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    Cannes Film Festival To Host Fundraising Event For Haiti - First Of Its Kind Since 1996

    Announced this morning... during its run this year, the Cannes Film Festival will host a fund-raising event for... Haiti.

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    Jon Favreau Reunites With Jason Bateman & Seth Gordon For 'Identity Thief'

    Seth Gordon’s latest directorial effort, with “Horrible Bosses” cohort Jason Bateman and “Bridesmaids” scene-stealer Melissa McCarthy in the leads, has steadily been coming together in recent months. And now set to hit next summer, it seems as if “Identity Theft&r...

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    Happy 100th Birthday Universal Pictures

    I get a ton of press releases.  Most of them I don't even read.  This week I got a release about the 100th anniversary of Universal Pictures that was made up of 100 fun facts. Not too many of the facts included women so I asked the press folks to give me some important facts regarding ...

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    This Is What David Cronenberg's 'Total Recall' Would Have Looked Like, Concept Art Revealed

    It's one of the great "what could have been" movies that will have to live on in our imagination. Before Paul Verhoeven's version that we already know and love, and the upcoming Len Wiseman-directed remake with Colin Farrell, David Cronenberg was once in line to direct "Total ...

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    Immersed in Movies: It's All About the Hulk in 'The Avengers'

    Leave it to Joss Whedon to round up the Avengers in rip roaring fashion and momentarily stave off superhero fatigue as we head into the summer season. He certainly knows how to handle ensemble pieces...

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    James Brown Was Born Today. What's Happening w/ The Biopic Spike Lee Was Attached To Direct?

    Today in history, May 3rd, 1933, James Brown, aka The Godfather of Soul, was born in South Carolina.

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    Confirmed: Sean Penn Goes to Cannes, for Haiti Benefit

    Cannes Fest Director Thierry Fremaux was right when he suggested that Sean Penn would show in Cannes 2012. Sure enough, he's coming, not with his fall film "Gangster Squad," but as part of a first-of-its kind Carnival in Cannes benefit gala dinner on May 18 at the Festival Agora to raise money for t...

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    Lionsgate Wants To Tap Further Into Urban Market; Forms Partnership w/ Jeff Clanagan/CodeBlack Enterprises

    You'll recall my conversation with Jeff Clanagan in which I asked about his being potentially courted by Hollywood studios, given the success his company has enjoyed recently with the releases of Kevin Hart's Laugh At My Pain, and Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the Seventh Day. 

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    Discuss: After 'The Hunger Games' & 'The Dark Knight Rises,' Does Less Mean More When It Comes To Movie Marketing?

    The creator of "Lost" might have a horse in this fight (he's the co-writer of Ridley Scott's "Prometheus"), but he also has a point. In the last few months, marketing of major blockbusters seems to fall into two separate categories: keeping your cards close to the chest (the J.J. Abrams mystery box ...

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    American Black Film Festival Unveils 2012 Lineup ("The Undershepherd," "Ties That Bind," "Elza" Make The Cut)

    I'm expecting a full press release on this sooner than later, but in the meantime, lifted directly from the American Black Film Festival's website, here's the lineup for the festival's 2012 narrative and documentary feature film selections; you'll notice several familiar tit...

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