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  • Shadow and Act
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    "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" Gets New 4-Minute Extended Trailer

    All I can say is, Mr Fincher, I hope this lives up to expectations... there are so few films left in the year that are of genuine interest to me, and this is one of them:

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    THREE REASONS: THE NOISY REQUIEM, directed by Yoshihiko Matsui

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Once again, Robert Nishimura's Three Reasons shines a spotlight on a film that merits the Criterion treatment.

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  • The Playlist
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    Chris Evans Talks Trying To Honor The Memory Of An Unlikeable Lawyer In 'Puncture'

    In “Puncture,” Chris Evans plays Mike Weiss, the real-life lawyer who, along with Paul Danzinger, took on the medical industry. Hospital supply was, and remains, the major roadblock restricting the one-stick needle, a plastic, disposable syringe that is much cheaper and cost-effective than its dangerous counterpart. While the subject matter makes “Puncture” an “issue” movie, it’s Evans’ portrayal of Weiss that has audiences buzzing.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Gordon-Levitt and Rogen Talk 50/50: "It's Honest, That's Why It's Funny"

    Gordon-Levitt and Rogen Talk 50/50: "It's Honest, That's Why It's Funny"

    Screenwriter Will Reiser labored for six years at the behest of producer Seth Rogen to turn the fictional story based on Reiser's own cancer experience at age 24 into the funny coming-of-age film 50/50. Rogen and partner Evan Goldberg held onto control (and final cut) of the $8-million movie, which was calibrated to be just inexpensive enough for them to retain creative control, and got backing from Mandate Pictures (Summit releases the film September 30). They eventually hired Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) because "we spoke the same movie language," Rogen said after a packed SAG screening this week. Rogen is effectively playing himself; James McAvoy was supposed to play the lead but dropped out at the last minute due to a family emergency. One reason that Joseph Gordon-Levitt took the film with just one week to prepare, he says, is that Rogen was in control of the production.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: More Boobs, Blood & Bullets In Red Band Trailer For 'Killer Elite'

    Well, "Killer Elite" opens tomorrow so we suppose this is one last ditch effort to get dudes interested in seeing Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro wasting some bodies rather than watching Jonah Hill work some Excel spreadsheets in "Moneyball" (we kid, the movie is great, go see it folks).

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  • The Playlist
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    Meryl Streep Says "Never Compromise" In Poster For 'The Iron Lady'

    Well, there's only a handful of movies that are left to weigh in on the awards season race. "J. Edgar" and "Young Adult" both bowed out of the hoopla of Venice/Telluride/TIFF and so did one other film, Meryl Streep's "The Iron Lady."

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Extended Trailer For David Fincher's 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Looks Pretty Damn Good

    Is it just us, or are trailers getting shorter? Obviously, there have always been brief teasers around, but even the final clips rarely seem to top out over two minutes these days, happy to tantalize audiences with money shots and the "Inception" fart-trombone noise -- the days of old, with four-five minute trailers, sometimes even introduced by the cast or director themselves (like this all-time favourite of ours) seemingly long gone. Of course, you can rely on David Fincher to buck that trend.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Ghostbusters' Returns To Theaters For A 3 Night Stand In October

    Everywhere you look nostalgia seems to be big these days (please see every indie band that broke up in the '90s reuniting), and this was abundantly clear this past weekend when "The Lion King" roared back into theaters taking the number one slot. There are two ways to look at that: it's either a depressing sign that audiences would rather flock to the familiar than take a chance on something new or maybe the fresh movies being served up just aren't worth those hard earned dollars. We'll put that debate aside, but you can bet Hollywood is licking its chops to see what other movies they can dig up from the vaults and make premium bucks off of. And that's where Sony comes in, as they will be unleashing "Ghostbusters" back into theaters just shy of three decades since it first made its way to the multiplex.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Footnote is Israel's Official Oscar Entry, Wins Ophir

    Israel has a sensible approach to picking its official Oscar submission every year. The film that wins the best picture Ophir, their own Academy Award, is submitted. That means that it's not some group representing the country that decides what is appropriate. Government cultural bodies often make the wrong choice, for political, economic or even personal reasons. Why would Belgium, for example, not submit the popular, well-received, Cannes award-winning film from the Dardenne brothers, The Kid with a Bike (IFC)? Well, they submitted Bullhead, a crime thriller about cattle farmers, instead. The Film Experience keeps a running chart of the foreign Oscar submissions, complete with U.S. distributors.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Black Women Writers Ruling Broadway This Season

    Just thought I'd toast to what just may be a historical moment (theater geeks can correct me if I'm wrong on this); This season will see 3 Broadway shows (the highest level of commercial theatre/stage achievement in this country) penned/adapted by black women.

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