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    Diablo Cody to Make Her Directing Debut

    Academy Award winning writer Diablo Cody will make her directing debut on her own script Lamb of God. Her longtime collaborator Mason Novick will produce. It seems that the movie is being fast tracked since casting is beginning right away.

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    American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Official 2011 Selections Release (Who's Going?)

    It's about a week away, running from July 6th through the 9th, in Miami, FL. I'll be there for the duration, so maybe I'll see some of you there as well! Look for the brotha in the purple Zoot suit, and Stacey Adams alligator print lace-ups :)

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    Disney Get The (Matter)Horn For Another Theme Park Movie 'The Hill'

    Plus We Pitch Five More Disney Ride MoviesWhen your much-mocked idea to turn a 40-year-old theme park ride into a movie turns out to be the start of a franchise that's grossed $3 billion worldwide, it becomes tempting to repeat the success. So, despite the underwhelming early attempts like "The Haun...

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    Update: Five Female Playwrights Will be on Broadway This Fall

    Here is an update to yesterday's post about Theresa Rebeck's play opening on Broadway. It seems that there will be several female written plays opening on the great white way this fall. Great news. At least there will be women eligible to be nominated for a Tony next year. I just wish that we di...

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  • The Playlist
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    ‘Party Down’ Movie Might, Possibly, Maybe Sort Of Become A Reality Next Spring Or Something

    “Party Down”, comedy fans may remember, was the superlative, achingly brilliant Starz original series that got shitcanned by former HBO head honco Chris Albrecht so the network could focus on, er, attractive naked people wrestling in ancient times (“Spartacus: Blood and Sand”) and attractive naked people wrestling in medieval times (“Camelot”). It was also one of the best-observed ensemble comedies in recent memory and boasted a cast (Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, Jane Lynch, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr, Ken Marino and Megan Mullally) that launched a thousand fan letters after the series was unjustly wrenched screens a couple of years ago. Since it...

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    Watch: New 'Cowboys & Aliens' Trailer Takes Us Inside The Alien Lair

    When you think about it, the fact that the guy who rolled with Vince Vaughn in "Swingers" has become of one of the biggest tentpole directors in Hollywood is kind of amazing. The fact that he knows how to bring the steak with the sizzle is even better, and "Cowboys & Aliens" looks to be Jon Favreau'...

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    Joseph Conrad's "Heart Of Darkness" As A Spacebound Sci-Fi Flick?

    A sci-fi version of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness? One of the most controversial tales over the last century+, telling the story of Marlow, the cargo boat captain in Africa at the end of the 19th century, on assignment to return Kurtz, an ivory trader with a reputation, who encounters the "darkn...

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    Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo' Drops The 'Cabret'

    Official Trailer Coming SoonIt seems the prevailing sentiment in Hollywood right now is that shorter is better. "John Carter of Mars" recently became just "John Carter" and now Martin Scorsese's "Hugo Cabret" is simply "Hugo." Variety's Jeff Sneider has confirmed the title adjustment which frankly l...

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    New Look At Ian McKellen As Gandalf & Martin Freeman As Bilbo Baggins In ‘The Hobbit’

    Yes, we're still eighteen months away from "The Hobbit" hitting theaters but the fever for the films directed by Peter Jackson is already running very high. Last week, fans got a very early treat when the first official stills from the film hit the web and it looks like the filmmakers aren't being s...

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    Breakfast at Tiffany's Celebrates 50 Years with New Digital Restoration Screening, July 29

    Fresh from its world-premiere showing at the TCM Classic Film Fest, the 50th anniversary new digital restoration of romantic comedy-drama Breakfast at Tiffany's will screen on Friday, July 29 at 7:30 pm at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The Blake Edwards film adaptation of Truman Capote's novel has bee...

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