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Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe, collaborators in anger.

Some actor-director pairings are legendary: Anthony Mann and James Stewart, François Truffaut and Jean-Pierre Léaud, Federico Fellini and Marcello Mastroianni, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, Tsai Ming-liang and Lee Kang-sheng. To that illustrious list, we have lately been invited to add another pair: Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe. At first, the idea seems too spurious to even think about. And yet... To date, Scott and Crowe have collaborated five times: "Gladiator...

Jake Gyllenhaal, the "smart-throb."

In an intriguing and moody profile of Jake Gyllenhaal, The Independent's Lesley O'Toole introduces us to an unlikely new coinage along the lines of "bromance": "smart-throb." This neologism is new to me, but apparently it comes up every now and then: it apparently also applies to David Krumholtz on "Numb3rs" and, long ago, Jonathan Taylor Thomas. August company, to be sure, though O'Toole proposes that the ranks also include the older likes of George Clooney...

3D is not going to replace A-list actors.

When it comes to discussing 3D, there are three main talking points. There's the ranting about the differences between cheap 3D/post-2D conversions (there's more dissection of that aspect of "Clash of the Titans" than actual reviews of the film). Then there's the discussions about how many 3D movies there are, how much money they're making and if they're here to stay. And, finally, there's the worrying over whether or not cheap spectacle will kill off story and actors...

Seven actors who deserve better.

We've all had this experience before -- you go to a movie and an actor you've never heard of totally blows you away. You expect to see more of him or her, then years go by and you see the movie again on TV and realize you have no idea what happened. (Like, say, almost everyone in "Dazed and Confused.") This happens all too often -- here's a just-barely-scratching-the-surface list of seven performers of recent years who deserve better than their current career purgatories.Paul...

Back when British accents were evil.

As we all know, the ancient world was run by a bunch of officious people with British accents, because Americans never did learn much Latin, and nothing says "empire" quite like a British inflection. We all know what it meant, and it saved us a lot of time. What is the story of "Spartacus" if not one of dimpled all-American Kirk Douglas vs. accented, vaguely homosexual Brit Laurence Olivier? "Ben-Hur" was a little more complicated -- Charlton Heston's rebellious...

"A Star Is Born," again.

There are some properties destined to be eternally refilmed: certain Shakespeare plays, Jane Austen, Dickens, and so on. Then there are the less likely and yet equally persistent sources. One, oddly, is "A Star Is Born," currently due for its fifth incarnation. The archetypal tale of a alcoholic star on his way down and the ingenue he elevates who eclipses him is due, once more, this time with Russell Crowe and Beyoncé. Guess who's who. "A Star Is Born" originated as 1932's...