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    Sweet Baby Jesus: 'What to Expect When You're Expecting' Adds Anna Kendrick & Chris Rock

    James Cameron memorably imparted a distasteful analogy when he was doing the press rounds for “Avatar” and journalists would ask what the filmmaker-cum-megalomaniac’s next project would be. “You don't ask a woman if she wants to have more kids when she's crowning.” snapped the tousled-haired millionaire. As unpleasant as the image of Jim Cameron splayed on a doctor’s table waiting for his gold-plated “baby” to drop from his loins undoubtedly is, it’s an appropriate metaphor for another trend that’s crowning for real: bland self-help non-fiction books nonsensically translated into fiction films. To wit: “He’s Just Not That Into You”, “Marley & Me”, “Yes Man” and now the stupidest one yet, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”, a fictional adaptation of the perennially popular series of books penned by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel that guide men and women who are -- duh -- expecting to bring a child into the world in the near future.

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    Kids Today: Azazel Jacobs's "Terri"

    The terror of teenhood is in full flower in Azazel Jacobs’s alternately disarming and discomfiting Terri. Mostly gone is the (intentionally) coddling warmth of Jacobs’s breakout, the melancholic and marvelously musty Momma’s Man. That film was as much an act of devotion to the director’s parents—the legendary found-footage-alchemist Ken Jacobs and artist Flo Jacobs—as it was an ambivalent expression of stunted youth, which has been perhaps the favored topic of boy filmmakers everywhere over the last decade or so but which Jacobs related with tenderness and a lack of cliché. Momma’s Man’s veiled-thin-as-gauze autobiographical protagonist may have been a grownup, but he was as fearful of the future as any imaginable gawky adolescent, returning to his parents’ womb-loft in Tribeca while in the midst of marital problems. Terri (played by relative unknown Jacob Wysocki), on the other hand, has had no experience with women to have even manufactured a perception of his relation to them. He’s stuck in that post-pubescent netherworld, unsure of his next move, or even if there is a next move, so intractable and eternal does his stasis seem. Read Michael Koresky's review of Terri.

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    Is Ben Foster Part Of The Cast For Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'?

    Regardless of whether that plot synopsis from last night is legit or not (and Fox have denied it), we're more excited for "Prometheus," the sci-fi tale that seems to be set in the same universe as the "Alien" films, and that marks director Ridley Scott's first science fiction movie since "Blade Runner," than we thought we'd be, considering it started off as that most redundant of movie phenomenons, a prequel. Scott and writer Damon Lindelof have been talking a good talk about the originality of the film, and they've assembled quite the cast, with Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall, Guy Pearce and Logan Marshall-Green. And now it's being alleged that another top actor has joined the cast.

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    Will Hollywood Do Right With "A Walk Among The Tombstones"? (Maybe... Maybe not)

    It was announced today that Cross Creek Productions (financiers and producers of Black Swan), Danny DeVito (yeah that Danny DeVito), and his longtime producer partner Michael Shamberg, are getting together to finance and produce the long-in-gestation film version of Lawrence Block's novel A Walk Among The Tombstones, to be directed by D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia) .

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    Guest Post: Jacques Thelemaque "Independent Film (Dis)Integration Part 1"

    When I first started blogging, one of the first people I encountered was Jacques Thelamaque. His blog "A Filmmaker's Life" had a similar POV as a lot of what I was writing, albeit from a more personal approach. It is always great to encounter a kindred spirit, particularly one who doesn't seek to just advance their own work, but that of a larger community.

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    Five Directors Who Could Replace Kenneth Branagh On 'Thor 2'

    So, Marvel are done with Kenneth Branagh, or possibly Kenneth Branagh is done with Marvel: if you missed it earlier, "Thor 2" has been officially announced for a July 26, 2013 release date, with star Chris Hemsworth returning (which people seem to think is news: like all the superhero leads, the Australian actor signed an expansive multi-film contract that makes him Marvel's bitch for the next decade or so), but Branagh not sitting in the director's chair, although he may stay on a producing role of some kind.

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    D.J. Caruso Might Take 'A Walk Among The Tombstones'

    D.J. Caruso has had an interesting career thus far. He started doing moodier fare like "The Salton Sea" and less notably the Angelina Jolie thriller "Taking Lives." He detoured into the sports gambling movie "Two for the Money" before dropping the Hitchock-ripping "Disturbia," the actioner "Eagle Eye" and then this year's "I Am Number Four." The curious thing is that all of his movies have been middling. Not terrible, but not really that good either, and he's profitable and enthusiastic enough to still get his name on pictures. He already has the comic adaptation "Preacher" on his table, but a decidedly different sort of movie might come first.

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    Did The Plot For Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Just Get Spoiled? Nope, Fox Drops Official Synopsis

    Update: That was fast. Responding to the rumors which they have said are "way off," Fox has dropped an official synopsis/logline for the film. Here it is:

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    Francis Ford Coppola Coming To Comic-Con With 'Twixt Now and Sunrise'

    Now Just Called, 'Twixt,' Also Sorry, 'Hunger Games' Won't Be ThereMarvel, Warner Bros., DreamWorks, Disney, The Weinstein Company and possibly other major studios may have bowed out of the Comic-Con game this year, so while that's sadface time for the fanboys, it's good news for anyone who wants to see something a little left of center. One already odd choice is Steven Soderbergh, who will be in attendance for the first time with Gina Carano for his action spy thriller, "Haywire." Now you can add a way bigger wtf: Francis Ford Coppola will be there, according to a press release.

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    Drew Barrymore Reteams With 'Whip It' Writer Shauna Cross For 'Heist Society'

    Yep, Drew Barrymore is steadily embarking on a directing career and we're actually pretty glad that she is. Her roller derby league coming-of-age tale "Whip It" was a lot better than the reception it received. A warm, funny story that also found a unique setting in which to spin a familiar tale, Barrymore got solid turns from her extensive cast, showed a keen ear for music with the extensive soundtrack and moreover, she had a pretty strong hand behind the camera.

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