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    Tommy Lee Jones Joins Luc Besson's Darkly Comedic Actioner 'Malavita'

    We’ve given a lot of credit to Tommy Lee Jones recently for his willingness to step out so late in his career and try on different hats, like writing, directing, and starring in the pioneer-era tale “The Homesman,” as well as going a little more comedic (and raunchy) than he’s used to in the Meryl Streep co-starring “Hope Springs.” And now he’s set to star in a dark comedy/action mish-mash for Luc Besson. While other aging talent remains comfortable turning in repetitive or forgetable performances, Jones just keeps on rolling.

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    Gems Of The African Diaspora International Film Festival Screening Series Starting TODAY

    A selection of other films you can see this weekend... if you live in NYC anyway.

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    New Images & Details For Disney’s Black-And-White Short ‘Paperman’

    One of the many reasons we’re super-pumped about this fall’s “Wreck-It Ralph,” the Disney animated feature set inside the world of videogames, is that preceding the feature is “Paperman,” a groundbreaking new short film by John Kahrs that ingeniously combines traditional hand-drawn animation with cutting-edge computer graphics. In short: it very well could be the future of traditional Disney animation. And thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have new details and images from the film (which just had a splashy screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Fantastic Fest to Open with World Premiere of Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie'

    Austin's Fantastic Fest will host the world premiere of Tim Burton's playfully Goth return to stop-motion animation, "Frankenweenie." The film will open the week long festival on September 20, prior to its theatrical release on October 5...

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    Exclusive: Poster For Craig Zobel's Controversial Sundance Hit 'Compliance'

    Controversial, upsetting, disturbing and memorable, there are few films this year that have gotten audiences talking like "Compliance" has. Based on a true story, the movie is an unwavering look at the power of authority to make people do unspeakable and humiliating things, and the film's bracing examination of those themes has been a major conversation starter. Earning buzz at Sundance, SXSW and BAMcinemaFEST, "Compliance" will hit theaters later this summer, and to get the ball rolling, we've got the exclusive poster for the film below.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    'Magic Mike' The Musical Heading to Broadway

    Wasting no time, Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum are taking "Magic Mike" to the stage, where the film will be adapted into a musical...

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    Synopsis For 'Monsters' Sequel 'The Dark Continent' Synopsis Promises Sci-Fi By Way Of 'Heart Of Darkness'

    Gareth Edwards’ 2010 film “Monsters” was the sort of sci-fi film you don’t see every day, and the critical reaction was appropriately positive. While many focused on the fact that Edwards was able to not break the bank creating fully realized worlds and creatures literally on his own computer, the film was also a pretty engaging story, featuring a standout performance by actor Scoot McNairy. Edwards has since moved on too MUCH bigger fare with the Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures-produced “Godzilla” reboot, but he’s also carved out time to get another smaller independent film that’s akin to a “robot 'Star Wars' ” titled “Forever.” However, interest in his debut “Monsters” still resides, with news first hitting around the middle of 2011 that a sequel was in the works, and an announcement arriving earlier this month that the newly coined "Monsters: The Dark Continent" would be heading our way soon.

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    Eriq La Salle To Direct Hallmark's 'The Playing Father' About Music Teacher (Michael Beach Co-Stars)

    Eriq La Salle To Direct Hallmark's 'The Playing Father' About Music Teacher (Michael Beach Co-Stars)

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    Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Beasts of the Southern Wild is the perfect example of how to make a movie in this new post recession world.  Take a great script, make it for a price and then let the movie stand on its merits.  And yes, the awards and great reviews it has received since the premiere at Sundance earlier this year are all right --  this is one seriously spectacular and special film.  Run, don’t walk to the theatre to see it. The film tells the story of 6-year-old Hushpuppy -- played by Quvenzhané Wallis, a girl who had never acted before – and the people who live with her and her dad in the Bathtub, a place below the levees in the Bayou of Louisiana one storm away from destruction.  The location is not exactly real but it is also not exactly fictional.  You are supposed to be reminded of the Lower Ninth Ward and what happened during Katrina.  This is about people who are everywhere in our society who live on the edge, extremely poor, with no resources except their own spit and guts. 

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    'Mad Max: Fury Road' Won't Shoot In 3D, But Will Be Post-Converted

    Minor news out of Namibia today which may upset some slightly, but all in all, it shouldn't be much of a concern. George Miller's long-gestating "Mad Max: Fury Road," which had been in the works for a few years now, but was delayed for almost 24 months due to innapropriate weather conditions (Australian deserts that were too lush and green instead of barren), won't be shooting in 3D as originally planned.

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