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July 11, 2013

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High Praise for Coogler’s Fruitvale Station

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Fruitvale Station opens tomorrow to rave reviews from (what’s left of) the major film critics. The Los Angeles Times’ Kenneth Turan writes: Made with assurance and deep emotion, “Fruitvale Station” is more than a remarkable directing debut for 26-year-old Ryan Coogler. It’s an outstanding film by any standard. Featuring a leap-to-stardom performance by Michael B. Jordan, “Fruitvale’s” demonstration of how effective understated, naturalistic filmmaking is at conveying even the most…

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New Trailer for Austenland

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Directed by Jerusha Hess, who also adapted the screenplay with Shannonhale, the author of the novel.

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Ava DuVernay will direct MLK Biopic

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The best way to report this news is to swipe Jeff Wells’ paragraph about the dueling biopics, since he sums it up nicely.  There will be two on Martin Luther King, Jr., but one directed by the talented Ms. DuVernay: Deadline‘s Michael Fleming is reporting that Middle of Nowhere director-writer Ava DuVernay (congrats, Ana!) has been signed by Pathe UK, Brad Pitt’s Plan B and producer Christian Colson to direct Selma, a feature drama about Martin Luther King‘s historic voting-rights campaign. The effort…

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Maybe Ben Affleck for Gone Girl, Actress Still Up in the Air

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The lead in Gone Girl is one of those once-in-a-lifetime roles for an actress. It isn’t going to be an easy choice.  But for now, one of the actors in talks for the male lead is Ben Affleck, who was seen having lunch with David Fincher, which then led to a Deadline story. But there is no official confirmation yet.  Affleck’s kind of perfect for it – as would be…

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Christian Bale in Out of the Furnace

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Trailer for Saving Mr. Banks, Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson

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Emma Thompson plays P.L. Travers, the woman who penned what would ultimately become Disney’s Mary Poppins. Read the New Yorker article about her here.

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Lindsay Lohan on Display in The Canyons

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Although I really hate promoting anything to do with Bret Easton Ellis, Paul Schrader and Lindsay Lohan are worth the time to check out this trailer for The Canyons. Of course, Lohan’s breasts are on display but what the hell, right? If she wants to spin the narrative that she is a tragic love doll one step away from a glamorous demise, that’s her choice. I predict it will become…