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    Neil Burger Doesn't Know What's Next, But Says His 'The Criminals' Script Is Gaining Buzz

    'Limitless' Director Says He Has Several Projects To Choose From & The Bradley Cooper/De Niro Sci-Fi Film Is Opening DoorsExclusive: Eclectic filmmaker Neil Burger has gone from pseudo-documentary ("Interview With The Assassin"), to period-drama ("The Illusionist" with Ed Norton), to smaller indie, post-Iraq War film ("The Lucky Ones") and now has landed on a film that combines self-improvement, sci-fi-ish elements and high stakes power in New York, "Limitless."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Fairy Tale Trend Reveals Female Sex Threat; A Comprehensive Guide to Fairy Tales in the Works UPDATE

    - A bit behind the curve, The Guardian warns: "Prepare for a fairytale invasion." The trend will "really get into top gear with the debut in the U.S. of [Catherine Hardwicke's] Little Red Riding Hood." While we've been tracking the abundance of fairy tales -- from the high-profile The Brothers Grimm: Snow White starring Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen to Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters to Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (we've compiled details on all the fairy tales in the works and a quiz, below) -- The Guardian is honing in on themes of sexual awakening and the supernatural -- the popular variation of which was kicked off by the Twilight series and has been picked up for Red Riding Hood (clearly aiming for the same teen demo).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Video Interview: Wasikowska and Fukunaga Talk Jane Eyre

    Check out the Film Independent interview (below, with trailer) with Jane Eyre director Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) and star Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right, Alice in Wonderland). He explains why he wanted to adapt the Charlotte Bronte public domain classic, and how he came to cast Wasikowska as the lonely governess who comes to work for and love the tragic Mr. Rochester, played by rising star Michael Fassbender (here's my old flip cam interview). Focus Features opens the film March 11.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    A "Little Mermaid" Sing-a-Long At The Castro

    I said so long to a week in San Francisco last night by taking in the extreme nostalgia that was a sing-a-long screening of "The Little Mermaid" at the famed Castro Theater. I'd never been to San Francisco, and for the first time in ages was visiting a city without a film festival dictating my schedule, so I definitely dropped off of blogosphere and took in what is - despite all the ridiculous hype - an underrated city. Endlessly gorgeous in both nature and architecture... exuding this serene energy that is not at all boring... full of warm, happy people... As far as I'm concerned, it's the dreamiest city in America. Case in point: On a Monday night, its people packed the 1,400 seat Castro for a sing-a-long screening of "The Little Mermaid." From nostalgic 1980s-born gay boys to Ariel-dressed drag queens to parents and their children, it was an atmosphere that easily ignited chills. Especially when you're me, who was saw "The Little Mermaid" in the movie theater at least 10 times (I turned 6 in the midst of its release), and it was also the first VHS my parents ever bought me, and would more or less watch it weekly. I hadn't seen the film in at least a decade, but every frame, line and musical note came back to me instantly (though it also seemed remarkably gayer than I remembered.. right down to Ursala clearly being inspired by Divine). To sing along to "Part of Your World," "Under The Sea," "Kiss The Girl," etc... Was downright euphoric, especially when it came at the end of a pretty magical little week in the SF. Figuring this was one opportunity to share, I recorded a couple of (poorly filmed) videos from the event, so if you're an 80s kid with some "Little Mermaid" in their heart, enjoy:

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  • The Playlist
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    DreamWorks Animation Lineup Through 2014 A Mix Of Sequels & Original Content

    Earlier today, DreamWorks Animation announced its lineup through 2014, with six original films and three sequels to the "Kung Fu Panda," "Madagascar" and "How to Train Your Dragon" franchises. Original films are titled "Rise of the Guardians," "The Croods," "Turbo," "Me and My Shadow," "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" and "Puss in Boots," a spin-off from the eponymous character in the "Shrek" franchise. This announcement comes on the tail end of CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg's statement last week that DreamWorks Animation would not necessarily be releasing three animated films per year as it did last year.

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  • Spout
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    Mountains of Madness: Universal Branded with Blame and Film Fans Faulted with Failure

    I'm not too familiar with what "At the Mountains of Madness" is or was going to be. So I don't really care that it's now a dead project. As far as I'm concerned, regardless of its cast, director, producer, source material or any hope and hype from the blogosphere, the adaptation up until now has had, like any other film in the making, a 50-50 chance of being either good or bad. There's a reason Spout doesn't follow the usual pitch-to-product track of films. And it's not just that one or two film lovers can't handle the load. Or that sites like The Playlist are perfect enough at that part of movie blogging. It's that it pretty much kills a part of my interest in movies.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For 'Fast Five' Reveals There Is Always Time For Babes When Planning A Heist

    Are you ready go fasterererer and furiousererer than ever before? The latest trailer for "Fast Five" has arrived and you can smell the exhaust from here.

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  • Caryn James
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    Video: Stephen Colbert Explains Natalie Portman's Baby to Mike Huckabee

    Stephen Colbert begins by explaining to politician Mike Huckabee, who criticized Natalie Portman's unmarried pregnancy, why her baby is so special. He goes on to pull apart another comment Huckabee had to back away from: that Obama was raised in Kenya.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Six Month Shoot For Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Has Started In Toronto

    With the the casting for the lead roles sorted out earlier in the week and with a release date just over a year from now, THR reports that Ridley Scott has actually already started shooting "Prometheus" at Pinewood Studios Toronto -- where it will lens for three weeks -- and eagle eyed celeb watchers might want to keep an eye out around town for Noomi Rapace.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Monogamy' Is More Like Monotony & A Poor Man's 'Sex, Lies & Videotape'

    This is a republish of our review that ran last year during the Tribeca Film Festival.Shot beautifully, right in the middle of the Brooklyn neighborhood that houses The Playlist headquarters and even prominently featuring our local watering hole and one of its well-liked jovial bartenders, "Monogamy"nevertheless remains a fairly unconvincing portrait of a romantic implosion, and a picture that becomes unbearably precious and self-important once the amiable set up is dispensed with.

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