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June 2010

Meryl Streep to play Margaret Thatcher

Meryl Streep to play Margaret Thatcher

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Meryl Streep may be on her way to a 17th Oscar nomination playing former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Jim Broadbent would play Thatcher’s husband, Denis, in a coproduction being developed by Path√© and BBC Films. THR has the exclusive report: The film is set in 1982 and tracks Thatcher as she tries to save her career in the 17 days preceding the 1982 Falklands War. The 2 1/2-month war…

Kevin Spacey as Jack Abramoff in Bagman

Kevin Spacey as Jack Abramoff in Bagman

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Kevin Spacey delivers his patented snake-oil sales pitch as lobbyist Jack Abramoff in ‘Bagman,’ a.k.a. Casino Jack. (First out of the gate with his documentary ‘Casino Jack’ and the United States of Money,’ director Alex Gibney sued for a title change.) The synopsis from Hannibal Pictures is too much information, so you might want to skip it: Lobbyists are known for being slick, charismatic, fast-talking schemers.But none are good as…

Woody Allen foresees You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

Woody Allen foresees You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

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The prospect that You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is even sexier in Spain than the deuce we were dealt domestically after the cut.

Verbinski’s Rango Trailer

Verbinski’s Rango Trailer

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Johnny Depp is the main voice. IMDb says it has a release date of 2011.

Fincher envi$ions Yo-Landi Vi$$er as Lisbeth Salander?

Fincher envi$ions Yo-Landi Vi$$er as Lisbeth Salander?

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Vulture says David Fincher likes the unique visage of South African rapper Yo-Landi Vi$$er as a possible template for Lisbeth Salander in his upcoming adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. There are several low-rent clips of youtube sensation Die Antwoord, but it’s hard to find one focusing on Vi$$er since her partner Ninja is more aggressively in your face with that retread Ali G schtick. Sources tell Vulture…

Scorsese populates the world of Hugo Cabret as production begins

Scorsese populates the world of Hugo Cabret as production begins

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Jude Law and Ray Winston join Ben Kingsley as citizens of 1930s Paris as filming began yesterday on Martin Scorsese’s Hugo Cabret (the title apparently now shortened from The Invention of Hugo Cabret). Collider has the press release profiling Scorsese’s familiar collaborators and naming prominent cast members: Production has begun in London on Academy Award¬Æ-winner Martin Scorsese‚Äôs adventure film Hugo Cabret. The live-action film, to be photographed in 3D, stars…

American Cinematographer picks 50 best-shot films of the decade

American Cinematographer picks 50 best-shot films of the decade

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American Cinematographer has conducted a poll asking participants to choose the 50 best photographed films of the decade (defined from 1998-2008). Craig Kennedy at Living in Cinema posts results via Movieline where the survey procedure is outlined: ‚ÄúAC asked its international audience of subscribers to nominate 10 films released between 1998 and 2008 that they believed had the best cinematography,‚Äù the release notes. ‚ÄúA final ballot listing the 50 most…

Have we Seen the Five Oscar Documentaries Already?

Have we Seen the Five Oscar Documentaries Already?

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All These Wonderful Things’ AJ Schnack makes a pretty good case that it is very likely that the five Oscar docs are already “out there.” ¬†Says Schnack: In the past five years, only one film – last year’s¬†THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS – wasn’t screened by this point in the year and went on to be nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar. So,…

Spike Lee closing in on Nagasaki Deadline

Spike Lee closing in on Nagasaki Deadline

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Returning to the tense terrain that yielded exciting results in 2006 with Inside Man, Spike Lee is close to a deal to direct another thriller, Nagasaki Deadline. The Guardian says it’s an anti-terrorist nail-biter that Martin Campbell wanted to do a decade ago — until 9/11 made the subject too touchy for anyone to go near. It centres on a desperate race to thwart two terrorist attacks on American soil….

In Defense of Tom Cruise and Knight and Day

In Defense of Tom Cruise and Knight and Day

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Something about Tom Cruise seems to draw out our worst qualities. ¬†In many ways, we are an enlightened, evolved culture. ¬†But all too often, and especially now with so much information and opinion flying around, we settle into our more distasteful inclinations. We are a petty species. ¬†When you really boil it down, how is it possible that the worm would turn on Tom Cruise the way it did based…