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    Watch: 'Paranormal Activity 4' Trailer Is Some Pretty Bad Advertising For Microsoft Kinect

    Here's the thing. As cheaply made and tossed off as these "Paranormal Activity" movies are, they make money. A lot of money. After the series took a slight dip with "Paranormal Activity 2," it returned strong with "Paranormal Activity 3" which took over $200 million...

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    Tina Fey Covers EW and Signs a Four Year Deal with Universal TV

    As the sun sets on her series 30 Rock starting next week with a slew of special guests including Amy Sedaris and Catherine O’Hara, Tina Fey takes a look back at the show and her movie career in an interview to be published tomorrow by EW.

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    New York, New Years, Jews in the News, Part II

    Being at IFP Filmweek in NYC where my partner Peter Belsito was on a speed dating table, we appreciated its new venue at Lincoln Center. At the same time as our event, NYFF was having its press screenings. Our own L.A. Times gave its Los Angeles stars some ink today. We hugged Rose Kuo, chatted ...

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    The Heretofore Unmentioned 'Won't Back Down' D.P. Roman Osin

    The Viola Davis/Maggie Gyllenhaal film, Won't Back Down, opening this Friday, hasn't been getting good advance word. So far, critics have been calling it dull, totally predictable and an unfair attack against teachers' unions, as if they're the cause of the all the pro...

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    Nicolas Cage & Richard Kelly Together At Last (In True Crime Thriller 'Amicus')

    A match made in heaven? One could say filmmaker Richard Kelly has been leading up to this moment for a long time. The "Donnie Darko" director is teaming up with Nicolas Cage for a true-crime thriller called "Amicus" that he will not not only helm, but write and produce as well al...

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    Watch: Jason Bateman & Melissa McCarthy Rumble In Trailer For 'Identity Thief'

    If the formula works, why break it? Jason Bateman has had a career resurgence playing the exasperated straight man starting with "Arrested Development" and taking that persona through a number films, while Melissa McCarthy has used her physique and personality to portray women who go right...

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    Denzel Washington Still Attached To 'A Bittersweet Life' Hollywood Remake?

    It didn't occur to me 6 days ago, when it was announced that Allen Hughes had been tapped to direct a remake of the 2005 South Korean gangster film, A Bittersweet Life, that 3 years ago, in 2009, Denzel Washington was attached to star in a Stateside remake of t...

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    Veteran Stage Director George C. Wolfe Signs Up To Helm Hilary Swank Drama 'You're Not You'

    George C. Wolfe is one of those black directors who's been in the game for years, even though his name is rarely mentioned on new project short lists. That's maybe because he's likely best known for his stage directing work - from Jelly's Last Jam, to Bring in 'Da Noise...

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    David Thewlis Joins Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem'

    So far, with Christoph Waltz and Melanie Thierry on board for Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem," things are already looking promising for the picture, and even the rumored names are exciting, with Tilda Swinton recently mentioned (but not confirmed) as one of the participants in the p...

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    Laika Passes On Henry Selick's 'Shadow King,' Project Gets Shelved

    Such is the world we live in, where Len Wiseman gets hired to direct a reboot of "The Mummy," yet Henry Selick can't get a movie made at a studio. And while there was a brief ray of light for Selick's "Shadow King" (aka "Shademaker" ) after Disney scrapped it la...

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