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    The Weinstein Company Obtain Distribution & Remake Rights To French-Language Film 'Untouchable'

    The Weinstein Company has been taking risks left and right this year after its Oscar success with "The King's Speech." They're looking to make a big splash with Oscar fare like "The Iron Lady" (though last week's trailer was ridiculous), "Coriolanus," "My Week with Marilyn" and Madonna's "W.E." How...

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    Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christian Slater & Holt McCallany Join Sylvester Stallone/Walter Hill Pic

    There's an update on big, beefy men joining Sylvester Stallone's latest big, beefy project, with news from Variety that the trio of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christian Slater and Holt McCallany will join Sung Kang and Jason Momoa in the untitled action-thriller movie also known as "Headshot."

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    Today's Birthdays - 7/08/11 (Lance Gross, Rocky Carroll and Jaden Smith)

    Lance Gross says "hello" to 30 today. The California native has appeared in a number of film and television shows including Eve, Meet the Browns, Our Family Wedding and House of Payne. His next upcoming film will be a starring role in director Matthew Cherry's film The Last Fall which you can read...

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    Trailer Watch: Ironclad Violence, Compressed

    Repetition can have a numbing effect. A dramatic scene viewed on repeat loses its power; repeating a joke kills its humor. But this violent Ironclad trailer (below) definitely tests one's gore quotient. Hack! Maim! Plunge! Repeat! Incoming!

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    Viola Davis On Her Role In "The Help": "Of Course I Had Trepidations" + More...

    "Of course I had trepidations. Why do I have to play the mammy? But what do you do as an actor if one of the most multifaceted and rich roles you've ever been given is a maid in 1962 Mississippi? Do you not take the role because you feel like in some ways it's not a good message to send to Black people? No. The message is the quality of the work. That is the greater message... As Black women, we're always given these seemingly devastating experiences - experiences that could absolutely break us. But what the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly. What we do as Black women is take the worst situations and creat...

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    Review: 'Rapt' Succumbs To Derivative Plotlines & Insubstantial Moments

    Where do we start with Stanislas Graff? Played with quiet confidence by Yvan Attal, the man is the chairman of a seriously lucrative business, well-respected by his peers. A loving family surround him, fit with two admiring teenage daughters and a wife that doesn't think sleeping in a separate room is a red flag of any sort. In secret, Graff is a heavy gambler and we're treated to a brief snippet of the showboat at a grimy poker game. And, just like any wealthy male in a film like this, he's got a separate flat where he sees whatever mistress he's currently shagging. Director Lucas Belvaux establishes the whole of this guy efficiently, moving...

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    Grant Helped to Push Murdoch's News of the World's Demise by Bugging Reporter

    Bravo to Hugh Grant for not only being righteous, but articulate and smart in his crusade against the Murdoch tabloid News of the World and its egregious bugging practices.

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    Jason Sudeikis Is In Everything Now, Joins 'Eastbound & Down'

    By the time the clock runs out on 2011, one thing will be clear, Jason Sudeikis will be the comedy equivalent of Jude Law circa 2004. Hell, barely six months are out and Sudeikis has already been in "Hall Pass," "Horrible Bosses" (opening this weekend) and he even put on a suit and hosted the MTV Movie Awards last month. And coming up, he's got two more raunchy comedies on the way, with "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy" and if we're going to cheat a little, he's got an appearance in the next year's omnibus comedy "Movie 43" already in the can. And if returning for another year on "Saturday Night Live" this fall isn't enough, he's going to get in on...

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    movie review: Project Nim

    If movies about talking cars or warlike robots don’t interest you, Project Nim is the latest documentary (following Buck) to offer a satisfying, adult alternative. It tells a story that is both stranger and more thought-provoking than most Hollywood fare.

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    The Shadow & Act Filmmaker Diary Series (w/Matthew Cherry) Episode 9: "Three Days Away"

    Here's the latest addition, in the form of a vlog, of Matthew's filmmaker diary. If you're just joining us, please catch up starting HERE. Enjoy!

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