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    First Look: Vera Farmiga's Adaptation Of Carolyn Brigg's Religious Memoir 'Higher Ground'

    Following her Oscar-nominated turn in Jason Reitman's "Up In The Air" alongside George Clooney and Anna Kendrick, Vera Farmiga took up a supporting role in Duncan Jones' sci-fi thriller "Source Code" before deciding to try her hand at directing with an adaptation of Carolyn Briggs' religious memoir "This Dark World: A Memoir Of Salvation Lost And Found."

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    'The Ghost Writer' Inexplicably Wins Six At 2010 European Film Academy Awards

    If there's one thing that Europeans love more than their single currency and topless sunbathing, it's the films of Roman Polanski. Even before his exile on the continent, Polanski was something of a darling in Europe, and even lesser work like "The Ninth Gate" tends to be rapturously received in France and Germany. So it's not entirely surprising that "The Ghost Writer" -- in the opinion of this writer, and a number of others on staff, his worst film since "Pirates" -- picked up the lion's share of honors at Saturday's European Film Academy Awards.

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    'The Dark Knight Rises' Script Due Today, Or Christopher Nolan's 'In Big Trouble'

    Latest Rumors Link Tom Hardy To Role Of Dr. Hugo Strange After a couple of years of speculation as to whether he would make the film, and after one passion-project turned box-office-blockbuster, Christopher Nolan finally confirmed that he would be directing the third, and final, film in the Batman series a few months back. We know that it's going to be called "The Dark Knight Rises," we know that "Bronson" star Tom Hardy will reteam with Nolan, who directed him in "Inception," by joining the regular cast, and we know... well, not much else really.

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    Kathryn Bigelow & Mark Boal Eyeing Low-Budget Black Ops Thriller To Precede 'Triple Frontier'

    Drug Parable Now Set To Shoot Fall Of 2011, Johnny Depp To Star?Acclaimed and award-winning writing-directing duo Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal have pushed back production plans for their sprawling "Traffic"-esque drug parable "Triple Frontier" -- also known as "Sleeping Dogs" -- and are currently shopping a mysterious low-budget international thriller which they hope to tackle next.

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    Will Ferrell & Zack Galifianakis Political Comedy Finds A Home At WB

    Two days ago, a pitch went out to studios with Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis attached that would depict them as Presidential candidates timed to coincide with the 2012 elections. And now, the auction has ended: Deadline reports that Warner Bros. will back a Jay Roach-directed comedy that pits these two comedians against each other in the political arena.

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    George Clooney To Produce, Possibly Direct & Star In 'Enron'

    Oh, that George Clooney. Always making political movies no one really wants to see, ending up on several government watchlists, and being a super-sexy movie star. But he's no Rupert Goold, and that is why Clooney's name will soon become synonymous with "Enron." Goold's West End play of the same title has been snatched up by producer Laura Ziskin, with George Clooney attached to direct. And Goold is not happy.

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    The Return of the Pink Panther

    I have to confess I’m a sucker for good visual slapstick, a riotous and difficult art which actually reached its peak on the screen in the era of non-talking pictures, circa 1915-1928: the glory days of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Laurel and Hardy, to name only the absolute best. Since sound, there have been terrific isolated moments or scenes in films directed by Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, Leo McCarey, Preston Sturges, Frank Tashlin, and Jerry Lewis, among others, not to mention the Warner Bros. cartoons of such slapstick comedy geniuses as Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng. But in more recent years, the most consistently effective practitioner of the form has been Blake Edwards, specifically in his series of Pink Panther movies starring Peter Sellers as the Homerically incompetent and bumbling Inspector Clouseau.

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    Weekend Box Office: Audiences Get 'Tangled' For Lack A Better Thing To Do

    This weekend’s story? Everyone stayed home. The post-Thanksgiving weekend is usually somewhat quiet, lending itself to holdovers, but this weekend was fairly moribund. Consider this a missed opportunity for the movie studios in 2010, with every single weekend graced by at least one big release filling a necessary void. Instead, we had only one un-threatening semi-wide release and the expansion of a number of art house titles.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Spider-Man Musical Is Media Live Wire; Hits Saturday Night Live

    From New York Magazine to 60 Minutes (video below), Julie Taymor's ambitious $60-million musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has been generating as many media stories as stage accidents. Now Saturday Night Live has gotten into the act:

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    Weekend Box Office: Families Flock to Holdovers Tangled and Harry Potter, Black Swan Soars

    Holdovers held sway at the tepid post-Thanksgiving box office, as families continued to flock to Tangled and Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows--Part I. Martial arts flick The Warriors Way stumbled out of the gate, while fest-fave Black Swan soared in limited release, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:After feasting away at a smorgasbord of offerings over the Thanksgiving five-day stretch, moviegoers decided to take a nap this weekend.  Even though the post-holiday frame is notorious for being of one of the lowest weekends of the year as audiences return to their routines, family box office champs generally dominate. Sure enough, Disney’s Tangled and Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part I held the top two spots with $21.5 million and $16.7 million respectively. Battling for third place were Cher musical Burlesque and runaway train actioner Unstoppable at $6.1 million apiece.

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