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Abramowitz's Area 23A To Release Revenge of the Electric Car via Demand Screenings

After proving what Richard Abramowitz could do with the release of Exit Through the Gift Shop and Anvil, the filmmakers behind the documentary Revenge of the Electric Car have pacted with Abramowitz's new indie distribution company Area 23A for a hybrid theatrical release of Chris Paine's follow up to his Who Killed the Electric Car. Revenge tracks the high-stakes race to be first with gas-saving vehicles, going behind closed doors at Nissan, GM, and Tesla Motors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 22, 2011 6:08 AM
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Quentin Tarantino: If Smith and Elba Are Out, Foxx is Right for Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino: If Smith and Elba Are Out, Foxx is Right for Django Unchained
It's not just the great performances Jamie Foxx has given, from Any Given Sunday to his Oscar-winning role in Ray, or his sweet crooning to Oprah at her farewell blast, or his duet at Cannes this year with Kanye West, that make him the right guy to star in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • June 22, 2011 5:33 AM
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Trailer Watch: Craig Brewer's Footloose Remake Needs More Kevin Bacon

Check out the new trailer below for the updated version of the 80s musical hit Footloose, a movie that looks to be the most implausible of high school dance films. That's because despite a complete ban on dancing in the small rural town, everyone there seems to boast professional dance training.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 22, 2011 4:51 AM
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New Immortals Character Posters Feature Luke Evans, Freida Pinto

Tarsem Singh's Immortals comes out in 3-D November 11. It stars Henry Cavill, Luke Evans (Zeus, pictured), Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto (Phaedra, pictured), Isabel Lucas, John Hurt, Kellan Lutz, Stephen Dorff and Joseph Morgan. Singh is also directing Relativity's Untitled Snow White, so when Immortals premieres it could forecast things to come.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 21, 2011 9:12 AM
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Mike Newell Casts The Borgia's Holliday Grainger in Great Expectations

Brit director Mike Newell, who has a bit of a mixed track record--high: Four Weddings and a Funeral, low: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, in-between: the solid fourth installation to the Harry Potter octalogy--had a tough time finding a name actress to play the role of Estella in Great Expectations in the latest film version of the Charles Dickens classic about an orphan who eventually becomes a gentleman through the generosity of an unknown patron.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 21, 2011 8:56 AM
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Emmy Watch: Mad Men’s Jon Hamm Feels Comedy vs. Drama Divide

Two-thirds of Jon Hamm’s work time is spent starring as the irresistibly imperfect Don Draper in AMC’s Mad Men. “I do that eight months out of the year,” he told TVLine. “You don’t want to keep banging on the same piano key because after a while that just gets to be boring.”
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 21, 2011 8:15 AM
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Trailer Watch: Cronenberg's Official Dangerous Method Trailer

Sony Pictures Classics scooped up U.S. rights to David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method last week and now has released the official trailer, below. Produced by Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor), the film, which is in post-production, stars Viggo Mortenson as Sigmund Freud and Keira Knightley as the unbalanced patient of Freud’s protege, ambitious young psychiatrist Karl Jung (Michael Fassbender). Vincent Cassel co-stars as another patient who pushes the rival shrinks apart. More detail below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 21, 2011 7:58 AM
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Consider: Top Ten Actors, Actresses for Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton in Scorsese's Furious Love

Consider: Top Ten Actors, Actresses for Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton in Scorsese's Furious Love
Who could possibly play Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Furious Love? They are iconic roles and the field of thesps that could play them is limited by age, ability, celebrity and physicality. We've scoured the web for casting chatter. Many names have been thrown in the mix. Some we like, some we don't. We've added some of our own picks for who could pull off these roles.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 21, 2011 5:39 AM
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News Wrap: Clooney Opens Venice, NYT Cuts Comments, Howard/Grazer Talk 25 Years in Hollywood

George Clooney’s The Ides of March will open Venice Film Festival on August 31st. The political drama will be Clooney’s third at the festival, following The Men Who Stare at Goats in 2009 and Oscar-contender Good Night, and Good Luck in 2005. The Ides of March stars Clooney as a governor with presidential hopes and Paul Giamatti as his rival’s campaign manager.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 21, 2011 3:52 AM
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Exclusive Clip: Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times, David Carr vs. Media, Reviews

Page One: Inside The New York Times has been generating an extraordinary amount of press---because it's a documentary about the Grey Lady, the most respected newspaper in the world, at a time of great change. And while one of its media department subjects David Carr wisely dodged filmmaker Andrew Rossi's offer to center the film on him, the NYT columnist and expert social mediaite nonetheless is risking James Franco levels of overexposure.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2011 12:09 PM
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