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    Watch: Teaser Trailer For Cameron Crowe's 'PJ20' Reveals Pearl Jam's First Band Name

    If Cameron Crowe has been keeping a low profile in recent years, the director will be pretty much everywhere this year. He already premiered his Elton John documentary "The Union" at the recent Tribeca Film Festival, he's getting ready to release the Matt Damon-led dramedy "We Bought A Zoo" later this year, and in addition to that, he drops another music doc, "Pearl Jam Twenty" a look back at the history of the iconic grunge band.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    EXCLUSIVE Clips, Interview: Chang-dong Lee Talks Beauty & Pain in His South Korean Stunner, Poetry

    Chang-dong Lee's must-see film, Poetry (which was in competition in Cannes 2010 and won best screenplay), opens at Los Angeles' Royal theatre on May 6. The film also won directing, screenwriting and acting awards at the Asian Pacific Screen Awards and the Asian Film Awards.

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    New Pics From Rod Lurie's Remake Of Sam Peckinpah's 'Straw Dogs'

    Here's a film we haven't heard about in a while...but will undoubtedly get tongues wagging. If you don't know Sam Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs," its reputation precedes it. The hard-to-watch film starred Dustin Hoffman as a mild-mannered man who is forced to violently reckon with his own masculinity after his wife is brutally raped and he must defend his home against the perpetrators. It's uneasy stuff that was lightning rod for controversy back in the day, and will likely stir up similar sentiment now. But regardless, director Rod Lurie ("The Contender," "Nothing But The Truth") has forged ahead with a remake and EW (print edition, not yet online) has some stills from the film.

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  • Spout
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    Posts About the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

    As indieWIRE's Eric Kohn pointed out in his wrap-up, complaining about the flaws of the Tribeca Film Festival is a pretty straightforward endeavor. After all, the fest’s World Premieres tended to fall flat and the selection of American indies was really nothing to write home about. Yet in the face of those problems, I think there’s quite a bit to be optimistic about. The international selection offered up some wonderful films, not least of which being the very strong contingent of Scandinavian works including “Turn Me On, Goddammit,” “She Monkeys,” “The Good Life,” and Sundance hit “Trollhunter.” These foreign flicks, many of which had already proven themselves in their home countries (notably enormous box-office success “Let the Bullets Fly”), really enriched the program. The shorts line-up was also very strong, including some of the best American films in the entire festival alongside a commendable selection of documentaries. We’ll try to keep track of them, if and when our favorites come to the web.

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    Larry David To Play A Delightfully Named Nun Mother Mengele In 'Three Stooges'

    We have to admit, we haven't exactly been all too excited about the casting of "The Three Stooges." Going from Jim Carrey, Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro to Will Sasso, Sean Hayes and Chris Diamantopoulos is a bit less than exciting but the supporting cast is renewing our interest. Last week, the very funny Jane Lynch came on onboard as Mother Superior and it looks like she's going to have one helluva colleague. Though perhaps not exactly in the shape we were expecting.

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    Is 'King Of Devil's Island' An Early Foreign Oscar Contender?

    Listen, we know that talking about Oscar this early in the game is pretty foolish. That said, other bloggers/film sites either already have tentative lists going or wil be very soon -- in fact, this writer remembers being in Cannes last year with early word swarmed around France's "Of Gods And Men" as being an Oscar favorite. Well, that buzz never amounted to much but still, when the "O" word is uttered, you can't help but pay attention.

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    Chris Hemsworth 71st Actor Eyed For Lead In 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

    Try as they might, Rupert Sanders and Universal just can't seem to lock down a lead for "Snow White and the Huntsman." Top shelf guys like Viggo Mortensen and Hugh Jackman have passed, while on-the-rise folks like Joel Edgerton have been mentioned to join Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron in the film. They seem to be vacillating between a name brand and a fresher face, and it looks like they hope to get the best out of both worlds with their latest choice.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Armie Hammer to Star in Psychological Thriller Love Story, 2:22, To Be Shopped At Cannes

    Armie Hammer is attached to star in Lightstream Pictures' 2:22, a psychological thriller to be directed by Paul Currie (One Perfect Day, co-founder of Lightstream) and based on Todd Stein (Unbound) and Nathan Parker's (Moon) original screenplay. Rights for the film will be shopped at Cannes via Ralph Kamp's Timeless Films. Lightfilms's Lawrence Inglee in producing. The synopsis for 2:22, which hopes to begin shooting in Sydney this fall, is below.  Hammer is hot: he just wrapped Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, will play the Prince in Relativity's upcoming The Brothers Grimm: Snow White (with Julia Roberts and Lily Collins) and is up for the title role in The Lone Ranger, which is more about Johnny Depp's Tonto.

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    Today's Birthdays - 5/02/11 (Dwayne Johnson, Gaius Charles and Roscoe Lee Browne)

    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson welcomes 39 today. In addition to his birth, the California native is probably celebrating the blockbuster performance his film Fast Five did this weekend breaking box-office records. His list of successful films include The Scorpion King, Walking Tall, Gridiron Gang, Tooth Fairy and Be Cool. Upcoming productions include Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Arabian Nights co-starring Anthony Hopkins and the Charlie Pride biopic that you can learn more about HERE.

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    Alberto Iglesias Scoring Roman Polanski's 'Carnage'

    Though you may not be familiar with the name Alberto Iglesias, you've certainly heard his work. The composer is perhaps best known for the music he's penned for frequent collaborator Pedro Almodovar or perhaps from his Oscar-nominated scores for "The Constant Gardener" and "The Kite Runner." Quite simply, he's one of the best composers working today and he's getting ready to add another acclaimed filmmaker to his resumé.

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