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    R.I.P. Maria Schneider (1952-2011)

    French actress and arthouse favorite Maria Schneider has passed away today at the age of 58.

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    Review: 'Sanctum' Proves That Three Dimensions Plus One Cave Equals Zero Imagination

    An old saying that we just made up goes like this: make a movie about a topic that no one has really addressed and your film automatically becomes an interesting novelty simply by existing. It's why "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" will forever be considered the definitive dodgeball movie, but "Kansas City Bomber" is not the definitive roller derby movie considering "Whip It" came a couple of decades later, despite that film being inferior to "Kansas City Bomber." Of course, we can't find a whole lot of super realistic cave-diving movies, so congratulations, "Sanctum," you're a cinematic footnote by default.

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    Wes Craven Says More 'Scream 4' Shooting Are New Scenes, Not Reshoots; Terrible Poster Arrives

    The Weinstein Company -- and the Weinstein brothers, Harvey and Bob -- are a curious bunch. They made their name with excellent foreign film acquisitions for the U.S. in their early days of Miramax, brought indie to the mainstream with the Tarantinos and Kevin Smiths of the world in the early-mid '90s, and then showed everyone in Hollywood they were the masters of the prestige picture campaign and Oscar dominance in the late '90s as well ("The English Patient," "Shakespeare In Love," Goodwill Hunting," and "Chicago" in 2002). Of course, all the while they had their B-movie shingle Dimension Films which brought the world Robert Rodriguez and the lucrative "Spy Kids," "Scary Movie" and "Scream" franchises. While Dimension has always been part of the business and strategy and TWC has ailed financially in recent years with failed Oscar campaigns ("The Reader," "A Single Man," "The Road"), Dimension has become more and more significant in the overall TWC agenda.

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    First Look: Sebastian Stan As Bucky In 'Captain America: The First Avenger'

    In the Captain America comic books, Bucky Barnes was a kid sidekick, a plucky gee-gosh-willikers remnant of a more naive time. But in the upcoming "Captain America: The First Avenger," Marvel hopes you're ready for a tougher, grittier Bucky, as seen in the photo above (and in full below) revealed by Hero Complex. Describing the approach to the character as a "Band of Brothers"-inspired take, director Joe Johnston suggests a serious deviation from the source material.

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    Sundance ‘11 Review: ‘The Details’ Is An Inconsistent But Entertaining Dark Comedy

    “The Details” is one of those dark comedies where everything that can go wrong does. The sophomore film from Jacob Aaron Estes, whose previous film “Mean Creek” won the John Cassavetes Award at Sundance in 2004, was the biggest sale of this year's festival being bought by The Weinstein Company for $8 million. Of the dozen movies this writer saw while he was at the fest, it was one of the more accessible, but didn’t exactly ring of “Little Miss Sunshine”-like success either. The film stars Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks as Jeff and Nealy Lang, young parents who have hit a rough patch in their marriage. Jeff is a doctor, Nealy is an interior decorator and while it’s probably neither’s fault, the passion has clearly gone out of their relationship, the image of the happy suburban couple is immediately shattered by a screaming match between the couple during the opening credits.

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    Naomi Watts May Play 'Queen Of The Desert' For Werner Herzog

    After letting Nicolas Cage essentially play himself in "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" and delving into 3D with "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," Werner Herzog looks set to tackle a massive period tale.

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    The Susan Smith Blackburn Finalists

    This is the 33rd year of the awards that honor the most outstanding English written play by a woman. Julia Cho won the award in 2010.

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    Watch Anderson Cooper Narrate Video of His Attack in Egypt

    For days, the images of the violent demonstrations in Cairo have looked eerily like a movie, especially when colorfully-clothed men on horseback swooped through, attacking the crowds in Tahrir Square. Yesterday the look and feel changed as American journalists found it wasn't safe to report from the streets. "Anyone with a camera was a target" of pro-Mubarak demonstrators, Anderson Cooper said on CNN, and around 10:00 PM last night Eastern time, near dawn in Cairo, you could see how dangerous it had become.

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    Now They’re Just Hiring Anybody: Alyssa Milano Joins 'New Year's Eve'

    Update: E! reports that Julie Andrews has now also joined the film, classing up the proceedings considerably. Also, Marc Malkin looks frighteningly like Steve Zahn.

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