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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    London Film Fest Closes with Deep Blue Sea, Awards for Ramsay's Kevin, Herzog's Into the Abyss

    London Film Fest Closes with Deep Blue Sea, Awards for Ramsay's Kevin, Herzog's Into the Abyss

    Matt Mueller reports back on the final day and winners of the BFI London Film Festival:The BFI London Film Festival bowed out last night with the European debut of Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea, wrapping up after 16 days, the unspooling of 207 fiction and documentary features and a smattering of Hollywood stars on hand to unveil their projects in front of the UK capital’s cinema-devouring crowd. George Clooney graced the LFF red carpet two nights running for the gala premieres of The Ides Of March and The Descendants. Also putting in red-carpet tours of duty were Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen for A Dangerous Method, Woody Harrelson for Rampart, Joely Richardson and Roland Emmerich for Anonymous, Madonna for W.E., Freida Pinto for Trishna and Seth Rogen for 50/50.

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    Morelia Fest Day Five: Rivers of Men, Pancho Villa and More Food

    Next year I want to go to Mexico's Morelia International Film Festival. Check out Meredith Brody's final report:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Aldis Hodge Joins Cast Of Eco-Terrorism Feature Project "The East"

    Aldis Hodge from TNT's serial crime drama Leverage has joined the cast of what is described as an "eco-terrorist" thriller titled The East, which will be directed by Zal Batmanglij (his second feature film effort; his first being Sound Of My Voice, a Sundance 2011 entry that was picked up by Fox Searchlight earlier this year, though it hasn't been released yet). The East, which is currently shooting in Louisiana, centers around "a contract worker who infiltrates an anarchist group, known as The East, and finds herself falling for its leader."

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  • The Playlist
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    Cameron Crowe Says He's Written A Comedy That He Hopes To Shoot Next March

    New Picture From 'We Bought A Zoo'To say that Cameron Crowe has been busy would be an understatement. The director, returning to the cinema world after a long absence following 2005's "Elizabethtown," has had an insanely busy 2011. This spring he premiered his Elton John documentary "The Union" at the Tribeca Film Festival which you'll get to see on HBO in January; just this week saw the release of his comprehensive "Pearl Jam 20," an indepth look at the iconic alternative band on their twentieth anniversary and in December, he'll unveil his first feature length movie in six years, the Matt Damon starring, Jonsi scored "We Bought A Zoo." But if you think Crowe might take some time in 2012 to grab a nap you'd be mistaken. If things go according to plan, he'll be shooting his next film a lot sooner than you think.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Support Damon Water: Charity Raising Funds for 884 Million Who Lack Access to Clean Water

    Matt Damon and his Water.org charity are launching a water bottle campaign to help raise money for the 884 million people who are without access to clean, safe water. Damon says:"I think what resonates with me most is when you see people living without clean water and they're forced to scavenge for water and basically use up all of their time just doing that. You realize that they're in such a crippling cycle of poverty; it's just a death spin that they can't possibly get out of."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    On DVD/Blu-ray - "Venus Noire" ("Black Venus" - The Hottentot Venus Film) + Review + Clip +Interview

    It's been over a year since I saw Venus Noire (Black Venus) at the New York Film Festival in the fall of 2010, and it never received a stateside release; actually I'm not sure it got much of a release outside of the international film festival circuit and a few European territories.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    IN THE WORKS: Kidman's Family Fang; Murray Joins Coppola, Sheen; Arndt Writing Phineas and Ferb

    Nicole Kidman and her Blossom Films banner partner Per Saari are teaming up again with Rabbit Hole co-producers Olympus Films. They are optioning screen rights to The Family Fang, Kevin Wilson's bestselling first novel about a group of performance artists whose children (who as children were regularly involved in their parents' bizarre activities) return home as resentful and maladjusted adults and are asked to participate in their parents' final performance. Here's more on what else Kidman and Wilson have in the works.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: ‘Like Crazy’ A Familiar Tale Of Impossible Love, Well Told

    This is a reprint of our review from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival by correspondent James Rocchi.

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger To Star In 'Black Sands' Directed By 'Act Of Valor' Duo

    Accident On The Set Of 'The Expendables 2' Kills One Stuntman & Injures AnotherBad news for "The Terminator" sequel? While that remains the big elephant in the room at the moment, Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't slowing down his comeback train one iota. He's wrapped his work on "The Expendables 2" with his old pal Sly (who himself just landed "The Tomb" that Arnie was also eyeing at one point), is currently shooting Kim Ji-Woon's gritty thriller "The Last Stand" and now has a project he'll tackle next spring.

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    Soderbergh's Magic Mike Will Hit Theaters June 2012; Based on Star Channing Tatum's Stripper Days

    Steven Soderbergh Magic Mike will hit theaters June 29, 2012 via Warner Bros. The director already has a cut of the film, which stars Channing Tatum---whose earlier days as a male stripper are the inspiration for the movie, written by Reid Carolin. Tatum's stripper teaches Alex Pettyfer's character the ways of the business, on and off the stage. Further plot details are unknown. Matthew McConaughey plays the owner of their club; Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello (pictured, with Tatum and Pettyfer), Gabriel Igelsias, Olivia Munn, Riley Keough, Betsy Brandt, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Cody Horn also co-star.

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