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    Simon West Keeps Failing Upwards, Now Directing 'The Expendables 2'

    If you were to draw up a list of the ten worst directors currently working in Hollywood, you'd have to save space for Simon West, who came out swinging with the botched delirium of sub-Bay actioner "Con Air" and has only gone downhill from there. West's films are cacophonous noise tunnels where the human spirit is unwelcome, where cynicism and craven stupidity triumph over creativity and ingenuity. Each one of his films has either a ripe premise, a great cast, or a too-big budget, only to be squandered by his narrow vision and neanderthal caveman storytelling. Yet somehow, Sylvester Stallone, who normally has an ear for his dyed-in-the-wool fans on the internet, has picked Simon West to helm "The Expendables 2."

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    Trailer Watch: Wish Me Away - directed by Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf

    This doc about country star Chely Wright premieres at the LA Film Festival on Monday- June 20

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    Guest Post: The UCLA Festival of New Creative Work by Amy French

    The UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television held its Festival of New Creative Work in Los Angeles from June 4th to June 9th. The event showcased the best live action and animated films, scripts, and producer pitches from among the graduate and undergrad classes, voted on first by the students themselves, and then by a group of esteemed industry professionals. This year, there were many young women filmmakers represented among the winners. The best numbers were in the screenplay competition, in which three of the four feature film scripts were written by women (Nicole Riegel, Megan Green, and Diana Densmore). Also, in the animation night, three awards were given to females (Best art direction to Yinglei Yang, best story to Saeko Igarashi, and most innovative to Vivian Lee). The Opening Night and the closing "Director's Spotlight" event included women filmmakers in percentages which more accurately represent real world statistics (in so much as Hollywood can be called the real world), where only three of nine, and then two of nine films were directed by women.

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    Southern Belles

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    New Poster For 'Warrior' With Tom Hardy & Joel Edgerton Serves Up The Beef

    Hungry ladies? Well, if you've got the appetite, Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton are serving up big, hulking portions of grade A beef on the new poster for "Warrior."

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    Hugh Jackman In Talks For Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables'

    After beating the odds and winning the Oscar for Achievement in Directing last year, Tom Hooper has set his sights on quite a gigantic project. Hooper has never shied away from complicated, big-budget projects including HBO's "John Adams" miniseries and last year's Oscar triumph "The King's Speech," so the fact that he's moving forward with a film adaptation of "Les Miserables" for Universal is no surprise. We were surprised, however at just how fast the project is steaming ahead with Variety reporting today that Hugh Jackman is in talks for what we presume to be the lead role of Jean Valjean.

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    Review: 'Battle For Brooklyn' Shines A Light On Corruption Hiding Behind Hoops

    Few real estate decisions have rankled citizens and elected officials as much as the Atlantic Yards program. Spearheaded by Forest City Ratner and its founder Bruce Ratner, the program was dedicated to invoking eminent domain on a small residential area in Brooklyn, supplanting the residents in place in order to allow Ratner to build a new basketball arena and add sixteen skyscrapers to the area, which apparently already featured Ratner architecture. In other words, a Bruce Ratner theme park, the horrorshow foreshadowed by the new documentary "Battle For Brooklyn."

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    Watch: Christopher Nolan & David Fincher Talk 'The Tree Of Life' In New Featurette

    Winner of the Palme d'Or and perhaps the most talked about movie of the year so far, Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" continues its slow roll out across the country with a bunch of new cities getting the film this weekend (click here to see if its arriving in your town). And in order to keep the momentum going behind the film, Fox Searchlight continues their finely tuned marketing campaign with perhaps the most intriguing look at the movie yet.

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    James Mangold To Direct 'The Wolverine'

    After a period where it looked as if Fox would take a mulligan on "The Wolverine" and bump the film to 2013 or beyond, it now looks like they've found their director. James Mangold, who has dabbled in various genres from musical biopic ("Walk The Line"), to western ("3:10 To Yuma") and horror ("Identity"), is prepared to take on his first comic book adaptation, and the announcement suggests he's the mutual pick from Fox and Hugh Jackman's camp. Mangold appears to be the top choice among an uninspired trio of potential helmers that included Antoine Fuqua and Gavin O'Connor, otherwise known as Guys You Employ When They Are Represented By The Same Agency As Someone You Want To Work With.

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