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    Creator Neil Cross Says He's Planning A 'Luther' Movie, Rewrote 'Pacific Rim' For Guillermo Del Toro

    You may or may not have seen any of "Luther," a crime procedural from the BBC that stars "The Wire" breakout Idris Elba as the titular cop, the kind of rule-eschewing maverick that cliches are made of. We wouldn't blame you for skipping it by, on BBC America or elsewhere, but it's actually a ton of fun for fans of the genre, partly thanks to the excellent performances of Elba (who was Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated), and Ruth Wilson, as his Hannibal Lecter-style nemesis/BFF, and partly because it embraces its own so ridiculousness with a big warm hug. There are few other shows that would see a Satanist villian lick a woman's face in the opening few minutes.

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    Sofia Coppola Reportedly Planning Movie On The Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch; Tess Taylor Apparently Stars

    The perils, loneliness and emptiness of celebrity have a familiar theme for Sofia Coppola, explored in most her films including "Lost In Translation," "Marie Antoinette" and "Somewhere." And if a report coming out of TMZ is accurate, she's once again going to dip into that world, albeit from a different angle.

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    Short Starts: Watch 3 Early Films by "Young Adult" Director Jason Reitman

    Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at a few early films by Jason Reitman, whose latest feature, "Young Adult," opens in limited release this week.

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    'The Artist' Star Bérénice Bejo & Emir Kusturica To Star In 'The Scapegoat'

    No matter how they'll fare during the upcoming award season, it was really only a matter of time before we heard a lot more from "The Artist" stars Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo. Their demand is sure to shoot through the roof and, now, it looks like Bejo is already plotting her upcoming schedule, scoring a role in an adaptation of Daniel Pennac's classic French novel "The Scapegoat (Au Bonheur des Ogres)" co-starring Raphaël Personnaz and Emir Kusturica.

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    VH-1's "Single Ladies" Gets A Brand New Lady In Denise Vasi

    TV Guide is reporting that VH-1's scripted series Single Ladies has added Denise Vasi to its cast, according to executive producer Queen Latifah.  Vasi, who Latifah calls "a perfect addition to the Single Ladies cast", will be replacing Stacey Dash, who announced her separation from the program in September.

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    UPDATE On: "Viva Riva!" Director & Producer Team Up To Produce 6 Films Based On Contemporary African Literature

    12/5/11 UPDATE: As I said in my past post on this, I sent out an email to Steve Markovitz on Friday for any further information he can share on this news; like what some of the books and other filmmakers they're considering (or have already selected). Well... I received an email reply from Markovitz early this morning in which he said that rights to some novels have indeed already been secured, while they are negotiating others; BUT he can't reveal anything further than that until everything has been finalized. However, once that happens, he'll send me an email with all the details!

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Why Do Review Embargoes Exist?

    Over the weekend, word got out that New Yorker film critic David Denby decided to break the embargo on David Fincher's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," reviewing the movie in this week's issue of the magazine, several weeks before the release -- and well ahead of the Decemmber 13 embargo requested (demanded?) by the film's studio.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    New Round of Death Penalty Docs Seek to Raise Awareness, Completion Funds

    Time may not have run out for Kirk Bloodsworth, who was wrongfully convicted of rape and murder and spent 9 years in prison, two of which he faced execution. DNA evidence exonerated him. But time is running out for "Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man," Gregory Bayne's documentary portrait of the man (pictured) and his story of criminal injustice: If the project doesn't raise another $3,000 on Kickstarter by 5pm today, it will lose the $22,000 it has already raised.

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  • The Playlist
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    Hans Zimmer Talks Scoring 'The Dark Knight Rises' & Says He's Not Confirmed For 'Man Of Steel'

    During his 27 years in Hollywood, Hans Zimmer has produced hundreds of film scores, sometimes five or six in the span of one year. But what’s interesting about his work is that it’s become more eclectic and undefinable, not less, as his career has progressed. Listening to his more recent work on films such as “Inception” and “Sherlock Holmes,” there are few traces of the synthesizer-heavy material he made his name with in the 1980s, and remarkably, few similarities even between those two recent examples. But even with expectations for his score for “The Dark Knight Rises” looming large over his work for the forthcoming film, Zimmer told The Playlist that he’s not sure how much the score will share in common with its atonal predecessor.

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    Watch: Guy Pearce Delivers The Punchline In Trailer For Luc Besson Produced Sci-Fi Thriller 'Lockout'

    For a movie that has been flying pretty much completely under the radar, the filmmakers behind the Luc Besson produced sci-fi thriller "Lockout" have put together a pretty odd, yet definitely compelling, first look at the film. An international trailer has arrived for the film and it consists mostly of Guy Pearce getting punched in the face.

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