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    Is The Japan Quake Slowing Down 'Avatar 2' Pre-Production?

    Is Fox facing a double whammy of bad news? Just days after Darren Aronofsky bailed on "The Wolverine" -- which is already facing a delay thanks to the devastating earthquakes in Japan -- it looks like another major franchise might be looking at some difficulty due to the events overseas.

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    Monday Hangover: The Lincoln Lawyer

    The Lincoln Lawyerby Adam Nayman and Justin Stewart

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    Short Starts: The Super 8 Movies of "Potiche" Director François Ozon

    It’s been a long time since François Ozon, whose latest film “Potiche” opens this weekend, made his first few short films. And this lavish new picture at first seems a far cry from his early work. It’s a refined retro comedy, with some very campy laughs and an appealing message about family dynamics and the role of women in the workplace. Its lush ‘70s aesthetics and leading team of megastars Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu don’t seem to have much in common with the Super 8 shorts of the late ‘80s, starring the young director’s family and friends. But there’s a sense of humor and a delightful penchant for camp that runs all the way through the 20-plus years of Ozon’s oeuvre, and has brought an odd but entirely welcome appeal to the screen throughout his career.

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    Watch: Keira Knightley Stars In Joe Wright Directed Ad For Chanel Coco Mademoiselle

    Keira Knightley and Joe Wright have collaborated successfully on two solid pictures so far -- "Atonement" and "Pride & Prejudice" -- so is it any surprise that their latest project together, a spot for Coco Mademoiselle, would be a cut above the usually flaccid fashion spots?

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    Interview: Paul Giamatti On The Comedic Balance Of 'Win Win'

    Actor Also Discusses Working With George Clooney, David Cronenberg, And The Death Of 'Bubba Nosferatu'In "Win Win" (our review here), Paul Giamatti stars as Mike, a beleaguered lawyer and father who decides to care for an elderly man (Burt Young) in order to receive a lofty commission. What he doesn't count on is Kyle (Alex Shaffer), the man's grandson who comes to live with him. Mike, a part-time high school wrestling coach, soon learns that the chain-smoking, moody Kyle is a world-class grappler, and he brings him onto the team. As you would expect, complications result.

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    “Big Love” Ends: The Good, The Bad and the Plurally Married

    HBO’s daring, inventive Big Love ended with an episode that let us know exactly what happened to polygamist Bill Henrickson and his three wives; no Sopranos black-screen ambiguity here. And in a way that’s too bad. The clarity was satisfying in simple story-telling terms, but the episode wasn’t one of the strongest.

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    SXSW Review: 'Green' Tinged With The Color Of Lust

    When you love someone, there’s the innate fear that they may find someone else. Someone mentally stronger, perhaps, or just more naturally kind. Or, in some cases, just different. What’s devastating is the change occurring within someone we thought we knew intimately. Is this the person we fell in love with? Is this the person who claims they know me better than anyone else?

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    SXSW Review: Xavier Gens' 'The Divide' Is Silly, Clichéd Apocalyptic Trash

    It seemed, to us at least, that there was a strangely apocalyptic cloud that was cast over many of the SXSW film festival selections – things like "Bellflower" all the way up to "Attack the Block" had a definite "end of days" feel. "The Divide" might have been the one movie to attack the material with the most heads-on gusto, with the movie opening with a hail of comet-like missiles laying waste to New York City. It's a striking image, for sure, but there's not much that equals it in the movie's labored, two-hour running time, either in terms of visual sophistication or crafting a sense of apocalyptic gloom. Instead, you'll be wondering why everything's so over-lit after the world's ended and why anyone would behave the way the characters do.

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    Neil LaBute To Direct Agatha Christie Adaptation 'Crooked House' Written By Julian Fellowes

    We have to admit, we were a little curious as to why Neil LaBute dropped out on the adaptation of his own short story "Seconds Of Pleasure" for director Mike Figgis, but now it looks like a reason has emerged -- a project written by an Oscar winner and based on a book by one of the most celebrated mystery writers of all time wound up crossing his path.

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    Dennis Quaid Is 'Playing The Field' With Gerard Butler

    Gerard Butler has finally found some competition on the footie field, so he better make sure his trainers are tied tight.

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