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Haggis and Crowe's The Next Three Days Yields Mixed Early Reviews

Haggis and Crowe's The Next Three Days Yields Mixed Early Reviews
The remake of French thriller Pour Elle, The Next Three Days, Paul Haggis's third feature as a director, screened last night at the Directors Guild of America. A round-up of early reviews and the trailer are after the jump.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 17, 2010 8:36 AM
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Development Watch: Actresses Vying for Dark Knight Rises, Movies We Want, Ten Screenwriters to Watch

- "Sometimes reading news about Hollywood’s development slate is almost as depressing as the front-page stories about the economy," says Movieline, so they have a list of upcoming films they "actually want to see." Their selection includes Alfonso Cuaron's still starless Gravity, Raymond Chandler's detective novel Trouble is my Business (Clive Owen has the rights), noir puppet film-for-adults The Happytime Murders (think Team America meets Se7en), Paul Verhoeven's erotic ghost story The Eternal, and Natalie Portman's raunchy comedy for women, BYO.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 17, 2010 6:29 AM
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Christopher Nolan to Receive Visionary Award from Visual Effects Society

Christopher Nolan to Receive Visionary Award from Visual Effects Society
Christopher Nolan is to receive the Visual Effects Society's inaugural Visionary Award at their Awards night on January 28, 2011, in recognition of his unique and consistent use of "the art and science of visual effects to foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work," according to the VES.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 17, 2010 6:26 AM
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Hardwicke Talks Red Riding Hood, Trailer Attached to Deathly Hallows

We spoke to director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) at the Black Swan AFI Fest after party, where she admitted that she's been sequestered in the editing room with her $42-million Gothic twist on Red Riding Hood, starring Amanda Seyfried as a "naughty" not so little woman with a red cape in medieval times who tangles with a werewolf, which Warners will open next March. Edward Cullen runner-up Shiloh Fernandez plays her love-interest, Gary Oldman is a priest, and Julie Christie is her grandmother.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 17, 2010 5:28 AM
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Chasen Tributes Pour In, Memorial Service November 21

It's been a tough day, not only as the death of Ronni Chasen meant the loss of a friend, but as the reality of her violent demise hit home. Also, many of us who spend time at late-night industry functions and drive home at night alone are thinking about how fragile our lives are. Chasen worked tirelessly, especially during Oscar season. How did she deserve to end like this? Tonight I will attend an impromptu get-together of her friends, after I do my best at a social media panel at the Egyptian. Here's the NYT.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 17, 2010 1:42 AM
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Amazon Launches New Movie Studio Run by Roy Price, Son of Frank

Tuesday at 5 pm Pacific, Amazon.com launched Amazon Studios, a radical online approach to finding new screenwriters and filmmakers and developing movies. Inspired by the open source philosophy that has yielded rich results for Silicon Valley innovators, Amazon Studios director Roy Price (son of ex-studio chief Frank Price) will run this new operation, which plans to reward winning filmmakers and screenwriters with $2.7 million toward developing movies under a first-look deal with Warner Bros. "Our commissary is in your kitchen," says Price. "We're the first studio without gate guards."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 16, 2010 10:40 AM
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Made in Dagenham Official Poster

Made in Dagenham Official Poster
Made in Dagenham releases November 19 following its festival circuit, from Toronto to last week's AFI Fest screening. Our Oscar Predicts Chart places star Sally Hawkins as a Long Shot Best Actress contender (remember her as Slasher in 2004's Layer Cake?), and Miranda Richardson as a Front Runner for Best Supporting Actor, while RottenTomatoes places the film at a very respectable 92%.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • November 16, 2010 9:53 AM
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Listen: Bruce Springsteen Interviewed by Ed Norton

Listen: Bruce Springsteen Interviewed by Ed Norton
Edward Norton interviewed his friend Bruce Springsteen back in September during the Toronto International Film Festival, which you can hear below thanks to NPR's Fresh Air. Their discussion delves deep into Springsteen's motivations, investigates the making of Springsteen's album Darkness on the Edge of Town, and the documentary film which premiered at TIFF, The Promise: The Making of 'Darkness on the Edge of Town'. A box set, The Promise, comes out today, complete with a remastered version of the album, two CDs of songs that were recorded but never included in the original album, the documentary film, and DVDs of live performances.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • November 16, 2010 9:24 AM
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Terence Davies' "The Deep Blue Sea" Shoots in London with Rachel Weisz

Terence Davies' The Deep Blue Sea will start shooting November 17 in London for five weeks. The romantic drama stars Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston (War Horse, Thor) and Simon Russell Beale (An Ideal Husband). Originally a play by Terence Rattigan, Davies adapted the love story about a privileged woman in 1950s London who walks out on her high court judge husband (Beale) to live with a young pilot (Hiddleston).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 16, 2010 9:08 AM
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Career Watch: Harrison Ford

Media folks reveling in the decline of Harrison Ford are missing the point. He was terrific in Morning Glory and he wasn't the star. Rachel McAdams has to take the bullet for not being a ready-for-prime-time player. Supporting actors Ford and Diane Keaton actually pulled in older moviegoers, where McAdams didn't score with her age demo. (WOM could still kick in. Yes, it's a familiar story, and it's no Broadcast News, but it's well-done.) And now that Ford, at age 68, is out of the running for those $20 million leads, he's free! He can do whatever he wants. He doesn't HAVE to carry studio tentpoles anymore. Here's a sample from my latest AOL Moviefone Career Watch column.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 16, 2010 8:53 AM
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