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    Martin Campbell Takes Over 'The Dive' From James Cameron

    A while before “John Carter” set Disney’s bank accounts on fire with its financial woes, a comic book adaptation by the name of “Green Lantern” had a similar situation, failing to generate much box office heat in the overcrowded summer of 2011. Much in the way Disney has done with “John Carter,” a lot of the blame was shifted to the helmer -- in the case of “Green Lantern” it was “Casino Royale” director Martin Campbell. Though if “John Carter” helmer Andrew Stanton can follow in the footsteps of Campbell as he emerges from the wreckage of his own box office flop, perhaps he’ll be doing alright for himself. While it was practically a given Campbell wouldn’t be returning to guide Hal Jordan through a “Green Lantern 2,” he’s already lined up an impressive slate of work, taking over for Joe Carnahan on the thriller “Umbra” as well as landing a gig bringing the Lee Majors-led television series “The Fall Guy” to the big screen. We suppose that’s the sort of resilience your career has when you’ve directed two great Bond films in “Casino Royale” and “Goldeneye,” or perhaps Campbell has friends in high places, and a good bit of luck.

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    Josh Schollmeyer on His 25,000-Word Oral History of 'Siskel & Ebert'

    Thumbing through "Enemies, A Love Story," with reporter Josh Schollmeyer

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    Abel Ferrara Talks '4:44 Last Day On Earth' & Says His Dominique Strauss-Kahn Pic Will Be "Eye Opening"

    Abel Ferrara is a handful. With wild gestures and expertly timed jokes, he piles the digressions high, but is much sharper and in control than his legendarily hard-living persona would suggest. The sixty-one-year-old has had one of American indie cinema’s most eclectic careers. A Bronx native, Ferrara has made his way from 42nd Street’s row of exploitation and porn theaters to the Croissette in Cannes. He mantains a manic, youthful energy that is both infectious and a bit terrifying, and although since he became sober over a year ago he has mellowed a bit, the toll that years of less-than-legal substances has taken has certainly not affected the filmmaker's wit or broad-hearted sensibility.

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    Flashback To 1971 - Discord Over "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song"

    Melvin Van Peebles will hit one of those milestone birthdays this year; the man will turn 80 years old on August 21st!

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    Catherine Hardwicke To Direct '60s Brit Gangster Pic 'Diamond'

    After taking a sharp swing towards the mainstream with "Twilight" and "Red Riding Hood," it seems that director Catherine Hardwicke is determined to get back to the indie grit with which she made her name, with films like "Thirteen" and "Lords Of Dogtown." Over the past year she's aligned herself with a handful of projects including the provocatively named book adaptation "The Bitch Posse"; a boxing biopic with Noomi Rapace attached; and the erotic thriller "Plush" with Evan Rachel Wood. And now another project has landed on her slate that has nothing to do with vampires or werewolves.

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    Paramount Reinventing Mark Twain's Classic Characters With 'Snow White And The Huntsman'-Style 'Huck'

    One thing’s for sure; if you want to bring a classic story back to the screen, you’ve got to change the name. “Mirror Mirror,” “Tangled,” “Frozen,” “Elementary” -- the trend certainly points toward giving established properties cooler titles, ones that hint at the source material being adapted from. Hell, even Batman and Superman are now going by their nicknames rather than their more recognizable monikers. So it goes then, that “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” will be known simply as “Huck” when the story next finds its way to theaters.

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    Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, Peter Fonda To Star In Indie Thriller "House Of Bodies"

    She's everywhere these days isn't she? So much in development from the Queen coming up in the next year or so. 

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    VIDEO SERIES - MAD MEN Moments

    With the long-awaited premiere to Season Five imminent, Mad Men is on many a person's mind. For the next thirteen weeks, some may revel in a neverland of glamorous mid-60s living fraught with social strife; others may wonder what jaw-dropping, life-changing events await their favorite characters. But for us here at Press Play, it's about the moments. Moments that have us instantly rewinding our DVRs as soon as an episode is over, or poring over blog recaps all Monday long while real work lies unattended. Mad Men has yielded four seasons stuffed with such moments. We decided to produce a series of videos dedicated to spotlighting some of the best.

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    George Orwell's '1984' Headed To The Big Screen, Famed Designer Shepard Fairey May Produce

    George Orwell’s seminal 1949 dystopian novel, “1984,” arguably has as high a profile now as it ever did. In fact, if you say "1984" to someone they’d probably think of the book before they think of the year. Even for those that haven’t read the book, the title is synonymous with totalitarian politics, propaganda and the surveillance culture, and "Big Brother" is now even an established global brand of exploitative reality television.

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    Must-See: LACMA Rare Film Series 'Adventures in Wonderland: Alice and Other Lost Girls in Fantastic Worlds'

    To coincide with its excellent ongoing women Surrealists exhibit, LACMA will present a truly wondrous series of "Alice in Wonderland" film adaptations and iterations, running April 6 - 14. The films in the program range from classic to obscure, from kid-friendly to trippy. All are rarely screened, and many are gloriously restored 35mm prints.

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