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    Lynn Shelton To Direct 'Laggies,' Still Eyeing Adaptation Of 'Then We Came To The End'

    Indie filmmaking stalwart Lynn Shelton -- who made a splash with "Humpday" a couple of years ago -- isn't in any particular hurry to go the studio route. Sure, she's helmed an episode of "Mad Men," but even her next film -- which flirts with Hollywood in casting Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass -- is a low-budget, semi-improvisatory affair. And while that film is gearing up for a TIFF premiere, Shelton is already lining up her next effort.

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    Christian Bale Reteams With Terrence Malick For Another New Mystery Film

    Rooney Mara, Haley Bennet, Clemence Poesy & Mia Wasikowska Vying For Female Lead; Film Will Shoot In Early 2012For much of Terrence Malick's career, his workflow has been defined by single projects taking years at a time to take shape and finish before he moves on to the next one. Now, it seems the guy is making up for lost time. With "The Tree of Life" hitting theaters this spring, the director currently has his untitled film -- aka "The Burial" -- in post-production and is also at some stage of development with his "Voyage of Time" documentary which recently added Emma Thompson as a narrator alongside Brad Pitt. Earlier this year word cropped up that Malick was starting another film, one that would be small in nature that would potentially shoot late summer/early fall. Not much has been heard since, but it looks like that film is now moving full steam ahead with an early 2012 start being eyed.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Night of the Horror Movies that Terrified Directors

    The NYT is running a meaty list of the horror movies that scared the bejeezus out such tough-guy thrill-meisters as Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) and Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead). While the list of their go-to fright picks is not unexpected, their descriptions of the films are worth exploring.

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    Trailer For "Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance Surfaces" (Idris Elba Is In It)

    Blink and you'll miss him...

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    Mary-Louise Parker Takes Role Jodie Foster Was Looking At In 'R.I.P.D.'

    While we think the world of Jodie Foster, she always seemed to be a weird potential castmate of "R.I.P.D." but with Variety now reporting that Mary-Louise Parker will take the role instead, things make a lot more sense.

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    "Fright Night" is Another Great Defense for How Remakes Can Work

    One of the more annoying misconceptions about Hollywood today is that it's wrong to be remaking anything, let alone everything. As if there are no great remakes -- for instance, I finally saw John Carpenter's "The Thing" last night, and while I've still not seen Hawks and Nyby's original I can still recognize the 1982 version is excellent in its own right, if not better. Add that old defense to the new one: Craig Gillespie's "Fright Night" redo is actually an enormous improvement on Tom Holland's so-so 1985 film of the same name. Everything I complained about with the original has been fixed in the new movie, which was scripted by Marti Noxon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," the TV series). The relationship between newly popular protagonist Charley (Anton Yelchin) and his spastic former best friend, 'Evil' Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) is fleshed out in a nice "Heathers"/"Can't Buy Me Love" back story kind of way. Charley's mother (Toni Collette) is never forgotten, and in fact she's quite bad ass in this one. Best of all, the uninventive updates on Bram Stoker's "Dracula" are abandoned. Jerry the Vampire (Colin Farrell) doesn't have a long lost love who resembled Charley's girlfriend, Amy (Imogen Poots). I think at one point someone might even allude to the Stoker with knowing dismissal that this isn't that.

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    In Theaters: 'Conan' Battles 'Fright Night,' 'Spy Kids 4' & 'One Day' At The Box Office

    Hi kids! Didya miss me? I have to first apologize for slandering "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," that movie was great! More cartoon faces of apes played by Andy Serkis please! Who was your favorite ape? Mine was Maurice the orangutan. Okay, so there's a ton of crazy stuff opening this weekend so let's get right to it! "Conan!" "Fright Night!" "One Day!" "Spy Kids 4" in Smell-o-vision (I'm glad 'Apes' wasn't in smell-o-vision, nah mean?)!

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    So, 'Rambo: The Last Stand' Might Happen

    "It's pretty well done; I'm about 99% sure there won't be any more. I'm very happy with the last Burmese episode, and another film might be misinterpreted as an unnecessary and mercenary gesture. I don't want that to happen," Sylvester Stallone told Empire last spring, but that was before the mega success of "The Expendables." With that film proving there was an audience who wanted to see the 65 year old blow stuff up, it seems that Sly has changed his mind about playing John Rambo one more time.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Ridley Scott Revisiting Blade Runner, Yes; Tony Scott Remaking Sam Peckinpah's Wild Bunch, No!

    It's one thing for Ridley Scott to revisit Blade Runner from the ground up--he hasn't even started a script yet. Even if Scott didn't write the original Philip K. Dick story or the brilliant script by David Peoples (who also wrote Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven), his vision is all over that movie. I can't wait to see what he does with it.

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    Flashback - "Say it Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud" By James Brown

    Sometimes you just have to remind yourself...

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