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    Millenium Trilogy Sequels will open in U.S. in 2010

    Chicago indie distrib Music Box will open the two sequels to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (in current release) this summer. Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy kept me up late many nights in a row. So even though the first Swedish film adaptation disappointed me--it's a by-the-numbers thriller--I am still eager to see The Girl Who Played with Fire, which is the strongest of the three books, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which is a tough political attack on Swedish Intelligence. The three Swedish films starring Noomi Rapace and Mikael Nyqvist as bisexual hacker Lisbeth Salander and muckraking journalist Mikael Blomqvist are huge ...

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    Mike Jones to Write Popeye

    For screenwriter Mike Jones, maybe getting laid off from Variety a year ago was a good thing.

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    #SXSW: Kashmere Band Doc Thunder Soul Builds Buzz

    Film Festival rule number one: ask people what they like, and when two in a row say the same film, get thee to the next screening.

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    HBO, Hanks, Spielberg Deliver Must-Watch The Pacific

    Tim Appelo reviews Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's follow-up to HBO's Band of Brothers, The Pacific.

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    Girl with Dragon Tattoo: Who Should Play Salander?

    As the Swedish global hit opens stateside and the English-language version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo gets under way, screenwriter Steve Zaillian plans to place tough, bisexual hacker/sleuth Lisbeth Salander front and center, recognizing that she's the star of Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilo...

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    #SXSW: Matthew Vaughn Holds Off on Kick-Ass Sequel

    You couldn't ask for a more obvious set-up for a sequel than the end of Kick-Ass. Yet director Matthew Vaughn--who cannily set out to make a $50-million commercial hit--won't count his chickens until the movie opens on 3000 screens April 16. Lionsgate wants to talk sequel--they have first-look right...

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    Final Oscar Picks: The Hurt Locker vs. Avatar

    Here are my final picks for this year's Oscars.

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    Oscar Talk Episode 24: Final Oscar Picks

    Kris Tapley and I agree on many things, but as we make our final Oscar picks, we debate the last contentious categories: original screenplay, cinematography, art direction, editing and yes, best picture. We will analyze the winners on Monday.

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    Oscar Scandal: Career Boost for Hurt Locker's Chartier?

    The Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chartier insists that he is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame. Late Wednesday night, drink in hand, pool side at Andaz above Sunset at a pre-Oscar party for The Cove, Chartier wasn't acting like a Hollywood pariah.

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    Oscar Week: Parties, Panels, Indie Spirits, Best Oscar Stories, Hurt Locker Lawsuit, Cohen

    I'm plotting my Oscar-week course of action. I must decide which parties and panels and events to cover, and which stories to write when and how. Last year at the Oscar red carpet bleachers I live-blogged in evening garb from my place on a bench with the likes of A.P., Reuters, LAT, and the London D...

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