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    Biutiful Stars Bardem, Inspires Polarized Reaction, Seeks Distrib

    Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is nothing if not consistent. Over his career--until now, working closely with non-linear novelist/scenarist Guillermo Arriaga--he has crafted a series of films (Amores perros, 21 Grams, Babel) about people in trouble who behave badly, who are in terrible pain. His camera...

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    Stone Talks Wall Street Dysfunction and South of the Border Tour

    Fox conducted Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps interviews at the Hotel du Cap cabanas by the Mediterranean on a grey day with drizzle in the air. I have always enjoyed talking to Oliver Stone. An unashamed liberal, he's a well-informed, gifted visual storyteller who, like Clint Eastwood, keeps hungri...

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    Julie Taymor Talks The Tempest, Spider-Man

    Writer-director Julie Taymor is in Cannes promoting her film take on Shakespeare's The Tempest, which Icon International is selling in the market. "Isn't it Disney?" I asked Lionsgate UK's Nick Manzi. He responded: "Yes, but not all over the world."

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    Tamara Drewe: Gemma Arterton Short-Shorts Clip

    Stephen Frears' Cannes entry Tamara Drewe is based on Posy Simmonds' well-reviewed graphic novel, which is in turn based on the Thomas Hardy novel Far from the Madding Crowd (which inspired a fab 1967 movie starring Julie Christie). Gemma Arterton plays the title role in a very short shorts: see thi...

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    The Late Great Lena Horne Sings Stormy Weather

    Lena Horne has died at 92. Although she was not the first black performer under contract to a major studio, writes Aljean Harmetz in her NYT obit, "Horne was the first to make an impact." Here's Hollywood Elsewhere and the Boston Herald.

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    Betty White Nails Saturday Night Live

    Betty White rocked Saturday Night Live this week with support from returning femmes Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler and jokes about her muffin. Here's the entire episode:

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    Trailer Watch: Spielberg and Abrams' Super 8

    If you object to camcorder trailers, don't watch this trailer for Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams' upcoming homage to filmmaking, Super 8--go see it in front of Iron Man 2. For the rest of you, here it is:

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    News Update: Studios Step Up Security, Iron Man Hits Web, Tony Noms, Vaughn Helms X-Men: First Class

    L.A. County sheriffs have stepped up security around movie studios in response to the foiled bombing attempt in New York's Times Square. The LAT reports that the bomb's proximity to Viacom headquarters has led to speculation that the company was targeted because of a recent South Park episode on Com...

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    SFIFF 53 Day Seven: Walter Salles, Father of My Children, Cairo Time, Domain, Soul Kitchen

    On her seventh day at SFIFF53, Meredith Brody practices premature cinematic ejaculation and admires Founders Directing Award-winner Walter Salles, who talks to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and shares research from his upcoming On the Road.

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    Trailer Watch: Clooney in The American

    Anton Corbijn’s follow up to 2007's Control has a September 1st release date and one very marketable combination: Clooney, weapons and women.

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