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    Heading to the Toronto Film Fest.

    I'm on my way to the Toronto Film Festival. I will be filing posts from there over the next week. Following my tweets @melsil to keep up with all the fun at the festival.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    50 Cent's "Things Fall Apart" Gets A Title Change + Has Been Added To Urbanworld's 2011 Lineup

    Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s Mario Van Peebles-directed sports drama, Things Fall Apart, has received quite a bit of ink on S&A, so I won't rehash.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Toronto Deal Wrap: Early Buys Begin, New Indie Distribs

    Before the high stakes bidding begins at the Toronto Film Festival which runs Thursday September 8 through September 18, acquisitions execs are already opening their checkbooks. Several distribs are said to be chasing Steve McQueen's erotic drama Shame, which would have to go out unrated; a studio s...

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  • The Playlist
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    Will MTV Throw A Lifeline To Mark Romanek's 'Locke & Key'?

    Could there be new life for the canceled and nearly forgotten graphic-novel-turned-TV-series "Locke & Key," which boasted a pilot episode directed by Mark Romanek? The answer is a resounding 'maybe'.

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  • The Playlist
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    Animation Studio Laika Takes On 'Wildwood' From Decemberists' Frontman Colin Meloy

    The heat behind Laika, the Portland, Oregon-based stop motion animation studio (owned by Nike bigwig Phil Knight) that unleashed 2009's outstanding fantasy film "Coraline," has cooled somewhat since that release. The reason, of course, is that "Coraline" director (and Laika creative head) Henry Seli...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    M. Night Shyamalan/Will Smith/Jaden Smith Sci-Fi Adventure Movie Likely A Go; Gets Release Date

    Per BoxOfficeMojo, Sony/Columbia Pictures has set an official release date for the M. Night Shyamalan/Will and Jaden Smith sci-fi project, titled 1000 A.E. .

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  • The Playlist
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    Marion Cotillard Joins 'A Prophet' Director Jacques Audiard's New Film 'Rust & Blood'

    While she's certainly gone Hollywood with appearances in "Inception," "Midnight In Paris," "Contagion" and "The Dark Knight Rises," Academy-Award winning actress Marion Cotillard has not forgotten her French roots.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch “The Misadventures of AWKWARD Black Girl” Episode 8 (Web Series)

    Continuing on with Issa Rae’s immensely popular Awkward Black Girl web series; She just dropped episode 8, which I embedded below, which was directed by Dennis Dortch (A Good Day To Be Black & Sexy):

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    Noomi Rapace's 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' 9-Hour Extended Trilogy Coming To DVD/BluRay

    A blockbuster literary sensation, turned into very successful trilogy of Swedish films, which in turn launched the international career of Noomi Rapace and is now the source of a highly anticipated Hollywood redo by David Fincher, there is no denying "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" is a phenomenon...

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    Venice '11 Review: 'Killer Joe' A Terrific Texan Tale With A Revelatory Matthew McConaughey Turn

    In recent years, film translations of stage hits haven't been as prevalent as they once were. You might get the occasional "Doubt" or "Rabbit Hole," for instance, but compared to the early days of the talkies, when a large proportion of movies were based on Broadway hits, it's been slim pickings; au...

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