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    'The Fighter' Premieres At AFI, Early Reviews Peg Film As Mainstream Crowdpleaser & Actors' Showcase

    David O. Russell's "The Fighter" is one of the year's awards horses that is yet to screen for critics, but last night, Paramount pulled a last minute, stealth premiere screening at the AFI Fest. Tickets were on a first come, first served basis, and there was a limited press allocation as well. Mark Wahlberg was on hand to introduce the film and told the audience, "....and if there’s anyone out there who doesn’t like it I will come to your house and do hard labor." And it looks like he doesn't have to worry about raking leaves in someone's backyard.

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    Feign of Terror: Chris Morris's "Four Lions"

    One could have been forgiven for flippantly wondering, when George W. Bush announced in November 2001 that any country harboring terrorists would be held accountable, which British city might be first on the list for U.S. air strikes. Manchester, perhaps? Bradford? Birmingham? Nine U.K. citizens in total have been held at Guantanamo Bay, a fact that, with apologies to Michael Winterbottom and his 2006 documentary Road to Guantanamo, was largely overlooked in the U.K. until the suicide-bomb attacks on London by four British Muslims on July 7, 2005. Without name-checking these events, Four Lions clearly takes its inspiration from the 7/7 bombings and emerges as a ruthless and thought-provoking exposure of British jihadism.

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    Orchestra Plays Indiana Jones in the Amazon.

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    Rachel McAdams Still Unsure If She's Returning To 'Sherlock Holmes 2'

    Anatomy of a Hollywood tentpole: though "Sherlock Holmes 2" is deep into production, apparently some of the ideas within are still "in the process."

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    Women to Blog About: Ronna B. Wallace, A Very Singular Woman

    By guest blogger Peter BelsitoRONNA B. WALLACEA Very Singular Woman ‘In the Biz’Ronna has been our friend, in and out of the business, for many years. When we see each other now out in ‘the wild’ (Toronto, Berlin, Cannes, Sundance) we ask about each other’s families and all of our many mutual friends. Ronna is one of those people whose connection with us makes doing what we do especially worthwhile. Her company at the time was the very first subscriber to FilmFinders!!!The story of her career is interesting and revealing.For the past eight years, Ronna has been a full time feature film producer's representative, basing her work on clients’ films on her extensive prior experience and massive contacts in the industry. Her company is called Eastgate Pictures and is located in New York.She comes from Pittsburgh and went to Boston University where she studied film and video. She went to Santa Cruz, got married, had a baby and then worked for five years helping build KUSP-FM, a non commercial radio station while being a political activist on the side. Her hippy days behind her, Ronna then went to NYC to seek her fortune. Her first job there was as of one of the original waiters at the Tavern On the Green on the day it first opened. From there, due to a lucky conversation with a diner, she got her first real ‘biz job’ at Warner’s QUBE interactive Premium Pay service, hired as a researcher, but soon made it to the Director of Programming. She was then offered a job in home video and joined one of the first companies to distribute home video, even before the studios had their films out. After that she joined MGM / CBS video which handled all MGM/ UA films, as Senior Vice President and from there went to help start Live Entertainment with the fabled (and ultimately tragic) Jose Menendez, where Ronna went on to executive produce Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino), Bad Lieutenant (Abel Ferrara), Light Sleeper (Paul Schrader), Bob Roberts (Tim Robbins) as well as first features from directors James Gray, Betty Thomas and Stephan Elliot - amongst many others. She then went to Samuel Goldwyn where she became Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and her last executive position was with Carl Icahn’s Stratosphere in New York City.The interview with Ronna follows.

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    Ralph Fiennes Eyeing John Henry Butterworth's Adaptation Of George Orwell's 'Burmese Days'

    Looking To Bring 'Morning Glory' Helmer Roger Mitchell On BoardFresh from his behind-the-camera debut with a modern reimagining of William Shakespeare's "Coriolanus," Ralph Fiennes is reportedly already circling his next project, an adaptation of George Orwell's "Burmese Days." The actor, though, is presumably eyeing it as a starring vehicle rather than a directing gig as he is also looking to bring "Morning Glory" helmer Roger Michell on board the project, which is being produced by Avram Ludwig with a script by "Fair Game" scribe John Henry Butterworth.

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    Video: "Harry Potter" Battle in NYC's Grand Central Station

    I thought that this "Harry Potter" invasion of Grand Central Station was another Improv Everywhere stunt, but as far as I can tell they aren't (yet) taking credit for it. And they probably won't, because as annoying and unfunny as they are, Improv Everywhere is still better than this. They appropriately send Ghostbusters into the old NYC Public Library building and somewhat wittingly reenact Princess Leia's capture by Darth Vader in a subway car (they also do many non-movie-related flashmob events). Their version of this sort of incident would likely be better placed within the Grand Concourse, I think. Or, if they were going to bother with something at Grand Central, I would really hope they'd go with a more appropriate ballroom dance flash mob inspired by "The Fisher King." By the way, what occurs in this video is not a flash mob, as much as it's being called that around the web. A handful of Death Eaters does not constitute a mob. Sorry.

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    Exclusive: Michael Haneke Rebooting 'These Two' With Isabelle Huppert, Will Shoot In 2011

    Our favorite Austrian director has been toying with a new project lately, but the usually authoritative filmmaker has been waffling a bit this time.

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    'The Blind Side' Director John Lee Hancock To Helm 'Electric Boy Genius'

    One of the biggest surprises of last year was John Lee Hancock's "The Blind Side" that appeared seemingly from nowhere and went on to earn a Best Actress Oscar for star Sandra Bullock, and, becoming the Sarah Palin of the movie world, picked up over $200 million at the box office, mostly from the often-neglected 'fly-over states.' Bullock has seemingly finally picked her follow-up project, Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" (although word's gone worryingly quiet on that one again), and now Deadline brings news that helmer Hancock has signed on for his first film since "The Blind Side"'s monumental success.

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    Channing Tatum Likely To Pair With Jonah Hill In '21 Jump Street'

    A Career Move Now Known As 'Doing A Wahlberg'It feels like only a few weeks since we were expressing bafflement at the success of the career of Keanu-esque golem Channing Tatum, who's already worked with Michael Mann, Steven Soderbergh and Kevin Macdonald, and been praised by the likes of Nicolas Winding Refn. So we won't dwell on it here. Instead, we'd like to praise the guy for a second, because, like fellow heartthrobs Joseph Gordon-Levitt and James Franco, you can certainly say that it's hard to predict the actor's next move.

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