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    'Notting Hill' Director Roger Michell Prepping Incestuous Drama About Franklin D. Roosevelt

    While "Morning Glory" wasn't quite the big rom-com hit Paramount was hoping for, Roger Michell has returned to the U.K. and is already mounting his next project, one that marks a firm 180 from his news team rom-com, keeping in line with the director's proclivity to switch up genres and themes.

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    Too Romantic? Bryan Singer Made 'Superman Returns' For The 'Devil Wears Prada' Crowd?

    Ahh, "Superman Returns," the prickly, uncomfortable thorn in the comic book movie geek's side. Far better than say, half of the 20th Century Fox films -- "Daredevil," "Elektra," "Fantastic Four," "Ghost Rider" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" -- or half the super hero movies ever made including "Punisher," "Catwoman," "Jonah Hex," "Swamp Thing," "Batman Forever," "Batman & Robin," etc., etc. The film is admittedly uneven and somewhat unsatisfying, but there's something about its DNA that really riles up some particular comic book movie fans.

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    Watch This: Short Film "Condemned" Has Everything "Sucker Punch" Needed to Succeed

    While writing my critique of “Sucker Punch” I found myself wondering exactly what the film would have needed to effectively deal with its representation of imprisoned women. Well, that and what could have made it into a good movie. Then I watched Oren Shai’s short film “Condemned,” available for streaming on its website, and it became pretty clear. This short film has everything that “Sucker Punch” was lacking, the tone that Zack Snyder’s disaster desperately needed to succeed.

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    'Apollo 18' Gets Dumped On Jan. 6, 2012; 'Our Idiot Brother' Moves In On August 26th

    'Piranha 3DD' Takes A Bite Out Of ThanksgivingThe Weinstein Company have announced some new dates on their calendar for this year and one film has noticeably been taken off.

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    Do You Want To Own Lars Von Trier's Mobile Home?

    Because you can buy it on eBay. Seriously. Lars has it up for sale, and bids start at $39,000. Its the actual mobile home he's infamously used to travel to Cannes, and some of the director's "biggest ideas went from idea to script in this vehicle." I can't even imagine...

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    Disney Considering A 'Peter Pan' Prequel

    Can't say we're all that surprised. With Sony teaming with Channing Tatum and Billy Ray to the tune of around $1 million, picking up their "Peter Pan Begins" project, it was only a matter of time before the competition started dipping their toes in the water of Neverland. And the fact that it's Disney isn't much of a shocker either.

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    Video: Aaron Sorkin on 30 Rock

    Aaron Sorkin hasn't always seemed like a guy ready to make fun of himself; you'd expect the writer of "You can't handle the truth!" to take himself very seriously. But while picking up the Oscar and other awards for The Social Network he seemed looser than ever. Here he does a terrific little self-referential cameo on 30 Rock, playing himself as a writer scrambling for work because the profession is dying.

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    Woody Harrelson Joins Julianne Moore & Ed Harris In 'Game Change'

    Swaggering around like a major Hollywood studio -- which it pretty much is these days -- HBO has added another big name to upcoming political drama "Game Change."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Chasing Fan Boys, from Sucker Punch and Wanted to Superman and The Dark Knight Rises

    Chasing Fan Boys, from Sucker Punch and Wanted to Superman and The Dark Knight Rises

    With the annual box office at $1.93 billion, down 21% from last year, the film industry is holding out for a hero. Many were looking for succor from this weekend's Sucker Punch, the latest offering by director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen), a visually gifted fanboy who knows what guys want. Anthony D'Alessandro examines the film's assets and liabilities and reports on why Hollywood likes to target the fanboy demo, from Wanted to Superman and The Dark Knight Rises. Inspired by Japanese Anime and the adult cartoon Heavy Metal, Sucker Punch, co-written by Snyder and his college buddy Steve Shibuya, follows a band of female mental patients who retreat into their own hyper-violent fantasy world as they plot to break out of a 60s insane asylum. Going into the weekend, Sucker Punch's tracking drew well ahead of Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, a family sequel that should score in the high teens over three days. But with current estimates pegging the film at a low $20-million bow, Sucker Punch is looking to be a gamble stateside for distributor/co-financier Warner Bros. Here’s what Sucker Punch faces at the box office:

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    Is the PG-13 Cut of "The King's Speech" Really a Big Deal?

    Next week (April 1st) The Weinstein Company releases its censored PG-13 version of Best Picture Oscar winner "The King's Speech." And a lot of people are furious about the idea. It's been talked about for a while, but now the re-cut, which reportedly substitutes the more tolerable word "shit" in for the completely evil "fuck" about 42 times, has a release date and will be the only available version of the biopic in U.S. theaters starting one week from today. Despite the fact that it's TWC's highest-grossing (domestic) title yet, Harvey and co. want to get additional cash from the more puritanical American audience who wouldn't see the film in its R-rated form. Is this really a terrible thing?

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