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    Home Fires: Lena Dunham's "Tiny Furniture"

    Resist the urge to check out of Tiny Furniture after the first twenty minutes. The winner of Best Narrative Feature at this year’s SXSW Film Festival (natch), writer/director Lena Dunham’s second film begins with enough self-satisfied tics to make even the hardiest filmgoer break out in indie-smirk hives. As Teddy Blanks’s (admittedly catchy) score wafts by, we open with a cross-cut sequence between our heroine’s post-college journey home and credits that share the screen with little floating icons of the film’s titular household accoutrements, which glide across the frame with studied listlessness, presaging the film’s aesthetic. Aura (Dunham) finally arrives at the Tribeca studio still occupied by her distracted conceptual-artist mother, Siri (Laurie Simmons), and overachieving high school sister, Nadine (Grace Dunham). Her anxieties about life after undergrad, however, fall largely on deaf ears, with Siri assembling new pieces and Nadine juggling an extracurricular load ranging from track to poetry writing. Read Matt Connolly's review of Tiny Furniture.

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  • The Playlist
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    That Was Fast: New & Totally Different International Trailer For 'Battle: Los Angeles'

    We're not movie marketing experts or anything but something tells us it's probably not the best idea to start the rollout for your alien invasion flick on the same weekend another invasion alien flick hits theaters with a similar premise and directed by the same guys who did the visual effects work for your film. Just saying.

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    Bryan Singer OK With Being Off 'Superman'; Jon Hamm Laughs Off 'Man Of Steel' Rumors

    Patrick Wilson Says He Wouldn't Mind A Crack At Supes RoleThe last few days have landed a few interesting bits of "Superman"-related news.

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  • Spout
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    Industrial Light & Magic Documentary Premieres on Encore Tonight

    Given that my two primary cinematic loves are documentaries and special effects, I get very excited in the rare times the two come together (like when Industry Light & Magic showed up in "The Cove" to be employed for a real-life mission impossible). It's as if the Lumieres had not denied Georges Méliès the purchase of one of their cameras during their famous meeting, and instead of seeming to divide in two separate directions motion pictures evolved from a fusion of actuality and fantasy. Okay, that sounds exactly what happened anyway, but still there is a certain wall between true nonfiction films and effects spectacles. And the few times there is a relationship between the two it's usually for the former documenting the making of the latter.

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  • The Playlist
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    James L. Brooks Forced To Cut Extra F-Bombs To Score PG-13 Rating For 'How Do You Know?'

    After losing an MPAA appeal to defeat a R-rating, Columbia Pictures will be recutting James L. Brooks' upcoming romantic comedy "How Do You Know" starring Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd.

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    Christopher Nolan To Shoot 'The Dark Knight Rises' Completely In IMAX?

    Old Rumor Surfaces Once AgainPerhaps running just as long as the rumor that the Riddler would be the villain in "The Dark Knight Rises" (which was one of the first things the secretive Christopher Nolan denied about the project) the second persistent tidbit about the forthcoming film was that Christopher Nolan and his regular DP Wally Pfister were strongly considering shooting it completely in IMAX. Of course, Nolan utilized the format for certain segments for "The Dark Knight," but due to the camera's bulky nature and noisy operation, at the time it was largely limited to exteriors or brief action sequences (notably, the opening bank heist).

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    Pierre Morel Might Take 'Ouija' Film; Picture Scheduled For November 9, 2012 Already?

    Morel Could Also Direct The Sam Raimi-Produced 'Earth Defense Force' Sci-Fi FilmLate last month it was reported three directors were circling Hasbro's "Ouija Board: The Movie” (or just "Ouija," but we find it funnier the other way), "Legion" FX guy Scott Stewart, Sylvain White (“Stomp The Yard," “The Losers”) and French B-thriller filmmaker Pierre Morel ("Taken"), who recently bailed on the long-gestating adaptation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi book, "Dune."

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    Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy & More To Star In David Hare's Spy Thriller 'Page 8'

    Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy, Judy Davis & Ralph Fiennes Also In Cast It seems like a little while since we've had a really smart, compelling spy thriller -- there have been some valiant, but flawed efforts, like Billy Ray's "Breach" and the Don Cheadle vehicle "Traitor," but for the most part, the genre swings between ludicrous, rubber-mask filled efforts like "Salt," and the frankly dull "The Good Shepherd." But next year has the absurdly promising "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" in the pipeline, and it looks like another British effort is joining it.

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    Natalie Portman Writing Sex Comedy "BYO"; Anne Hathaway May Co-Star

    Stage 3 of 10 In Quest To Become Ruler Of The World It's been a good few months for Natalie Portman. She's a front-runner for the Best Actress Oscar for her extraordinary performance in Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," she's got three films on the way next year -- the rom-com "No Strings Attached," the superhero epic "Thor," and David Gordon Green's fantasy comedy "Your Highness" -- and she's been linked to every hot project in town in the last few months, from "Gravity" and the "Alien" prequel to "The Great Gatsby" and "The Dark Knight Rises."

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