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    Neill Blomkamp Lines Up Another New Mystery Film 'Chappie,' Will Shoot After 'Elysium'

    Everybody wants to be Neill Blomkamp's friend these days. Sony just dropped $120 million on the director's next project "Elysium," a mysterious sci-fi flick set 100 years in the future with a cast led by Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley, and with "Blade Runner" visual futurist Syd Mead on board for set design. Nice. But that's not all the director is cooking up.

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    Russell Brand Circling 'Rock Of Ages'

    "Rock of Ages" may not have anybody officially on board yet, but it's not for lack of trying. Will Ferrell, Katy Perry, Seth Rogen, Taylor Swift, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Gwyneth Paltrow have all been linked or rumored at various stages (Rogen recently laughed off those reports) over the past half year or so in what the filmmakers hope will be a star-studded, musical extravaganza. Well, yet another big name is now being thrown into the mix.

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    Welcome To Sundance, 2011

    After a nostalgic 24 hours of severe pre-Sundance hustle here in Park City (grocery runs, schedule making, e-mailing returning, not being sold alcohol at the Utah State Liquor Store because you don't have American ID), things have calmed down ever-so-briefly to allow for a brief rant here. This will be my fourth Sundance, and so far I'm liking the vibe that comes with that number. After a first festival that essentially can never be topped simply out of how shiny and exciting everything was with fresh eyes, my second and third festivals brought on a bit of jadedness where I wondered whether everything peaks the first time around. But now, I feel a greater sense of community here than I ever have in the past, and a much more clear focus on how much the festival has to offer beyond the clusterfuckery that happens after 9pm.

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    Marvel Gets 'Black Panther' Moving Again, Hires Mark Bailey To Write The Script

    A comic property that seems to have been in development forever, Marvel's "Black Panther" may finally be getting his due on the big screen.

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    Watch: Official Video For A.R. Rahman & Dido's "If I Rise" From '127 Hours'

    Though it has unfortunately and undeservedly fallen off the awards season radar, "127 Hours" still remains one of 2010's best films, a frenetic, energetic and harrowing piece of work that uses the story of a man losing his arm to weave a larger thematic web about the importance of human connectivity. So yeah, if you haven't seen it yet use this prime opportunity when theaters are filled with dreck to go check it out.

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    The Films Of Peter Weir: A Retrospective

    Lord knows, we Playlisters love a cinematic polymath: a director whose interests seem unconstrained by the strictures of any one particular genre and who instead leaps nimbly, if not always successfully, from sci-fi to epic to thriller to comedy -- think Steven Soderbergh, Michael Winterbottom or Ang Lee. Peter Weir is almost one of these -- his feature film resume boasts everything from mystery to horror to romcom to historical epic, but he falls just short of true all-rounder status because a glimpse at his back catalogue really suggests that while he has dallied with various genres, he’s more comfortable staying within shouting distance of 'human drama.' In fact, you get the impression that Weir only crosses genres because he is following his particular thematic preoccupations (fish-out-of-water scenarios, man vs. nature struggles, etc.) where they lead, rather than because of some kind of intellectual compulsion to kick against his limitations through experimentation.

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    Albert Maysles Says He Has An Unreleased Grand Funk Railroad Documentary In The Can

    And 4 Other Things Learned From The Filmmaker Who Talks The Fine Line Of Documentaries, Michael Moore's Ethics, And Whether Jackie Kennedy Onassis Actually Saw 'Grey Gardens' Documentary kings Albert and David Maysles started off small, making travelogue documentaries in foreign countries before landing their first notable output "What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A." This strong, humanistic look at some of the most popular musicians of all time paved the way for their magically consistent output of the late '60s and '70s, from the cinema verité non-intrusional epic "Salesman" to the subject of politics and legal obstructions of art in the Christo-centered "Running Fence." While they continued to work on quality projects after this period, few were as outstanding or popular as their output in the renegade '70s.

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    Watch: New 'Red Riding Hood' Trailer Is Basically 'Twilight' In Olden Times

    We're beginning to lose faith in you Catherine Hardwicke. You came on the scene with a one-two punch with "Thirteen" and "Lords of Dogtown," took a paycheck gig directing "Twilight" and yes, we understand that your musical "Hamlet" with Emile Hirsch didn't come together, but surely you can do more than retreat to another tween tentpole? Anyway, the latest trailer for "Red Riding Hood" has arrived and it will speak to the 13-year-old girl inside of you.

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    'Gangster Squad' Scribe Will Beall To Pen 'Lethal Weapon' Reboot

    Well, that was fast. Just last night, it was reported that Warner Bros. had just put a whole bunch of buried remakes back into development, including the Mel Gibson/Danny Glover buddy cop movie “Lethal Weapon.” Deadline now reveals that the studio has hired Black List-approved screenwriter Will Beall, who wrote the red-hot “Tales from the Gangster Squad,” to pen the script for the “Lethal Weapon” remake. The studio is hoping to re-launch the franchise with a couple of fresh new actors. While the studio toyed with the idea of filming yet another sequel with Gibson and Glover, schedules didn’t match up and of course, Gibson has totally gone off the reservation recently.

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    Rosie Perez Is A Big Fan of 'The Fighter'

    Last night, the beautifully designed, newly re-opened Museum of the Moving Image in Queens hosted a screening of “The Fighter,” the first film in their David O. Russell retrospective. That screening was followed by an hour-long conversation between Russell himself and long-time friend and filmmaker Spike Jonze. Jonze interviewed Russell on the condition that when Jonze had a new film out, the Museum would do his retrospective and Russell would return the favor and interview him. (Keep up the great programming, guys, seriously.) It was a candid, funny chat that zig-zagged through Russell’s entire career, starting with his Sundance splash “Spanking the Monkey” through his latest film, boxing drama “The Fighter.”

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