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    Watch: Backwards Driving & Futuristic Payphones Feature In 4 Clips From 'In Time'

    Andrew Niccol's "In Time" is released next week and Fox is gearing up for a marketing onslaught, with four clips from the movie hitting in the last few days. For your appraisal, we've gathered the lot and posted them below.

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    Suzanne de Passe Production Company Signs 3-Year First Look Deal With Universal

    Former Motown executive and now primarily TV and film producer, Suzanne de Passe has signed a 3-year "first-look" deal with Universal Pictures via her de Passe Jones production company, which she runs with Phillip Madison Jones.

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    Forest Whitaker Joins Arnold Schwarzenegger In Comeback "The Last Stand" Film

    I know, I know. Of course I could have picked a better photo for our pal Forest instead of this one from Battlefield Earth. It's the one film I KNOW he must regret making more than any other film. But it just goes to show you that even the greatest of actors, even Oscar-winning ones like Forest, have a film or two they would rather forget. Actors are just like us. We're human. We all make mistakes.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Monday Hangover: The Thing

    Monday Hangover: The ThingBy Adam Nayman and Michael Nordine

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer: Documentary About Sierra Leone Conflict Aftermath "Fambul Tok" (On DVD Oct 2nd)

    I'm surprised we have yet to profile this documentary on the site. Fambul Tok, directed by Sara Terry and produced by Terry, Rory Kennedy and Libby Hoffman, is a story about victims of the Sierra Leon war conflict, who learn to forgive and live amongst each other after being forced by rebels to commit atrocious acts against members of their own families and community.

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  • The Playlist
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    Juliette Binoche & Edgar Ramirez To Star In The Romantic Drama 'A Monkey On My Shoulder'

    Casting is a tricky business, and doing it right sometimes means balancing egos, the needs of the film, the characters on the page and a host of other factors to find the right people to come together and bring a project to life. Or sometimes, it's as simple as just getting a couple of great people together and just letting them do their thing. And that must have been what director Marion Lainé was thinking, pairing up the stars of recent arthouse favorites "Certified Copy" and "Carlos" in her next feature film.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Obit: Pioneer Sue Mengers Was Hollywood's Most Powerful Woman Agent

    The minute I learned that legendary ICM agent Sue Mengers had died, I contacted Elaine Dutka, who had memorably profiled the uber-agent for the LA Times. Here's Dutka's obit. Sue Mengers, the first female agent to penetrate the Hollywood boy's club, died Saturday at her Beverly Hills home. Flamboyant, charming, witty, and abrasive, she was the most powerful woman on the agency scene in the 1970's and 1980s--arguably the most famous agent of her time.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Fundraiser: Help "Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights" Get Made!

    A couple months back Tambay posted a preview snippet of the documentary by Nev N. titled Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights. Given the strong response, the director is set on completing the film but she needs your help; she’s currently fundraising hoping to raise $20,000. Check out the film's indiegogo page to contribute to the cause and read a brief synopsis of the documentary, followed by the director's pitch video (below)...

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    David Fincher Says Despite A Great Audition, Scarlett Johansson Was Too Hot To Play Lisbeth Salander

    David Fincher Views The Series As A "Pervy Franchise"While Rooney Mara eventually won the coveted lead role of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," it was an arduous wait and the list of the contenders was fierce. Sarah Snook, Sophie Lowe and Léa Seydoux were said to be the final candidates, and a mix of established and lesser known names like Ellen Page, Natalie Portman, Carey Mulligan, Emma Watson, Mia Wasikowska, Emily Browning and Katie Jarvis were all in the running at various points. However, people might remember that just before Mara snagged the part, Scarlett Johansson was surprisingly being tipped as a "shoo-in." At the time it seemed somewhat unlikely, but talking to Vogue magazine as part of a profile on Rooney Mara, Fincher confirms that Johansson did indeed deliver strongly at the audition but that she was ultimately just too darned attractive to play the squirrely, oddball and rebellious Lisbeth Salander.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz Goes to Magnolia for Summer 2012 Distribution; Williams & Rogen Star

    Sarah Polley's sophomore feature, Take This Waltz, has gone to Magnolia Pictures for U.S. distribution, planned for Summer 2012. Starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, the film received mostly strong reviews at its Toronto premiere, as did Polley's 2006 Away from Her. Here is Meredith Brody's review from TIFF:

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