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    The Chicago Way: Crime Story back on DVD for its 25th Anniversary

    On September 18, 1986, director Michael Mann (Heat) made good on his promising career in TV and film with the debut of his new period cops-and-robbers saga, Crime Story. Not only did Crime Story’s feature-quality production design live up to that of its TV antecedent, Mann’s stylish Miami Vice; Crime Story also fulfilled its aim to present a morally complex world in which it was often difficult to tell those who broke the law from those who upheld it. Set in 1963, the show explores the multiple facets of a young hood’s rise to power in the Chicago Mob through the viewpoints of its three protagonists. Ray Luca (Anthony Denison) is the pompadoured criminal quickly ascending the ranks of the “Outfit.” Lieutenant Mike Torello (Dennis Farina) is the cop in charge of Chicago’s Major Crime Unit (or MCU) who bends the law in the service of justice. And David Abrams (Stephen Lang) is the idealistic young lawyer caught between the two men and their obsessive cat-and-mouse game. Today, a little over 25 years since its premiere, Crime Story: The Complete Series (Image Entertainment) comes out on DVD. At press time, review copies were not made available, so it’s impossible to ascertain if any improvements have been made over the questionable video quality of previous iterations. But this short-lived series, an influential precursor to the well-written serials littered throughout cable this decade (i.e., The Sopranos, Mad Men, Justified, and others), is worth owning despite any potential issues with its digital transfer.

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    Watch: Trailer For Tarsem's 'Mirror Mirror' Promises A Future Camp Classic

    So, yes, there are two Snow White movies coming next year but rest assured weary moviegoer, they could not be more different. It was just a few days ago that we saw the first, surprisingly impressive trailer for "Snow White And The Huntsman" a darker, grittier take on the fairy tale and now we have the competition, "Mirror Mirror" from "Immortals" and "The Cell" director Tarsem. And yeah, it's...different.

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    "Punishment Park" Screens for Defiant Occupy Wall Street Protesters

    Tonight, at Zuccotti Park, a group calling itself Occupy Cinema has announced a last minute screening of Peter Watkins's incendiary 1971 classic "Punishment Park." The event will follow the 7PM Occupy Cinema working group meeting, which will take place at 60 Wall Street.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Bernie Mac Documentary To Premiere On Comedy Central

    Filmmaker Robert Smalls' documentary "I Ain't Scared Of You" about the life and  times and career of the late great comedian Bernie Mac will make its nationwide premiere on the Comedy Central cable channel in February.

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    Angelina Jolie's 'In The Land Of Blood And Honey' Will Be Released In Serbian-Croatian Language Version

    Yep, you're gonna have to read. But if that's a problem for you, then perhaps you can't quite call yourself a movie fan.

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    "Becoming Santa" is a Wonderful Start to the Holiday Season -- Even for Cynics, Grinches and Scrooges

    With a title like “Becoming Santa,” Jeff Myers and Jack Sanderson’s crowd-pleasing new film sounds like a Hollywood comedy about a regular guy who takes on the role of Santa Claus.  And that’s almost what it is, minus the Hollywood part, but don’t confuse this for a Tim Allen vehicle. Instead it’s a wonderful documentary about the Christmas mascot and what it takes to represent him to kids -- sorry, I mean children -- all over the world.

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    New Poster & Image Of 'Young Adult' Showcases The Female Side Of Grown-Up Arrested Development

    "Everyone gets old. Not everyone grows up." Amen. And welcome to the new tagline for Jason Reitman's "Young Adult," his follow-up feature to "Up In The Air," and his second collaboration with "Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody. By all accounts, "Young Adult" and its ugly and unapologetic script and characters are going to be one difficult pill to swallow for audiences. The New York Times calls Charlize Theron's self-involved lead character in the film one of the most unlikable protagonists in recent memory,  our recent review out of Austin called the film, "uflinchingly funny and painful" and when Cody recently described the film she said succintly, "assholes don't change."

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    David Fincher Circles 'Cleopatra' With Angelina Jolie, 'Benjamin Button' Writer Eric Roth To Pen Script

    David Fincher Circles 'Cleopatra' With Angelina Jolie, 'Benjamin Button' Writer Eric Roth To Pen Script

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    Here's A Chance To Help "Brother's Keeper" (Fundraising)

    Tennessee native Robert L. Poole is about to embark on production of  Brother's Keeper, his thesis film in the Columbia University graduate film program, and he needs your help.  He's raised a portion of his funds but still needs more. 

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    Steven Spielberg Reportedly Enters Talks To Direct Moses Movie 'Gods And Kings'

    Steven Spielberg has pretty much done it all. You name a genre and he's tackled it in some fashion or another, either as a director a producer, however, one arena he hasn't played in at all is the bible movie, though that may be about to change.

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