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    First Look: Zooey Deschanel, Rashida Jones, Elizabeth Banks & Emily Mortimer In 'My Idiot Brother'

    9 New Photos From The Paul Rudd Comedy Premiering At SundanceWith the film set to premiere later this month at Sundance, Jesse Peretz's star-driven comedy "My Idiot Brother" has launched an official website featuring the first look at the band of actresses playing the sisters of Paul Rudd's protagonist including Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer as well as Rashida Jones who plays Deschanel's character's lesbian lover.

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    Rumor: Is Naomie Harris Being Courted For The Female Lead In Ron Howard's 'The Dark Tower?'

    You wouldn't know it from this week's milquetoast Vince Vaughn/Kevin James comedy "The Dilemma," but director Ron Howard, of all people, is about to embark on one of the most ambitious projects Hollywood has ever seen: an adaptation of Stephen King's mammoth seven-book fantasy opus "The Dark Tower," which will stretch across three big-screen features, broken up by two TV series which will all feature the same cast. The scope of the adaptation alone is an impressive enough feat, if it's seen through, but when taking into account the bonkers, meta-fictional nature of the source material, it's hard not to impressed by Howard's cojones, even if we're unconvinced that he's got the skills to pull it off.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    A Survival Tale, From Print to Screen: Adapting "127 Hours."

    Many people are familiar with the amazing survival tale of Aron Ralston, the mountain climber whose life was irrevocably changed in 2003, when his arm became trapped under a boulder for five days until he managed to amputate it with a dull knife. Now the subject of Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, an adaptation of Ralston’s 2004 memoir, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, the ordeal has been turned into an uplifting adventure-thriller starring James Franco.

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    Baz Luhrmann Considering Shooting 'The Great Gatsby' In 3D

    To some degree, it's no longer really a story when a big-name director decides to shoot a high-profile picture in 3D -- for the moment, at least, the format's becoming something of a standard for tentpoles, actioners and kids flicks, and it's arguably more significant when someone like Christopher Nolan kicks against the trend. Otherwise, everyone from Martin Scorsese to the guy who directed "Legion" are putting out films in three dimensions, and generally speaking, it's worth no more than a brief mention in a round up of other news. Generally.

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  • Spout
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    Video: "Namor: The Sub-Mariner" Starring Dwayne Johnson and Bill Murray

    I'm posting this months-old fan-made trailer for a 3-D "Namor: The Sub-Mariner" because it's so well done that I don't even want an actual "Namor" movie now. Just like I was feeling after that fake "Thundercats" trailer hit a while back, I don't think Hollywood could actually make a real version that's as good, let alone better. Most comic-book movie trailers give away too much anyway, as if they were features abridged into shorts, so by being a faithfully bad trailer for a movie that doesn't exist, it's already a sufficient look at what we'd get as a feature.

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    R.I.P. Peter Yates (1929-2011)

    Some sad news to start your week as four-time Oscar nominated director Peter Yates has died at the age of 82, following a long illness.

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    Oscar Watch: Netherlands - Tirza, directed by Rudolph van den Berg

    Tirza is considered a huge success as an art house film in The Netherlands. It has over 175.000 admissions, is based on a very succesful book by a very succesful writer Arnon Grunberg and the director is very well known. Tastes differ in different parts of the world, and that’s also good. The academy members are not all against this film, some like it better then others but all of them agree it is an intriguing film and peole feel inclined to discuss it. That alone makes for a worthy film.

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    Trent Reznor Talks Scoring David Fincher's 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'

    Reznor Says He & Atticus Ross Have Already Written 2 Hours of Music; Are Striving To Create Their "Own Sonic World"As recently discussed, Trent Reznor confirmed to New York Times music critic Jon Pareles in a public Q&A that he would be scoring, yes along with Atticus Ross, David Fincher's upcoming film, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara; it's already due in theaters December 21 later this year.

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    Weekend Box Office: 'True Grit,' 'Fockers' Defeat Nicolas Cage's Sleepytime Witch Adventure

    The deathmatch of 2010’s holiday season has spilled into the New Year, with “True Grit” and “Little Fockers” matching wits for the top spot at the box office. As projected, the Coen Brothers' western finally surpassed the lowest-common-denominator sequel, but it remains close, and it’s hard to forecast a winner on either side.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Carrey Does Black Swan

    Black Swan got a promo boost--as it pushes forward at the box office--with a Saturday Night Live spoof (check out Caryn James' review) starring Jim Carrey, complete with black tutu and back tattoos. UPDATE: It was the highest-rated SNL since Betty White last May.

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