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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Director Update: Joe Wright on Hanna and Ronin, The Little Mermaid and Anna Karenina Casting

    Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, The Soloist) has a lot coming up, including coming-of-age thriller Hanna (April 8, pictured, trailer below), starring Atonement's Saoirse Ronan as an assassin; Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett co-star. In the works is a live-action version of The Little Mermaid and an adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, which may star Wright favorite Keira Knightley. See these excerpts from his interview at About.com.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Interview Watch: Michael Fassbender & Mia Wasikowska Talk Jane Eyre Gender Roles

    Michael Fassbender, 32, is Irish-German, distractingly good looking, and with his role in as Jane Eyre's Mr. Rochester, his star is continuing to rise. We've been saying it for a while now, but he's only going to get bigger. So far Jane Eyre has earned a stellar 93% at Rotten Tomatoes. Rochester could have a similar effect on Fassbender's career as playing Mr. Darcy (in both Pride & Prejudice and Bridget Jones's Diary) did for Oscar-winner Colin Firth. (See clip and trailer below.)

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  • The Playlist
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    Tom Hardy & Joel Edgerton Get Up Close & Personal In Poster For 'Warrior'

    With "Inception" turning Tom Hardy into a worldwide star and an in-demand actor, you'll be seeing his name rise to the top of movie posters and start being used to promote flicks. And his first post-"Inception" film hoping to bank on Hardy's rising star power will be "Warrior," and it now has a fresh poster that fits right in with the subject matter.

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  • The Playlist
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    Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Scott Porter & More Round Out Cast For 'The Hand Job'

    While we're still giggling at the words "hand job" populating movie sites over the last few days, the cast for the upcoming comedy that is yes, based around that very act, is turning out to be quite impressive. We chatted with Bill Hader recently, actor and husband of comedienne Maggie Carey who is writing and directing the project, and he dropped that Alia Shawkat (”Arrested Development”), Mae Whitman (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”), Johnny Simmons (ditto), Donald Glover (”Community”), Connie Britton (”Friday Night Lights”), Andy Samberg and himself were all lined up for the film joining Aubrey Plaza who is taking on the lead role. And now a few more names have cropped up as well.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes Film Festival's Cinefondation Selects 15 Projects from 15 Countries for L'Atelier 2011

    L’Atelier, created by the Cannes Film Festival in 2005, recognizes and encourages emerging filmmakers. This year, L'Atelier has selected 15 projects from 15 countries which show artistic quality and originality, listed below. Their directors will participate in the next Cannes Festival, from May 13-20, and will meet with producers and industry professionals to further develop and secure financing for their projects. More information is here.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    5 Ridiculous Lines From "Battle Los Angeles."

    By now it should come as no surprise that the thinly conceived alien invasion movie "Battle Los Angeles" is a serious dud. But even the whiff of awfulness conveyed by the trailer (below) and those nondescript posters can't fully convey the absurdity of this vaguely fascist and blatantly pro-war parable, in which Aaron Eckhart leads a team of soldiers into a severely damaged Los Angeles in the wake of an attack from some barely tangible foe.

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  • The Playlist
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    Space Invaders: 14 Aliens Attack Movies

    While the genre never really goes away, once a decade or so the alien invasion picture suddenly hits the zeitgeist. It happened in the 1950s with the slew of B-movies, it happened in the 1990s as "The X-Files" captured the public's imagination, and for whatever reason (birthers? immigration concerns? a shortage of fake teeth for vampire movies?) it's happening again now.

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  • Spout
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    SXSW 2011: "Hesher" and "Super" Bring the Rainn

    When it Rainns it pours. Sorry, I had to do it. When I looked at the lineup for the South by Southwest Film Festival this year, I immediately noted that two of my most anticipated films star Rainn Wilson: “Hesher” and “Super.” Each has been around for a while -- the former premiered at Sundance ’10; the latter debuted at Toronto last fall -- but they both seem best suited for the kids in Austin. They’re like grindhouse comic book movies. The sort featuring superheroes you’d like to drink a beer with. But you’ll settle for a pint at the Alamo Drafthouse while you simply observe their maniacally valiant spirit.

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  • The Playlist
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    Gary Oldman Hints 'The Dark Knight Rises' Will Feature Old School Villain

    Gary Oldman has been doing the press rounds for "Red Riding Hood" and naturally, he's been grilled about "The Dark Knight Rises," but the veteran actor has been playing it cool and not spilling too many details on Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated and secretive sequel. What we do know is that Tom Hardy will be playing Bane and Anne Hathaway will be taking on Catwoman, though current rumors suggest she will be an ally instead of a foe. And now Oldman has hinted that another villain in the movie will be ripped from the classic pages of the comics.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Jane Eyre' A Hauntingly Effective Gothic Drama

    When tasked with reimagining Charlotte Brontë's immortal "Jane Eyre," which seems to be adapted somewhere, by someone, every couple of years, some key decisions must be made. The impulse that seems to have seized director Cary Fukunaga was to emphasize the gothic horror elements of the story, while making the narrative more structurally complex, allowing for more of Jane's back story to slip into the movie (it's the stuff most commonly left out of the multitude of adaptations).

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