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    Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Jack Black & More Star In Beastie Boys Sundance Short

    Elijah Wood & John C. Reilly Also Star In Mystery Short FilmThe folks over at JoBlo have been perusing the Sundance short film program and have stumbled across an intriguing, mysterious little entry called "Fight For Your Right Revisited."

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    The Wachowskis To Write & Direct Robin Hood Tale 'Hood,' Have Approached Will Smith For Role

    The Wachowskis have no shortage of projects on the go. The adaptation of David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas," which they are producing and possibly directing segments of, is gearing up to go in front of cameras next spring, while their highly ambitious gay romance/George W. Bush assassination/Iraq war tale "CN-9" (aka "Cobalt Neutral 9") continues to try and put together financing. But their next pic will follow the current Hollywood love affair with fables and fairy tales.

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    14 Actors Acting, Care of The New York Times

    The New York Times has outdone themselves with this amazing interactive feature that shows 14 actors - including Natalie Portman (!), Lesley Manville (!!), and Tilda Swinton (!!!) - "acting" as classic screen types various minute long clips directed by Solve Sundsbo and featuring the music of Owen Pallett (!!!!). Enjoy.

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    Video: Daft Punk's "Derezzed" From the "TRON: Legacy" Soundtrack

    If you believe what others are saying, that the best things about "TRON: Legacy" are Olivia Wilde and the score by Daft Punk, then this music video would seem to be all you need. Debuted by MTV.com yesterday, the clip is for the track "Derezzed," one of the techno tracks played during a fight scene at the End of the Line club. I recommend the movie for that scene alone, actually. Daft Punk fans will enjoy seeing the guys appear as DJs -- though the film cuts to them too often -- while anyone wishing that early '70s David Bowie had starred in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" (this should be everyone) will love Michael Sheen's role.

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    International Poster & Trailer For 'Black Swan' Dazzles

    Yes, we know, "Black Swan" has already opened but unless you were in one of the 19 cities that kicked off its debut weekend (it expands to 70 screens this weekend), you're most likely going to have to wait until Christmas when the film opens wide in 1000 theaters. And if you're overseas, you'll be waiting until early in the new year for Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis to dance into your town.

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    Watch 'Inception' In Real Time & Ten Key Quotes From Chris Nolan's Interview With Brother Jonathan

    Plus Watch The Film In Real Time, And Nolan's Structure Drawing When you think about it, there's really no way that "Inception" should have worked. A film of ludicrous ambition, a $200 million dollar passion project, attempting to combine the arthouse and the blockbuster at one fell swoop, and, unlike virtually every other tentpole, not based on a comic book, video game or airport novel. Not to mention that the history of directors being given carte blanche following a megahit doesn't always work out for the best -- right up until the film started screening, we were still concerned that it could turn out to be Nolan's "Heaven's Gate."

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    Michel Gondry Says 'The We & The I' Films Next Summer; Also Working On Animated Noam Chomsky Doc

    Screenings have started for Michel Gondry's first big tentpole studio film, "The Green Hornet," and the early reactions on Twitter have been positive. Certainly, it seems to indicate that reports of Sony's pleasure with the film were on the money and if the early word continues to build in the same direction, it would be a remarkable turnaround for a film that only a few months ago had most movie sites ringings its death knell. So with that film gearing up for release next month, Gondry is already looking to what's next and he's certainly not short on options. The animated project "Megalomania" and ambitious musical project "The Return Of The Ice Kids" with Ellen Page attached have been in the works for a while, but it's another long-gestating project that will go first.

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    Trailer For 'I Am Number Four' Marks Exact Midpoint Between 'Twilight' And Brett Ratner's 'X-Men'

    We were a little confused a few months back when it appeared that Dreamworks were releasing a sequel to the Doug Liman/Hayden Christensen sci-fi flop "Jumper." As it turned out, it was actually the trailer for a film called "I Am Number Four," an adaptation of the young adult novel by Oprah nemesis James Frey and co-writer Jobie Hughes, about an exiled alien, the titular number four, on the run from the rival extraterrestrial race that wiped out his people.

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    Sound and Fury: Julie Taymor's "The Tempest"

    Julie Taymor is a filmmaker fascinatingly, infuriatingly at odds with herself. Each of her four features contains an essential, somewhat patronizing, gesture toward accessibility: her debut, Titus, sexes up Shakespeare’s gruesome Titus Andronicus with an all-star cast and a bright color palette; Frida puts Salma Hayek through an Oscar-friendly ornate-biopic game of dress-up, casting the voluptuous actress as the earth-mother-ish Mexican painter Frida Kahlo; Across the Universe tells a story of young love laced with Beatles tracks, proudly presenting the biggest pop-music sensation in the history of the world for those recalcitrant adolescents unwilling to take their parents’ word for it; and The Tempest, her latest effort, returns to the turf of her debut, busting a flashy late-Nineties-esque Shakespeare-revisionism move (it’s Prosper-a not Prosper-o!) amid a maelstrom of bizarre VFX. Even her forthcoming, astronomically expensive Broadway adaptation of Spider-Man, subtitled Turn Off the Dark, seems determined to make the comic-book material even more mainstream; the three Sam Raimi Spider-Man films collectively took in about $2.5 billion worldwide, but for all those stern, earnest adult-contemporary listeners in flyover country still dismissing superheroes as geeky kids’ stuff, Taymor has made the diplomatic gesture of adding a score of new soaring anthems by Bono and The Edge. Read Benjamin Mercer's review of The Tempest.

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    James Franco, Alan Cumming, Catherine Keener & Claire Danes Star In Currently-Filming 'Maladies'

    Project Is Payoff To Franco's 'General Hospital' RoleJames Franco's had a pretty good 2010, but his 2011 is likely to be even better. The polymath will kick things off by not only co-hosting the Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway, but also with a near certain-nomination at the awards for his stunning performance in Danny Boyle's "127 Hours." April will then see him topline the fantasy comedy "Your Highness," and the summer will see him take on his first full-flung blockbuster lead in 20th Century Fox's "Rise of the Apes."

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