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<p>Nora and Nick Charles (along with their faithful dog Asta) are heading back to theaters if Johnny Depp,&nbsp;Rob Marshall, and Billy Ray have anything to say about it.</p>

Nora and Nick Charles (along with their faithful dog Asta) are heading back to theaters if Johnny Depp, Rob Marshall, and Billy Ray have anything to say about it.

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Johnny Depp and Rob Marshall hire Billy Ray to rewrite 'Thin Man' remake

Will the uber-busy Ray be the guy who finally cracks the script?

Earlier this week, talking about the casting of Werner Herzog as the bad guy in the first Reacher film, "One Shot," I mentioned how nervous I am about that film.

There is one other film in development that makes me more nervous, though, and it's because someone's adapting one of my very favorite things, and I'm still not sold on the creative team that's attached.  I want to believe, though.  The last thing I want is to be negative about a new "Thin Man" movie.

In general, "The Thin Man" is important to me.  I love Dashiell Hammett's novel.  I love the film series starring William Powell and Myrna Loy.  But more than anything, I just plain love Nick and Nora Charles.  They may be my favorite fictional married couple of all time.  There's just something delicious about their chemistry, and part of it is the way Nora seems to indulge and support all of Nick's worst habits.  There is an understanding and an acceptance that is part of their relationship that I love dearly, and it's always been the thing I've sought in my own relationships.  I don't think all of the "Thin Man" movies are as good as that first one, but their chemistry stayed crisp and compelling in every scene in every movie they made together.

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"Project Runway"

 "Project Runway"

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Recap: 'Project Runway' - 'This is for the Birds'

One of the designers doesn't play nice -- and it's not who you might expect

 Six designers remain, and unfortunately one of them is Josh M. Seriously, I don't understand how Bedazzler Man keeps skating through, especially after last week's horrible pants, and yet he's still here, holding on, looking for new ways to spread tacky throughout the land. 

 
On a side note: "Project Runway All Stars" = very excited, "Project Runway Accessory" = um, not so much. And what's this? The very first "After the Runway" show airs after "PR" tonight? Okay, gotta watch that. 
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<p>Rafi (Jason Mantzoukas)&nbsp;and Dirty Randy (Seth Rogen)&nbsp;help out &quot;The League&quot;&nbsp;guys with their fantasy draft plans.</p>

Rafi (Jason Mantzoukas) and Dirty Randy (Seth Rogen) help out "The League" guys with their fantasy draft plans.

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'The League' - 'The Lockout': One ring to rule them all?

Seth Rogen's Dirty Randy spices up this year's fantasy draft

A quick review of "The League" season 3 premiere coming up just as soon as I "Pretty Woman" you...

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<p>The superhero Superior will be brought to the bigscreen by director Matthew Vaughn, which should please fans of his other Mark Millar collaboration, 'Kick-Ass'</p>

The superhero Superior will be brought to the bigscreen by director Matthew Vaughn, which should please fans of his other Mark Millar collaboration, 'Kick-Ass'

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Mark Millar and Matthew Vaughn team up for 'Shazam with MS' comic movie 'Superior'

Duo behind 'Kick-Ass' collaborates on new superhero project

Sounds like a kinder gentler Mark Millar/Matthew Vaughn film to me.

One of the things that has defined the modern era of comic book writing is the way writers these days take familiar tropes or character types and bend them in all sorts of interesting ways.  Frank Miller and Alan Moore and Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman were in the first wave of guys doing this, and in some cases, they were able to work with the actual characters and the results were something like Miller's landmark "The Dark Knight Returns" or Moore's "Watchmen" or Gaiman's "Miracleman" or Morrison's "Animal Man."  In other cases, they invented characters that were similar to things we knew, and then dirtied up the icons in very subversive ways.  
Mark Millar has had great success working in that vein, and in particular, he and Matthew Vaughn found it to be very fertile ground when they collaborated on the film version of "Kick-Ass."  Now it looks like the two of them will be working together again, although not on the sequel that many people expected.

