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    Rosario Dawson, James Earl Jones To Co-Star in Upcoming Film “Gimme Shelter”

    Former Disney star Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) has graduated to more serious subject matter in writer/director Ron Krauss’ Gimme Shelter, due in theaters in 2012 from Columbia Pictures. Rosario Dawson and James Earl Jones both play significant roles in the film’s story.

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    Writing in Color - Stereotypes on "Parks & Recreation," "The Office" & "Community"

    Courtesy of the Writers Guild of America, West Committee of Black Writers Been sitting on these for about a week, waiting for the last 2 parts of the series, but, thus far they haven't been uploaded to YouTube by the WGA. Here are parts 1 & 2. I'll post parts 3 & 4 when they're up.

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    'Sherlock Holmes' Star Kelly Reilly Lands Female Lead Opposite Denzel In Robert Zemeckis' 'Flight'

    Robert Zemeckis is finally returning to the live-action world, having spent the decade since the one-two punch of "Cast Away" and "What Lies Beneath" with dead-eyed motion-capture pixel people, with increasingly diminishing returns. It was confirmed last week that the "Back to the Future" helmer wou...

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    TIFF: Wuthering Heights Directed by Andrea Arnold and In Darkness Directed by Agnieszka Holland

    There is no denying that Andrea Arnold is one of the most interesting and provocative directors working today. If you haven't seen her first two films Red Road and Fish Tank you have missed two very good films. Her third Wuthering Heights premiered last week at the Venice Film Festival to very goo...

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    "Top Gun" Being Converted To 3D For 2012 Re-Release (Survey Time!)

    So... it was already announced that James Cameron mega-grossing hit Titanic is being converted to 3D for a spring 2012 release; now this news drops: Tony Scott’s 1986 classic Top Gun starring Tom Cruise is being converted to 3D for a theatrical release.

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    '28 Weeks Later' Helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Likely To Replace Justin Lin On 'Highlander' Remake

    Let's face it, for anyone who isn't a nostalgia-fuelled child of the VHS generation, the original "Highlander" only looks good in comparison to its string of extremely bad sequels and TV spin-offs. As such, it's somewhere near the bottom of the long list of remakes we don't give a shit about; neithe...

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    Preview/Trailer Jamaican "Against-The-Odds" Boxing Drama "Ghett’a Life"

    In a recent post about Warrior I think it was, I made a remark about being over seeing inspirational dramas about white fighters (whether boxers, wrestlers, MMA, etc) that seem to have become fashionable again in Hollywood in the last 4 or 5 years - 2 of them have been Oscar contenders, one is likel...

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    Michael Shannon Says His General Zod In 'Man of Steel' Will Be Very Different From Terence Stamp's

    Also Says That Crime Film 'The Iceman' & James Franco's 'As I Lay Dying' Aren't Happening Any Time Soon We have to confess, when considering the possibilities as to who might end up playing villain General Zod in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot "Man of Steel," Michael Shannon was never on our list. Not that he's not a fine actor -- he's one of the finest out there right now, one who goes from strength to strength with seemingly every performance. And not that he's resisted studio fare in the past -- indeed, he'll be playing a villain in the Joseph Gordon-Levitt vehicle "Premium Rush" at the start of next year. It's more that Shannon's particula...

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    TIFF '11 Review: 'The Oranges' Delivers A Grove Of Big Laughs

    The indie ensemble comedy genre is fraught with pitfalls, from high concepts that just don't deliver, to outrageous storylines that can't sustain their own frenzied energy. For every "Little Miss Sunshine" there are countless more that attempt to create that film's almost intangible alchemy but falter somewhere along the way. "The Oranges" could have gone either way - with Julian Farino a mostly TV director ("Entourage," "How To Make It In America") making his sophomore film with a grab bag cast including Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, Alia Shawkat, Adam Brody and Leighton Meeste,r we really had no idea what to e...

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    TIFF '11 Review: Admirable, Low-Key ’50/50’ Splits Difference Between Genuinely Funny And Sad

    Let's get this out of the way early; the cancer dramedy, "50/50," formerly known as "I'm With Cancer," is an admirable effort by all the parties involved. There's maturity and restraint shown throughout in this story, about a healthy young twentysomething man staring his mortality in the face when he is suddenly diagnosed with a rare spinal cancer, and it's a well-intentioned humanistic drama that tries to demonstrate that life is complicated and never quite cut and dry. The measured film takes pains to illustrate there is laughter to be derived in difficult and near-tragic situations and melancholy can also be found in some of the most humor...

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