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    Judi Dench Heads To India In New 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Stills

    If the film “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” has thus far escaped your attention, it’s probably because you don’t spend your afternoons unironically knitting wool hats for your eight grandchildren, nor do you pine for five o’clock to roll around so you can hit the bingo lounge and kick back with a six-pack of prune juice. If you think that’s a patronizing caricature of what happens after you hit sixty-five, wait until you set your peepers on the production stills for the actual film, which have cropped up on Fox Searchlight's site. The plot, which will be invariably be described as “feel-good” and “heart-warming” when the film's released, appears to involve a group of senior citizens who are hoodwinked into checking into an apparently plush luxury retirement home in India, but all is not what it appears to be. What hilarious high-jinks will ensue for the film’s fresh-faced stars (Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton and Celia Imrie) we can only speculate. It does vaguely resemble “The Darjeeling Limited” with its theme of self-discovery in one of the most culturally rich countries on the planet, except with a combined age of 236.

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    New Poster & Photos From Ami Canaan Mann's Venice-Bound 'Texas Killing Fields'

    One of the more intriguing pictures on the upcoming fall festival calendar is "Texas Killing Fields," which will premiere at the Venice Film Festival which kicks off tomorrow. Featuring a strong cast including action staples Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan and rising stars Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain (co-stars in John Hillcoat's upcoming 'Wettest County') and Chloe Moretz, the story revolves around the true story of a series if unsolved murders in League City, Texas, where 21 women were killed or have disappeared since 1971. We've been lukewarm on what we've seen so far, but surely there is more to the film than its cast and the surname of its director, Ami Canaan Mann?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    May the Best Filmmaker Win: IndieWIRE and Sundance Partner on Project of the Month

    May the Best Filmmaker Win: IndieWIRE and Sundance Partner on Project of the Month

    IndieWIRE's popular Project of the Day column is adding a weekly and monthly contest, and joining up with the Sundance Institute. Best project of the month winners will now get a consultation session from the Sundance Institute. Each week, indieWIRE readers vote for their favorite in-the-works film project.

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    Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Adds The Trio Of Taylor Schilling, Nelson Franklin & Tate Donovan

    Ben Affleck's third effort behind the camera after the critically adored combination of "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town" probably doesn't need more hype heaped on it but with a cast featuring Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Scoot McNairy, Kyle Chandler and Affleck himself, in a story based on fascinating Wired article "How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran," it's hard not to get excited.

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  • Spout
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    "Prom" Is an Entertaining Movie Built Around a Tired Cliché, But Do Tweens Care?

    This review was originally published on Spout April 28, 2011. It is being reposted for the home video release.

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    Ryan Gosling Eyeballs George Clooney In New 'Ides Of March' Posters; 'Drive' Revs Up Classy Banners

    Get ready to feast your eyeballs on some snazzy new marketing materials from what will be two of the biggest films this fall.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Interview: Directors of "Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise & Fall of The Spook Who Sat By The Door"

    Here at S&A we’ve covered Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise And Fall of The Spook Who Sat By The Door a number times, before and after it gained prominence in the film market. For those unaware, this documentary tells the story behind the making of the cult-favorite movie The Spook Who Sat By The Door, with interviews centering around Sam Greenlee, the writer of the original book and screenplay, along with film co-stars Paul Butler, J.A. Preston and the late director Ivan Dixon’s wife Berlie Dixon, among other notables. Now fresh from their award-winning showing at the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival and a multi-day run at the Chicago-based Black Harvest Film Festival, I present an interview with the directors of this telling documentary, Christine Acham and Cliff Ward.

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    Watch Trailer for Thriller About Kidnapped Mexican Beauty Queen "Miss Bala" (Miss Bullet)

    I know this doesn't really apply to our site, but I saw the story on Indiewire's home page and I found the trailer interesting and compelling enough to post here. Miss Bala was well received by critics when it premiered at Cannes earlier this year. The film, starring newcomer Stephanie Sigman in a breakthrough performance, will screen at Telluride Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival and the New York Film Festival this year.

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    Doug Liman Directs MTV's New Series "I Just Want My Pants Back"

    Like a lot of big-name film directors, Doug Liman executive produces TV series (one day he’s directing Sean Penn in Fair Game, the next it’s the USA network’s Covert Affairs) and occasionally directs a pilot. His latest is MTV's I Just Want My Pants Back, one more story about a post-college hero searching for sex, a better job and a life; it’s the kind of material that better arrive looking stylish and fresh or it’s dead.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Warners Pushes Back Production On "A Star Is Born" With Beyonce

    There might be a few of you who haven't heard the news that is sending earth tremors all over the world. No, I'm not talking about Hurricane Irene or Libya. I'm talking about the annoucement made last night at the MTV Awards by Bey-Bey, that she and hubby Jay Z are excepting their first bundle of joy.

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