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Tony Jaa’s spiritual devotion

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 ...

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The X-Files: I Want To Believe

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 ...

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Venice ’08 Intl. Film Festival Line-up

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 ...

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

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 ...

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Depp is Burton’s 3-D Mad Hatter (?)

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 ...

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“W” trailer

[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. ...

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The Brothers Bloom trailer

[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 ...

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Bush & Batman — look! both begin with ‘B’!

Holy clone, the resemblance is so uncanny I can barely tell them apart. BATMAN: Tormented over the tragic mistakes he’s made. BUSH: Makes jokes about the tragic mistakes he’s made. BATMAN: Has Lucius Fox and Alfred to ensure he stays on the right track. BUSH: Has Karl Rove and Cheney ...

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Speaking of Superheroes

“People of Berlin and people of the world, the scale of our challenge is great. The road ahead will be long. But I come before you to say that we are heirs to a struggle for freedom. We are a people of improbable hope with an eye towards future, with ...

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Red Sonja & Double ‘R’ Rodriguez

With the Catwoman topic generating 188 comments yesterday, all the terrific actresses mentioned had me hankering for more superheroine opportunities. Along comes ComicCon and delivers the red-hot news that Robert Rodriguez and Rose McGowan are on track for the 2009 release of Red Sonja (She Devil with a Sword). Rodriguez ...

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Hello Kitty

Too soon to start campaigning for Catwoman? Is there another villain more iconic? Any other opponent who could match the impact of the Joker? Who’s the female equivalent of Heath Ledger? And who could pull off this Kittensuit? Meow.  

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The Dark Knight and the BAFTA factor

Lots of chatter this week about the possibility of multiple Oscar noms for The Dark Knight, but we’ve been overlooking another film award that’s nearly as prestigious without being quite as snooty about honoring action films. Last year British director Paul Greengrass earned a coveted BAFTA director’s nomination, while The ...

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TDK, FYC

Remember when no toga & sandal movie ever triumphed at the Oscars… until Gladiator was nominated for 12, and won 5? Remember when no sword & sorcery movie had ever conjured up squat, until the Rings trilogy nabbed a grand total of 17 out of 30 nominations? No serial killer ...

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Quantum Mechanic

If you can make a pretty little title with a curlicue Q sound rock hard and ready to wreak vengeance then, you sir, are Kublai Khan in the Kingdom of Kickass Kool.  

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