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    Mickey Rourke Says 'Passion Play' & '13' Are "Terrible," Takes Back Nice Words About Megan Fox

    Did someone forget to butter Mickey Rourke's popcorn at the "Scream 4" premiere last night? Or was he as disappointed as we were in the lacklustre horror sequel? Who knows, but when chatting with Vulture at the after-party, the actor decided to dispense with Hollywood courtesies and drop some truth bombs all over the place. Charlie Sheen, eat your heart out.

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    Holding His Breath: Mahamet-Saleh Haroun's "A Screaming Man"

    African cinema is generally woefully overlooked by the West, and the filmmaking being done in Republic of Chad has been particularly invisible. The oversight is not entirely unreasonable; decades of civil war have left the local film industry all but nonexistent—for thirty years there was not even a single movie theater in the entire country. That changed in 2010 when Mahamet-Saleh Haroun won the Cannes Jury Prize for A Screaming Man. His film, the first from his country to screen in competition at the prestigious French festival, now has another distinction, having convinced a government in the midst of war the importance of investing a million dollars in building a movie theater specifically so that it could be shown.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Roger Ebert's TED Talk 2011: Finding His Voice Through The Internet

    This March, Roger Ebert presented at the TED 2011 Conference. Check out his Talk below, in which he tells the courageous story of finding his voice through the internet after battling cancer.

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    'X-Men: First Class' Sequel Talk Starts Already, Mutants To Get Down In The '70s & '80s?

    Beast with feathered hair? Emma Frost rocking neon tights? Magneto with a Flock of Seagulls haircut? Charles Xavier with some serious mutton chop sideburns? Thanks to "Mad Men," the '50s and '60s are en vogue, which couldn't be better for "X-Men: First Class" with a setting that studio types are likely hoping will help get more than just comic fans into the seats for the period-set origin story that traces the beginnings of the mutant crew. But, as this is a franchise, sequel talks are already bubbling forth but no decisions yet on what decade any potential followups will find our mutant heroes -- though it has been talked about.

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    Review: 'Scream 4' Takes A Stab At Relevance, Misses All The Major Arteries

    The idea of reviving the "Scream" franchise seems like a good one, at least on paper. When the original film was released in 1996, it was unlike anything that had come before it – a horror movie where the characters were well versed enough in the conventions of the genre to try and escape alive. Years before Comic-Con hijacked the multiplexes, "Scream" was a movie where basement-dwelling geekiness wasn't just a character trait, it was essential to your survival. The subsequent films, the underrated "Scream 2," which had the characters riffing on sequels, and the disappointing "Scream 3," in which the scales were erroneously tipped too much in the favor of arch hipness (and away from any actual scares), expanded the mythology of the original while somehow muddying the pure pleasures that the first film offered up.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Elizabeth Taylor at 24? Nude Portrait is Dancer Lee Evans UPDATE

    The London Daily Mail is posting a portrait of Elizabeth Taylor at 24, reportedly taken by close friend Roddy McDowall when she was dating producer Mike Todd:He persuaded her to pose naked by promising her it would be done tastefully. She then gave it to Todd as a present after he proposed in 1956 – the pair married a few months later but the relationship was tragically short-lived. Todd was killed 13 months after their wedding day when his private plane crashed during a storm over New Mexico.

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    The Originals: The "Scream" Trilogy Sustains Reflexive, Soapy Horror Brilliance Over Three Films

    Satire is tricky, especially in a genre as well defined as the slasher flick. A filmmaker can take the “Scary Movie” approach, and just fill up 90 minutes with as many bad gags as possible, trying to overload the audience with references and blatant spoofing. That rarely ends well. However if you maintain a balance, a fine line between self-conscious lampooning and some genuinely good genre filmmaking, you can end up with a classic. “Scream” and “Scream 2” are exactly this kind of tongue-in-cheek parody -- movies that not only keep a funny tone full of meta jokes and self-referential dialog but also master the tropes of the genre and keep you at the edge of your seat.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes Update: Van Sant's Restless Opens Un Certain Regard, Pirates 4 Gets Slot

    It's prestigious for Gus Van Sant's Restless, starring Mia Wasikowska, to land the opening night slot of Un Certain Regard (May 12) at Cannes, but it isn't as lofty as a competition spot. That selection is reserved for the real "art films," the auteur slots vying for the coveted Palme d'or.

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    Bruce Campbell Says 'Evil Dead' Remake Script Is "Awesome," He Might Have A Role In It

    A remake or sequel to Sam Raimi's cult favorite "The Evil Dead" has been knocking around for years now, moving in fits and starts but never really getting anywhere. And while we're probably not much closer to it, fans can't help but ask about the film anytime Bruce Campbell or Raimi hit the press circuit. Back in January, the Guardian reported that Raimi's longtime producing partner Rob Tapert said, "we're looking at a script this month. What's interesting about 'Evil Dead' is very few people saw it in the format we made it for, which is for the [movie] theater. I think Sam wants to embrace the ultimate experience in grueling terror."

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Orly Ravid "New and Compelling Options for DIY Distribution"

    Orly Ravid co-founded the Film Collaborative and has been providing us with a great series of posts on the changing market and options for independent filmmakers and their work. Her generosity and commitment is an inspiration. She is a brave thinker.

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