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    In Theaters: 'What's Your Number?' Does The Math With '50/50' & 'Dream House'

    I hope you've all iced your crotch punches from last weekend and are ready to get down to brass tax. Joseph Gordon-Levitt with cancer! Come on now, people, we've got to be SERIOUS, it's almost October after all. We need politics and drama and commentary, like in the scathing feminist critique of "What's Your Number?" (Lemme guess, Chris Evans is number 20 and she doesn't have to go over the socially acceptable limit of dudes effed). So put on the big boy or girl pants, this weekend we've got "50/50," "Dream House," "What's Your Number?" and "Take Shelter" hitting screens.

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    2 New Pictures Of Michelle Williams Looking Gorgeous In 'My Week With Marilyn'

    Well, whether or not Michelle Williams has a shot at another Best Actress nomination remains to be seen, and we'll soon find out after "My Week With Marilyn" premieres at the New York Film Festival, which kicks off today. But there can be no doubt, Williams looks gorgeous in the lead role as the iconic Marilyn Monroe.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: Twitter Proves People Are Happiest on Weekends, Netflix vs. Amazon

    Looking at a catalogue of real-time updates from Twitter, scientists at Cornell University were able to track mood changes throughout the day and week, and found confirmation of the obvious: people are happiest on their days off. Cornell University analyzed over 500 million Tweets from 2.4 million people, from 84 countries and using a computer program to look at words indicating positive or negative moods, found that positive attitudes peaked early in the morning and then again around midnight. Moods dipped in the middle of the workday and peaked on weekend mornings.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    S & A Filmmaker Diary Series w/ Matthew Cherry "Post Production" (Pick-up Days, Final Cut + Docu)

    Here's the latest in our ongoing Filmmaker Diary Series featuring writer/director Matthew Cherry. His debut feature film The Last Fall, with an ensemble cast that includes Lance Gross, Nicole Beharie, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Keith David and Harry Lennix, is well into its post-production. The teaser trailer premiered on September 9th.

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    New Looks At Cathy & Heathcliffe In Andrea Arnold's 'Wuthering Heights'

    You gotta hand it to Andrea Arnold. After her last film "Fish Tank" brought the director her most acclaim to date, particularly due to the stirring turn out she got out of a young, unknown Katie Jarvis, in a film that also happened to co-star somebody you might have heard of named Michael Fassbender, she easily could've done something more accessible and just plain easy. But she didn't. Instead, she decided to adapt "Wuthering Heights" with an unknown in the lead in a version that our man in Venice said in his review finds both the grace and brutality of the story and brings it "kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century." While we'll have to wait until next year for Oscilloscope Laboratories to release the film stateside, Empire has some new looks at "Wuthering Heights" as it gears up to hit cinemas soon.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Video: TIFF 2001 Moguls Talk WIth Ted Hope (aka Me)

    Video: TIFF 2001 Moguls Talk WIth Ted Hope (aka Me)

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    007 Watch: James Bond Might Land French Bond Girl; Idris Elba Wants a Chance At Playing 007

    French ingenue Bérénice Marlohe is the latest rumored Bond Girl for Sam Mendes' Bond 23 (photo below). Also rumored to be in the hunt for the coveted role are Freida Pinto and Olivia Wilde. Marlohe would join Daniel Craig, Judi Dench as "M," and Naomi Harris as Miss Moneypenny; Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes are expected to finalize negotiations to become the next Bond Villains soon. MGM's still untitled Bond 23, written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan with a score by David Arnold, is set to start filming in Istanbul, reports MI6, in November for stateside release by Sony on November 9, 2012.

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  • Spout
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    "Sarah Palin: You Betcha!" is a Valuable Documentary About the Price of Talk

    I don't enjoy trying to defend Nick Broomfield. His documentary style is an acquired taste, and I don't always know how to put my finger on what I like about him. What I do know is that people should never go into his films expecting something other than a Nick Broomfield film. Otherwise you're one of the millions disappointed with "Kurt & Courtney" and "Biggie & Tupac." And you'll be disappointed with his latest, "Sarah Palin: You Betcha!" (co-directed with longtime collaborator Joan Churchill), which returns him to his trademark form of first-person investigative cinema after a couple brilliant ventures into more reenacted realities. At times he is more obnoxiously bumptious here, unfortunately more comparable to Michael Moore than usual, but like Moore's main problem it's the size of the subject that hurts him the most here. Veering towards the worst of "stalk-umentary" awkwardness (I now see that Churchill also worked on "Tell Them Who You Are," which is interesting), the doc occasionally made me embarrassed for both Broomfield and my own fandom of him. From my capsule review at Movies.com:

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    The Amazing Race: Will The Best Actress Category Be A Battle Of The Biographies?

    If the Best Actor category, which we examined last week, is competitive, Best Actress is even more so -- as has been the case in the last few years, in fact. While there are plenty of thankless girlfriend and love interest roles most of the year, people are writing good roles for women, thank god, and there's a plethora of great actors, both veterans and newcomers, capable of taking the role and knocking them out of the park.

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    Anthony Mackie To Be Honored By Chicago International Film Festival

    It was just announced that the Chicago International Film Festival will this year honor Anthony Mackie with its annual Artistic Achievement Award at its Black Perspective Tribute. The event will take place on Saturday October 15th at the Chase Auditorium in downtown Chicago .

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