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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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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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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Early Reviews

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Early Reviews
Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows, the trailer for which (below) has over 15.1 million page views on YouTube, opens nationwide on November 19 and the early reviews are in. The first six films in the series grossed over $1.7 billion in the U.S. and $5.4 billion worldwide. The first, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, was the top earner.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2010 11:31 AM
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AFI Fest Review: The Fighter is a Contender

The buzz on the street about David O. Russell's The Fighter--the boxing movie is a rousing crowd-pleaser, stolen by Christian Bale--was correct. "I had to do a lot of cheating, stealing and lying to get the movie made," said star and producer Mark Wahlberg at the start of the "secret" screening at AFI Fest (revealed via Paramount press release Tuesday morning). "I'm happy it got to the big screen. It took me such a long time to get the movie made that if you don't like the movie, I'll do two hours of hard labor. I did it to get the movie made and I will do it for anyone who doesn't like it."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2010 9:39 AM
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Love & Other Drugs Early Reviews: "Shockingly Conventional," "Addictive," "Verbal Tartness"

Love & Other Drugs Early Reviews: "Shockingly Conventional," "Addictive," "Verbal Tartness"
Last night I sat in a Fox screening room packed with critics to see Edward Zwick's Love & Other Drugs. Writer-director Zwick has done what I have long wanted him to do--get into the James L. Brooks/Nancy Meyers smart comedy mode--as he did with partner Marshall Herskovitz (who adapted Jamie Reidy's book Hard Sell with Zwick and Charles Randolph) for so many great TV series, from 30 Something to Relativity. While previous Zwick efforts such as Defiance, Blood Diamond and The Last Samurai have tended toward high-minded commercial dramas packed with action, Love & Other Drugs is a Jake Gyllenhaal-Anne Hathaway romantic comedy with dramatic overtones--and plenty of artfully constructed sex and nudity.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 26, 2010 5:45 AM
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Keith Richards' Memoir Life Wins Raves

Keith Richards' Memoir Life Wins Raves
I bought my first issue of Rolling Stone in a long time to get a slice of the Keith Richards memoir Life (on sale October 26) and I will try to convince my book group (which tends to read fiction) to assign it. Friends and I talked about Life at dinner Saturday night (after which I had the pleasure of singing "Gimme Shelter" during a rousing session of Rock Band). And the NYT's Michiko Kakutani writes her most enjoyable book review in a while--a rave. UPDATE: Here's The NYorker's David Remnick.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 25, 2010 10:39 AM
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For Colored Girls Early Reviews are Mixed

For Colored Girls Early Reviews are Mixed
If you're serious about an Oscar campaign, you don't hesitate to show your movie. I have yet to see For Colored Girls, which is why Lionsgate's "award season push" for Tyler Perry's reach toward mainstream credibility reeks of a distributor making nice to a favorite house director. Nothing new, and totally understandable--Perry has made Lionsgate a ton of money.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 23, 2010 3:43 AM
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The Fall, Del Toro's Second The Strain Installment, Earns Raves

Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's book The Fall, the second installment of their planned trilogy which kicked off last year with The Strain, is nabbing stellar reviews. As you'd expect from Del Toro, the vampire trilogy is dark and distinctively not Twilight:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 20, 2010 8:35 AM
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Mad Men's Jaw-Dropping Season Four Finale: "A pretty girl walks by and everything's out the window."

Tim Appelo recaps Mad Men's Season Four finale (packed with Spoilers, needless to say). I am not the only one drooping with disappointment that my fave series is going into hiatus. Sigh. “A secretary is not a pet, nor an erector set,” they sang in the 1961 Robert Morse musical How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying -- but try telling that to Don Draper. In Mad Men’s jawdropper fourth-season finale, he drop-kicks his brilliant, drop-dead gorgeous girlfriend Dr. Faye Miller and pops the question to his secretary du jour, Megan –better known as “Who the hell is that?” (as Roger Sterling blurted when Don announced the engagement). Draper secretaries come and go like Spinal Tap drummers, but Megan turned a one-night stand into a giant diamond.
  • By Tim Appelo
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  • October 20, 2010 6:50 AM
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Oscar Watch: Reeves Talks Let Me In--Not an Oscar Contender

Oscar Watch: Reeves Talks Let Me In--Not an Oscar Contender
Let Me In is one of those strange tweener movies that is neither fish nor fowl. It was a fall festival hit, but movie audiences like their movies to fit into neat and tidy categories, and this one defiantly refuses to do that. Here's why.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2010 10:32 AM
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