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    Albert Maysles Says He Has An Unreleased Grand Funk Railroad Documentary In The Can

    And 4 Other Things Learned From The Filmmaker Who Talks The Fine Line Of Documentaries, Michael Moore's Ethics, And Whether Jackie Kennedy Onassis Actually Saw 'Grey Gardens' Documentary kings Albert and David Maysles started off small, making travelogue documentaries in foreign countries before landing their first notable output "What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A." This strong, humanistic look at some of the most popular musicians of all time paved the way for their magically consistent output of the late '60s and '70s, from the cinema verité non-intrusional epic "Salesman" to the subject of politics and legal obstructions of art in the Christo-centered "Running Fence." While they continued to work on quality projects after this period, few were as outstanding or popular as their output in the renegade '70s.

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    Watch: New 'Red Riding Hood' Trailer Is Basically 'Twilight' In Olden Times

    We're beginning to lose faith in you Catherine Hardwicke. You came on the scene with a one-two punch with "Thirteen" and "Lords of Dogtown," took a paycheck gig directing "Twilight" and yes, we understand that your musical "Hamlet" with Emile Hirsch didn't come together, but surely you can do more than retreat to another tween tentpole? Anyway, the latest trailer for "Red Riding Hood" has arrived and it will speak to the 13-year-old girl inside of you.

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    'Gangster Squad' Scribe Will Beall To Pen 'Lethal Weapon' Reboot

    Well, that was fast. Just last night, it was reported that Warner Bros. had just put a whole bunch of buried remakes back into development, including the Mel Gibson/Danny Glover buddy cop movie “Lethal Weapon.” Deadline now reveals that the studio has hired Black List-approved screenwriter Will Beall, who wrote the red-hot “Tales from the Gangster Squad,” to pen the script for the “Lethal Weapon” remake. The studio is hoping to re-launch the franchise with a couple of fresh new actors. While the studio toyed with the idea of filming yet another sequel with Gibson and Glover, schedules didn’t match up and of course, Gibson has totally gone off the reservation recently.

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    Rosie Perez Is A Big Fan of 'The Fighter'

    Last night, the beautifully designed, newly re-opened Museum of the Moving Image in Queens hosted a screening of “The Fighter,” the first film in their David O. Russell retrospective. That screening was followed by an hour-long conversation between Russell himself and long-time friend and filmmaker Spike Jonze. Jonze interviewed Russell on the condition that when Jonze had a new film out, the Museum would do his retrospective and Russell would return the favor and interview him. (Keep up the great programming, guys, seriously.) It was a candid, funny chat that zig-zagged through Russell’s entire career, starting with his Sundance splash “Spanking the Monkey” through his latest film, boxing drama “The Fighter.”

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    Jonas Åkerlund To Direct Britney Spears' Upcoming "Hold It Against Me" Music Video

    The filmmaking career of Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund is a curious one that can either be seen as a missed opportunity, a promise unfulfilled, or an overestimation of talent. In the mid to late '90s, Åkerlund seemed poised to follow in the footsteps of fellow music directing giants-turned-feature filmmakers Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry. The filmmaker made ripples and a splash with semi-transgressive (and often controversial) videos for The Prodigy (their infamous "Smack My Bitch Up"), Metallica and several videos for his visual muse Madonna ("Ray Of Light" and "Music" among others).

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    TV Tonight: Amy Poehler's "Parks and Rec" and Other Smart Sitcoms

    There are so few really smart network sitcoms -- I'd count four, including ABC's Modern Family -- it's hard to say whether it's good or bad that three of them are back-to-back on NBC on Thursday. The network has been floundering for years, but it has also been steadily redefining its comedy with series like The Office and the brilliant 30 Rock that rely on droll wit rather than punchlines.

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    Playing at a Theatre Near You: Natalie Portman

    While Natalie Portman has not won an Oscar (yet), she is clearly one of the biggest beneficiaries from this awards season.

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    Sundance 2011: "I Saw the Devil" is a Bloody Good Revenge Movie

    "Revenge is for movies. That guy's a psycho."

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    Emma Forrest's Memoir 'Your Voice In My Head' (Featuring Colin Farrell) Headed To The Big Screen

    Screenwriter Emma Forrest has been on our radar for a while. She featured on our list of "5 Screenwriters About To Hit The Big Time" largely due to the strength of her excellent script "Liars (A-E)," which focused on a woman on the verge of turning 30 who, after she's dumped by her rock star boyfriend on election night, decides to travel to Obama's inauguration with her younger best friend, stopping along the way to take back gifts she'd given all her ex-boyfriends. At one point, the film was set up with Richard Linklater directing and Kat Dennings and Rebecca Hall set to star but -- blast you movie gods! -- the project fell apart. The script was penned in three days following her break-up with Colin Farrell after a year-long relationship, and another piece of work inspired from that period in her life is now making its way to the big screen.

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    Sacha Baron Cohen Follows Up Borat and Bruno with Saddam Hussein Adaptation The Dictator

    Sacha Baron Cohen, of Borat and Bruno fame, will next star in Paramount's The Dictator, hitting theaters worldwide on May 11, 2012. Borat (Twentieth Century Fox) and Bruno (Universal) director Larry Charles is re-teaming with Cohen. The Dictator is based on Saddam Hussein best-selling novel, Zabibah and The King, and is described as "the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed." Brings tears to our eyes already.

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