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    In Theaters: 'Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1,' 'The Next Three Days'

    The next round is on J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. as "Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1" will invade theaters for a huge weekend at the box office. The films in the series have brought in more than $5 billion worldwide so far and the audience certainly isn't going to shrink as the story enters its final stage. Russell Crowe and Paul Haggis hope to draw some of the more mature crowd this weekend with "The Next Three Days," but even that crowd will probably be more interested in the boy wizard than another mediocre thriller from Crowe. The art-house is starting to heat up as we ramble into awards season. Claire Denis' latest "White Material" gets a stateside release alongside the British imports "Made In Dagenham" and "Heartless." If you're not a devotee of Quidditch, there are plenty of interesting options out there this week, so go support your local independent cinema.

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    Reverse Shot Talkies #24: Claire Denis

    Host Eric Hynes talks to French filmmaker Claire Denis (White Material, Beau travail) about why she prefers working with familiar collaborators, the erotics of the actor-director relationship, and how she often feels mastered by her own creations.

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    Remembering Ronni

    Consolation collided with crime theories the other night at Michael's Restaurant in Manhattan.

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    Warner Bros. & Fox Both Ready Moses Pics

    That's right, Hollywood is once again planning on trudging out Bible-based epics, but it's a pretty smart move. The Bible Belt is a huge market that isn't afraid to vote with their dollars and lately, they have been sorely underserved by Hollywood. But when they do find something they like, they reward it, as the box office tallies for such films as "The Passion Of The Christ" and "The Blind Side" (which had a huge faith-based marketing campaign) will attest to.

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    Gus Vant Sant To Executive Produce & Direct Pilot For Starz Drama 'Boss' Starring Kelsey Grammer

    With directors headed to the freedom of cable TV programming in droves these days -- Martin Scorsese, Todd Haynes, Michael Mann, Bill Condon and Kathryn Bigelow just to name a few -- it's no surprise that auteur Gus Van Sant is now making the jump.

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    Watch Spike Jonze's Short Film/Music Video For Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs"

    Spike Jonze gives us one of the best music videos of the year in this very cinematic, affecting, and uncharacteristically (for Jonze) political take on Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs":

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    Video: Harry Potter and the Hangover

    During the events of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" Part 1, Harry Potter turns 18 17 (when wizards come of age). Unfortunately for him, there's too much warring going on in the wizarding world to stop and celebrate. His friends even forget to wish him a happy birthday. So let's accept this new PistolShrimps parody video for "Harry Potter and the Outcasts of Hogwarts: Hogwarts Hangover" as a kind of deleted scene showing Harry and friends legally(?) consuming too much Hog's Head Brew and Blishen's Firewhisky (and a few non-magically branded narcotics) and getting wizardly wasted in Harry's honor.

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    'The Dark Knight Rises' To Shoot May-November 2011

    Cast Will Get Script In JanuaryAsk a simple question, get a simple answer.

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    Review: 'White Material' Another Strong Entry By Claire Denis

    They don't come along as often as they should, but Claire Denis's "White Material" is exactly the kind of film that not only doesn't belittle the role of a woman, but empowers it. Externalized effortlessly by the great Isabelle Huppert, the two prove to be a force to be reckoned with in this atmospheric film focusing on feminism, colonialism, family, and politics.

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    Oscar-Nominated Shorts Director Ruairi Robinson To Helm Brit-Listed Sci-Fi Pic 'The Animators'

    It seems that these days, you don't even need a feature-length film under your belt to be handed the keys to a big, expensive sci-fi flick: a number of directors have leaped straight into tentpole territory with a CGI-heavy short film. The likes of Neill Blomkamp and Carl Erik Rinsch have landed their feature debuts through FX-led short films, and now another director looks set to join them.

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