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    'Submarine' Helmer Richard Ayoade’s Next Pic May Be Blacklist Script, 'Apostles Of Infinite Love'

    Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films ProducingUpdate: This project will no longer be known as "Apostles Of Infinite Love" and will be developed as "The Untitled Victoria Strouse Project" for now.

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    In Theaters: 'The Green Hornet,' 'The Dilemma,' 'Barney's Version,' 'Ong Bak 3'

    Screw Serious Cinema, It's Time for Some Laffs 'n Action Ah January, what a curious moviegoing month you are. You're the dumping ground for the studio dreck (long live Nic Cage's Festival of Wigs) because it's a time of AWARDS fever, with noms and screeners and Hollywood Foreign Press luncheons (and YOU get a Blu-Ray player, and YOU get a Blu-ray player!) up the wazoo. Hence the highly mixed bag of new releases we get every week. Some of these may benefit from the relative lack of competition, but it's pretty much a giant risk! The wide releases gambling this weekend are two comedies for those fans who are just SO tired of serious movies about heartbreak and family problems 'n shit. Seth Rogen's action comedy "The Green Hornet" hits screens after much speculation, skepticism, and a revolving door of talent (Cage's Jamaican accent NEVER FORGET), while Vince Vaughn and Kevin James bring the pain (and offensive jokes!) in the Ron Howard comedy, "The Dilemma." More serious minded comedy fans can catch "Barney's Version" in limited release and the true actionheads can geek out over Tony Jaa's sick moves in "Ong Bak 3."

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    James Gray To Direct Assassin Thriller 'The Gray Man,' Plans Unique Approach In Shooting The Film

    As 2010 came to a close, things looked a little bleak for director James Gray. The long-gestating adaptation of "The Lost City Of Z" with Brad Pitt attached to star fell apart when the actor left the project (there should be a support group started for directors burned by Pitt leaving their projects) and rumors swirled that Gray had butted heads with Paramount over how much he should be paid. Well, Gray has put that all behind him and is forging ahead in 2011 with a brand new project, one that is far cry from the familial tales for brotherhood in "The Yards" and "We Own The Night" and European flavor of "Two Lovers."

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    Andrew Garfield as Spiderman

    Eat your heart out, Tobey Maguire:

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    Tom Cruise Not Quite Set For 'Mountains Of Madness'; Slowly Inching Forward To 'Rock Of Ages'

    Cruise Not Officially Signed On To Either Project Yet; Seth Rogen Denies His Musical InvolvementOK quickly, two things. While Tom Cruise will probably sign on to star in the musical "Rock of Ages" eventually, the man is notoriously picky so he must be asking for the script to be tweaked slightly or something because he's been in discussions to take a supporting part in Adam Shankman's new film for what feels like more than six months now (OK, it's more like four).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Editors Guild Adds Comedies Scott Pilgrim, Easy A, Dagenham

    At this point, we know the list of Guild frontrunners: Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The King's Speech and The Social Network, the five dramas nominated by the America Cinema Editors. Left off are the movies that are vying for inclusion on the Oscar top ten, some of which landed in the comedy or musical category, which was far more enlightened than that of the Golden Globes: Alice in Wonderland, Easy A, The Kids Are All Right, Made in Dagenham and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

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    Johnny Depp Talks Keith Richards Doc, Says More Filming To Go, Norah Jones & Patti Smith Guest

    Film Is Described As A Cross Between 'The Godfather' & CaravaggioLast year, it was reported by that Johnny Depp was starting work on a documentary about the legendary Keith Richards, one of his inspirations for Captain Jack Sparrow and current franchise co-star and total bud. Obviously, that sounds very exciting but speaking with EW recently, Depp reveals that the project has really just begun with more filming due to take place whenever he or Richards find time in their schedules.

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    Review: 'Petition' An Interesting Look At The Journey To Find Justice

    Since 1996, Chinese director Zhao Liang has been documenting a large community of petitioners, ones that have been wronged by their local government and have camped outside of the law office to debate their troubles. These commoners are then forced to fill out paper work and await a hearing for seemingly as long as this office see fit, with most either given the run-around or forced out by thugs ("retrievers") that intercept these complaints and threaten with murder. The make-shift neighborhood consist of people who won't stop until they get the justice they so rightly deserve, whether that takes a few days or a decade is none of their concern. Food is found on the ground, shelter ranges from the interiors of a train station to the bottom area of a bridge.

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    Dead Calm: Hans Petter Moland's "A Somewhat Gentle Man"

    The use of the word “somewhat” in this film’s title is telling. The Norwegian drama A Somewhat Gentle Man, for all the things it is, is precious few of them to an extreme degree. It is, for instance, a tale of redemption, though this doesn’t feel like its focal point; similarly, Ulrik, the title character, played by Stellan Skarsgård, takes steps toward reform better measured in inches than feet. Hans Petter Moland's film is either a jack of all trades, master of none—well-rounded but unclear in its overall intentions—or an experiment in balance whose results are difficult to ascertain.

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    'Pirates of the Caribbean' Franchise Stalwart Terry Rossio Returns for 'Pirates 5'

    Apparently Johnny Depp isn't the only one down for another swashbuckling go-around in the enchanted waters of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise. Deadline is reporting that screenwriter Terry Rossio, who has co-scripted all of the previous films (including this summer's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"), has officially signed on to pen the fifth installment. Deadline notes that this will be the first 'Pirates' adventure he's written without his longtime writing partner Ted Elliott, which indeed is intriguing.

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