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    Aziz Ansari Making A Cameo In Raunchy R-Rated Anna Faris Comedy 'What's Your Number?'

    This year, the studios are hoping women can bring in the raunchy R-rated laughs their male counterparts already can. While Warner Bros. will take another bite of the bankable apple with "The Hangover Part II," their competitors are rolling their dice with female driven laffers with Universal's "Bridesmaids," Sony's "Bad Teacher" and Fox's "What's Your Number" all in the pipeline. Female driven comedies -- that aren't rom-coms -- are already a hard sell and it's no surprise that execs are fine tuning the films up until the last minute. You can bet that the SXSW, "work-in-progess" screening of "Bridesmaids" was as much about gauging early audience reaction as it was about building hype for the film and in the case of the Anna Faris led "What's Your Number," there continues to be refinements as the film works through post-production.

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  • Spout
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    Is the Ending of "Source Code" Too Dark?

    Yes, I'm looking at the ending of "Source Code" again, because while I was thinking relatively positive in my interpretation, others are focusing on a darker possibility. Actually, it's not just the theories of moviegoers, but the filmmaker himself. Duncan Jones has been pretty public about his views on the ending of the film, which was initially scripted by Ben Ripley and reworked some by the director upon his hire. Apparently he even mentioned the dark, morally questionable factor when I saw his Q&A at the Museum of the Moving Image, but I failed to record that part.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Atmospheric Teaser Trailer For Ghost Story 'The Woman In Black' With Daniel Radcliffe

    Film Lands In U.K. Theaters February 10th, 2012With "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" getting over closer, the first fruits of Daniel Radcliffe's post-Potter career are starting to emerge. The 21-year-old actor has picked up respectable reviews on Broadway for his starring role in the musical "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying," and he's lining up the indie comedy "The Amateur Photographer," among other potential roles. But his first major starring role is in "The Woman In Black," Hammer Film's take on the classic ghost story by Susan Hill, and shortly after its debut at the Kapow! comic-con in London over the weekend, the first brief teaser trailer for the film arrived on line, courtesy of IGN.

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  • Caryn James
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    Review: Brash New Twists in "House" As Thirteen Is Sprung From Prison

    At the start of tonight’s bold new episode of House, we learn that Thirteen, who mysteriously fled last year, has been in prison. (No real life surprise: Olivia Wilde was off filming Tron). As she walks through the prison gates, she is astonished to find House waiting with a martini -- what more can a girl ask for? And as if the writers were energized by being free of the interminable Cuddy-House on-and-off romance, the episode zooms in a fresh direction.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Shannon Joins Superman: Man of Steel as Supervillain Zod

    Superman: Man of Steel has found its villain in character actor Michael Shannon, who will play General Zod in Zack Snyder’s reboot of the Warner Bros. franchise. Shannon joins Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Amy Adams as reporter Lois Lane, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as the Krypton native's adoptive parents.

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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Shannon Cast As General Zod In Zack Snyder's 'Superman' Now Officially Titled 'Man Of Steel'

    We'll be goddamned if Zack Snyder isn't doing everything in his power to scrub the ugly, ugly memory of "Sucker Punch" out of our minds. He's got a world of expectation on his shoulders for the upcoming "Superman" reboot but with each casting announcement, we can't help but get more and more excited for the film.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Appreciating Sidney Lumet; Obits, Spike Lee Tweets, Photos and Clips UPDATED

    Appreciating Sidney Lumet; Obits, Spike Lee Tweets, Photos and Clips UPDATED

    We raised a toast to Sidney Lumet at dinner Saturday night at the Ashland Independent Film Festival--filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, Ashland Independent Film Festival director Joanne Feinberg, film critic Shawn Levy and fellow Oregonian Terri Mintz, and DC Shorts Festival director Jon Gann. We talked about how many great films Lumet made, crammed with strong performances, how he was a New York independent, his and Paddy Chayefsky's amazingly prophetic TV critique Network (see clip) and Lumet's must-read book, Making Movies, a primer for any aspiring filmmaker: "While the goal of all movies is to entertain, the kind of film in which I believe goes one step further. It compels the spectator to examine one facet or another of his own conscience. It stimulates thought."

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  • Caryn James
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    The Killing: The Season's Smartest New Crime Series

    It's not too late to catch up with The Killing, AMC's gripping, atmospheric new detective series about the murder of a teenaged girl in Seattle. I was too busy with Borgias and Kennedys to catch last week's premiere myself, but it's easy and definitely worth doing.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: Hop Tops Arthur and Hanna; Your Highness in Sixth Place

    Weekend Box Office: Hop Tops Arthur and Hanna; Your Highness in Sixth Place

    It was Russell Brand weekend at the box office, as the Brit comic starred in top-ranked holdover Hop as well as remake Arthur, which went toe-to-toe with smart-house actioner Hanna, starring Saoirse Ronan. Ensemble period spoof Your Highness trailed in sixth place, despite a cast led by James Franco and Natalie Portman.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Top 10 Reporting Per-Theater-Averages: April 8-10, 2011

    A new weekly inclusion here: The following is a list of the top 10 per-theater-averages for specialty releases this weekend. Note that it does not include wide releases (500+ screens), or studio films on limited screen counts. Check out a full report on the weekend box office here and check back for indieWIRE's box office chart Tuesday afternoon, which will include a full list of all final numbers, including those that didn't report today.

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