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    Steven Soderbergh's Year In Viewing/Reading

    This is amazing. A list of Steven Soderbergh's viewing and reading schedule over the past year has made its way to the internet, and its endless fun to look at. "Inside Job" on Christmas Day? "Enter The Void" on Hallowe'en? "The Room" in between repeat viewings of "The Social Network" on May 22nd? Amazing.

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  • The Playlist
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    Duncan Jones Confirms He's Meeting With Fox To Discuss Directing 'The Wolverine'

    With "The Wolverine" now defanged a bit thanks to Darren Aronofsky leaving the director's chair and the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan where the film was supposed to shoot, Fox has put the brakes on the highly anticipated sequel which apparently boasts a strong script from Christopher McQuarrie. While Hugh Jackman and the studio are eager to right the many wrongs of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" they are wisely not rushing to get the film moving again. However, last week, intel burbled up that Fox was beginning to look at directors to take on the film with David Slade -- who pretty much had the gig prior to Aronofsky's arrival -- and Duncan Jones being mentioned as contenders and it now it looks like meetings will be taking place.

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  • The Playlist
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    Image Entertainment Accidentally Calls Mickey Rourke An Oscar Winner In 'Passion Play' Trailer

    Plus Dozens Of New Photos From Fairy Tale FilmWhoops. Thanks to the eagle-eyed reader for this one, we're obviously going way too fast. So Image Entertainment, the studio that bought the North American distribution rights to "Passion Play," the directorial debut of Mitch Glazer, the writer behind "Scrooged" and the Alfonso Cuaron-directed version of "Great Expectations" in 1998, messed up in their recently released trailer. The film stars Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox, Bill Murray, Rhys Ifans and Kelly Lynch (with appearances by Bud Cort, Rory Cochrane and Murray's older brother Brian Doyle-Murray -- "Get a Life" fans, anyone?), but within the trailer -- as we've photoshopped nicely for you here -- Rourke is called an "Academy Award Winner."

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  • The Playlist
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    'Eastern Promises' & 'Dirty Pretty Things' Writer Steven Knight Preps Directing Debut 'Hummingbird'

    It didn't take long for writer Steven Knight to make a big splash in Hollywood, penning scripts that wound up being directed by Stephen Frears ("Dirty Pretty Things"), Michael Apted ("Amazing Grace") and David Cronenberg ("Eastern Promises"). And from there, he quickly found himself writing some very buzzworth projects recently, including the next Dan Brown flick "The Lost Symbol," a Robert Kennedy biopic with Matt Damon attached, a remake of the classic "Le Cercle Rouge" and an "Eastern Promises" sequel (he's also scribed, less promisingly, the sequel to "Clash Of The Titans"). But rather than await around for any of those get made, Knight is pressing forward on his own directorial debut.

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  • The Playlist
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    Matt Reeves To Direct Sci-Fi Film Based On Short Story '8 O’Clock In The Morning'

    Matt Reeves came into his own last year with his sophomore effort "Let Me In." A remake of the cherished 2008 Swedish film "Let The Right One In," it was hard for fans of the original to let down their guard and admit that Reeves had crafted a film that was just as powerful if not, in many ways, more successful than Tomas Alfredson's admittedly strong picture. While it didn't do much at the box office, it still impressed studio types and he was on the list for "Man Of Steel" before Zack Snyder landed the gig. But Reeves has decided on his next film, and it will be a return to sci-fi, though this time without POV monsters.

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  • The Playlist
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    Carter Burwell's Score For Todd Haynes' 'Mildred Pierce' Gets An Official Release

    Sure, we'll be happy to agree to disagree with people on most movies, but we honestly just can't vibe with folks who didn't dig Todd Haynes' "Mildred Pierce." It's the kind of story and filmmaking that just isn't being made at studios big or small. Haynes recently told IndieWire's Eric Kohn, "...not that material in 'Mildred' would be too racy or challenging for the indie film world, but just that it’s increasingly harder to find financing these days for serious dramas, domestic stories, female-driven narratives—everything we already know. The recent record profits of studio productions one would hope would have the effect of broadening, not narrowing, the possibilities—since they can afford it—but, unfortunately, it’s having the reverse effect, and that anxiety impacts independent financing as well." So we hope people voted with their television and tuned in. There is a lot to love in Haynes film, from the sumptuous period detail to the ace acting across the board from Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, Melissa Leo and Mare Winningham, so it's probably no surprise that the series' film score is aces too. And it's getting an official release.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Live from Wellywood: WETA Digital Hosts Rise of the Planet of the Apes Livestream

