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    'Unknown' Director Jaume Collet-Serra Eyes Remake Of Jean-Pierre Melville's 'Le Cercle Rouge'

    Director Jaume-Collet Serra is hot hot hot. The "Orphan" helmer has the relatively warmly received thriller "Unknown" hitting theaters this weekend -- a film that seems to be getting a "it's good for what it is" pass from a decent number of critics -- and he recently signed on to direct "Harker," a reimagining of the Dracula for Warner Bros. Additionally, Paramount has also shortlisted the helmer for "G.I. Joe 2" and now one more project is crossing his desk.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    "Putty Hill" Needs You

    "Putty Hill" Needs You

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    The Golden Age of American Talkies: 1931

    The Smiling Lieutenant (Ernst Lubitsch)City Lights (Charlie Chaplin)Tabu (F.W. Murnau & Robert Flaherty)Street Scene (King Vidor)Dishonored (Josef von Sternberg)The Champ (King Vidor)The Struggle (D.W. Griffith)The Criminal Code (Howard Hawks)Arrowsmith (John Ford)An American Tragedy (Josef von Sternberg)The Skin Game (Alfred Hitchcock)Private Lives (Sidney Franklin)Wicked (Allan Dwan)Bad Girl (Frank Borzage)Chances (Allan Dwan)The Miracle Woman (Frank Capra)Girls About Town (George Cukor)Frankenstein (James Whale)The Public Enemy (William Wellman)Seas Beneath (John Ford)The Yellow Ticket (Raoul Walsh)Tarnished Lady (George Cukor)The Guardsman (Sidney Franklin)Dirigible (Frank Capra)The Squaw Man (Cecil B. DeMille)The Brat (John Ford)Doctors’ Wives (Frank Borzage)

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    Pixar Plans 'Toy Story' Short In Front Of 'The Muppets' & Direct-To-DVD 'Cars' Spinoff 'Planes'

    Diluting the brand much? One of the great things about Pixar when they first came onto the animation scene is that they abandoned the very practices that watered down the once mighty Disney. Story came before merchandising, and more importantly, the up-and-coming studio didn't diminish their quality features by churning out sub-standard straight-to-video features. Until now. With Pixar now firmly under the Disney umbrella, the merchandising machine is going into overdrive and with good reason. "Cars" alone brings in literally billions a year thanks to branding; last year, combined with box office and merchandising "Toy Story 3" brought in $10 billion. That's no small potatoes.

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    Review: 'Zero Bridge' Goes For Realism But Ends Up With Stiffness

    It's always nice when filmmakers are open to collaboration. This teamwork isn't (and shouldn't) be limited to the actors, but their general environment as well. It takes an exceptional kind of artist to make these loose partnerships flourish, as a project could quickly become detached or too self-indulgent without the proper wrangling. Still, knowing that any sort of director is diving headfirst into a visually-rich area, planning to shoot guerilla style and working with non-actors to create something distinctive is pretty damn exciting. Tariq Tapa's arsenal had plenty of useful tools to make an incredible indie: a unique-looking cast of unprofessionals, decent video equipment, a simple improv-ready ten page outline, and the setting of the war-torn India-controlled Kashmir. Unfortunately, instead of resembling the works of the topically-fueled Nagisa Oshima ("Sing A Song Of Sex" was devised around national protests) or improv-heavy John Cassavettes, Tapa's much more grounded "Zero Bridge" has more in common with America's micro-indies, for better or worse.

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    Darren Aronofsky Still Eyeing 'Noah's Ark' For The Big Screen; Not Your Mom's Bible Story

    The Darren Aronofsky masterminded, Nico Henrichon drawn graphic novel for the "Black Swan" director's revisioned biblical epic about the iconic Noah and his ark was recently released with a gust after kicking around as a film project for years. It came as somewhat of a surprise but it now looks like there was planning behind the sudden release. Speaking with the L.A. Times, Aronofsky has discussed his hopes that the novel will help "secure studio financing so he can move forward with the film after finishing 'The Wolverine,'" which is set to begin production this April.

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    'The King's Speech' Writer & Director Potentially Reteaming On 'The Lady Who Went Too Far'

    For all the success of "The King's Speech," there's been one behind-the-scenes story that's almost as heartwarming as King Bertie's: that of the film's screenwriter, David Seidler. A relative unknown, who hadn't racked up a major credit since he wrote "Tucker: The Man And His Dream" for Francis Ford Coppola thirty years ago, Seidler was a former stammerer himself, who finally started to write the script that he'd been planning for years after he was diagnosed with throat cancer, and looks likely to win an Oscar for the first time, at the age of 73, next weekend.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Watch a Gory Scene from "Santa Sangre."

    Watch a Gory Scene from "Santa Sangre."

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    Watch: Video For Radiohead's 'Lotus Flower' Turns Thom Yorke's Spastic Dancing Into Art

    Give it up to director Garth Jennings. The helmer, landing the pretty plum gig of directing the first video from Radiohead's brand new album "The King Of Limbs" (arriving for download from the boys a day earlier than expected) has hit the web and it has a pretty simple, genius concept. Put a vaudeville hat on Thom Yorke and just film his spastic dancing to the song "Lotus Flower." The result is a bizarrely compelling video with Yorke's flailing, curiously spellbinding limbs as the main attraction.

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    Colin Firth Again Being Pursued For 'My Fair Lady' Remake; Carey Mulligan Still Attached

    Shooting Won't Start Til 2012, But Rights Issues May Cause More DelaysColin Firth's had a somewhat curious career trajectory so far. From boy wonder in "Another Country," to your mom's favorite prickly heartthrob in "Pride & Prejudice," to chubby villain in "Shakespeare in Love," to your mom's favorite prickly heartthrob (again) in "Bridget Jones' Diary," to singing dad in "Mamma Mia," he's finally become a bona fide leading man, and A-list star, after last year's brilliant "A Single Man," and the critical and commercial behemoth that "The King's Speech" has become. The actor is about ten days away from picking up a Best Actor Oscar (let's face it, any suspense has gone at this point...), but he's already become firmly in demand.

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