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What a difference a “W.S.” makes. From the sublimely gifted to the ridiculously not-so, Andersons Paul Thomas and Paul W.S. share little beyond twinned Seo credentials (fortuitous for W.S., less so for Thomas) and the memory of being picked on at the top of the school register. Having last delivered us the aptly masterful “The Master,” and “Resident Evil: Retribution” (retribution, presumably, for its unwitting audience) respectively, news of a forthcoming Anderson picture could spell delight or “dear God, no” for film fans. Regrettably, this story concerns the latter, lesser, Anderson. Paul W.S. Anderson has, in all fairness, to be congratulated on his upcoming release “Pompeii,” which will be neither derived from a video game, nor constitute a garbled, multi-part, colon-oriented title. Instead, the film is set in Pompeii, 79A.D., and tells the story of slave Milo (to be played by Kit Harington) who is in love with his. »

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