner" and "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind" (and yes, Terrence Malick's upcoming "The Tree Of Life") he's also directed a handful of feature films, perhaps most infamously of all, 1983's "Brainstorm" which become known as the last film Natalie Wood was making before she died. Now, nearly three decades later, Trumbull is ready to mount another feature and he's going to throwing as much new technology at it as possible.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ice Cube & Disney Team On Car Culture Feature 'Chrome And Paint'; Script Rewritten For PG-13

    Ice Cube and Disney? Considering the rapper/actor has mixed up his grittier film roles with stuff like "Are We There Yet?" and "The Longshots" we can't be too surprised, but the choice of project is a little big interesting as Deadline reports that Ice Cube and Disney are teaming up on the car culture feature he's been shopping titled "Chrome And Paint."

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    "Win Win" Allegorically Forgives Wall Street for the Financial Crisis

    One of the most enjoyable movies of the year so far, "Win Win" is still going for a victory in theaters. Over the weekend it pulled in another $1.2 million on only 226 screens. It may not be big box office, but for two straight weeks the R-rated indie comedy has done better than the PG-13 version of "The King's Speech," at least. I wish it was doing a lot better, though. As I say in my review from Sundance, this hilarious film "must be seen for the supporting cast, including the hilarious Bobby Canavale who is never better than in a McCarthy movie, and McCarthy is never better without Cannavale playing the part of the fool/comic chorus."

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: An Evening with Tina Fey - Queen Bossypants By Ashley Van Buren

    Tina Fey was (quite literally) infectious last Friday night while signing copies of her book, Bossypants. Despite feeling under-the-weather, Fey signed books for the 1,100 people (including 30 Rock’s Grizz Chapman) who showed up to see her at the Barnes and Noble in Union Square. Some fans arrived as early as 10am for the 7pm Q&A and signing. It seems everyone has caught the Tina Fey virus and it's spreading like wildfire. By the event’s start time, the crowd was squeezed into chairs, standing packed along the rear of the room like sardines, or watching Fey’s Q&A with New Yorker magazine editor David Remnick, on closed-circuit TV on one of the store’s lower levels.

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    Watch: Charming Ad For Robinsons Juice Directed By 'This Is England' Helmer Shane Meadows

    Primarily known on this side of the ocean for his bracing coming-of-age skinhead tale "This Is England" (which was recently followed up with the TV series "This Is England '86") director Shane Meadows is showing a much softer, gentler side to himself in a new juice ad (seriously) for Brit brand Robinsons.

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    Aziz Ansari Making A Cameo In Raunchy R-Rated Anna Faris Comedy 'What's Your Number?'

    This year, the studios are hoping women can bring in the raunchy R-rated laughs their male counterparts already can. While Warner Bros. will take another bite of the bankable apple with "The Hangover Part II," their competitors are rolling their dice with female driven laffers with Universal's "Bridesmaids," Sony's "Bad Teacher" and Fox's "What's Your Number" all in the pipeline. Female driven comedies -- that aren't rom-coms -- are already a hard sell and it's no surprise that execs are fine tuning the films up until the last minute. You can bet that the SXSW, "work-in-progess" screening of "Bridesmaids" was as much about gauging early audience reaction as it was about building hype for the film and in the case of the Anna Faris led "What's Your Number," there continues to be refinements as the film works through post-production.

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    Is the Ending of "Source Code" Too Dark?

    Yes, I'm looking at the ending of "Source Code" again, because while I was thinking relatively positive in my interpretation, others are focusing on a darker possibility. Actually, it's not just the theories of moviegoers, but the filmmaker himself. Duncan Jones has been pretty public about his views on the ending of the film, which was initially scripted by Ben Ripley and reworked some by the director upon his hire. Apparently he even mentioned the dark, morally questionable factor when I saw his Q&A at the Museum of the Moving Image, but I failed to record that part.

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    Watch: Atmospheric Teaser Trailer For Ghost Story 'The Woman In Black' With Daniel Radcliffe

    Film Lands In U.K. Theaters February 10th, 2012With "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" getting over closer, the first fruits of Daniel Radcliffe's post-Potter career are starting to emerge. The 21-year-old actor has picked up respectable reviews on Broadway for his starring role in the musical "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying," and he's lining up the indie comedy "The Amateur Photographer," among other potential roles. But his first major starring role is in "The Woman In Black," Hammer Film's take on the classic ghost story by Susan Hill, and shortly after its debut at the Kapow! comic-con in London over the weekend, the first brief teaser trailer for the film arrived on line, courtesy of IGN.

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