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    Robin McLeavy To Play Mary Todd In 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'?

    Update: Reps for McLeavy tell Next Movie that she hasn't been offered anything yet and is still in the mix.

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  • Spout
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    10 Sadly Unromantic Movies of 2010 (SPOILERS)

    Was 2010 an especially heartless year? There may have been the usual lot of (bad) romantic comedies and a few romantic dramas out last year, but for the most part it seems the most popular movies were those without any fairy tale endings filled with love and happiness. Many films were simply not romance-based stories. But many of those that did appear romantic, or promising of such in the end, it's easy to believe their reality was something quite different. This was a year when some of the best studio pictures featured dead wives, seen only in dreams and delusions, or otherwise lost loves, particularly as a result of the protagonist being a misogynistic prick.

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    'Paul' Soundtrack Features Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Todd Rundgren & More

    Today is Valentine's Day but for those of you in the U.K., the latest from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the Greg Mottola directed "Paul" hits your local multiplex so whether or not you have a date we definitely think it's worth throwing down your hard earned pounds and shillings to check it out. And true to Motolla's past films, it features a strong soundtrack mixing up r&b, soul, reggae and more

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Movies Lost, Found, And Funded

    I am proud to be part of this year’s blogathon “For the Love of Film (Noir),” an enterprise I missed out on when it was launched in 2010. Last year, film buffs just like you raised a sizable sum through grass-roots donations and helped to save three silent film shorts discovered at the New Zealand Archive. There's an equally worthy project on tap this year; details follow later in this posting.It’s been several months since the chief of the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library in Moscow presented, with ceremonial flourish, digital copies of ten long-missing American silent films to Dr. James Billington at the Library of Congress.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    FilmDistrict's Berney Talks 2011 Slate, Del Toro Pick-Up Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

    Miramax has been shopping its Disney holdovers to outside distributors. Focus acquired John Madden's Israeli thriller The Debt, starring Helen Mirren, Ciaran Hinds and Sam Worthington. And FilmDistrict, capitalizing on distrib exec Bob Berney's long relationship with Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth), has acquired U.S. rights to his production, the horror film Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. Footage played well at July's Comic Con; Del Toro had been worried about how the movie would be handled by Disney and then, new owner Miramax. He is worried no longer. “Miramax has done an inspired job finding the right home for our film that took 15 years to get made," said Del Toro. "Partnering with Bob Berney is always an exciting privilege." (The filmmaker talked to me in Toronto about producing the film, below.)

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  • The Playlist
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    Ashley Greene, Chris Walken, Shirley MacLaine & Adam Beach To Star In Lian Lunson's 'Boom Boom Room'

    Exclusive Long-Form Synopsis GivenAustralian filmmaker and actress Lian Lunson is heading in a completely different direction for her debut feature-length dramatic effort. The helmer behind the celebrated Leonard Cohen documentary, "I'm Your Man," which featured a memorable and intimate Bono, Edge and Cohen performance in New York's tiny Slipper Room venue, is venturing into the narrative feature arena for her next picture. And she's amassed quite the cast.

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    Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood To Score Lynne Ramsay's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'

    What a helluva ride it's been for fans of decent music over the past Sunday evening and Monday morning. First, Arcade Fire take home the Grammy for Album Of The Year, trumping a host of favored (and frankly, shitty) acts. Radiohead announces a new album -- "The King Of Limbs" -- this morning that is already on pre-sale and be released digitally this forthcoming Saturday and now, THR reports that Jonny Greenwood will be taking on the scoring duties for Lynne Ramsay's upcoming drama "We Need To Talk About Kevin." Awesome.

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    January Jones Says 'X-Men: First Class' Is Rushed & Over Schedule

    However, Tentpole Has Been Racing To The Finish Line Since Day 1For months now there have been rumblings and rumors about the troubles on the set of "X-Men: First Class." Latino Review at one point went as far as to allege that 2nd unit directors were shooting the film while filmmaker Matthew Vaughn edited it.

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    Review: 'Paul' Delivers A Funny, Touching, Rewarding Journey

    From The Playlist U.K.: The pubs of London are littered with the carcasses of British comedy stars who weren't able to convert their TV success to the big screen. Countless sitcom actors made awkward, unfunny film debuts, and even big names like Ricky Gervais and Steve Coogan have mostly tripped over in the cinema. The principle exceptions in recent years, however, have been the "Spaced" duo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who, in reuniting with the director of that show, Edgar Wright, produced two bona-fide comedy classics in "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz."

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    Contest Giveaway: Woody Allen's 'You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger' On DVD

    Update: Contest is closed. Winners have been contacted by email.

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