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    Will Madonna's 'W.E.' Get A 10 Minute Trim Before Its December Release Later This Year?

    Well, TIFF is now over and Toronto is getting back to normal and for Madonna, who has journeyed to Italy and Canada with her sophomore directorial effort "W.E.," she's likely glad to have a moment to breathe and get out of the spotlight. To put it kindly, the reception to the film has been chilly. Our man in Venice called the film "a royal disaster" while others hoping to find something positive in the film have noted it's beautiful set and costume design, solid score by Abel Korzeniowski, with some much more optimistic folks saying it could possibly be an Oscar contender in those former categories. The Weinstein Company, who have set the film for a release on December 9th have remained remarkably quiet about Madge's movie thus far but it appears Harvey is getting out his scissors.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    New Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Poster?

    I saw this on the site Female First. Could this be the new poster?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Kevin Costner's Out As Slave Fighting Trainer In "Django Unchained"

    Back in July we, along with everyone else, reported that Kevin Costner jumped on board Quentin Tarantino's western revenge film Django Unchained with Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson, to play the role of Ace Woody, the slave fighting trainer and right hand man for the villain in the film, Calvin Candie, to be played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

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    Milou! A Host Of New Images Arrive For 'The Adventures Of Tintin'

    All the bated breath might be being held for "War Horse," but honestly, if there's one Steven Spielberg movie that we're really excited for this year, it's "The Adventures of Tintin." The property still doesn't mean much to American audiences, but for us Europeans, it was a staple of our upbringings. The trailers and footage so far make it look out to be the true follow-up to the Indiana Jones franchise that "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" failed to be, with a classically Spielbergian sense of action and adventure, and with a script combining the giant brains of Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, we've got pretty high hopes.

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    Watch: Moody Teaser Trailer For Andrea Arnold's Outstanding 'Wuthering Heights'

    This writer saw several films that verged on greatness at the Venice Film Festival this year, but none quite blew us away like Andrea Arnold's "Wuthering Heights." We'd liked "Red Road," and greatly admired "Fish Tank," but her new film, an adaptation of Emily Brontë's literary classic, is really something special, a masterly reinvention of a great tale, with the year's best lensing, courtesy of Robbie Ryan and a true command of cinema, taking on Terrence Malick at his own game and, against the thematically similar "Tree of Life" at least, winning.

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    TIFF11: "The Forgiveness of Blood" Director Joshua Marston Talks Global Projects and Staying Honest

    "The Forgiveness of Blood" flows so well that you feel entirely transported into its story, regardless of how remote it may seem at first. As I noted in my review, this intense narrative of Albanian teenagers coping with the sudden advent of a blood feud unfolds in such an emotionally universal way that there is almost no obstacle to empathy and identification. Films made like this become such cohesive experiences that you can forget the guiding hand of a director altogether.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Tonight On FOX - Idris, Laurence, Taraji, Andre Are Primetime Emmy Nominees

    A little late on this... The Emmys air tonight at 8PM EST on Fox. Who'll be watching?

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    'Where Do We Go Now' & Midnight Madness Stunner 'The Raid' Win TIFF People's Choice Awards

    While there are no formal competition awards given out by the festival itself, over the past few years TIFF's Audience Award -- vote on by moviegoers -- has often been an augur of future Oscar success. "The King's Speech" (12 nominations, 4 wins including Best Picture), "Precious" (6 nominations, 2 wins), "Slumdog Millionaire" (10 nominations, 8 wins including Best Picture) and "Eastern Promises" (1 nomination) have all benefitted from the boost the honor bestows up on a picture. However, this year, TIFF attendees have gone with a pretty surprising choice -- a film that will unlikely be much of an awards player but will definitely see its profile skyrocket.

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    Review: MISTER TERRIFIC Solo Comic Book Debuts

    The solo tales of the DC Universe's third-smartest man, MISTER TERRIFIC, began last week full of action as the titular character battled one of his newest enemies while flying high above the streets of London.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Strike Back Episode 5 - Recap and Review: The Return of Mr. Eko

    Strike Back Episode 5 - Recap and Review: The Return of Mr. Eko

    Wet work in the Sudan, writes David Chute, requires both a stubborn streak and a thick skull.One odd aspect of Strike Back’s storytelling about elite special forces commandos is that noticeably often it’s hinged upon one or both of the two main characters screwing up, often at the cost of a life or two. Episode 5, for example, gets off to a impressively fast, bloody, compressed start, goosed along by some clever quick cutting and an interpolated mini-flashback -- but then in quick succession both of Section 20’s frontline covert operatives, Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton), are dry-gulched and clobbered during a cat-and-mouse shooting match at a container port.

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