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    Ralph Fiennes' Slate Includes Russia Cinema Fund-Backed 'Two Women,' 'Budapest' & Dickens

    The Russian Cinema Fund is co-producing several titles with monies totalling $6.5 million, among them Ralph Fiennes' "The Two Women." The film is an adaptation of Ivan Turgenev's 19th century comedy play "A Month in the Country," about a woman and her-step daughter, both ...

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    Hayao Miyazaki's First Film in 5 Years 'Kaze Tachinu' Coming in 2013

    Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki will release his first feature in five years, "Kaze Tachinu" ("The Wind Has Risen") in 2013. The film centers on the life of Zero fighter designer Jiro Horikoshi, and is inspired by the Tatsuo Hori novel of the same title, and a manga Miyazaki created for the...

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    The Top 12 Political Films of 2012

    As an election year, 2012 was particularly rife with political filmmaking. Capitalizing on the highly energized, contentious race for the White House—and a body politic particularly attuned to issues of economic inequality and foreign instability—Hollywood definitely got into the act:...

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  • The Playlist
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    Christopher Nolan Responds To 'Dark Knight Rises' & 'Justice League' Tie-In Rumors, Storyline Reportedly Revealed

    So, about a week ago rumors surfaced that the brewing "Justice League" movie would have the God-like Darkseid as the villain of the superhero team-up movie. But just what will his nefarious plot be? Well, if this latest buzz is anything to go by, his scheme will certainly require a few hands on deck...

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    Sean Penn Complains That Most Actors Do "Monkey-Fuck-Rat Movies," But Says Jessica Chastain Is A "Stradivarius"

    If there has been one recurring theme in 2012 among movie folks, it's that cinema is dead. As we've noted, it's an alarm that has gone up more than once over the years, but there seems to at least be a sentiment that American cinema is in crisis (a feeling director James Gray recently shared with us...

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    Carl Franklin's 'Bless Me Ultima' Will Get National Theatrical Release After All

    On the heels of my post yesterday, revealing the film's trailer, as well as news that it's currently playing only in New Mexico, we were just alerted to some new piece of info, which was great to read.

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    Watch: Second Beautifully Cryptic Trailer For Shane Carruth's 'Upstream Color'

    "They could be starlings." Well, are they or aren't they? Too bad, because you're not going to find out until you see "Upstream Color" or even know what the hell that question means in relation to the story.

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    Author Jason Mott's Debut 'High Concept' Novel 'The Returned' Heading To ABC, Thanks To Brad Pitt

    Nice catch by "Jug" who alerted me to this yesterday, otherwise I probably wouldn't have caught it.

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    Watch: Bilbo Baggins Gets His Contract In Clip From 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

    Already in theaters overseas thanks to time zones and whatnot, in about ten hours, and after a long wait, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will finally open in multiplexes across the country. So here is your last tease of the movie, and don't worry, it's from really early on in ...

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