Instead, they're going to be bringing Millar's new series "Superior" to the bigscreen, and based on the description of it, it sounds like "Shazam with MS."  I don't mean to be reductive, but the key to what makes "Shazam!" so potent is the idea of a young boy finding himself in the body of a super-powerful being.  It's like seeing a 10-year-old behind the wheel of a Ferrari.  There's so much potent drama in that archetype that adding a crippling illness to the equation is a very interesting complication.  Our own Greg Ellwood tells me he's hooked on this book, and I'm sure I'll be checking it out now, if only to see what it is that Millar and Vaughn are cooking up.

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<p>Sweet Dee (Kaitlin Olson)&nbsp;gets audited by the IRS&nbsp;on &quot;It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.&quot;</p>

Sweet Dee (Kaitlin Olson) gets audited by the IRS on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

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'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' - 'Sweet Dee Gets Audited': Reason will prevail!

Does the gang reach a new low in helping Sweet Dee fool the IRS?

A quick review of tonight's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" coming up just as soon as I blow chilli powder in your face...

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<p>Chang (Ken Jeong)&nbsp;starts an investigation on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Chang (Ken Jeong) starts an investigation on "Community."

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'Community' - 'Competitive Ecology': Big head Todd and the monsters

The study group turns on each other, and Chang plays detective

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I catch up on "Breaking Bad"...

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<p>I've had headaches that feel like this.&nbsp; You should see my three-year-old when he picks up the toy I have based on this moment from John Carpenter's 'The Thing'</p>

I've had headaches that feel like this.  You should see my three-year-old when he picks up the toy I have based on this moment from John Carpenter's 'The Thing'

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Want to see Carpenter's 'The Thing' on the bigscreen at the Arclight?

We've got the details for an event you won't want to miss

What are you doing next Thursday night?

That's a week from now.  I can tell you what I'll be doing.  I'll be at the Arclight in Hollywood, where I'll be moderating a special Q&A after a glorious bigscreen viewing of John Carpenter's "The Thing."

And I hope you'll be there with me.

Right now, the roster of guests we're going to have there is growing every day, and I hope to have some great surprises for you after the film.  There's going to be a giant display of props and other memorabilia downstairs at the Arclight, a special commemorative program book that's being produced for the event, a special poster… it's crazy how much effort's gone into this, but that's because Taylor White, the man behind Creature Features, has geek in his DNA, and when he sets out to put one of these events together, he pulls out all the stops.

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<p>Ryan Gosling talks about &quot;The Ides of March&quot; at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival</p>

Ryan Gosling talks about "The Ides of March" at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival

Ryan Gosling says 'The Ides of March' isn't really about politics

Plus: 'Carey Mulligan and Comic-Con, that's a short I want to see'

TORONTO - You can't blame Ryan Gosling if he's a little puckered out.  The 30-year-old Canadian actor has had five of the busiest months in his life.  In May, Nicholas Winding Refn's "Drive" debuted to massive acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival. Gosling spent most of July promoting another critic's favorite, and solid hit for Warner Bros., the dramedy "Crazy, Stupid, Love."  By September, Gosling was pounding the pavement and talk shows for the release of "Drive" and George Clooney's new thriller "The Ides of March."  It may be the year of Michael Fassbender and Jessica Chastain, but it's also clearly "a" year for Ryan Gosling.

Speaking to Awards Campaign at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival last month, Gosling was much more relaxed than when we had a spirited conversation about "Crazy, Stupid, Love" in July.  When I asked him why he carefully chose to play up and coming campaign strategist Stephen Meyers in Clooney's "Ides," Gosling was as blunt as ever.  First, it's hard to say no to George Clooney.  Second, he recalls, "I liked that it was set in the world of politics, but not necessarily a political film.  It's more about the dangers of separating your brain from your heart."

That has pretty much been the company line from everyone involved in "Ides"; "It's not a movie about politics." And, considering the need to open the picture, you can't blame them for taking that position when talking to the media. And yet, Stephen's optimism and almost naiveté at the beginning of the film and his disillusionment at the end seems like an obvious correlation to where the country is after three years of President Obama first term.  In response to that comparison, Gosling would only note, "It's a good film to start a dialogue, but what I like about the movie is that it doesn't really have a message, but an insight into that world."

