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July 2008

The Princess and the Frog, trailer

The Princess and the Frog, trailer

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Angelina allegedly rumored to be thinking about how cool it might be to play the next hypothetical Catwoman, maybe

Angelina allegedly rumored to be thinking about how cool it might be to play the next hypothetical Catwoman, maybe

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Ang-felina? Here’s an odd story circling the globe. Former TV Catwoman, Julie Newmar, “has given her blessing” for Angelina Jolie to take on the role in an upcoming movie nobody has heard about, based on the fact that “industry friends tell me she has already made enquiries about the role.” Cool how Hollywood works, isn’t it? Close to a hundred Google “news” sources are running with this as if it’s…

Tony Jaa’s spiritual devotion

Tony Jaa’s spiritual devotion

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Looking at movies from inside the blinkered bubble of the Hollywood hype machine, or broadening our scope to the wider realm of international prestige films, it’s easy to forget that many of the most exciting aspects of movie-making have much humbler beginnings. Classic wuxia and crime thrillers of the 1980′s were the foundation of a Golden Age for Hong Kong filmmakers like John Woo and Wong Kar-Wai who’ve been tremendously…

The X-Files: I Want To Believe

The X-Files: I Want To Believe

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THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE (2008) – ***1/2 out of 5 Guest review by RRA The idea of a new X-FILES adventure in 2008 was very provocative to me early on in how it could possibly deal with our national psyche in Bush America. If the television series was about the Baby Boomers’ unresolved issues over the JFK’s assassination, Vietnam, Watergate, Iran-Contra, etc., then imagine the goldmine to work…

Venice ’08 Intl. Film Festival Line-up

Venice ’08 Intl. Film Festival Line-up

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Screen Daily has the line-up for the 65th Venice Film Festival. Burn After Reading gets its World Premiere. Competition The Wrestler, dir. Darren Aronofsky (US) The Burning Plain, dir. Guillermo Arriaga (US) Il papa di Giovanna, dir. Pupi Avati (Italy) BirdWatchers, dir. Marco Bechis (Italy) L’Autre, dirs. Patrick Mario Bernard & Pierre Trividic (France) The Hurt Locker, dir. Kathryn Bigelow (US) Il seme della discordia, dir. Pappi Corsicato (Italy) Rachel…

“W” dumb as a rock; Stone not a lot smarter

“W” dumb as a rock; Stone not a lot smarter

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Salon’s Thomas Schaller neatly sums up one of the worst things about Oliver Stone’s “W” — it’s boneheaded opportunistic release date: …October 17? There are few things conservatives love more than feigning outrage while throwing, um, stones at people like Oliver Stone and Hollywood more generally. And if Stone’s own directorial past is any prologue, there almost certainly will be a scene or two in the new film which can…

Depp is Burton’s 3-D Mad Hatter (?)

Depp is Burton’s 3-D Mad Hatter (?)

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Digital Spy has the morning tea party news: Tim Burton has reportedly signed Johnny Depp for his forthcoming Alice In Wonderland adaptation. The film, which will be presented in Disney Digital 3-D, will feature Depp as The Mad Hatter, according to The Sun. A source commented: “Tim has had designs on Alice In Wonderland since before he was famous. Can the news of Helena Bonham Carter as The Queen of…

“Do I look like a man with a plan?”

“Do I look like a man with a plan?”

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It’s fitting that “Nobody knows anything” got dropped as a banner slogan around here, because this year everybody knows at least one thing: Heath Ledger will be nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Done deal. Fait accompli. In a season when we’ll be stressing over all kinds of votes, one race is a virtual certainty. The same as last year when we began chanting that Cate Blanchett was guaranteed to be…

“W” trailer

“W” trailer

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEyJ2kdaaTQ[/youtube] “W” – Catch the crazy antics of Junior, Laura, Babs and Poppy! When it comes to family squabbling, this black sheep son is anything but sheepish! Sundays on the Lifetime Network. (8 PM, 7 PM Central) [youtube keeps shredding the trailer, but then it re-generates like a lizard's tail. You can find it in HD on Moviefone too.]

The Brothers Bloom trailer

The Brothers Bloom trailer

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTOMGgY7M_8[/youtube] Writer/Director Rian Johnson, whose 2005 debut Brick was a genre-twisting hard-boiled Teens Gone Noir thriller that won several Indie screenplay awards, follows up with a globe-trotting adventure caper — Cons Gone Rom-Com. The cast couldn’t be much cooler, and while the budget looks considerably bigger than Brick’s $475,000, the feeling we get from the trailer edges along the kooky cusp where mainstream meets offbeat. (yes, that’s Oscar-nominated Rinko Kikuchi,…