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    DVD: "Upstairs, Downstairs," the Series Everyone Steals From

    Before there was Gosford Park or the recent hit series Downton Abbey, there was Upstairs, Downstairs, the 1970’s series that created the template for masters and servants mingling on screen, wearing fussy Edwardian clothes, getting into all sorts of scandalous adventures, from a servant with dirty gloves (the horror!) to stolen babies, suicide, illegitimate children, adulterous affairs. All those scandals and more are in Upstairs, Downstairs. Jean Marsh, who played the maid Rose (photo above), and Eileen Atkins – yes, the actress – created the series’ inspired formula, which many others have shamelessly borrowed.

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  • The Playlist
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    Gary Oldman Says Chris Nolan Keeping Ending Of 'Dark Knight Rises' Out Of Production Script

    As you might recall, the plot for "Inception" leaked almost a whole year before it hit theaters. And while most sites keep that on the down low, as much for their own benefit of not spoiling the movie for themselves as anything else, Christopher Nolan is doing his best this time around to make sure that nonsense doesn't happen again.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Breakout Fest Talent: Evan Glodell Talks Bellflower

    Talent discovery is what film fests like Sundance and SXSW are all about. Yes, the sales boom that attended Toronto and Sundance continued to the Austin, Texas fest, which is usually not a distributor's market. But agents like CAA's Dina Kuperstock mainly go to Austin to seek and support young clients like Evan Glodell, writer-director of Bellflower.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Poster & Images For Terrence Malick's 'The Tree Of Life' Offers Snapshots Of Nature And Grace

    At the rate news is building around Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" you would think it starred a masked hero in spandex. But kudos to Fox Searchlight for turning the director's cerebral film about existence, the universe and uh, dinosaurs into an event. A brand spanking new poster, two stills and two brand new sites for the film have been launched and while it hardly offers up anything particularly groundbreaking in terms of the film, it stokes the anticipation for the movie further.

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  • Spout
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    The Originals: "Mildred Pierce" is Another Film I Should Love But Just Don't

    With Todd Haynes' lengthy HBO adaptation of James M. Cain's "Mildred Pierce" premiering last night, it occurred to me that I had never seen Michael Curtiz's classic 1945 film starring Joan Crawford as the titular mama. So I remedied this just before watching parts 1 & 2 of the miniseries. I wouldn't recommend doing this, though, as Haynes' version drags like molasses when seen immediately after the neatly compacted older film. Then again, it also makes you better appreciate the still-awful Ann Blyth, because the precocious actress Morgan Turner is downright excruciating as the young Veda in the newer work.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG) and European Film Promotion (EFP)

    Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG) and European Film Promotion (EFP) are working together in several interconnected ways. This one focuses on strengthening the presence of European films in Latin America. EFP's Film Sales Support (FSS) helps support promotional campaigns of 10 European films originating from Bulgaria, France, Germany, Spain, Poland and Greece which are showing at the 26th Guadalajara International Film Festival, now taking place (25 March to 1 April).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris

    Woody Allen's latest, Midnight in Paris, starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Marion Cotillard, Cathy Bates, Adrian Brody, Alison Pill, Lea Seydoux and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, hits theaters May 20 after opening Cannes on May 11. Here's the new trailer:

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  • The Playlist
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    Neil Marshall Writing A World War II Alien Invasion Flick

    'The Professionals' Film Adaptation Moving Ahead Without MarshallWe sort of don't get the fanboy approval handed over to Neil Marshall. He made one (overraetd) horror movie, "The Descent," and from there he immediately graduated into celebrated ranks of genre directors. But he hasn't done much since to deserve the praise. "Doomsday" and "Centurion" were both muddled messes, but that said, the director was recently courted for "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies." He didn't land the gig, but not to worry, he's got more than few options on his plate and he's recently revealed he's got a brand new script in the pipeline.

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  • Spout
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    Short Starts: A Creepy Rainn Wilson in "Self Storage"

    Rainn Wilson has mastered the art of appearing strange and perhaps even a bit unnerving, without actually coming across as sinister. We’re a little scared of Dwight Schrute, but mostly as an in-joke that makes us crack up every time he says something absurd. In everything from “Six Feet Under” to “Juno” he walks roughly the same line between funny and creepy; we don’t expect him to actually have skeletons in his closet, except maybe from a few squirrels.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For Woody Allen's 'Midnight In Paris' Is Basically 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona'

    And That's Just FineWhile Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" continues to dominate the attention around this year's Cannes Film Festival, you'll be forgiven if you forgot that the event will kick off with Woody Allen's "Midnight In Paris" -- and lo and behold, a trailer has now arrived for the film.

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