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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Coppola's Horrific TWIXT Screens for Distribs: It's About Loss

    Coppola's Horrific TWIXT Screens for Distribs: It's About Loss

    As promised at Comic-Con, Francis Ford Coppola screened his latest, the deeply personal, humorous black-and-white ghost noir TWIXT, starring Val Kilmer as a hack writer, Ben Chaplin as Edgar Allen Poe (who appears to the writer in dreams), and Elle Fanning (star of Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere) as a winsome vampire with braces. Bruce Dern (Touch of Evil) and Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro) co-star. (Trailer is below.)

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    Contest Giveaway: Tickets For BAMcinématek's Screenings Of 'Let The Right One In' & 'The Host'

    We're heading into the last weekend of August, the end of the summer movie season more or less, and if you're not digging the lean offerings from Hollywood you might want to look beyond the multiplex for something to see. If you live in New York City, BAMcinématek has kicked off a solid section of programming celebrating the 10th anniversary of Magnolia Pictures.

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    Watch Tessa Thompson in Trailer for Drama About Abortion Rights 'South Dakota'

    Written and directed by Bruce Isacson, South Dakota deals with the unplanned pregnancy of two young women and the conflict of women's rights to choose. The film, set for release in April 6th of 2012, stars Tessa Thompson, Amanda Aday, Reid Ewing and Allen Maldonado.

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  • The Playlist
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    Zoe Saldana Says 'Colombiana 2' Could Happen If You Go See The Movie This Weekend

    Actress Says She'll Sign On To James Cameron's 'Avatar' Sequels, Sight UnseenIn the past two years Zoe Saldana has become a force to be reckoned with in more ways than one: she helped J.J. Abrams resuscitate the "Star Trek" franchise as the lone female in the film’s boys' club, commanded the screen as the literal warrior princess Neytiri in James Cameron’s blockbuster game changer, ”Avatar," and now takes center stage as an ass-kicking assassin in "Colombiana," due Friday. Two of the three films already have sequels in the works – "Star Trek" is scheduled to start shooting later this year, and Cameron promised two more "Avatar" films arriving in 2014 and 2015. But speaking to the press on Wednesday, Saldana indicated she wouldn’t mind if her latest film became the next in her growing series of franchises.

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    Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley Records 3 Songs For John Hillcoat's 'The Wettest County'

    John Hillcoat and Nick Cave have been joined at the hip ever since the director's first film "Ghosts... of the Civil Dead" (which also starred the Bad Seed) but with "The Wettest County" it looks like the musician -- who is again taking on writing and scoring duties -- will be getting some help on the soundtrack.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Al Pacino Thanks Rappers For Keeping "Scarface" Alive

    I recall Sergio's post earlier this year, announcing that the film was coming to Blu-ray, in which he touched on this, calling the film "the modern black urban male ultimate macho fantasy," in reference to the fact that it's so well loved and appreciated by brothas in hip-hop.

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  • The Playlist
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    Hilary Duff Dumped From ‘Bonnie And Clyde’ Remake; World Breathes Collective Sigh Of Relief

    A couple of years ago “The Story of Bonnie and Clyde” was announced and into the role of Bonnie Parker, a beret-wearing outlaw rendered a fashion icon of sorts in the late 1960s by actress Faye Dunaway, stepped one-time child actor Hilary Duff. The casting obviously caused some consternation, and, at the time, it played out as a humorous spat between the former Disney poster girl and Dunaway, herself prone to kooky behavior of late, who squawked to the press, “Couldn’t they at least cast a real actress?”

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Martial Arts Epic True Legend Hits DVD/Blu-Ray in September

    True Legend, the latest martial arts epic from famed Hong Kong director and choreographer Yuen Woo Ping, who has worked a lot with Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday September 13. The movie starring Vincent Zhao and Jay Chou looks at a retired Qing dynasty general who wants to create a family and open his own martial arts school. See the trailer below.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Harrowing First Trailer Unveiled For Paddy Considine's 'Tyrannosaur'

    Perhaps catalysed by Jeff Wells' passionate appeal for marketing to commence on the film, with a post titled "Terrence Malick Of Trailer-Cutting," the first trailer for Paddy Considine's directorial debut "Tyrannosaur" has finally been unveiled.

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    Bizarre New Poster & Trailer For Long-Delayed Polish Brothers Film ‘Stay Cool’

    As filmmaking sibling duos go, Mark and Michael Polish have never been heralded as titans of the independent moviemaking scene, nor have they managed to attain consistent mainstream success like the brothers Coen or Duplass. Early efforts like “Twin Falls Idaho” -- in which the pair starred as conjoined twins to some acclaim -- and “Northfolk” certainly have their fans, but they came unstuck with an offensively mawkish Billy Bob Thornton vehicle no-one saw (“The Astronaut Farmer”) in 2006 and it’s hardly been plain sailing since then, with pictures like “The Smell of Success” dropping off the face of the Earth into instant obscurity or ‘secret’ projects like their “Wizard of Oz” prequel being mysteriously dumped/abandoned when everyone else in Hollywood had a similar idea.

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