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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Derek Cianfrance Talks Details for Place Behind the Pines, Reuniting with Ryan Gosling

    Writer-director Derek Cianfrance's The Place Behind the Pines has Ryan Gosling attached and an offer out to Bradley Cooper. The two stars combined with the father-son-epic-crime-movie genre and the indie-sensibility of the Blue Valentine director could prove a powerful mix.

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    Jessica Chastain on Malick and Seeing The Tree of Life: "You Can't Help But Be Changed"

    We recently featured Jessica Chastain as one of our Four Rising Stars of 2011, and the world will soon discover why. The premiere of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (May 16 at Cannes) will kick off a series of high profile projects, from Al Pacino's Wilde Salome (premiering at the Venice Film Festival this September) to this summer's The Help (August 12). The Independent spoke with the actress about working with Malick (she's a big fan) and the effect of his long-awaited film: "I think you see [The Tree of Life] and you can't help but be changed, and you can't help but think about your life and your relationship with your family, and nature, and some kind of spiritual being – it's really special."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    I've Read Tarantino's "Django Unchained" Script, And, Well, It's Not Nat Turner's Revolt...

    So I finally got through reading Quentin Tarantino’s screenplay for Django Unchained. And, well, I'm sorry to say that it’s not at all what a lot of you seem to think, or rather hope it will be, as the title of this post suggests.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sony Lands Foreign Rights To 'Django Unchained' In Bid To Court Will Smith For Lead Role

    How badly does Quentin Tarantino want Will Smith? He's willing to give him the world to make it happen.

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  • Spout
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    Does the "Thor" Ending Hurt or Help Your Anticipation of "The Avengers"?

    The "Avengers" film franchise may not really be the equivalent of a Ponzi scheme, as A.O. Scott considers it, because the primary audience for "Thor" is also the primary audience for "Captain America" and "The Avengers" and so on anyway. They don't need the chain-linking of plot through each installment as reason to see the next. If anything many fans are more annoyed with the overlaying schematics of these movies, and it would even be a deterrent if this audience wasn't so completist in their consumption of comic and blockbuster culture.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jessica Chastain Has A Smart Part In Terrence Malick's Next, Still Untitled Romantic Drama

    Terrence Malick's long awaited "The Tree Of Life" will unspool a week from today at the Cannes Film Festival, and the picture that had remained hidden for so long, will finally be revealed and talked about. In the past, we'd just have to wait patiently until the director decided what he would do next. However, Malick seems to have a fire lit under him as before "The Tree Of Life" was done, last fall, he got started on another film.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    International Sales Agent of the Day: North by Northwest Entertainment

    North by Northwest Entertainment http://www.nxnwmoviesales.com

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Die-Hard Indie John Sayles Takes McSweeney's Novel A Moment in the Sun On Tour

    John Sayles and producer Maggie Renzi tell Cari Beauchamp about their book tour for Sayles' A Moment in the Sun: Since Return of the Secaucus Seven in 1979, John Sayles, along side his long-time producer and partner Maggie Renzi, have been making independent films, telling the stories they want to tell (Lone Star, Matewan, Eight Men Out and more than a dozen others). In between, Sayles has supplemented his income with often uncredited studio writing jobs as well writing short stories and novels. It is exemplary of Sayles, who writes, directs and edits his own films, that he never uses the possessory credit and when speaking of his movies, always uses the word "we"...

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  • The Playlist
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    F. Gary Gray Headed To 'The Last Days Of American Crime' With Sam Worthington

    F. Gary Gray has had a bit of a bumpy ride in finding his next film after "Law Abiding Citizen." Last year he was on board to direct the video game adaptation "Kane & Lynch" with Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx before that project ran into development hell, and earlier this year he was shortlisted for "G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes" (with that job going to Jon Chu) but it looks like he's landed on something new.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Thor': The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

    "Thor" is waking up on Monday morning with a bit of a curious hangover. While most critics seemed to give the Marvel comic adaptation a shrug of approval (including us -- we gave it a B- and called it "mostly entertaining" though around the offices, most of us were split on the film, and audiences were a bit more cagey about seeing the mighty hammer up on screen. The film opened to a conservative $66 million. Yes, it was the second highest first-weekend gross this year so far, but for May, this is considered a soft summer opening if you look at the past ("Iron Man" movies and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" both did higher numbers). This could make rival studios quiver in their boots about bringing lesser-known, expensive comic films to the big screen (you can bet Warner Bros. execs are meeting today to figure how to avoid a similar opening for "Green Lantern," again not a bad one, but not quite the numbers they want to see considering the expensive budgets).

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