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    Review: 'Potiche' A Frothy, Fun Distraction

    French auteur Francois Ozon’s “Potiche” begins with a scene that seems straight out of a Disney movie; that is, if Sleeping Beauty were wearing a ‘70s-era tracksuit and she happened upon bunnies shagging like, well, bunnies. Catherine Deneuve’s Suzanne Pujol steadfastly treks through the woods, keeping her figure trim for her businessman husband as she composes poetry for the feathered and furry friends who surround her. But as Suzanne walks through an idyllic oasis and returns to her mansion, it becomes clear that her life is no fairy tale.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Preview: Sucker Punch and Wimpy Kid vs. Indies

    The weekend brings few mainstream releases -- just Sucker Punch and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (each mark 27% of Fandango's pre-sales, as of Thursday). If you are seeking something new, you may want to check out indie offerings from well-reviewed doc My Perestroika to Francois Ozon's delightful 70s feminist comedy Potiche starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. Details, reviews and trailers are below.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Actress Watch: Williams' Monroe, Green's Dark Shadows, Winslet the "Only Actress" for Mildred Pierce

    - One of Michelle Williams's co-stars in The Weinstein Co.'s My Week With Marilyn, Dougray Scott, tells the Irish Independent that she is "amazing" portraying Monroe. He adds, "I can imagine [Michelle felt pressure] but she was amazing. She's a wonderful actress and lovely girl as well. I had great fun working with her." Simon Curtis directed the film, which is based on the diary of an assistant, Colin Clark, who worked on the set of The Prince And The Showgirl in 1956. Of his own role, that of Monroe's husband, playwright Arthur Miller, Scott says "[he is] such an iconic, interesting, enigmatic character, I had great fun researching and filming that."

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Potiche - Review

    You know you are in for a treat when the first image of a film is Catherine Deneuve doing a light jog through the countryside, and Potiche does not let you down. It's a comedy of manners set in the 1970s and Catherine Deneuve plays Suzanne the wealthy wife of an industrialist who runs the family umbrella business. He's a sexist jerk and treats his employees poorly so they revolt and take him hostage. Deneuve steps in and starts to run the business, and surprise, she's not such a Potiche or translated to English -- "trophy-wife." She's pretty good at the business, the employees like her and she realizes that she has more to give than just staying home with not much to do since her children are grown.

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  • The Playlist
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    Mike Skinner Of The Streets Writing Music For Film Version Of Hit British Comedy 'The Inbetweeners'

    The idea of popular musicians being used to score films is by no means a new one -- indeed, some of the top composers at present, such as Danny Elfman and Clint Mansell, got their start in bands (Oingo Boingo and Pop Will Eat Itself, respectively). But we seem to have reached an interesting tipping point in the last few years, with a whole spate of bands and musicians, particularly from the electronic music and hip hop worlds, penning full scores for high-profile movies.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    What the Hell is Abbie Cornish Doing in Sucker Punch?

    I must say that I found the film Sucker Punch to be very confusing. I had no idea what it was about except that it was clear that young women were in peril, stuck in a mental institution or brothel. (I couldn't tell the dream sequences from the real sequences -- if anything was real -- since there were many levels and not a good kind of levels like there were in Inception.)

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    Tom Hooper In Negotiations To Direct Musical 'Les Miserables'

    In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, the grand-scale movie musical was the equivalent of today's big-budget 3D sci-fi actioners -- star-packed blockbusters, often based on Broadway hits that were guaranteed to bring in hefty box office hauls. 1965's "The Sound of Music," one of the last whoppers of the genre, for instance, became the biggest film of all time on its release, and remains the third highest grosser of all time when adjusted for inflation. But a series of expensive flops, from "Doctor Dolittle" to "At Long Last Love" and "New York, New York," saw the genre fall out of favor, and the movie musicals nearly disappeared altogether in the 1980s and 1990s, outside of Disney animations and the occasional exception like "Evita."

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    Emir Kusturica To Head Un Certain Regard Jury At The Cannes Film Festival

    Two-time Palme d'Or winnter Emir Kusturica -- in 1985 for "When Father Was Away On Business" and in 1995 for "Underground" -- will be returning to the Croisette this year, but this time, he won't have a film in his hands.

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    Edgar Ramirez Being Sought For A Villain Role In 'Superman'?

    After an early bout of casting rumors around Zack Snyder's upcoming "Superman," the cord has quickly been tightened around the film, employing Christopher Nolan levels of secrecy (and no surprise really, given he's overseeing the project). In fact the only real concrete news of late is that Kevin Costner was confirmed as Pa Kent in the film, while Snyder himself revealed Viggo Mortensen won't be in the film (he was rumored for Zod). But this morning comes a fresh bit of potential casting, so get ready to put on your speculation hats on people.

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  • Caryn James
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