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    All You Need Is Now

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    'The Karate Kid' Director Harald Zwart To Direct Toy Franchise 'Bakugan'

    We can just feel Universal Pictures execs Jeff Kirschenbaum and Anikah McLaren positively frothing as they get ready to bring the hugely popular strategic game and anime series "Bakugan Battle Brawlers" to the big screen. 'Bakugan' will be helmed by director Harald Zwart, whose reboot of “The Karate Kid” was the bona fide sleeper hit of 2010. But that’s not what they’re excited about. The Toy Industry Association named Bakugan Battle Brawlers “Toy of the Year" for the second year running and the propensity for a mega merchandise tie in with familiar Transformer-type characters, including special marbles that turn into monsters is, well, something to froth at the mouth about.

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    Stephen Dorff Talks Tarsem's Swords & Sandals Epic 'Immortals' Starring Henry Cavill

    Calls His Character Stavros The Han Solo To Cavill's Luke SkywalkerHis role in Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere" has been described a Mickey Rourke-esque revitalization, but one of the first tests Stephen Dorff's star power and quality faces will be his role in Tarsem's swords and sandals epic "Immortals" alongside the likes of Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto and Rourke himself. And, from the sounds of it, Dorff has a fairly meaty and potentially scene-stealing role.

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    Damon Albarn To Score Short Film 'The Boy In The Oak,' Narrated By Jude Law

    Sibling rivalry doesn't seem to be a phrase that exists between Damon Albarn and his sister, Jessica Albarn. The latter, an accomplished visual artist, recently released the children's book "The Boy In The Oak" to solid reviews, and it's already making the leap to a film adaptation with some pretty strong talent behind it.

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    Sofia Coppola Was Working On A Pre-'Twilight' European Vampire Film Before 'Somewhere'

    Two Alternate Posters For The Chateau Marmont-Set FilmSofia Coppola's latest effort "Somewhere" has drawn many comparisons to her own life as a famous offspring but the writer-director has now revealed that, contrary to popular belief, she was actually "writing something else [before Johnny Marco] came to mind. I kept thinking about that character and got interested in doing a portrait of this guy."

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    Jason Segel Talks 'Five-Year Engagement,' Aiming For Classic Rom-Com Vibe

    "Our Goal Is 'Annie Hall' Or 'When Harry Met Sally'," Film Likely To Shoot In April We've said it before, but the state of the modern romantic comedy is a pretty lamentable one. Contrived, lazy, laugh-free films such as "Leap Year," "Confessions of a Shopaholic" and "Valentine's Day" have tainted to the genre to the extent that when the decent, but flawed, likes of "(500) Days Of Summer" come along, they're treated like the second coming of Preston Sturges.

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  • Caryn James
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    TV Review: A Wonderful, Demented "Doctor Who" Christmas Special

    If Michael Gambon is in it, I’m there – but he’s just one reason to watch Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol, an energetic, goofy, time-traveling special that sideswipes the Dickens tale and takes off on its own demented path. I’m not praising this as a Doctor Who fanatic. I like the series just fine, but its premises -- the Doctor crashing into new planets, times and adventures -- are often more intriguing than the results, even when the Doctor runs into Vincent van Gogh, as he did this season.

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    New Look: Lone Scherfig's 'One Day' & Cary Fukunaga's 'Jane Eyre'

    New photos have been unveiled from two of Focus Features 2011 release slate-- Lone Scherfig's rom-com "One Day" starring Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway as well as Cary Fukunaga's "Jane Eyre" starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Social Network Tops Village Voice/LA Weekly Critics Poll

    Lo and behold, The Social Network tops yet another critics list--the Village Voice/LA Weekly Year-End Poll--by a good margin, followed by Carlos, Winter's Bone and The Ghost Writer. Olivier Assayas won best director for Carlos, followed by The Social Network's David Fincher, Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) and Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer). The Social Network's Aaron Sorkin won for best screenplay, followed by Maren Ade (Everyone Else), Robert Harris and Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer) and Todd Solondz (Life During Wartime).

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    Christian Bale To Star In Zhang Yimou's Epic 'Nanjing Heroes'

    F. Scott Fitzgerald may have said that there were no second acts in American lives, but that presumably didn't include the Welsh-born Christian Bale, whose career to date seems to have been structured by Robert McKee. Beginning as a child star in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun," and working consistently into his teens in such films as "Newsies" and "Swing Kids," the actor firmly moved into the adult phase of his career with his iconic performance in "American Psycho." That, in turn, saw him win the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan's revival "Batman Begins," which has firmly landed the actor on the A-list.

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