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    Tsui Hark Talks Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, Goes 3-D

    Detective Dee and Mystery of the Phantom Flame is yet another magical adventure from Hong Kong action maestro Tsui Hark (Peking Opera Blues, Seven Swords). The $20-million film was funded entirely in China--as opposed to his old friend John Woo's $80 million Red Cliff, which was backed by a pool of ...

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    Oscar Watch: Glenn Close Talks Gender Bender Albert Nobbs

    Albert Nobbs is a 30-year labor of love for Glenn Close, who won an Obie for Simone Benmussa’s 1982 stage play based on a story by George Moore about a straight woman who passes as a male butler in a Dublin hotel in order to survive. Ever since, Close has been trying to turn the story into a movie, and finally pushed it through with actors’ favorite Rodrigo Garcia (Mother & Child) at the helm, thanks to some Fort Worth investors who were impressed that Close had some of her own skin in the $8 million venture. The film shot in chilly Dublin in 32 days. "The story seemed so psychologically modern," says Close, ...

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    Drive Director Refn Talks Scouting Gritty L.A. Locations with Gosling, Interactive Map

    Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn traces the various locations across Los Angeles in his interview with Movieline, which features an interactive road map of the urban terrain (below, with trailer). Drive, rather than show Los Angeles gloss and style, uses the grittier locales of the downtown, Rese...

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    Review: Clever and Eerie Low-Budget British Shocker, Kill List

    From London, critic Matt Mueller reviews Kill List:On the night before its UK release, I popped along to a screening of low-budget British shocker Kill List, followed by a Q&A session with director/co-screenwriter Ben Wheatley and the film’s lead actors, Neil Maskell (Atonement), MyAnna Buring (The Descent) and Michael Smiley. Skitting through genres with nonchalant ease, from observational marital drama to violent hitman thriller to grubby pagan horror, Kill List built up a fair head of steam following appearances at SXSW and London’s recent horror-themed Frightfest, and it’s fair to say the hype is fulfilled. The small crowd of industry fol...

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    Talking Warrior with Hardy, Edgerton and O'Connor--and Dark Knight, Bronson, Great Gatsby

    Lionsgate purposely opted to take an under-the-radar approach with Gavin O'Connor's Warrior, an original drama (a rarity these days) that pits two brothers against each other in an MMA tournament. Commendably, Lionsgate financed this $25-million picture starring two on-the-rise stars: Tom Hardy and ...

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    Anne Hathaway's Three Awkward Confessions to Chelsea Handler, Needs Catwoman, New PR Strategy

    No such thing as bad press? Anne Hathaway needs her Selina Kyle character in The Dark Knight Rises to rescue her after the triple-fail of Love and Other Drugs, hosting the Oscars with James I'd-Rather-Be-In-Class Franco and One Day, which is currently struggling to make back half its budget. She tak...

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    Weekend Preview: Directorial Debuts Transition B.O. from Summer to Fall; Higher Ground, Circumstance

    During this transitional August week, blockbusters make room for smaller films and usher in the September start of the fall awards season. There's not a single sequel hitting theaters this weekend, although Guillermo del Toro and Troy Nixey's horrific Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, which Roger Ebert w...

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    Skin I Live In's Banderas Talks Almodovar Reunion, Betrayal

    Pedro Almodóvar's upcoming The Skin I Live In, which debuted to mixed response at Cannes and stars Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya, follows a haunted plastic surgeon as he experiments with synthetic skin on a mysterious woman (the trailer is posted below).

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    Chameleon Jessica Chastain Talks Tree of Life, The Help, The Debt, Coriolanus

    When Jessica Chastain left her theater training at Juilliard and started landing movie roles, she got a gift. None of the movies came out right away. It took a while before anyone saw her work in Al Pacino's Wilde Salome (which finally debuts in Venice), or Terrence Malick's mystical The Tree of Lif...

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    Vera and Taissa Farmiga Talk Higher Ground: Strength, Vulnerability, Self-Discovery, Courage

    Vera Farmiga's Higher Ground premiered at Sundance last January to strong reviews. While Variety called it "a startlingly bold directing debut," as THR put it, "no one should really be surprised that Vera Farmiga brings the same meticulous craftsmanship and passion for truth found in her extraordina...

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