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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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  • The Playlist
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    Weekend Box Office: 'Hop' Defeats Four Newcomers; 'Your Highness' Flops Loudly And Rudely

    Earlier in the year, the tepid box office returns were something to be ignored, as 2011 was competing with the previous year, with both “Avatar” and then the anomaly of “Alice In Wonderland” each raking in a cool billion. Well, it’s April, and it’s time for Hollywood to panic. There have been no genuine out-of-the-box hits so far this year and lots of flops, and the two (barely) $100 million grossers considered underperformers (“Rango” and “Just Go With It”). Let’s face it, part of it is a failure of marketing, but the blame must be laid on inadequate product. Even when it comes to the early year doldrums, this has been a banner year for garbage.

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  • Caryn James
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    Video: SNL Lets Helen Mirren Down, But Nails the Kennedys Miniseries

    Helen Mirren,like any great actor, has suffered through some bad scripts, and you have to add last night's Saturday Night Live to that list. From the opening monologue, with the actors dressed as sailors from South Pacific singing "There is Nothing Like a Dame" (as SNL itself would say, Really?) with Mirren in a hideous blue spangled dress, to the last mintues when she very briefly emerged in a leopard jumpsuit as an aging stripper, the writers did nothing to take advantage of her wit. Her comic strength is withering delivery, not funny costumes.

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  • Spout
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    Posts About "Thor"

    Posts About "Thor"

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    New Yorkers Ought to Appreciate Sidney Lumet's "The Wiz"

    Three years ago I was very upset with NYC's Film Forum for excluding "The Wiz" from an otherwise decent Sidney Lumet retrospective. I mean, they didn't include much more than the hits and classics. It too lacked his sole, Oscar-nominated, under-seen documentary "King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis" (which I spotlighted over at Nothing But the Doc yesterday as something I need to see) as well as most of his lesser works. But while "The Wiz" is not one of the favored classics, having been a box office failure and still critically disregarded, it is both historically and fantastically important to the Big Apple. If anyone, New Yorkers should be able to appreciate parts of it, and the series could have been a great opportunity for a Q&A discussion (with production designer/costume designer Tony Walton?) of the musical film's inspired employment of the city's landmarks.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    In Praise of "Superjail!"

    "Late one night a few years back, I was flipping through channels and happened upon a cartoon experience that blew my mind several times over. It was beyond inane and irreverent, reaching a point of heightened nonesense. A smarmy milkshake pitted his ego against housemates made of fries and uncooked meat. Their front yard was filled with hungover fratboys from another planet who promptly killed themselves by wandering into an invisible forcefield. And before all of that, a mad scientist plotted evil from the Jersey Shore by yanking out his brain. He fell down dead, but his brain fired lasers at the doc's clueless assistant. Um, what the hell?

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