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    Comic-Con '11: Chris Gorak Reveals Aliens Will Have "Lethal Wave Energy" In 'The Darkest Hour'

    While Hall H and the convention floor bristled with activity on Saturday as studios and filmmakers peddled their upcoming projects, Summit Entertainment herded a group of reporters into a guest room at the nearby Hard Rock Hotel that was made up with images from their forthcoming alien invasion movie "The Darkest Hour." Directed by Chris Gorak, and starring Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachel Taylor, Joel Kinnaman and Greg Kinnear the film follows a group of Americans who find themselves stranded in Moscow after an extraterrestrial force descends on the planet and causes destruction and terror on a global scale. Check out a few of the first details that the filmmakers released about "The Darkest Hour," whose theatrical trailer premiered at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con.

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    Michel Gondry Directs Bjork's Crystalline

    Michel Gondry directs yet another wonky Bjork video, "crystalline." Always fun. Check out older ones below.

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    Robert Zemeckis In Talks To Direct 'Here There Be Monsters' With Script By Brian Helgeland

    Ah Hollywood -- a magical place where a project can change hands a half dozen times before being locked down. In this case, Warner Bros. "Here There Be Monsters" is the culprit, and the studio is now in talks with Robert Zemeckis to direct, The Wrap reports. Paul Greengrass most recently took an interest in the project, but he appears to have moved on (hopefully to better things?). Brian Helgeland, whose two most recently produced credits were the underperforming "Green Zone" and the coldly received "Robin Hood", is set to write the film, which would follow a disgraced British Naval officer who is hired by a rich shipping magnate to investigate the disappearance of his merchant ships in the North Atlantic, only to discover a giant sea serpent is the culprit. We've got faith in Helgeland though, especially since the former Oscar winner ("L.A. Confidental") has turned in a "Cleopatra" script for Steven Soderbergh a while back, and more recently, found a home for his Robinson biopic with Legendary Pictures.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Crazy, Stupid, Love Ad Meeting: Steve Carell Has a Big Head

    In case you never noticed, Steve Carell, whose comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love opens Friday, has a big head. Check out this Funny or Die video:

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    Watch: Michel Gondry & Bjork To Go Outer Space For 'Crystalline' Video

    While their developing 3D project has unfortunately gone the way of the dodo bird, longtime collaborators director Michel Gondry and Icelandic songbird Bjork have still found something to work on together, the video for the debut single of her forthcoming album, "Crystalline."

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    Mos Def Dishes On His New "Dexter" Character & Getting The Part (Video)

    On the Dexter panel at Comic-Con over the weekend... I assume most know that he joined the cast of the hit series for the upcoming new season.

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    Lynne Ramsay's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' Starring Tilda Swinton Will Hit Theaters December 2nd

    So, hot on the heels of Lynne Ramsay's "We Need To Talk About Kevin" being announced in the first wave of TIFF films, Oscilloscope Laboratories has unsurprisingly dropped a fresh release date for the film, one that will allow it to build on its momentum from Cannes and what will surely be fresh buzz out of Toronto.

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    Prequel To "Luther" Titled "Luther: The calling" Coming Soon...

    It hasn't officially aired on BBC America for those of us in the USA (although, I'm sure if you looked hard enough, you'll find each episode online), but season 2 of the critically-acclaimed Idris Elba BBC drama Luther has already ended in the UK.

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    Documentary Classics: "Tarnation" is Better Appreciated With Age

    When I saw Jonathan Caouette's "Tarnation" for the first time (my Netflix history shows it as rented in June 2005), I found it to be a useless collage of self-indulgence and student-film artiness. I wasn't aware back then of the whole range of nonfiction film, that autobiographical documentary is such a populous genre and apparently enough people are interested in nobodies who make movies about their depressing lives. And admittedly I was probably a bit jealous. Why hadn't I thought to make an avant-garde memoir about my family that would simply involve editing home movie footage together on a gifted Mac? I love talking about myself, I had some hardships growing up, and though I didn't record improv monologues in drag at age 11, I do have some old tapes where I perform lip-synced concerts of Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet" in its entirety.

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    New Look At Oren Moverman's 'Rampart' & 'Moneyball' Rounds Third With More Images

    Yeah, we know. Your eyeballs are likely hurting, and so are ours, but this is the last batch -- for now -- of peeks of films that are headed to TIFF. But c'mon, this beats new looks at Optimus Prime or whatever right?

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