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    Weekend Box Office: Dolphin Tale Overtakes Moneyball in Second Inning

    While it looked like Moneyball would assert its dominance over the weekend box office, another second weekender took the prize: Dolphin Tale. Again, the family movie pulled a bigger niche audience than too many competitors aimed at males and adults. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:Another flood of wide...

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    The East: Clarkson Set to Join Scripter-Star Marling, Page, Skarsgard in Batmanglij's Eco-Thriller

    Zal Batmanglij's The East, written with his Sound of My Voice collaborator/co-writer/producer Brit Marling (clip below), will star Marling and Alexander Skarsgard, and is inches away from casting Ellen Page. The thriller is about a woman (Marling) who works for a firm that is hired by corporations to protect them from big business haters and environmentalist radicals. She must infiltrate one such anarchist group, 'The East,' which is led by Skarsgard. Page, fresh from Woody Allen's Bop Decameron, will play his one-time lover and a member of the group; according to Variety, Felicity Jones was originally attached. UPDATE: Patricia Clarkson and...

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    Box Office: What Went Wrong with Critic Faves Drive and Warrior

    Aren't rave reviews supposed to push indie films into crossover success? Anthony D'Alessandro investigates what went wrong with Drive and Warrior at the fall box office.While critics did boost ticket sales for such wide appeal films as The Help (74% fresh Tomatometer and $155 million domestic B.O.) ...

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    Video Interview: Michael Shannon Talks Festival Favorite Take Shelter, General Zod in Man of Steel

    With Michael Shannon and director Jeff Nichols' second collaboration, Take Shelter (the first was Shotgun Stories), the pair have hit the zeitgeist of personal and national identity crises. The film kicked off its healthy festival life at Sundance (SPC grabbed it before its premiere, and is r...

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    Strike Back: Episode 6 Kicks Eleven Kinds of Ass

    Strike Back is an action drama, writes David Chute, that continues to work effectively at both levels.Actor Philip Winchester gets a nice showcase for the tightly-wound intensity of his character, SAS ninja Michael Stonebridge, in the sixth episode of the lean and mean Sky/Cinemax action drama “Stri...

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    Dragon Tattoo Trilogy Extended Edition Released November 22

    Music Box will be releasing the Swedish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition on November 22.

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    Trailer Watch: Long-form Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Looks Good, Lacks Edge

    David Fincher's long form trailer for December 21's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is here, and it's a testament to just how good the teaser trailer is (also below). In this case, less is more, with emphasis on how instead of what. The new trailer reveals practically the entire plot (which many of us know well by now, anyway), as well as Rooney Mara's Swedish accent and her lack of Noomi Rapace intensity. Sure, she looks the part, but we're still on the fence. We aren't as impressed as ThePlaylist, but it does look significantly more polished than the Swedish version of the novel. We can't wait to experience this feel bad movie of Christmas ...

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    Trailer Watch: The Awakening Chills and Thrills with Rebecca Hall and The Wire's Dominic West

    Nick Murphy's The Awakening, which just sold at TIFF to Cohen Media Group, stars Rebecca Hall (The Town) and Dominic West (The Wire). We'd watch these two in anything, but it helps that the trailer suggests a thoroughly creepy and well-executed thriller. Here are more details and THR's upbeat review...

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    Contagion Holds Strong at Box Office; Burns Talks Script, Viral Power of Bloggers

    Steven Soderbergh has a solid commercial double in his disease thriller Contagion, which is holding strong at the box office in second place this weekend, with $44.2 million to date. Part of the credit goes to screenwriter Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Informant) who helped to supply wha...

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    Albert Brooks Talks Drive, Comedy as Anger, Tweeting and Stanley Kubrick

    People often underestimate how good comedians can be as actors. Who knew Albert Brooks could play dark? Revered by a cadre of loyal followers for his riotous passive-aggressive romcom protagonists, Brooks’ turn as gangster Bernie Rose in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive dumbfounded many critics, who gav...

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