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    First Look At Robert Pattinson In David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

    With the "Twilight" franchise now nearing an end, heartthrob Robert Pattinson has been eagerly looking to break away from the tween sensation that has made him a star. He valiantly tried to steer the ridiculously manipulative "Remember Me" but had better success this year with the period drama "Water For Elephants," with that film quietly climbing to nearly $100 million worldwide. Not bad. His next effort at creating cinema that won't just appeal to teenage girls and their Moms is David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis."

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    FREE Online Retrospective Of Cannes Film Fest Programming Celebrating 50 Years Of Critics’ Week

    Online cinematheque MUBI (formerly The Auteurs) has partnered up with La Semaine de la Critique (aka Critics’ Week) (the Cannes Film Festival section known for discovering new talent, showcasing the first and second feature films from directors all over the world), in celebration of 50 years in existence, by showing a retrospective of films from the festival’s history.

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  • The Playlist
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    TV Vs. Film: Ten Shows Worth Skipping The Multiplex For

    The Playlist's brief flirtation with television continues... Yesterday, we dipped our toe into the murky waters of the debate around whether the quality of television has now surpassed that of contemporary film (conclusion: it's a silly question), and now, as the TV season wraps up this week, we're examining the evidence, the shows that keep The Playlist team going on weekends when movie theaters are bereft of anything that doesn't insult our intelligence.

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    "Kung Fu Panda 2" Promotes Fireworks Not Bombs in a Sequel That's as Good as the Original

    I find a lot of kids' movies set in the past to be oddly encouraging considering their historical contexts. For example, the villain in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" has that "Chinatown"-esque plot to shut down the trolley system and build freeways in Los Angeles. He is defeated in the film by the 'toon hero, yet even as a young moviegoer I knew the reality, and I left the theater feeling the bleak irony in the fact that eventually L.A. was indeed overrun by these apparently evil roadways. Now "Kung Fu Panda 2" is here with a similarly optimistic tale in which the invention of gunpowder in Ancient China is (only temporarily, of course) thwarted by a gang of martial arts-practicing super friends. Yes, I understand that these movies take place in other universes where either cartoon characters live among humans or the world is populated completely by anthropomorphic animals. That's beside the point.

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  • The Playlist
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    Trent Reznor & Karen O Cover 'Immigrant Song' For David Fincher's 'Dragon Tattoo' Teaser

    Tagline For The Film Reportedly 'The Feel Bad Movie Of Christmas' Update: Pitchfork has confirmed that Trent Reznor and Karen O indeed cover Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" which is featured in the red band teaser for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." If you see "The Hangover Part II" this weekend there's a chance you might catch it, but hey Sony, how about throwing it online already?

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    Rockmond Dunbar Joins FX Network Show "Sons Of Anarchy"

    All you Rockmond Dunbar fans will be happy to know he's signed up for another network tv gig. The former Soul Food and Prison Break star will be joining Sons Of Anarchy for a multi-episode arc.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Lord of the Rings vs. Harry Potter: Does The Question Really Need To Be Asked?

    Apparently it does, so Asylum asked it: Check out loyal fans stating their arguments:

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    RS 29—Hearts and Minds: "The Station Agent" and "The World According to Garp"

    About fifteen minutes into Tom McCarthy’s The Station Agent, the film’s protagonist, Fin (Peter Dinklage), walks into a convenience store near the train depot he has just inherited. The clerk is astonished to see the man—a dwarf—in her shop. As he heads over to a cooler to grab some water, she leans over the counter to get a better look. “Yoohoo,” she calls. He turns toward her; she pulls out a camera and snaps a picture. Annoyed, Fin nods and continues to shop, a nonchalant indication that the clerk’s reaction to her once-in-a-lifetime dwarf sighting is all-too-familiar to him. One could criticize this convenience store encounter as easy and perhaps a little condescending; more than once, McCarthy’s film teeters towards mocking the provincialism of the New Jersey townsfolk Fin encounters (in one particularly unconvincing scene, a pair of twenty-somethings make a dated reference to Fantasy Island, shouting “De plane! De plane!” as Fin walks away from them). But Dinklage’s casually weary response to the indignation has an emotional authenticity.

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  • The Playlist
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    David O. Russell Vacates The Director's Chair For 'Uncharted'

    What is going on today? Is it the upcoming Memorial Day weekend that has director's wanting to clear out the projects they no longer want to do? After all, how fun is it to enjoy a BBQ with some nagging movie project in the back of your mind. Just moments after it was revealed that Albert Hughes bounced from "Akira," Deadline reports that David O. Russell has left the director's chair for "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune."

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