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    The Originals: "Mildred Pierce" is Another Film I Should Love But Just Don't

    With Todd Haynes' lengthy HBO adaptation of James M. Cain's "Mildred Pierce" premiering last night, it occurred to me that I had never seen Michael Curtiz's classic 1945 film starring Joan Crawford as the titular mama. So I remedied this just before watching parts 1 & 2 of the miniseries. I wouldn't recommend doing this, though, as Haynes' version drags like molasses when seen immediately after the neatly compacted older film. Then again, it also makes you better appreciate the still-awful Ann Blyth, because the precocious actress Morgan Turner is downright excruciating as the young Veda in the newer work.

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    Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG) and European Film Promotion (EFP)

    Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG) and European Film Promotion (EFP) are working together in several interconnected ways. This one focuses on strengthening the presence of European films in Latin America. EFP's Film Sales Support (FSS) helps support promotional campaigns of 10 European films originating from Bulgaria, France, Germany, Spain, Poland and Greece which are showing at the 26th Guadalajara International Film Festival, now taking place (25 March to 1 April).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris

    Woody Allen's latest, Midnight in Paris, starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Marion Cotillard, Cathy Bates, Adrian Brody, Alison Pill, Lea Seydoux and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, hits theaters May 20 after opening Cannes on May 11. Here's the new trailer:

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  • The Playlist
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    Neil Marshall Writing A World War II Alien Invasion Flick

    'The Professionals' Film Adaptation Moving Ahead Without MarshallWe sort of don't get the fanboy approval handed over to Neil Marshall. He made one (overraetd) horror movie, "The Descent," and from there he immediately graduated into celebrated ranks of genre directors. But he hasn't done much since to deserve the praise. "Doomsday" and "Centurion" were both muddled messes, but that said, the director was recently courted for "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies." He didn't land the gig, but not to worry, he's got more than few options on his plate and he's recently revealed he's got a brand new script in the pipeline.

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    Short Starts: A Creepy Rainn Wilson in "Self Storage"

    Rainn Wilson has mastered the art of appearing strange and perhaps even a bit unnerving, without actually coming across as sinister. We’re a little scared of Dwight Schrute, but mostly as an in-joke that makes us crack up every time he says something absurd. In everything from “Six Feet Under” to “Juno” he walks roughly the same line between funny and creepy; we don’t expect him to actually have skeletons in his closet, except maybe from a few squirrels.

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    Watch: Trailer For Woody Allen's 'Midnight In Paris' Is Basically 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona'

    And That's Just FineWhile Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" continues to dominate the attention around this year's Cannes Film Festival, you'll be forgiven if you forgot that the event will kick off with Woody Allen's "Midnight In Paris" -- and lo and behold, a trailer has now arrived for the film.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    When Elizabeth Taylor Met Tiny Tim

    After the death of Elizabeth Taylor, press agent Harry Clein dug up his 1968 interview with Tiny Tim, in which the ukelele-playing actor (who was always a tad strange) recalls his early fan crush on the actress and how he met her when they were both teenagers. In 1968, I was working as a journalist. One of my first interviews was with Tiny Tim. Mr. Tiny, as he liked to be called, was then 36, looked like a genial Halloween witch, and was at the beginning of his “Tiptoe Through the Tulips" fame. He strummed his ukulele to accompany his riffs on his newfound success, his music, Rudy Vallee and Bob Dylan, his growing up in the tenements of New York, s-e-x – he never said the word but spelled it – and his many celebrity crushes.

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  • The Playlist
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    U.K. Auds To See Terrence Malick's 'The Tree Of Life' Before Everybody, May 4th Release Date Set

    Wow, this is unexpected. With Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" pretty much confirmed for the Cannes Film Festival, we figured that it would serve as the global launchpad for the film, however, it turns out that's not the case.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Production Watch: It's Young Saoirse Ronan for Snow White & Hobbit; Hanna Clips

    With Saoirse Ronan in talks for the title role in Relativity's The Brothers Grimm: Snow White opposite The Social Network's Armie Hammer as the Prince, the question arises: is Ronan too young for Hammer? While it's traditional fairy tale form to have girls paired with men, Ronan, who will be 17 in April, seems a young teenager to Hammer's mature-looking 24. (Julia Roberts is playing the Evil Queen.)

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    Tom Hardy, Gerard Butler, Jason Statham, Liam Neeson & Gary Oldman Eyed For 'The Professionals'

    Neil Marshall No Longer Attached To DirectDoes "The Professionals" sound familiar? It might. Last spring, the project first cropped up with Neil Marshall set to direct but since then, word on the project has been quiet. But today, there is fresh life and some big, big names being tossed around as potential leads.

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