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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Director Clooney Casts Political Drama, Affleck "All In" with The Town, TV vs. Cinema

    - Occasional director George Clooney announced his intentions to adapt the play Farragut North some time ago. And now this February his movie is set to shoot with a powerful cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and possibly Chris Pine, Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei (should they accept Clooney's offers). At some point, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio were each attached to play leading roles in the film but schedules didn't work out. Former Democratic politico Beau Willimon, after working on Howard Dean's '04 campaign, wrote the original story and first script draft about behind-the-scenes dirty campaign tricks for a Democratic candidate who will barely be seen on screen. The main characters include a young campaign whiz kid (Pine already won praise for playing the role onstage at the Geffen [pictured]), a veteran boss (Hoffman), a rival campaign manager (Giamatti), a teen staffer (Wood?) and journalist (Tomei?). Though the specifics of funding and distribution are as yet unconfirmed, Vulture says, "finding funding with this cast shouldn't require kissing a lot of babies."

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist And Rebel

    There are few people who can be credited with affecting real or lasting change in our culture. One of them is Hugh Hefner, an aspiring cartoonist who borrowed money to put out the first issue of a magazine called Playboy that became an overnight sensation back in the uptight 1950s. Hef became a celebrity, and used his success to promote his ideas and ideals; that’s the focus of Oscar-winning filmmaker Brigitte Berman’s new documentary, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel.

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  • Spout
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    "Machete" Primer: "Grindhouse: Planet Terror"

    I've finished the second half of my self-assigned task to see the two "Grindhouse" features before seeing "Machete." You can go back and read my thoughts on Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof," which is the preferred part for many film buffs. I have to admit, though, that in many ways Robert Rodriguez's "Planet Terror" is more satisfying. It doesn't seem to have as much subtext going on, but there's a whole heck of a lot more happening on the screen here than in Tarantino's feature. As someone who's only liked one of Rodriguez's films in the past -- "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" -- I'll say I don't mind his films being mindless if they're a good mix of cool, crazy, silly and sensational. "Planet Terror" has all of that with only a bare hint of some kind of political context, as most zombie movies can't not have.

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    Posts About "Inception"

    Posts About "Inception"

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    Posts About "The Town"

    Posts About "The Town"

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    Posts About "Enter the Void"

    Posts About "Enter the Void"

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    Posts About "The Social Network"

    Posts About "The Social Network"

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  • Todd McCarthy's Deep Focus
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    Review: "The American"

    Cool, understated, stripped to essentials, “The American” centers upon the sort of American anti-hero -- the laconic cowboy, the perennial outcast, the reform-minded gangster making one final heist, the bad man seeking redemption -- who used to appear regularly onscreen but has been pushed aside of late by action heroes and comic vulgarians. Although the themes stressed in Rowan Joffe's adaptation of the late Martin Booth's 1990 novel “A Very Private Gentleman” are conventional -- escape from one's past, the fresh start made possible by the right woman -- director Anton Corbijn's comparatively astringent approach invests them with a refreshing rigor while simultaneously evoking certain aspects of loner-centric American cinema, early 1970s-style. It's an atmospheric, sympathetic piece of work, even if not one destined to speak to too many people in this day and age.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review: The American

    film review: The American

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Who is Joyce McKinney, star of Errol Morris' Tabloid?

    Who is Joyce McKinney, star of Errol Morris' Tabloid?

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