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Trailers from Hell: John Landis Talks Naughty Shakespeare Adaptation 'Kiss Me Kate'

"Don't Knock the Music!" week concludes at Trailers from Hell with director John Landis introducing George Sidney's 3-D "Kiss Me Kate," an adaptation of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" by way of Broadway song-and-dance.
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  • August 3, 2012 12:34 PM
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Spike Lee to Receive Jaeger-LeCoultre Award at Venice Film Fest

Along with premiering his out-of-competition Michael Jackson documentary "Bad 25" at the Venice Film Festival (August 29 - September 8), Spike Lee will also be honored by the fest with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 3, 2012 12:22 PM
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Spend a Sleepless Night and Day with Marilyn Monroe: A Guide to Her Best Roles

To mark the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death, TCM rolls out a full 24-hour marathon of Monroe films on August 4 as part of the month long "Summer Under the Stars" festival. The lineup reflects Monroe's versatility and depth as an actress, including her trademark naughty-nice comedic turns.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 2, 2012 4:25 PM
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Comeback Kid McConaughey Joins DiCaprio and Dujardin on Scorsese's 'Wolf of Wall Street'

UPDATE: Matthew McConaughey is continuing his comeback by joining the all-star cast of Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street." McConaughey (this year's "Magic Mike," "Killer Joe," "The Paperboy" and "Mud") will play Mark Hanna, an early boss and mentor to Leonardo DiCaprio's character, Jordan Belfort.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 2, 2012 4:06 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Previewing Disney's Animated 'Wreck-It Ralph'

I got a 25-minute glimpse this week of Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph," the wacky comedy that takes place inside the world of video games coming November 2. Funny and inventive with enough iconic cameos to put a smile on the face of gamers, it's more "Alice in Wonderland" than "Tron"...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 2, 2012 3:03 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'Total Recall' a Noisy, Shallow, Costly Misfire

For a reported budget of $200 million, you'd think that if nothing else "Total Recall" would be visually dazzling. Sadly, Len Wiseman's futuristic universe lacks believable depth and texture, and the actors are stuck with a truly uninspired script. A zero-gravity sequence is an exception to the otherwise incessant and forgettable action.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 2, 2012 1:58 PM
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Oscar Watch: Magnolia Juggles Mads Mikkelsen's 'Royal Affair,' 'The Hunt'

It's a Mads Mads Mads world. In May at Cannes, Mads Mikkelsen won Best Actor for his stunning performance as an ostracized, falsely accused pederast in Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt," which was swiftly acquired by Magnolia Pictures. That distributor has been specializing in Scandinavian fare of late, turning "Headhunters" into a smarthouse hit.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2012 1:42 PM
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Self-Published Teen Romance Novel 'Beautiful Disaster' Heads to Warner Bros.

Author Jamie McGuire's self-published novel "Beautiful Disaster" is getting the big screen treatment through Warner Bros. The studio picked up the rights to the novel, which centers on Abby Abernathy, a girl with a dark past who tries to reinvent herself in college. Her plan go awry.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 2, 2012 1:41 PM
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'In America You're On Your Own': New Trailer for Andrew Dominik's 'Killing Them Softly'

Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly" was not universally well-received in Cannes, but with a hoard of fine actors like Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ben Mendelsohn and Scoot McNairy ("Argo," "Monsters") and Dominik's history of under-appreciation...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 2, 2012 12:42 PM
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'The Girl,' Ethel Kennedy Dominate HBO at TCA: Hedren Calls Hitchcock 'evil and deviant,' Sorkin Answers 'Newsroom' Critics

HBO may be making fewer movies, but it appears that “The Girl” will be as provocative as any it has ever mounted. It presents a distinctly unsavory vision of revered helmer Alfred Hitchcock (whose "Vertigo" tops Sight & Sound's new poll) through the prism of his unwelcome advances on leading lady Tippi Hedren during the making of the classic 1963 suspenser “The Birds.”
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • August 1, 2012 9:09 PM
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