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    Martin Scorsese's 3D 'Hugo Cabret' Now Scheduled For Nov. 23rd Release; Paramount Will Distribute

    While we're not exactly fans of 3D, when somebody like Martin Scorsese -- legendary filmmaker and movie history encyclopedia -- decides to take a crack at it, we sit up and pay attention. Last summer, longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker said that Scorsese actually wasn't that impressed by what he saw in "Avatar" and "Alice In Wonderland" and that he wanted to push the format further. So to say we're curious is a bit of an understatement and we're going to get to see it a bit sooner than expected.

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    Watch: Trailer For 'Hesher' Starring Natalie Portman & Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    It's been a difficult road for Spencer Susser's "Hesher." The film, which stars Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rainn Wilson, seemed custom built to be an indie hit. It debuted at last year's Sundance Film Festival to mixed reviews, was bought up days later by Newmarket Films, and has languished for over a year without hitting theaters because of what appears to be internal politics. Newmarket chief Chris Ball left the company to form his own shingle, and there are now plans for the release to be a joint venture between Newmarket and Ball’s Wrekin Hill Entertainment. It should hit later this spring.

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    Euro Pop: Jaume Collet-Serra's "Unknown"

    Mechanically, Unknown, the new picture from Jaume Collet-Serra, isn’t all that different than midforties Hollywood cloak-and-dagger thrillers or later Cold War espionage actioners.

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    Baltimore Son: Matthew Porterfield’s "Putty Hill"

    The first time a character utters the word “Baltimore” in Matthew Porterfield’s Putty Hill, it is as an explanation, or rather an excuse, for why a 24-year-old named Cory died of a heroin overdose. “Fucking shit nowadays is killing so many people,” says Cory’s uncle, Spike (Charles Sauers), an ex-con tattoo artist, while methodically inking up a client’s arm. “Baltimore,” sympathizes the client, obviously also a neighborhood acquaintance. Co-writer/director Matthew Porterfield’s second feature (his first was 2006’s Hamilton), a quietly searing portrait of grief and disaffection on the destitute outskirts of that Maryland city, goes on to present a series of discrete slices of life—with these scenes neatly arranged one after another, as if according to some genealogical principle rather than a dramatic one, to show death’s ripple effect through a complex system of friends and relatives—that also cumulatively add up to a portrait of the titular neighborhood. While Putty Hill—which reportedly came together after funding for another project involving much of the same personnel fell through, and underwent a reshoot of a crucial scene late last year on account of a music-rights snafu—is intriguingly structured and shot (by Jeremy Saulnier) in a hypnotically serene overcast palette, its content stubbornly refuses to dovetail with its tone and form. Read Benjamin Mercer's review of Putty Hill.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Video: Susanne Bier Talks In a Better World

    After her foray into Hollywood filmmaking with DreamWorks' Things We Lost in the Fire, which boasted impeccable performances from Halle Berry and Benicio del Toro but was too dark to yield much box office, Denmark's star director Susanne Bier returned home to build yet another organic, thoughtful movie with her long-time collaborator, Anders Thomas Jensen. Bier, who had the first of her two children a year after she graduated from film school, feels supported in Denmark. She and Jensen go off to a retreat where she paces and acts out scenes, and he writes them up. "We are both obsessed with moral issues," she says. "We usually have one or two characters we are passionate about. How would we react in each case? Are we morally sound?"

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    Weekend Preview: Unknown, I Am Number Four, Big Mommas, Last Lions, Putty Hill

    It's no surprise that indie offerings Putty Hill and the doc The Last Lions score the best reviews of the motley crew of movies that opened for the holiday weekend. Unknown, Liam Neeson's follow-up to sleeper hit Taken is next.

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    MGM Moving Ahead With 'Robocop' Reboot, 'Mr. Mom' Remake, Another 'Poltergeist' & More

    'The Idolmaker' To Also Get A Makeover; 'Hercules' Project In The WorksUpdate: Cinema Blend reports that their sources at MGM say none of these films are in the work, at that only "The Hobbit," "James Bond 23" and "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" are on the current slate.

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    NYT Critics Want to Interact--from a Safe Distance

    NYT Critics Want to Interact--from a Safe Distance

    It's all very well for newspapers to try and interact with their readers online. What strikes me about the NYTimes' effort to engage movie fans with film critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis is how they are choosing to respond to their readers.

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    'Harry Potter' Scribe Steve Kloves To Take A Pen To 'Akira'

    So, are you still hoping that Warner Bros.' remake/adaptation of the seminal "Akira" won't have its edges rounded off for mainstream consumption? You might want to hold that thought.

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