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  • Leonard Maltin
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    movie review: Battle Los Angeles

    One doesn’t approach a movie like this expecting Shakespearean drama. Unlike some films with loftier ambitions, Battle Los Angeles pretty much delivers what it promises: action, suspense, destruction, and the tried-and-true disaster-movie trope of people summoning the courage to pull together at a time of crisis.

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  • The Playlist
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    Gina Carano Beats Up Ewan McGregor In Set Pics From Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire'

    Cliff Martinez Scoring 'Contagion'While we've lately been going off about the lack of quality female-led comedies with last year's "Easy A" and "Bridesmaids," "Bad Teacher" and "Friends With Benefits" on the way, it seems at least that gap will be filled for now. But another genre that has been largely void of strong female roles has been action films, but Steven Soderbergh is about to make a distinct impression in that field with his upcoming "Haywire."

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    movie review: Red Riding Hood

    Have you spent years wondering what the whole story was behind the fable of Little Red Riding Hood? Have you had questions about the motivations of the wolf, or suspicions about Grandma? Have you pondered the sexual connotations of this age-old fairy tale?

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Red Riding Hood - Review

    You have to give it to Catherine Hardwicke. She specializes in making movies for teenage girls. She seems to be able channel that teen angst and language better than anyone else. The problem is that it is hard for those of us who left behind our teens a while ago to go along for the ride. It took me about 20 minutes to get into the rhythm of Red Riding Hood. This is the type of movie that you just have to go with as much as you can. If you try and figure it out it will leave you frustrated. The film reminded me a lot of Twilight except that there were no sparkling vampires. But the good news is that Red Riding Hood aka Valerie played by doe eyed Amanda Seyfried is a way stronger female character than Bella Swan could ever be.

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  • The Playlist
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    Duncan Jones To Turn 'Mute' Into A Graphic Novel; Says City Based Sci-Fi Film Will Be Next Project

    Back in January, the seeds of doubt surrounding Duncan Jones' ambitious sci-fi flick "Mute" began to sprout into something more. In an interview he noted that reception to his movie was pretty cool and it was proving hard to get off the ground.

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  • Spout
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    Jose Padilha Says "RoboCop" Remake Has to Be in Detroit

    As a longtime fan of Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha, particularly his documentaries, it was my great pleasure to meet him last night at a Miami International Film Festival party in his honor. Coincidentally, while we chatted the blogs were reporting on MGM's hire of screenwriter Josh Zetumer for its remake of "RoboCop," which Padilha is set to direct. Half-jokingly, I told him that he needs to reset the sci-fi film in Rio, basically like another installment of his "Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad)" films but with the eponymous cyborg working for the BOPE. He laughed and seemed to like the pitch, but he ultimately had this to say on the matter:

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Art House Convergence Notable Moments

    The 4th Annual Art House Convergence, initiated 4 years ago by John Cooper's calling together Art House Theater Owners to brainstorm about how to ensure a secure position in the specialty film market continues discussion in a Google Group. This discussion is all the more relevant in the face of AMC and Regal combining with Tom Ortenberg's Open Road distribution for mid budget films, which are probably NOT art house films. But still, the tug of war between multiplexes with no real love for film or knowledge of how to market specialty films and the privately owned smaller art house theaters is relevant when it comes to booking the higher budgeted art films like The King's Speech which will make more money than the obscure small art film such as Octubre which New Yorker releases next week.

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  • The Playlist
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    Trent Reznor Won't Be Scoring Or Appearing In 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' After All

    After some mini-drama in which Oscar winner Trent Reznor (we never get tired of writing that) confirmed that he was scoring and appearing in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and chastised the internet for ruining the surprise early by that info leaking, the Nine Inch Nails frontman has now bowed out of the project. Or to hear him to tell it, he was never really involved in the first place. Something like that.

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  • The Playlist
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    Darren Aronofsky NOT Producing Drug World Drama 'Intricate' For Brad Furman To Direct

    Update: Oops! Looks like the LA Times made an error. Reps for Darren Aronofsky tell us neither he nor Protozoa Pictures have anything to do with this project. As you were.

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  • The Playlist
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    Hot Screenwriter Joshua Zetumer Hired To Pen The 'RoboCop' Reboot

    Writer Penned A Version Of 'Bourne 4' & 'Dune'One of the hottest new writers in Hollywood doesn't have one IMDB credit to his name. That's because nothing screenwriter Joshua Zetumer has written has been produced into a film, yet, but that doesn't mean that a) it won't eventually and b) he's not talented.

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