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    Knight and Day: Early Reviews Are Mixed

    I find myself rooting for James Mangold's Knight and Day, which functions better as a breezy summer popcorn rom-com than an action-packed chase movie, as Justin Chang of Variety points out:

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    Bullock Reunites with Reynolds on Action Comedy Most Wanted

    Sandra Bullock knows what she's doing. Tired of all the crazy tabloid crap, she's moving the conversation on to kissing Scarlett Johansson on MTV and possibly co-starring with her husband Ryan Reynolds on a new comedy, Most Wanted. Looks like she's following my career advice and getting back to work...

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    Memorial Day Bloody Box Office Duel Pits Femme Sex and the City 2 vs. Male Prince of Persia

    For the first time ever, this Memorial Day Weekend could mark the first-ever number one chick flick, predicts TOH box-office numbers cruncher Anthony D'Alessandro, who interviews distribution chiefs from Warners and Disney about their expectations for the four-day holiday.

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    LaBeouf Goes Indie in Mandate's The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

    Commercial director Dante Ariola will direct Shia LaBeouf in action romance The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman for Mandate Pictures. Matt Drake wrote the original Black List script, which is produced by Bona Fide Productions' Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger (Little Miss Sunshine, Little Children)...

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    Dreamgirls Condon Strong Choice to Direct Twilight: Breaking Dawn

    Finally, Summit Entertainment is confirming what we already had heard: that Dreamgirls director and last year's Oscar co-producer Bill Condon will direct the fourth film in the series, Breaking Dawn. This is by far the trickiest--and thickest-- of the four Stephenie Meyer novels, and the film world ...

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    Breaking Upwards: Wein and Lister Jones Give DIY Primer

    "Nothing is better than five weeks of word of mouth in a movie theater."

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    Oscar Momentum: Bright Star vs. Young Victoria

    In the Oscar derby, what went wrong with Bright Star, which earned one Oscar nomination (for costume), and right with Young Victoria, which grabbed three?

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    Clip Watch: (500) Days of Summer

    (500) Days of Summer's Joseph Gordon-Levitt (almost) dances up a storm in this music clip:

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    Twilight Saga: New Moon Clip: Lautner Turns into Wolf

    It's hard to resist the lure of a new Twilight Saga: New Moon clip. The marketing folks at Summit are trying to turn Taylor Lautner into the next Rob Pattinson. He's the new romantic interest for depressed Bella (Kristen Stewart) while her vampire lover has fled the scene (to save her life, natch). ...

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    Jews on Film: A Serious Man and An Education; Polanski, Sellers

    Jews are popping up all over. The Coens based A Serious Man, which is an affectionate yet scabrous portrait of Jewish suburban family life, on their 60s Minnesota upbringing. An Education's Nick Hornby relied on Lynn Barber's two-year old memoir and faithfully included the sleazy seducer played by Peter Sarsgaard, who is Jewish. Suffice it to say, he's a money-grubbing entrepreneur with less-than-impeccable values. Even Tim Blake Nelson includes the Jewish mafia in his midwestern comedy, Leaves of Grass, which recently played Toronto. And we must not leave out Quentin Tarantino's controversial contribution to Jewish cinema, the anti-Nazi Worl...

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