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Kevin Spacey as Jack Abramoff in Bagman

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, ...

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

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 ...

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Scorsese populates the world of Hugo Cabret as production begins

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 ...

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Spike Lee closing in on Nagasaki Deadline

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 ...

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In Defense of Tom Cruise and Knight and Day

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 ...

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First Eclipse reviews type O-positive

[UPDATE: Kristen Stewart on The Late Show with David Letterman, now attached on page 2.] Last week’s EW cover declared Eclipse “The Best Twilight Movie So Far” without a single word inside to back up the claim. Today the trades weigh in with the same assessment and give us a ...

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, trailer

(thanks to Ryan Griffin for the lookout) The eternal conflict continues: “The Finale of the Worldwide Phenomenon” …torn between Good: “The Motion Picture Event of a Generation” …and Evil: “Complete the Journey in 3D” As we go forth with anxious anticipation, alas, what dark magic we’re forced to face. With ...

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Grease is Back with a Sing-a-Long

I’m not sure how this will play with modern audiences, but it does sort of have a Glee-like feel. ¬†As far as the original Grease goes, I used to feel like you had to be around then to appreciate it, but maybe it still has some nostalgic value for younguns.

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Ten Movies Best Movies That Were Never Made

It’s hard to see these as anything but tough sells, but Slate’s Abby McGanney Nolan has listed ten of the best films that never saw the green light. Some highlights: Life of Christ – Orson Welles would direct, Gregg Tolland would lens, and Welles himself would play Jesus. As Woody ...

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Mad Men Season 4 promo

All Helvetica breaks loose in the promo for Season 4 of Mad Men. Dialogue is reduced (or elevated?) to bold typeface face-offs, and snappy comebacks become catchy slogans. Slick reminder that great advertising and great drama have one thing in common: a memorable way with words. Sell it.

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The Extra Man, trailer & poster

A comedy that might actually make me laugh? I thought Hollywood stopped making those. Based on the novel by Jonathan Ames, one of the few authors who can make me laugh out loud. The trailer quotes the Times, “Kevin Kline’s funniest role in years,” as if that’s not already readily ...

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