    Peter Jackson has long been ahead of the curve where doling out info directly to fans is concerned. Thus, live from Wellywood, New Zealand, Jackson's VFX house WETA Digital (The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, District 9, Tintin) will reveal cool stuff from Rise of the Planet of the Apes via Fox's Facebook fan page for James Cameron's Avatar, which has 14.2 million followers. This is basically a maneuver to grab those fans and lure them to also follow this movie via a five-second preview of Rise of the Planet of the Apes (August 5, 2011) on its official Facebook page. What will they see on April 13 at 2:30 PM Pacific time (player is below)? WETA's VFX masters Joe Letteri and Dan Lemmon will give a behind-the-scenes look at how they created photo-real intelligently emotive CG ape Caesar (although their last ape, Jackson's King Kong, also acted by Gollum's Andy Serkis, will be hard to top). Jackson's King Kong earned WETA the coveted Avatar gig, which won them the VFX Oscar.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Anna Faris and Women at the Movies: Not a Pretty Picture

    In last week's issue of The New Yorker, Tad Friend cleverly uses a profile of comedienne Anna Faris ("Funny Like a Guy") as a way to examine the woeful state of women's roles in Hollywood today. He interviews Stacey Snider, Amy Pascal, Judd Apatow and others as he attempts to understand why Hollywood, dominated by men, so demeans and discourages smart movies by and about women.

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  • The Playlist
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    John Swihart Hired To Score David O. Russell's 'Nailed'; No More Squeak E. Clean Music?

    The saga continues for David O. Russell's "Nailed," his aborted, troubled farce that he walked away from last year, but is still in the hands of financiers who are trying to get some kind of finished product released. Shooting on the film — written by O. Russell and Kristin Gore, daughter of Al — began in 2008 but was plagued by multiples delays and financial struggles on account of David Bergstein's shady dealings. Despite all that, production was noted to be only days away from completion with formerly silent partner Ron Tutor coming out from the shadows last year in an attempt to make something of the "$26 million just sitting on a shelf." And while O. Russell has officially walked from the film, about a month ago, a screening of an extremely rough cut of the film played for an early test audience (you read reader feedback here) and at the time, it was noted the film was presented with an oldies soundtrack that we surmised was a temp track. Looks like we were right.

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    Mexican Documentary Presumed Guilty One Screening Only

    Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF)'s free monthly screening this April 13 at UCLA's James Bridges Theater at 7:30 pm. One time only: Presumed Guilty (Presunto Culpable), the award winning documentary about Mexico’s legal system was briefly banned in Mexico until its producers showed it on You Tube and it showed recently at Guadalajara Film Festival. International sales are by Films Transit. One day after a Mexican judge ordered theaters to halt screening a hit documentary about Mexico’s system of justice, an appeals court has reversed the order, saying that it violated constitutional guarantees of freedom of information. The documentary examines Mexico’s trial system that presumes defendants to be guilty until proved innocent. It focuses on the retrial of 26-year-old Antonio Zúñiga, a street vendor who was wrongly convicted of a murder in 2005 and sentenced to 20 years in prison. His lawyers had filmed the proceedings with permission of the trial judge, but a key witness who testified against Zúñiga complained that his right to privacy was violated when the filmmakers featured him in their film. Distributor Cinépolis opened the film on Feb. 18, and it quickly became the country’s biggest box-office hit for a documentary, earning $3.5 million. Last weekend, it was still No. 2 at the Mexican box office, behind Rango. The censorship of the film proved to be a boon for pirates. One street vendor told Britain’s Guardian newspaper, “I can’t remember anything like this. … Maybe Spider-Man 3 did as well, but I’m not even sure about that.”

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