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    Tsui Hark's "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame" Lands U.S. Distrib

    One of the best films I saw in Venice, Hong Kong action maestro Tsui Hark's Detective Dee and The Mystery of the Phantom Flame, finally landed a U.S. release from new distributor Indomina Releasing, which has been on a buying spree lately and coughed up nearly $500,000, reports Film Business Asia, t...

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    Script Watch: Jessica Alba Disses Writers, Haggis Romantic Ensemble, Nemirovsky's "Suite Francaise"

    - Some actors think that a script is irrelevant. According to Elle cover-girl Jessica Alba: “Good actors never use the script unless it’s amazing writing. All the good actors I’ve worked with, they all say whatever they want to say.” Which "good actors" could she be referring to? Her co-stars in Fantastic Four? The Killer Inside Me? Paul Walker in Into The Blue? She does offer a hint of self-awareness when she adds: "I know I haven’t been swimming in the deep end with some of the movies I’ve done. I wasn’t trying to. I knew what they were.” She co-stars with Ben Stiller in this Christmas' Little Fockers and intends to reinvent herself as the ...

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    French Film Festival, Online

    To spotlight France's young filmmakers, the first ever online French film festival will run January 14 to 29, 2011, thanks to Unifrance and Allociné, France's Centre National de la Cinématographie and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ten features (either from first or second time directors, with rec...

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    Godard Anti-Semitism Issue Clouds Honorary Oscar

    The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences may be regretting its decision to award Jean-Luc Godard, 79, an honorary Oscar on November 13. First, it seemed that the French-Swiss filmmaker indicated might not show up. Then he allowed that he might. Then he admitted that he couldn't.

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    In Production: Sci-Fi Shakespeare, Pitt's Jesse James Reunion, Wong Kar Wai's Grandmasters

    - Genre-mixing on well-known tales is the new thing: take the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (in which Tom Hardy may play the vampire lead), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Tempest, Snow White and the Huntsman, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Joe Wright's The Little Mermaid, and so on. Thus it comes as no surprise that Production Weekly (and ThePlaylist) are announcing Henry5, a sci-fi thriller version of Shakespeare's Henry IV and Henry V. Among the actors attached are Michael Caine, Ray Winstone, Gerard Depardieu, Derek Jacobi and Vinnie Jones. The project comes from Arclight's production division Darclight Films and will ...

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    Javier Bardem Receiving International Star Award at Palm Springs Film Festival

    The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honoring Oscar winner Javier Bardem with its International Star Award at the festival's Gala on January 8, recognizing his critical and commercial success as a domestic and international star. Festival chairman Harold Matzner calls Bardem a "mesmerizin...

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    Weather Report: Girls in Minis

    It seems inevitable. Taiwanese animators NMA have launched a new animated news video, a daily weather report, right out of Paddy Chayefsky's Network. Wave of the future? News weather men, watch your back.

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    Weir's The Way Back Kicks Off Museum of Tolerance Film Fest

    Peter Weir's The Way Back will kick off Los Angeles' Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival (MOTIFF) on November 13, which runs six days and screens twenty-two films seeking to highlight human rights issues past and present. Clint Eastwood will be honored with the festival's first "Tolerance Award" at the festival Gala on November 14. Clinton's Gran Torino (2008) will have a special presentation during the festival. Among the other films are Nigel Cole's Made in Dagenham (2010), Matthew Asner and Danny Gold's documentary 100 Voices: A Journey Home (2010), Reconciliation: Mandela's Miracle (2010) from Michael Henry Wilson, When We Lea...

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    Gender Watch: Theron for Snow, Cholodenko Talks, Lisbeth Salander and Hollywood's Woman Problem

    -Charlize Theron could be in, and Angelina Jolie out for director Rupert Sanders' Snow White and The Huntsman, according to ThePlaylist. It was always a hopeful stretch to think that Jolie would sign up (get in line) but Theron's schedule has opened up thanks to the Mad Max postponement. That makes her an attractive candidate for evil queen Ravenna, who hires a bounty hunter (Inception Brit Tom Hardy, also starring in Mad Max) to chase down Snow White after her escape. Theron is currently shooting Jason Reitman's Young Adult with Patrick Wilson. While not as established as an action star as Jolie, Theron is one of the few actresses who can le...

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    Animal Kingdom Dominates Australian Film Awards

    The Australian Film Institute Awards put David Michod's Animal Kingdom at the top of its list with eighteen nominations, including Best Film. In that category the film will compete with Jeremy Sims' Beneath Hill 60, Jane Campion's Bright Star (eleven nominations), Rachel Perkins' Bran Nue Dae, Julie...

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