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    Anne Rice's 'Tale Of The Body Thief' Getting The Big Screen Treatment By Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci

    Audiences can’t seem to get enough of their tawdry vampire love sagas nowadays, and while more than enough has been said about “The Twilight Saga,” there’s also “True Blood,” "Vampire Diaries," the “Underworld” movies, and about a dozen upcoming projects chronicling these creatures of the night. Though long before Stephenie Meyers or Alan Ball sunk their teeth into vampire lore, author Anne Rice pretty much had the monopoly on all things fanged in popular culture throughout the late-‘80s and ‘90s.

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    Dance Act Orbital Scoring British Remake Of Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Pusher,' First Poster For Film Arrives

    The cult success of "Drive" appears to have landed Nicolas Winding Refn the rare status of being a brand name director. Previously beloved by only a few arthouse types, the film's neon cool looks to make him a reference point for all kinds of filmmakers in the near future. And ironically, one of the first movies hoping to cash in on "Drive" is a remake of Winding Refn's debut, executive produced by the director himself.

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    Vince Vaughn & Owen Wilson Are 'Interns' For Shawn Levy

    "Wedding Crashers" fans, listen up. This may be the closest you'll ever get to a sequel to the 2005 movie: Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are reuniting to star in "Interns" over at Twentieth Century Fox. The script was written by Vaughn himself (he also penned "Couples Retreat") and Shawn Levy looks set to direct and make this his follow-up to "Real Steel."

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    Robot & Frank and Valley of Saints at Sundance via Sloan Foundation Support

    It is not fostering films that teach but films that integrate science into the drama that makes for good stories. This program brings public understanding of science and technology which is about bridging the gap between the two cultures and fostering a keener appreciation of the increasingly scientific and technological world in which we live. Also humanizing the face of science—and of the men and women engaged in scientific and technological pursuit.

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    'SHOULD WIN' VIDEO ESSAY SERIES: Best Actress Viola Davis, THE HELP

    Four out the five performances nominated for Best Actress are in part based on fulfilling audiences’ preconceived notions of what they should be. Both Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams do impersonations on the level of genius. Streep dares to make Margaret Thatcher seem all too human; Williams lets us look beyond Marilyn Monroe’s wiggle and teasing smile and see the insecurity, sadness and natural born talent that is required to be a star. Rooney Mara becomes a star by bringing to life one of popular literature’s most revered heroines in recent history. She allows us to feel the heat of Lisbeth Salander’s rage and burgeoning soul. Glenn Close pulls off a stunt that some actors believe is the ultimate test of their talent, be it Dustin Hoffman, Linda Hunt or Hilary Swank.

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    OSCARS DEATH RACE: KUNG FU PANDA 2

    It feels a little too long, and leans a little too hard on the "what happened to you is not who you are" messaging, but Kung Fu Panda 2 is pretty fun, even for people like me for whom a little Jack Black goes a very long way. The opening origami-style animation sequence is lovely; the fight scenes pop along; and I watched the kung-fu radish in the dream sequence three times. So cute!

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    OSCARS DEATH RACE: Surveying the race for Best Actor

    The Best Actor category is more interesting, to my mind, for who didn't get a nomination than for who did, although I guess the actual nominations are interesting. "Baffling" counts as interesting, right? Let's get to it.

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    IFC: The rise of film critic filmmaker

    To get the full effect of Gelderblom’s work, I rewatched De Palma’s “Raising Cain” over the weekend and then dove immediately into the “Re-Cut” version. In my (non-filmmaker) film critic opinion, he’s done as good a job as seems possible with the material he had to work with. In interviews, De Palma stressed that his reason for making “Cain” was not (SPOILER ALERT) to tell the story of a crazy dude with multiple personalities, but really to delve into a romantic melodrama involving the crazy dude’s wife, who cheats on her husband in a surreal swirl of dreams and nightmares. In the theatrical version, John Lithgow’s Carter is established first — and established as a nutjob — before we ever meet his wife Jenny (Lolita Davidovich). Gelderblom’s biggest adjustment is to start with Jenny, and to keep Carter as a background character through the first twenty minutes of the film. Right after Jenny has succumbed to a series of fantasies (or perhaps true adulterous encounters) Carter surprises her by strangling her, seemingly to death.

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    "Wuthering Heights" Advance Screening In Chicago Next Month

    Along with Black Venus, another film we''ve covered extensively here on S & A is British filmmaker Andrea Arnold's naturalistic, revisonist new film version of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, set in the Yorkshire Moors, with Heathcliff reimagined as a runaway black slave (played by James Howson), along with "rough language and kinky eroticism."

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    Reggie Hudlin and Kobe Bryant Explain Why Bruce Lee Is King

    Bruce Lee was THE KING. Though he appeared in only four films (well four and half, if you count Game of Death, his final movie which he did not live to complete) and despite being dead for almost 40 years, he still has an extraordinary impact that can still be felt today. He was more than just martial arts, he was practically a force of nature.

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