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Screening Gotham: Late City Edition

Spoiler alert! Bruce Willis is dead.

Some of today's (late) movie news of note from around New York:

--We were tipped off to this last Friday, but I only just got around to reading Nathan Lee's NY Times op-ed about spoilers. It speaks for itself -- so emphatically so that it has the first-ever instance of bold italics I've ever seen in the Paper of Record. Along with the publication of the word "bullshit" in the A-section, we can make it official: The Gray Lady has Tourette's.

--Elsewhere in The Times, Terrence Rafferty has a run through the NYC Noir series opening this weekend at Film Forum: "What the studio-bound noirs sacrifice in authenticity they make up for in a heightened claustrophobia: a quality so essential to the style that even when the movies began to be shot primarily on location, the smarter filmmakers tried to replicate that closed-in feeling by means of dim, expressionistic lighting, hemming their nervous characters in with walls of shadows." The most clever programming here, however, is the relatively unlikely The Taking of Pelham One-Two-Three -- the best, most honest mash-up of both worlds.

--Coming Soon reveals that the Edward Norton remake/sequel/do-over of The Incredible Hulk will transplant Bruce Banner from San Francisco to New York. I'm sure Tribeca is preparing a green carpet as we speak. (H/T: Lou Lumenick)

Posted at July 23, 2007 4:57 PM

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