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    Feathers Fly In New Poster For 'Black Swan'

    While we're still not quite settled with Darren Aronofsky entering the world of big budget filmmaking with his not-a-sequel "The Wolverine," if it means it can help financing to get more pictures like "Black Swan" made then we're all for it.

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    Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg To Rewrite Comedy 'Neighborhood Watch'

    Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg hit Hollywood and made their mark quickly penning the smash hit "Superbad," the weed comedy "The Pineapple Express" and have "The Green Hornet" hitting theaters in January and their top secret hard-R animated film "Sausage Party" in the works. Now they've added one more to their plate.

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    'Men In Black 3D' Gets One More Writer As Film Moves Towards Production

    Jeff Nathanson To Do Time-Travel Section Polish On Top Of David Koepp and Etan Cohen; Film's Production Broken Into Two PartsAfter a few delays, "Men In Black 3D" or Men In Black 3," however you want to refer to it, starts production in New York tomorrow and right on time, Columbia Pictures has hired new writer Jeff Nathanson -- credits include "Catch Me If You Can" and "Rush Hour 2" -- to give another polish to the script. Wait how does that work? A film goes into production and you just hire a new writer?

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    Pierre Morel In Talks To Direct Sam Raimi-Produced 'Earth Defense Force'

    Pierre Morel can't seem to catch a break lately. This month alone he's left two major projects, the running-out-of-time "Dune" currently set up at Paramount (where they are considering putting the albatross into turnaround) and Universal's big screen adaptation of the drunken Halloween board game thingy "Ouija." But in his back pocket has always been another project and it looks like it's picking up some momentum.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Hollywood Publicist Ronni Chasen Found Shot to Death

    On Saturday night, press agent Ronni Chasen came up to me at the Governor's Ball, kissed me on the cheek, asked me if I had greeted producers Dick and Lili Zanuck and Inception's Hans Zimmer and Chris Nolan, reminded me that she wanted me to interview composer Eliot Goldenthal for Julie Taymor's The Tempest, and told me to save the date for her Christmas party. I've known Chasen since she was a senior press agent at Rogers & Cowan in the 80s. She went on to run her own firm, Chasen & Co., which reps filmmakers and composers. Chasen, who was a diminutive but forceful blonde, kindly tutored me in the ways of Hollywood when I was fresh from New York. Her brother, director Larry Cohen, once shot a film in my upper West Side apartment. Chasen was one of those publicists who knew her job, loved her clients, and was able to suggest without being a nudge. She was, in short, a mensch. I am, like everyone else who knew her, in shock.

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  • Spout
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    On DVD: "EXAM" is "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" for Grown-Ups

    My number one DVD (and Netflix Instant) recommendation this week is for the restored "Metropolis" (aka "The Complete Metropolis"), which I'm assuming will be more enjoyable at home than in a theater full of laughing newbies, as was the unfortunate case with my experience of it earlier this year. I will get to more on that obvious choice later, though, as I'd like to first spotlight a lesser known new title called "EXAM," a British psychological thriller which was put out on VOD platforms over the summer but which I think will find a greater audience on DVD. It has definitely got cult potential, at least on the level of superficially similar enigmatic indies like "Cube," even if it's not quite as cerebral. It's not as complex a puzzle for the audience as it may seem, but I promise you won't be able to stop watching once you start. As long as you can disregard some instances of really bad acting.

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    Zoe Saldana Is Going To Walk Through A Wall & Kick Your Ass In First Look At 'Columbiana'

    If the otherwise forgettable "The Losers" proved anything earlier this year, its that Zoe Saldana is primed to be the next female action star and if there was any justice (c'mon Hollywood!) she would've been right up in there in the casting mix for things like "Gravity" and the "Alien" prequel instead of the usual run of names/faces (some of which were fairly preposterous).

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    "One Of Us" Gets An Oscar

    Kevin Brownlow now has two Oscars, and I couldn’t be happier. The second award, which bears his name, is the result of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences deciding that a film historian and archivist of his stature is as worthy of an honorary Oscar as two world-class directors (Francis Ford Coppola and Jean-Luc Godard) and one superb actor (Eli Wallach). This says as much about the Academy and its mission as it does about the recipients…and it honors the field of film history.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Production Watch: Cooper's Carancho Remake, Mulligan is Daisy, Jane Eyre Trailer, Wuthering Heights

    - The success of Scott Cooper's first film as writer-director, Crazy Heart---an Oscar vehicle for Jeff Bridges---gave him license to play with the big kids. While David Fincher gets flack for remaking the Swedish The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (he's actually adapting the Stieg Larsson novel), Cooper is attached to direct a remake of Argentina's foreign language Oscar submission, Carancho (meaning Vulture, pictured), which played at Cannes and AFI Fest. Ricardo Darin (who starred in last year's Oscar-winning The Secret In Their Eyes) plays a personal injury attorney who helps as well as exploits his clients, and gets embroiled in a larger scheme. Cooper is shopping the rights to remake the film with an adaptation already written by Aaron Stockard (The Town, Gone Baby Gone). The original won't hit American screens until spring.

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    Review: 'Next Three Days' Is Paul Haggis Trying/Failing to Make Muscular Entertainment

    The true test of any director's dexterity and creativity lies with their ability to successfully tackle a myriad of genres. It's enough to be "good enough" in one highly specified field, but to be able to grapple with different subject matters is truly remarkable. Certainly Danny Boyle is a great contemporary example of this, as he's been able to tackle disparate genres like the zombie thriller ("28 Days Later") and heady science fiction epic ("Sunshine"), all the while able to slip back into humanist dramas like "Slumdog Millionaire" and this fall's "127 Hours." (Steven Soderbergh is another notable, current example of an itchy genre experimentalist.)

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