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    Review: Pascal Laugier's 'The Tall Man' An Unfocused & Silly Horror Tale

    A few years ago there was a sort of mini-horror movie renaissance in France, with a bunch of talented young directors paying homage to their favorite American horror films the only way they knew how – by making them incredibly French. Under the stewardship of older French genre provocateurs (like Luc Besson and Christophe Gans), a new litter of spiky young filmmakers gave us visceral and challenging movies like "Them," "High Tension," "Frontier(s)," "Inside," and "Martyrs." The latter in particular was pretty heavily fawned over and picked up by The Weinstein Company for distribution through their Dimension shingle, although when it came time to release the film, they weren't sure what to do with such an extreme movie. Now the writer/director of "Martyrs," Pascal Laugier, is back with his first English-language film, "The Tall Man." And whatever blood-splattered charm he might have mustered with "Martyrs," it isn't apparent now.

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    Eddie Murphy Teaming With Creator Of 'The Shield' To Reboot 'Beverly Hills Cop' As TV Series

    Eddie Murphy Teaming With Creator Of 'The Shield' To Reboot 'Beverly Hills Cop' As TV Series

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    Another Judgment Day for 'Terminator 2'

    Because obviously you haven't heard me talk about Arnold Schwarzenegger enough.

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    Rachel Weisz Reportedly Doesn't Make The Cut On Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder'

    A Terrence Malick movie is like a box of chocolates -- you never know what you're going to get. Especially if you're in the cast. Ever since "The Thin Red Line," Malick has earned a reputation for being somewhat ruthless when it comes to cutting actors (Adrien Brody went from being the lead in that film to practically a glorified extra), and even for "The Tree of Life," there are dozens of stills floating around that depict countless scenes that were shot and excluded from the finished film. And thus, with "To the Wonder" shortly to premiere at the Venice Film Festival, it appears one high-profile name won't be seen in the film that runs just under two hours long.

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    Daniel Espinosa To Direct Former Ridley Scott Project 'Child 44'

    Earlier this year, we took a look at a handful of directors who are attached to a zillion projects, and one of those folks was Ridley Scott. One of the movies on his slate was "Child 44," and among the plethora of options he currently has, we figured the chances of him actually getting behind the camera on this (which he signed on for way back in 2007) at about 8/1 and for those you betting at home, you can now take it off his list. Another name is stepping in, and it's an exciting one.

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    First Look At Ice-T Exec Produced TIFF Doc 'Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp' (Clip, Poster)

    Here's your first look at the feature documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp which is scheduled to make its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

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    10 Years After Winning Pulitzer, Suzan-Lori Parks Returns To Direct New Topdog/Underdog Production

    All the details in the press release below; performances begin on September 8, and continue through September 30, with opening night set for September 14, at Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, N.J. For tickets, which range from $37 to $57, click HERE.

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    Rumor: Is The 'Before Sunrise'/ 'Before Sunset' Follow-Up Currently Shooting In Greece?

    In the past little while, buzz has been building strong about Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reteaming with Richard Linklater to shoot a follow-up to their beloved duo of films, "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset." In June, Hawke let it drop that lensing was going to take place this summer, but when we spoke to Delpy earlier this month, she said it won't be until "sometime in the next year, year and a half," because they're still writing it. But, something is happening, which is prompting a lot of speculation at the moment.

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    Actor Terry Crews Turns His Body Into An Instrument (Diversions)

    What can I say... it's Terry Crews' world, and the rest of us are just paying rent (h/t Vulture).

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    Ron Howard Directing A Jay-Z Concert Documentary

    "I'ma up at Brooklyn, now I'm down in Tribeca/Right next to De Niro, but I'll be hood forever," Jay-Z raps on "Empire State Of Mind" and certainly the man who grew up in the Marcy Houses is rolling in a new area code, with some considerably more upper crust friends. And while this pairing still seems sort of odd, Shawn Carter is able to grab this kind of talent these days.

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