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    Universal Thinking About 'Bridesmaids' Sequel Without Kristen Wiig

    Universal had a pretty bumpy 2011, but one very bright spot on their balance sheet was the modestly budegeted, Judd Apatow produced, R-rated hit "Bridesmaids." The film was nothing short of a sensation, powering its way to $288 million worldwide, but before word could even begin to get knocked around about a sequel, the film's co-writer, co-producer and star Kristen Wiig pretty much put the kibosh on returning. She's played coy whenever asked about the prospects of a "Bridesmaids 2," but this fall her co-star in the film (and in the upcoming "Friends With Kids") Jon Hamm stated bluntly, "I don't think Kristen is going to do it."

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    "Gang Of Roses 2" Get's An Official Release Date + New Clip Featuring Co-Star Charli Baltimore

    "Gang Of Roses 2" Get's An Official Release Date + New Clip Featuring Co-Star Charli Baltimore

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Review: 'Walking Dead' and 'Homeland' Finales

    Before we launch into what is now the winter TV season, it’s worth taking a look at two truly exemplary season-ending episodes – the finales of "Walking Dead" and "Homeland."

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    Watch Episode 1 Of New Reality Web Series "In The Circle" (The Lives Of 20-Something Dreamers In NYC)

    Another day, another web series... though this one is a reality web series, as in reality-TV, but for the web, in serial format.

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    Patricia Arquette Will Play Jeff Buckley’s Mom In Upcoming Biopic From Jake Scott

    In addition to the long line of competing tent pole films (from “Dante’s Peak” vs. “Volcano” up to “Mirror, Mirror” vs. “Snow White and the Huntsman”), there has in recent years been a growing number of biopics going head-to-head. First there was “Capote” vs. “Infamous,” as well as the upcoming “Lovelace” vs. “Inferno,” and next a pair of Jeff Buckley films: Daniel Algrant's

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  • Spout
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    "It's About You" is a Nostalgic Documentary Barely About John Mellencamp

    With 2011 going down as a year for nostalgia in cinema, one leftover not to be overlooked is the documentary "It's About You," a fittingly retro film of John Mellencamp during the making of his 2010 album No Better Than This. For that, Mellencamp was nostalgic himself, going old school with mono recordings produced using antique sound equipment and other outmoded methods at various historical settings such as Sun Studios and The First African Baptist Church. In accordance with this vintage concept, photographer Kurt Markus and son Ian shot the film mostly with Super 8 cameras and no additional crew, and the result is what I'd call a sort of "period piece" documentary.

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    Sarah Polley To Adapt Margaret Atwood's 'Alias Grace' For The Big Screen

    Sarah Polley is no stranger to Canadian literature. As a young actress, she rose to fame playing Sara Stanley in the beloved TV series "Road To Avonlea" based on the writings of Lucy Maud Montgomery, and when Polley set out to make her debut feature film, she turned Alice Munro's short story "The Bear Came Over The Mountain" into the astounding "Away From Her." With another feature film already under her belt in the relationship dramedy "Take This Waltz," which will hit theaters later this year, it looks like Polley has been at the library again.

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    Review: 'John Mellencamp: It’s About You’ Is An Amateur, Empty Music Documentary

    “John Mellencamp: It’s About You” is a documentary directed, shot and edited by professional photographer Kurt Markus and his son, Ian Markus. The film’s title refers to a debate between Mellencamp and Kurt as to whom the subject of the film would be. Mellencamp wanted the movie to be about Kurt; Kurt wanted it to be about Mellencamp, but by the end of its seventy-nine minute running time, the debate’s winner is as unclear as the movie’s point, purpose, or reason for existing. It’s a film that really should have stayed on the cutting room floor and likely would have were it not for John Mellencamp’s name in the title. At the beginning of the doc, Kurt admits that neither he nor his son know anything about filmmaking. The man is not kidding.

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    Exclusive: Poster For 'Maria Full Of Grace' Director Joshua Marston's 'The Forgiveness Of Blood'

    When "Maria Full Of Grace" arrived in 2004, the film won critical praise that was carried all the way to an Oscar nomination for Catalina Sandino Moreno, and marked the arrival of director Joshua Marston. It seemed like the world was an oyster for Marston, who honed his chops following the hit film with some television work, and contributed a segment to the omnibus "New York, I Love You." However, his followup feature "The Forgiveness Of Blood," arriving six years after 'Grace,' went in a direction no one could have guessed.

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    French Hit "Intouchables" Becomes 5th Highest Grossing Movie Of All Time In France's Box Office History!!

    First let me blow my own horn and say that S&A has been covering this French film and its black French star (Omar Sy) quiet extensively for a good 6+ months now; and I noticed a day or two ago, one mainstream news site picked up on all the transcontinental discussion about it (mostly French and American disagreements about its depiction of Omar Cy's character, which I expressed concern over from the very first time I wrote about the film in July 2011), and other sites picked up on that mainstream site's story as if it were something brand new.

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