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    Katherine Heigl To Form 'The Knitting Circle' With HBO

    With "Killers" tanking and her next effort "One For The Money" relegated to the critical wasteland of a January 27, 2012 release date, has America fallen out of love with Katherine Heigl? That remains to be seen, but clearly the actress is on a bit of a slide these days and she's hoping the creatively encouraging home of HBO can right the ship, but too bad she's taking the most boring project ever over to the cable titan.

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    Infamous 'Observe And Report' Vomit Sex Scene Still Divisive, Anna Faris Uncertain She'd Do It Again

    Also Hated 'My Super-Ex Girlfriend' & Was Glad It BombedWhile critics and audiences pretty much agreed that Jody Hill's "Observe and Report" was an unfunny misfire, perhaps the lasting "legacy" of the movie was the very uncomfortable sex scene between Ronnie (Seth Rogen) and Brandi (Anna Faris). If you haven't seen the film, the sequence finds Ronnie, a security guard at a mall taking Brandi, a salesgirl out on a date. After more than a few drinks, shots and even a handful of pills, Brandi and Ronnie return to his place and she is very clearly sick and intoxicated, vomiting before they even get in the door. Cut to the bedroom where Ronnie is having sex with Brandi, pausing when he notices she's passed out -- followed quickly by the punchline, with Brandi saying: "Why are you stopping, motherfucker?" (you can watch the scene here). It's a pretty divisive moment in an already fairly black comedy and at the time, some likened the scene to date rape, with others defending the sequence in the name of comedy or weakly offering that Brandi gave her consent.

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    SNL, Helen Mirren's Boobs and Older Women's Sexuality

    Something bizarre happened on TV this weekend. While Helen Mirren was supposed to host SNL, it turned out the show was hosted not by Mirren, but by her boobs. This week's episode of SNL highlighted the uncomfortable nature of how we as a culture deal with and talk about sexuality and the older woman.

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    Short Starts: "Scream 4" Star Neve Campbell in "Love Child"

    Nostalgia is a funny thing. Here we are in the year 2011 and a few days from the release of “Scream 4,” the success of which will depend on fondness for the franchise’s origins 15 years ago. We’ve seen quite a bit of this hearkening back recently, and with the return of the Ghostface killer maybe we’re about to be thrown into full-on ‘90s flashbacks. New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys will be on tour this summer, after all, and it seems that we could be moving away from our recent ‘80s obsession (perhaps killed with a look at "Band of the Hand"?) into a more recent memory lane.

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    Watch: Trailer For Dreadful 'Passion Play' Starring Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox & Bill Murray

    “Passion Play,” starring Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox and Bill Murray, was the worst film we saw at TIFF last year (though Dustin Lance Black‘s “What’s Wrong With Virginia” comes a close second) and early candidate to top our worst of 2011 list this year. Our man on the ground called it “a cliche-riddled, risible and utterly painful experience that boasts hallmark sentiments and TV movie-of-the-week sensibilities mixed in a disastrous attempt to make a love story about unearned redemption.” And most critics agreed with that sentiment. It was the directorial debut of screenwriter Mitch Glazer and it’s sure to be his last time behind the camera for a long, long, while.

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    '2001' & 'Blade Runner' VFX Legend Douglas Trumbull To Direct 3D Feature Using Higher Frame Rates

    While Douglas Trumbull will go down in the history books as the visual effects legend who worked on such films as "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Blade Runner" and "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind" (and yes, Terrence Malick's upcoming "The Tree Of Life") he's also directed a handful of feature films, perhaps most infamously of all, 1983's "Brainstorm" which become known as the last film Natalie Wood was making before she died. Now, nearly three decades later, Trumbull is ready to mount another feature and he's going to throwing as much new technology at it as possible.

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    Ice Cube & Disney Team On Car Culture Feature 'Chrome And Paint'; Script Rewritten For PG-13

    Ice Cube and Disney? Considering the rapper/actor has mixed up his grittier film roles with stuff like "Are We There Yet?" and "The Longshots" we can't be too surprised, but the choice of project is a little big interesting as Deadline reports that Ice Cube and Disney are teaming up on the car culture feature he's been shopping titled "Chrome And Paint."

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    "Win Win" Allegorically Forgives Wall Street for the Financial Crisis

    One of the most enjoyable movies of the year so far, "Win Win" is still going for a victory in theaters. Over the weekend it pulled in another $1.2 million on only 226 screens. It may not be big box office, but for two straight weeks the R-rated indie comedy has done better than the PG-13 version of "The King's Speech," at least. I wish it was doing a lot better, though. As I say in my review from Sundance, this hilarious film "must be seen for the supporting cast, including the hilarious Bobby Canavale who is never better than in a McCarthy movie, and McCarthy is never better without Cannavale playing the part of the fool/comic chorus."

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    Guest Post: An Evening with Tina Fey - Queen Bossypants By Ashley Van Buren

    Tina Fey was (quite literally) infectious last Friday night while signing copies of her book, Bossypants. Despite feeling under-the-weather, Fey signed books for the 1,100 people (including 30 Rock’s Grizz Chapman) who showed up to see her at the Barnes and Noble in Union Square. Some fans arrived as early as 10am for the 7pm Q&A and signing. It seems everyone has caught the Tina Fey virus and it's spreading like wildfire. By the event’s start time, the crowd was squeezed into chairs, standing packed along the rear of the room like sardines, or watching Fey’s Q&A with New Yorker magazine editor David Remnick, on closed-circuit TV on one of the store’s lower levels.

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    Watch: Charming Ad For Robinsons Juice Directed By 'This Is England' Helmer Shane Meadows

    Primarily known on this side of the ocean for his bracing coming-of-age skinhead tale "This Is England" (which was recently followed up with the TV series "This Is England '86") director Shane Meadows is showing a much softer, gentler side to himself in a new juice ad (seriously) for Brit brand Robinsons.

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