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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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    007 News: James Bond/Daniel Craig, The Face of Indian Railways; Adele to Record Bond Theme?

    Daniel Craig, the James Bond du jour, might trade in his Aston Martin and other fancy wheels for a set of decrepit railway tracks. Daniel Craig is likely to sign on as the official Ambassador of Indian Railways, said Dinesh Trivedi, India’s railways minister. James Bond 23, the newest 007 film, directed by Sam Mendes, will film in India. The new Bond installment features an important sequence on the rails, which required many meetings with ministry officials to obtain permission. As WSJ reports, there needed to be a tradeoff, and Craig’s face on the train, or at least in a television ad, might seal the deal. The Indian railway is less than hi...

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    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: Early Review Round-Up: "Chilly and Acrid" "Razor-Sharp"

    Early reviews praise Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) in the Cold War spy thriller Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy, the film adaptation of John le Carre’s 1974 best-selling novel directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In). Oldman plays MI6 agent George Smiley, previously immortalized by Alec Guinn...

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    Gosling and Mulligan In Sweet and Sexy Video Clip from Drive

    Gosling and Mulligan In Sweet and Sexy Video Clip from Drive

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    Why The Help Is the Most Successful Movie in America

    For this week's “Now and Then” column, Matt Brennan veered from his planned course.I had originally planned on writing about two brilliantly constructed, unnerving examples of the “new Romanian Cinema” — 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days and Police, Adjective, both of which I recommend. But last night, ...

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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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    Don Cheadle is a Vicious Captain Planet

    Don Cheadle takes on the challenging role of Captain Planet, aggressively saving the world from evil humans and tiny dogs. Watch as he makes everyone around him go green or leaf (his pun, not mine). Along with Oscar-nominee Cheadle, this Funny or Die clip features Gillian Jacobs, Brenda Song, Efren ...

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    Weekend Preview: The Debt, Detective Dee, Gainsbourg, Resurrect Dead, Love Crime & More

    You probably wish you were at either the Venice or Telluride Film Festival this weekend, but if you're staying local there are several indie releases worth checking out (we'll share the goods on the festivals). Among this weekend's options are Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (indi...

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    Short Film: 100 Years of East London Fashion in 100 Seconds

    It's a delightful minute and forty-one seconds. Even though England's Westfield Shopping Center produced the clip (posted below) to sell clothes, the video spot is really an exquisite short that provides a rapid education on fashion in film. Starting in 1911, the clip moves through the next century ...

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    Unsettling The Patron Saints Looks at Life in Nursing Home

    The Patron Saints provides an unsettling glimpse inside the disquieting and often disturbing life at a nursing home (trailer posted below). In this documentary, which will debut at the Toronto Film Festival, filmmakers Brian Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky use a storytelling approach to provide a cinema...

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