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    On The Controversial New Reinterpretation Of "Porgy & Bess"...

    Nice report from PBS on all the hoopla surrounding the revival of Porgy & Bess... plus you'll see some footage of the show within it:

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    Is 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' About To Become A Franchise? Announcement Allegedly Imminent

    Gary Oldman Says Sequel Could Be A Composite Of 'The Honourable Schoolboy' And 'Smiley's People'It's hard to say that the spy genre doesn't love a franchise. The longest running franchise in cinema history is, of course, the James Bond series, Jason Bourne is Universal's biggest tentpole, and from H...

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    Enzo Tedeschi on "Distributing Films via the Ipad" (aka Tool Review: MoPix)

    I don't know about you, but I am pretty astounded by all the opportunities before us for Direct Distribution. If you recall, I have listed 32 different Platforms and Tools that filmmakers can now utilize. One such tool is the MoPix.

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    Rick Baker Says He's Still Stinging About 'The Wolfman,' Despite Oscar Win, CGI Won Over Makeup

    Makeup and Special Effects Icon Laments Lazy Use Of CGI In FilmOn Saturday, makeup and special effects icon Rick Baker trekked down to Austin, TX, for a retrospective screening of “American Werewolf in London,” where he conducted a Q&A with fans and presented a special limited-edition poster created...

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    "Winnie" Director On Why Winnie Mandela Wasn't Consulted For Biopic, Casting Jennifer Hudson + More

    Nice lengthy interview from Blackfilm.com with Darrell Roodt, director of Winnie, the much-discussed, though not well-received (thus far) biopic on the life of Winnie Mandela, starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard.

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    Review: Comedy And Tragedy Awkwardly Collide In ’50/50’

    Director Jonathan Levine’s new comedy-drama is an ambitious undertaking, a heartfelt attempt at finding the difficult balance between the masks of comedy and tragedy. Based partially on the real-life struggle of writer Will Reiser and his relationship with pal Seth Rogen (who produces and stars), “50/50” tells the story of a young man diagnosed with cancer and forced to come to terms with his own mortality, something that would generally be relegated to movie-of-the-week or arthouse status. But Rogen’s inclusion, along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead, in addition to a strong supporting cast elevates “50/50” to a level of exposure, scrut...

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    Michael Moore Talks Here Comes Trouble, Mel Gibson, Oscars, Politics, Georgia, and Bobby Kennedy

    I first met Michael Moore back in the heady days when he made his name as a documentary filmmaker with 1989's Roger and Me by putting himself into the story of the downsizing of the GM plant in his hometown of Flint, Michigan.

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    Drama "Gone Too Far" By Nigerian-British Talents Shortlisted For BBC-Backed Funding Program

    Gone Too Far, a feature film project written by Bola Agbaje, and to be directed by Destiny Ekaragha (both Nigerian Brits) is one of 12 projects shortlisted for Film London’s 4-day boot camp, which is backed by BBC Films, and which includes seminars, masterclasses and mentoring from established direc...

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    'Red Dawn' Remake Finds A New Home At FilmDistrict, Poised For 2012 Release

    The road to the "Red Dawn" remake has been long and bumpy, with some dubious do-overs and even some mild insults being thrown around. The film was shot and wrapped way back in 2009, but the financial woes of MGM kept the film on the shelf for a long time as the studio tried to become viable enough to give the picture a release. But as their priorities were squarely on the "The Hobbit" and "James Bond 23" it soon became apparent that "Red Dawn" was going to need to find a new home. While MGM sought a buyer it became clear that the anti-China storyline was going to make it a tough sell because studios/distributors are increasingly relying on Ch...

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    Ben Vereen, Woodie King Jr To Be Inducted Into Theatre Hall of Fame

    From Playbill:

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