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    Alex Proyas To Direct Sci-Fi Actioner 'AMP'

    Australian director Alex Proyas once theoretically held some promise, although we're not exactly sure how. The music video veteran showed some gothic style in the original take on "The Crow," and on the sci-fi mindbender "Dark City," even if both films were ultimately pretty hollow. Since then, however, the results have otherwise been pretty weak -- the terrible passion project "Garage Days," the anonymous "I Robot," and the loved-inexplicably-by-Roger-Ebert-and-basically-no-one-else Nicolas Cage vehicle "Knowing."

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    Video: What if Disney Animated the "Harry Potter" Series?

    We recently heard that Steven Spielberg originally wanted to adapt J.K. Rowling's books into a condensed series of animated films. Would they have had musical numbers, too? A new parody video gives a little peak at what the "Harry Potter" franchise might have looked and sounded like had it been set up at Disney as an animated property. Perhaps this is what Spielberg had in mind. If so, we can be so very thankful that it didn't end up this way, with Voldemort singing songs about hexes like "Avada Kedavra" (sung to the tune of "Hakuna Matata").

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    Noah Baumbach Readies 'While We're Young' With Ben Stiller & James Franco

    Offers Out To Greta Gerwig & Cate BlanchettIt seems Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller are new BFFs. Of course, they teamed on "Greenberg" which hit theaters this spring and for a while, they were both tentatively attached to the family film "Mr. Popper's Penguins" until they both dropped off (the project is now moving ahead with Jim Carrey and Mark Waters). Not only that, Baumbach was tapped to do a quick punch up on Stiller's character in the script for the currently shooting comedy "Tower Heist," so it was pretty inevitable the two would find a film to work on again as director and actor.

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    Paul Thomas Anderson Looks To Adapt Thomas Pychon's 'Inherent Vice' With Robert Downey Jr.

    RDJ Not Signed On Yet, And Project Sounds Like It's In Early Stages, But WowAdapting the work of reclusive literary genius Thomas Pynchon seems like a fool's errand. His novels -- "Gravity's Rainbow" and "The Crying of Lot 49" -- among others, feature dense plotting, allegorical whimsy, and are stuffed so full of characters that any screenwriter stupid enough to attempt an adaptation must be suicidal. Unless that book is his latest "Inherent Vice" and unless the person adapting it is Paul Thomas Anderson.

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    Review: 'Black Swan' Is The Grandest Ballet Of Darren Aronofsky's Career

    This is a repost of a review that ran earlier this year during TIFF 2010. The film is in limited release starting this week.

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    Destino: Walt’s Dream, Then Roy's

    dvd reviewIt took sixty years for Salvador Dali’s unfinished Walt Disney project, Destino, to reach fruition. In comparison, the seven years it’s taken for a home video release doesn’t seem so bad, but the process has been frustrating. And even now, the opportunity to own the Oscar-nominated film comes with a hitch:

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    dvd review: Fantasia Revisited—And Revealed

    I have good news and bad news about the new DVD/Blu-Ray release of Walt Disney’s Fantasia. First, the good news. As someone who’s still lingering on the sidelines of the Blu-Ray revolution, I must tell you that the high-definition restoration of Walt Disney’s Fantasia looks breathtaking—even on standard DVD. Using the latest digital technology to scan the original nitrate negatives at 4K resolution has yielded a remarkable result. If you have a gigantic screen, or use a projector, you might detect a difference on Blu-Ray, but the plain ol’ DVD looks pretty great to my eyes.

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    Focus Features' James Schamus Talks Steve McQueen's Fela Kuti Biopic

    Acclaimed Nigerian Author Chris Abani Now Writing The ScriptWith English helmer Steve McQueen set to begin lensing early next year on the sex addiction drama "Shame" featuring the promising trio of Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan and James Badge Dale, we simply assumed that the project would be trumping the director's planned biopic on afrobeat pioneer and human rights activist Fela Kuti, based on Michael Veal's book "Fela: The Life and Times of an African Musical Icon."

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    ‘Blue Valentine’ Director Derek Cianfrance Announces Next Project ‘The Place Beyond The Pines'

    Updated: Ryan Gosling Joins As The Lead Update: Vulture reports that the film will star Ryan Gosling, and is aiming to shoot next summer. No plot details yet, but its said to be a "Jack London–inspired" tale. Additionally, HBO has tapped Cianfrance to develop a TV show for the network.

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    Composer David Arnold Says 'Bond 23' Is "Back On"

    It remains to be seen whether reports regarding MGM's post-bankruptcy plans to have the next 'Bond' film out as early as November 2012 will bear out but it certainly sounds like things are picking up.

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