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    First Official Image Of Scarlett Johansson In Jonathan Glazer's 'Under The Skin'

    One film we've been keeping an eye on, and hoping it will pop up somewhere on the 2012 calendar, is Jonathan Glazer's long awaited third film (his first in eight long years) "Under The Skin," starring Scarlett Johansson. On paper, it seems like a straight genre piece or a "Species" remake, with the adaptation of Michael Faber's novel telling the story of a manhunting alien disguised as a sexy woman who preys on human flesh. Well, the good news is two fold. Cineuropa has tweeted that the film is officially in post-production in London after shooting last fall, and they've included the first official image from the movie.

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    Charles Champlin on Criticism, in an Excerpt From 'Conversations at the American Film Institute With Great Moviemakers'

    "I think every reviewer ought to put these words over his desk: 'There is a bad film in every good filmmaker and a good film in every bad filmmaker.'”

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Repost: Interview with Nadine Labaki - Writer and Director of Where Do We Go Now?

    Here's the repost of the interview I did with Nadine Labaki in September at the Toronto Film Festival. The film opens in the US today.

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  • The Playlist
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    Warner Bros. Wants To Make A 'Contagion' Sequel

    "Building the brand" is a phrase you'll hear tossed around marketing and PR offices, and also on Hollywood lots. Franchising is the name of the game and it seems everything these days gets a sequel or is set up for a sequel. Even if a movie wasn't originally envisioned to be a brand builder, if it's successful, executives want to figure out a way to keep that money train rolling. 

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Dark Shadows—movie review

    It makes sense that for Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton to get in on the current vampire craze, they’d have to approach it with a sense of humor. I doubt if many young viewers know that they’ve based their new film on a forty-year-old daytime TV drama, and it scarcely matters. Dark Shadows is an amusing piece of high camp, stoked by Depp’s deadpan star performance and the kind of elaborate trappings one would expect from Burton. (His longtime production designer, Rick Heinrichs, has done another beautiful job with both real and virtual sets.)

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  • The Playlist
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    It's 'About Time' For Rachel McAdams & Richard Curtis; Actress Lines Up Anton Corbijn's 'A Most Wanted Man'

    Rachel McAdams

    It looks like Rachel McAdams is going to continue the one-for-them-one-for-me approach. The actress has been oscillating between more indie minded/less commercial fare (relatively speaking) like "The Lucky Ones," "Midnight In Paris" (who would've predicted it would have been a smash hit?) and "State Of Play" and bigger/schlockier stuff like "Sherlock Holmes" and this year's "The Vow." But it looks like the actress is getting a bit more risky and frisky. She's currently lensing "Passion" with Brian De Palma and the provocative first image was unveiled recently, and it looks like the rest of her year will be dominated by a rom-com and a thriller.

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  • Press Play
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    VIDEO ESSAY - Utopia Online?

    Watching two short documentaries from Sam Green’s once-live UTOPIA IN FOUR MOVEMENTS performance online makes one viewer wonder: Is utopia a state of mind?

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator' Rules With Comic Authority & Big Laughs

    At a first glance, Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator" almost seems too easy. Another accent, another elaborate costume, more manscaping and this time with the softball target of despotic leaders -- it almost seemed as if the comic actor was pouring an ocean of fish into a tiny thimble and then pointing a comedy bazooka at it. And for the first fifteen to twenty minutes, "The Dictator" is kind of that obvious, and as a result, a bit uneven. But once the movie really finds its groove, Cohen's latest character creation easily stands up with his best work. Frequently laugh out loud funny, button pushing, and the rare comedy that actually gets more enjoyable as it goes on, "The Dictator" delivers the goods. All hail Admiral General Aladeen!

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Now Before May 13 Debut: Full Episode Of 1st In Jada Pinkett Smith's "Red Table Talk" Series

    A quick recap... the story goes, earlier this year, Jada Pinkett Smith sat down with daughter Willow Smith, and mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones for an intimate conversation on love, life, fame, family and more, across the 3 represented generations, in what is being titled the Red Table Talk series... just in time for Mother's Day this Sunday.

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    Out Of The Frying Pan And Into The Fire: Shawn Levy Replaces Brett Ratner On 'The 39 Clues'

    Even for a series of books with a youngish fanbase, it must have been dispiriting for those with a vested interest in "The 39 Clues," a series of adventure novels written by multiple authors, which number 15 to date, that Steven Spielberg, who was initially eying the project as a potential directorial effort, was replaced by cinephile bete noire Brett Ratner. While it's not a backslide of quite the same degree, the latest change in personnel on the long-gestating film can't delight too many fans either.

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