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Jack Black to develop 'Wizard's Way' remake (and why that's odd)
Comedic actor Jack Black and his Electric Dynamite production company have acquired the rights to remake "Wizard's Way," a low-budget British movie about two nerds obsessed with an aging online fantasy video game.
Review: 'White Reindeer' a not-so-jolly trip into suburban emptiness
Zach Clark's commitment to a deadpan vibe of crisp comic kink amid left-turn sorrow can sometimes feel condescending in his 'White Reindeer's' tale of yuletide grief and murder.

For those considering a deep retreat from oppressive holiday cheer, there's Zach Clark's brittle indie confection "White Reindeer." Anna Margaret Hollyman stars as Suzanne, a chipper real estate agent and devoted wife to her weatherman husband. Suzanne is in good spirits with her beloved yuletide season in full swing, until her spouse's sudden murder — with nearly a month to go before Christmas — sends her into a grief-stricken limbo.
Critic's Notebook: Meeting 'Sue Mengers,' revisiting her Hollywood
Seeing Bette Midler in John Logan's 'I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers' at the Geffen is a reminder of how Hollywood has changed.

I never had dinner at Sue Mengers' house, and though I had a nodding acquaintance with her completely charming husband, director Jean-Claude Tramont, I never even met the woman in question.
Review: 'Jews of Nigeria' serves to inspire
Although not recognized by Israel and others, Igbo Nigerians practice Judaism with grace.

Now here's something you don't see every day: A circle of African men chanting Hebrew prayers while wearing tallitot (prayer shawls) and yarmulkes (skull caps) along with their dashikis — not to mention scenes of African women lighting Sabbath candles and diligently preparing a kosher meal using such native crops as yam and cassava. But for the estimated 3,000 Igbo people of Nigeria who practice Judaism, these are common sightings, all part of a unique way of life portrayed with joy and grace in the captivating documentary "Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria."
New films like 'Gravity,' 'Her' connect the high-tech with the heart
Modern technology is in the spotlight in new films like Spike Jonze's 'Her,' Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' and Alex Gibney's 'We Steal Secrets.'

Loneliness, hubris, depression and other fixtures of human frailty get amplified by technology in several of this year's most forward-thinking films. In "Her," "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" and "Gravity," direct person-to-person contact comes across as old-fashioned 20th century behavior. Instead, characters connect with each other through ear buds, smartphones, message boards, passwords, radio transmissions, encrypted files, uploads, downloads and computer screens. For motion pictures that cast modern technology as the Great Enabler, it's all about the interface.
Foreign films 'Wadjda' and 'Broken Circle' come with back stories
A strong field of foreign films includes 'Wadjda,' shot in Saudi Arabia, where the government frowns on film, and 'Broken Circle Breakdown,' a bluegrass-loving movie from Belgium.

The foreign-language film field for the 2014 Academy Awards is an uncommonly strong one, incorporating the luscious fever dream "The Grand Beauty" (Italy), the heartbreaking family drama "Ilo Ilo" (Philippines) and "Gris Gris" (Chad), the story of a man pulled into the world of gas smuggling, among so many others. But it's often the story behind the film that matters as much as the film itself.
In 'American Hustle,' the costumes are practically characters
Designer Michael Wilkinson was drawn to David O. Russell's con-man tale. 'I loved the fact that these were characters inside characters.'

There's a bright shot of star power in David O. Russell's period film "American Hustle," and it's not just from its celebrated cast. Veteran designer Michael Wilkinson's late-1970s costumes have something of a starring role of their own. Loosely based on the real-life Abscam FBI sting, "Hustle" lives in a gritty yet sophisticated East Coast world where the con artist characters have plenty of different looks for different occasions.
Newcomer Lupita Nyong'o is taking the lead in fashion
The breakout actress Lupita Nyong'o, drawing notice as Patsey in '12 Years a Slave,' is also grabbing attention with her flawless sense of style.

This year's best dressed Hollywood newcomer is Lupita Nyong'o, the Yale School of Drama-educated actress garnering awards buzz for her role as the abused slave Patsey in "12 Years a Slave."
Audrey Hepburn's 1953 'Roman Holiday' an enchanting fairy tale
Oscar Archives: William Wyler's 1953 Cinderella-esque comedy made Audrey Hepburn an overnight sensation and launched a new fashion trend for the gamin young star's hair and chic clothes.

William Wyler's enchanting 1953 Cinderella-esque comedy, "Roman Holiday," made Audrey Hepburn an overnight sensation. She not only won the Academy Award for best actress but she also received a Golden Globe, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award and the New York Film Critics Circle honor for her role as Ann, a sheltered princess on a goodwill tour of Europe who escapes her guardians in Rome and finds adventure and a storybook romance.
Forest Whitaker's twin peaks this year: 'Fruitvale Station' and 'The Butler'
The Contenders: Forest Whitaker takes pride in two roles that could get him to the Oscar gala: that of Cecil Gaines in 'The Butler' and as producer of 'Fruitvale Station.'

If Forest Whitaker isn't careful, he could win Oscars in two categories for two movies: lead actor for "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and as producer of the conceivable best picture, "Fruitvale Station."

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