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    John Hawkes & Molly Parker Star In Indie Drama 'The Playroom'

    Shooting has already begun in Dallas, Texas, on “The Playroom,” an independent drama about a dysfunctional family. Veteran Canadian actress Molly Parker and "Winter's Bone" star John Hawkes -- who also appeared together in “Deadwood” -- will star as the parents of four children in the ’70s including their volatile teenage daughter (Olivia Harris) who "acts as a surrogate mother to the younger children, who have created a make-believe world in their attic hideaway while the parents act out a sordid story below."

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    Review: 'Green Hornet' Lacks Sting, Anything Else Even Remotely Interesting

    Loud, clamoring, haphazardly thrown together and risibly scripted from what feels like a poor first draft, Michel Gondry's unfunny, unengaging "The Green Hornet" lands in a January release date because it's exactly warranted: it's a throwaway action picture meant to fill the early new year void, but contains zero substance and few genuine joys or laughs.

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    Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel & More Testing For 'The Dark Knight Rises'

    Kate Mara & Charlotte Riley In The Mix; Eva Green & Naomi Watts Have Not Been CastWhile a number of names have been in the mix since last fall for what are apparently two major female roles in Christopher Nolan's forthcoming "The Dark Knight Rises," with production set to begin in just under five months, it looks like the director is still not done seeing what his options are.

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    Death of the Comic Book Movie, Extinction of the Ewoks, Memorializing the Vietnam War Movie and More

    -Happy Birthday to actress Luise Rainer ("The Good Earth"). She turns 101 today!

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    Review: 'The Dilemma' Chooses Wacky Hijinks Over Intelligent Comedy

    Overrated screenwriter Allan Loeb is curiously one of the most in-demand writers in Hollywood right now, and we're beginning to understand why. His screenplays tend to sell high-concept work which makes executives and producers feel good about themselves, but the actual execution undermines whatever originality and vigor the original premise may have had, keeping things safe for mainstream audiences to embrace without thinking too much, which makes studio heads happy. But if you look closer, Allan Loeb seems to be writing the same script over and over with entire plots hanging on one character struggling to tell somebody the secret he's holding. Exhibit 1: "The Switch" spent nearly half its running time with Jason Bateman agonizing over whether or not to tell Jennifer Aniston that it's actually his sperm she used to have a child. Exhibit 2: In "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" Shia LaBeouf could have avoided a world of hurt he had just been honest with his girlfriend, Carey Mulligan, about what he was doing with her Dad. Which brings us to Exhibit 3: "The Dilemma." Once again, a character grapples for the majority of the film's running time with a should I?/shouldn't I? situation, in this case it's whether or not to tell his best friend that his wife is cheating on him. Yes, "The Dilemma" is another one of those movies where you're going to wait for somebody to stop acting like an idiot and do what most normal people would do without hesitation. It's pretty painful.

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    Top 10 Box Office Winners, International Markets and the Indies

    This top 10 list is Hollywood 100%. The major studios constitute a completely different business from the indies. They can carry on business as usual, luxuriating in the ease of releasing without sweating too much over originality or innovation. They are expanding with their big budget films into the realms of transmedia to brand their films across toys, games, webisodes, telecom shorts, clothing, TV series, etc. They own real estate and the means of distribution if not of production. The reason they are mentioned here be me at IndieWIRE is that their presence determines the world market on many levels. On the face of it, there is no relationship, especially moneywise, between the uber wealthy majors and the hungry struggling independents. But the pie is shared even with the runts and this article explores how the majors' shares impact upon the indies of the world.THEATRICAL EXHIBITIONThe international theatrical revenues of major studio films and indies are worth looking at because the majors' presence abroad -- as at home -- inevitably impacts worldwide film distribution for all films. Most obvious is that their mega releases reduce the number of screens available to the indies. Theaters are recognizing that this may not be in their best interest. Megaplexas are increasingly reserving one or two screening rooms for the indies and arthouses, at least in the U.S. are holding convergence discussions. But that is another story taking place on a different front.

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    Oh, For F**k's Sake: Fox Moving Ahead With 'Missile Command' Movie

    With a number of high-profile pictures based on established properties flopping last summer -- "The A-Team," "Prince of Persia" and "Marmaduke" -- contrasted with the success of the relatively fresh "Inception," whispers started to circulate that studio heads were desperately seeking original material. Even James Cameron recently criticized the 'story crisis' in Hollywood, targeting Universal's big 2012 hope "Battleship," based on the Hasbro board game. Was a sea change coming? Was the trend of optioning every comic book, failed TV series and video game into big-screen entertainment finally coming to an end?

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    Watch: New Trailer For 'Battle: Los Angeles' Kind Of Rules

    Once upon a time, there was a belief that big event movies could only be released in the summer months, or, for more family-related fare, in the few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Things have changed in recent years, with the likes of "Alice in Wonderland," "300" and "Clash of the Titans" making big bucks in the early part of the year, and this weekend should see the box office get a kick with the release of "The Green Hornet," which seems to have overcome the early bad buzz, and the gamble of a January release, and is tracking nicely.

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    Blake Lively, Jennifer Lawrence & Emma Watson Frontrunners To Join Taylor Lautner In 'Incarceron'

    Lautner Also Attached To 'Bourne'-Esque Spy Vehicle With filming now underway on the final "Twilight" movie, the two-part werewolf-falls-in-love-with-a-baby extravaganza that is "Breaking Dawn," the franchise's three leads are starting to look to their careers beyond the confines of Forks, Washington. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are, to their credit, trying to work with top talent on high-class projects, with the former signing last week to star in David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," while the latter will appear, most likely looking bored and sleepy, in Walter Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On The Road" later in the year.

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    Green Hornet Early Reviews Are Mixed

    Green Hornet Early Reviews Are Mixed

    The early reviews are in on Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen's Green Hornet and they're all over the place.

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