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    "By The Way, Meet Vera Stark" (Starring Sanaa Lathan) Opens Off-Broadway Today! Reviews Are Good!

    It opened tonight, May 9th. Any of you out there see it in previews, or tonight? I'm referring to Sanaa Lathan starring in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Lynn Nottage's new play, By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, as a black maid in Hollywood pursuing her dream of making it in the movies, while also g...

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    Your Thoughts And Reactions To "Jumping The Broom?"

    I received a few emails over the last week from readers asking me for a review of Jumping The Broom; obviously I haven't posted one; actually we (S&A) haven't properly reviewed the film yet, which I suppose some find odd given that it IS essentially THE black film of 2011, right? I guess. We've cert...

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    Charlie Hunnam Bags Lead Role In Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

    Guillermo Del Toro hasn't had the best run of luck in recent years. The Oscar-nominated "Pan's Labyrinth" might have catapulted him onto the A-list after years of developing a burgeoning cult, but he hasn't made a film since 2008's "Hellboy II: The Golden Army." The Mexican director spent years on "The Hobbit" before leaving the project last summer due to frustrations over delays, and the financial uncertainty of MGM, while his pet project, the $150 million R-rated H.P. Lovecraft adaptation "At The Mountains Of Madness" was scrapped by Universal when a compromise couldn't be reached on the film's rating, despite the presence of James Cameron ...

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    Michael Cera Joins Indie Thriller 'Magic Magic' With ‘The Maid’ Director Sebastian Silva

    A frequent though somewhat unfair criticism leveled at Michael Cera is that he always plays the same George Michael Bluth-esque role that made him popular in "Arrested Development." Although, those haters seemed to conveniently overlook that he side-stepped that persona with ease as the much more su...

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    Watch Snoop Dogg As A Porn Producer In Clip For Thriller "The Big Bang"

    I figured, when we initially announced this last December that the film would head straight to DVD. I was wrong! The Big Bang, directed by Tony Krantz, will open in limited release this weekend, starting on Friday, May 13; a DVD and Blu-ray release will follow about 2 weeks later, May 24th. So, if y...

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    Darren Aronofsky Eyes Sci-Fi Pic 'Human Nature' With George Clooney Linked To Star

    What is in the water today? News about Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson and now this. We guess people are clearing their desks of news before grabbing their flight to Cannes.

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    Mark Strong Joins James McAvoy In British Crime Thriller ‘Welcome To The Punch’

    With filmmakers, buyers, producers, actors and directors all packing their bags and crowding airports for Cannes, it's going to be a very busy week for casting announcements as projects hope to find legs in the busy festival marketplace.

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    Martin Scorsese To Edit Kenneth Lonergan's 'Margaret' In Hopes Of Creating A Releasable Cut

    Where do we start with Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret," his followup to the critically acclaimed "You Can Count On Me." Well, here goes. The film has been sitting in limbo for the past few years -- it wrapped way back in 2005 -- for a variety of reasons. Foremost, a legal battle erupted between Fox Searchlight and the film's producer Dan Gilbert, with suits and countersuits filed, as Lonergan simply could not find the picture in the editing bay. Lonergan apparently requested further time in the editing room, while multiple editors apparently also took control of the film at various points both with and without Lonergan's ok. Even late producer ...

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    Watch: Trailer For 'The Future' Won't Change Your Opinion On Miranda July

    Either you thought that "Me And You And Everyone You Know" was insufferably twee or it was the arrival of a new cinematic voice, but there seems to be very little in of a middle ground when it comes to Miranda July and the trailer for her latest effort will do little sway your opinion no matter whic...

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    Rob Marshall to Direct Warners Thin Man Remake with Johnny Depp as Nick; Who's Nora?

    It's official: Rob Marshall and John DeLuca will produce a remake of The Thin Man through their LUCAMAR Productions, with Marshall directing. Johnny Depp will star and Jerry Stahl (Bad Boys II) is scripting the "classy and classic project," as Marshall calls it. He is "overjoyed" to work with Depp a...

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