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    First Images From Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 'Mekong Hotel'

    This time next week we'll be in the midst of the Cannes Film Festival, with plenty of questions set to be answered. One answer we're eager to hear is in reponse to one of the more intriguing parts of the lineup: the return of former Palme d'Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul with "Mekong Hotel."

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    Johnny Depp Says Dr. Seuss Biopic Will Involve Animated & Live-Action Characters

    After making Disney billions of dollars with the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, Johnny Depp has started writing his own ticket through his Infinitum Nihil shingle, evidenced by "The Rum Diary" and the upcoming "Dark Shadows," which Depp produced and helped develop with director Tim Burton and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith. Depp is currently shooting "The Lone Ranger," but has several other projects in the works, one of which is a biopic of Theodore Giesel, aka Dr. Seuss, which Depp set up last year to produce and possibly star in. The film is still in very early stages (i.e. no script, but Depp's possible participation means it's being actively developed), but the actor has revealed what he has in mind for the biopic, which could see Seuss interacting with his famous characters.

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    Watch: First Clip Of John Cusack & Matthew McConaughey In Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy'

    Of all the movies that start to unspool at the Cannes Film Festival next week, perhaps the biggest question mark for us is "The Paperboy." Based on the novel by Pete Dexter, it seems to be, on the surface at least, a crime procedural that might make a decent amount of money, but wouldn't necessarily be the kind of fare that traditionally ends up in the Official Selection at Cannes. The cast is led by a number of actors -- Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, Zac Efron -- who in recent years have found critical acclaim elusive, along with a lead actress, Nicole Kidman, who's done great work of late, but also some pretty terrible work too. And director Lee Daniels made his debut with the laughable "Shadowboxer," and his directorial excesses came close to unbalancing his breakthrough "Precious."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Immersed in Movies: Talking 'The Hobbit,' Higher Frame Rates, and Virtual Production at FMX [Updated]

    I'm in Stuttgart, Germany, this week for the FMX conference on animation, VFX, games, and transmedia. Not surprisingly, the emphasis at FMX is on virtual production, the hottest industry topic, thanks to the influence of "Avatar" and the lingering interest in last year's Oscar winner, "Hugo," among others.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Hollywood’s Hobo In Residence

    Had I not been lucky enough to see William Wellman’s 1928 silent film 'Beggars of Life' years ago, or read the works of Gene Fowler, I might not know about Jim Tully, the scrappy Irish-American who became celebrated for writing about the subject he knew best: the hardscrabble life of an orphan turned boxer turned “road kid.”

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    Kyle Chandler To Catch 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' While Jon Hamm Finds 'Million Dollar Arm'

    Great news breaking tonight for fans of two very excellent TV shows. First comes word that "Friday Night Lights" star Kyle Chandler (Coach Taylor!) will be joining Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street." Based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort and his experiences on the job in the '80s and '90s, and adapted by Terence Winter ("Boardwalk Empire"), "The Wolf of Wall Street" tells of the rise and fall of a drug/sex/alcohol-addicted New York stockbroker. DiCaprio is in the lead and Hill will play his best friend, who works in the furniture business, and is convinced by Belfort to join in the wild world of stocks. According to Deadline, Chandler will play FBI agent Coleman who is responsible for taking down DiCaprio's character. Since winning the Emmy for Best Actor duing the final season of 'Lights,' Chandler has been attaching himself to a series of interesting projects starting with last summer's J.J. Abrams hit "Super 8" and continuing with Ben Affleck's "Argo" this fall and "Broken City" alongside Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg likely arriving next year.

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    Watch: Ray Liotta Gets Manhandled In Solid First Clip From Andrew Dominik's 'Killing Them Softly'

    We're less than a week away from the Cannes Film Festival and over the next few days a plethora of clips and trailers will be arriving for the slew of highly anticipated titles making their way to the south of France. And a first glimpse at one of the most anticipated has made it's way online.

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    Paul Rudd & Amy Poehler To Star In Rom-Com Spoof 'They Came Together,' From David Wain & Michael Showalter

    Anyone watching "Parks and Recreation," which wraps up its fourth season tomorrow night on NBC, at the moment is being treated to a match up between two of the finest comic performers of their generation, in the electoral battle between Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope and Paul Rudd's Bobby Newport. And while their battle for the Pawnee council seat should be wrapping up, it looks like we're going to see more of the pairing in the very near future, this time on the big screen, with the two stars set to reunite with the team behind one of their earliest filmic comedies.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Hip-Hopping First Trailer For "The Gangster Squad" (Anthony Mackie Co-Stars)

    A project I actually kind of forgot all about... no official release date announced yet, but here's our official first look via its first trailer.

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    "Every Kingdom Comes Up Bloody": Trailer For 'Gangster Squad' Arrives Starring Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling & Josh Brolin

    Despite having ceded its release date to a fellow Warner Bros. film, "Argo," it appears the studio has not given up on its drama "Gangster Squad." Directed by Ruben Fleischer ("Zombieland," "30 Minutes Or Less") and featuring the all-star cast of Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Robert Patrick, Michael Peña, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Emma Stone and a prosethtic-laden Sean Penn, a trailer has just arrived, likely ensuring the picture will arrive in 2012 after all. When? Well, that would be a question that won't be answered yet.

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