On the other hand, the former Oscar nominee was more than happy to discuss his very passionate and charming director on "Ides."

"He's pretty charming all the time.  I've never seen him not be charming," Gosling says. "He's so enthusiastic about filmmaking.  He's so excited to be on set. I haven't worked on all of his films, but he seems to love the films that he's making and loves the people that are in it and that's all he wants to talk about and everyone who is working on them.  It's nice to see someone who could be so jaded not be like that at all.  He's like a kid in a candy store."

With only a few minutes left for our interview, I had to ask Gosling about "Drive," a thriller that could end up on this pundit's top 10 list at the end of the year.  I mentioned that I'd spoken to his co-star, Carey Mulligan, at Comic-Con and we'd had a very enlightening conversation about the creative process she, Gosling and Refn undertook.  Gosling immediately perked up, laughed and volunteered, "Carey Mulligan at Comic-Con, that's a short film I'd like to see."

He then continued, "Talk about not talking?  Well it was a relief.  I think a lot of times practically a script has to be a certain length.  You're handed a script that is 90 pages no one will read it.  It has to be 100 pages or 110 pages for someone to take it seriously. I think when you get on set you don't need all those lines. You can say more without saying anything. And the audience?  They can see what's going on. They can see that this person likes that person. They don't need them to tell each other. So, when we worked with [director Nicholas ] he just understands that and it was just a relief for us because we got to shape the dialogue and see how much we could say without saying it."

You can watch the entire interview (it's worth it just for Gosling's reaction to the concept of Mulligan at Comic-Con) embedded at the top of this post.

"The Ides of March" opens nationwide Friday.

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<p>Joan (Mo Collins)&nbsp;plays a bit of Gotcha!&nbsp;journalism on Leslie (Amy Poehler)&nbsp;on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Joan (Mo Collins) plays a bit of Gotcha! journalism on Leslie (Amy Poehler) on "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'Born & Raised': Gotcha!

Leslie's book prompts a Birther-ism crisis

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I introduce a lesbian Afro-Norwegian funk duo...

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<p>&quot;X Factor&quot; judge L.A. Reid</p>
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"X Factor" judge L.A. Reid

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Recap: 'The X Factor' - 'Boot Camp #2' Live-Blog

After two hours, will we really have our 'X Factor' Top 32?

It's Night Two of "X Factor" Boot Camp, which absolutely, positively isn't anything at all like Hollywood Week on "American Idol." Nope. Not at all.

We started Group Night last night and tonight we're going to continue for roughly two hours, possibly concluding with the grand reveal of the Top 32...

Let's get down to live-blogging...

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<p>A&nbsp;patriotic version of the final poster for Clint Eastwood's &quot;J. Edgar&quot;&nbsp;starring Leonardo DiCaprio.</p>

A patriotic version of the final poster for Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

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J. Edgar Hoover receives a patriotic gloss in new 'J. Edgar' posters

Leonardo DiCaprio front and center for Eastwood's new flick

Movie fans and media types always groan about the never ending string of "floating head" movie posters, but there's a reason Hollywood keeps churning them out: they work.  Your latest example?  Two similar posters for Clint Eastwood's new biopic "J. Edgar."

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"Jersey Shore"

 "Jersey Shore"

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In defense of... 'Jersey Shore''s Snooki?

The reality star gets her heart broken in Florence, but is her behavior too much?

It's almost a little jarring when a reality TV show like "Jersey Shore" (Thurs.  at 10 p.m. on MTV) drops the party/screw around/drunkenly screech at one another script and actually shows real human emotion inspired by the kinds of traumas to which everyone can relate. It's enough to make you want to give Snooki and her pals a group hug, if you didn't think you'd be covered in fake tan residue as a result.

As we all know, Snooki likes to drink. Snooki likes to dance and drink. Snooki likes to wear itty bitty dresses that offer only slightly more coverage than underwear while dancing and drinking. This is Snooki, in a nutshell, and something anyone who spends more than five minutes watching "Jersey Shore" will soon realize. She may not be a candidate for the Junior League (although an excellent candidate to do PSAs on sexually transmitted diseases or alcoholism), but she is who she is.
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