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  • Hope for Film
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    Is So Much Choice Really Any Choice At All?

    So many people want to "keep their options open" as opposed to actually committing themselves to something they really believe in. We fill our shelves with 1001 variations and some people think it is freedom, but doesn't it just obscure the real problem that we haven't committed to what we really w...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Sugar Ray Leonard - The Man Behind "Real Steel"

    Is there anyone who's anxiously waiting to see Dreamworks/Disney's film version of Rock 'Em Sock 'Em robots, aka Real Steel, which is coming out on October 7? I mean that seriously. Anyone at least over the age of 12, and not some 30 year old geek fanboy living in their parents basement, surrounded ...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Djimon Hounsou Will Play "Angel Of Death" In Adaptation Of Milton's "Paradise Lost"

    Djimon Hounsou has joined the cast of Alex Proyas' adaptation of John Milton's epic good-versus-evil poem Paradise Lost.

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  • The Playlist
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    Caleb Landry Jones (aka Banshee) Joins Neil Jordan's Vampire Film 'Byzantium'

    No, "Byzantium" is not a sequel or something to Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" but it's the name of ancient Greek city which just happens to also be the title of Neil Jordan's next film, and the director has just settled on his male lead for.

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  • The Playlist
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    Djimon Hounsou Is Abdiel The Angel Of Death In 'Paradise Lost'

    Actors don't come as talented or respected as Djimon Hounsou. The thesp has come a long way from popping up in Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" video, breaking out in Jim Sheridan's "In America," and lining up a diverse array of projects from blockbusters like "The Island" and "Constantine" to more dramatic fare like "Blood Diamond" and "The Tempest" and in the process, he's snagged himself two Academy Award nominations. While his most recent efforts seem to be in dodgy looking international pics like "White Elephant" and "Special Forces," the actor is ready to take on a pretty intriguing role in what is set to be a pretty ambitious literary adapt...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Brit Nonso Anozie Cast In Season 2 Of HBO's "Game Of Thrones"

    I have to admit that I haven't watched a single episode of Game Of Thrones, despite how much praise it's received; it's been near-universal! And I'm a fantasy enthusiast, so you'd think I'd be all over it; nope, I haven't been. I also haven't read the literary work by George R. R. Martin that the TV...

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  • The Playlist
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    Eric Stonestreet To Play Fatty Arbuckle In Barry Levinson Directed 'The Day The Laughter Stopped'

    In the history of salacious Hollywood trials, none have matched the infamy of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's battle against charges that he raped actress Virgina Rappe at a boisterous Hollywood party (who died shortly afterward of peritonitis caused a ruptured bladder). It was essentially the first showbiz trial, one that found Arbuckle prosecuted in the press -- and later in court -- thanks to the relentless tabloid journalism of William Randolph Hearst's chain of newspapers, which painted the silent comedian as a lecher who used his girth to overpower women sexually. After three trials -- in which it became apparent that evidence was being manu...

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  • The Playlist
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    Angus MacLane To Direct New 'Toy Story' Short 'Small Fry'; Clip From 'Air Mater' Debuts

    Well, D23 has come and gone, and with Disney's insistence on controlling the message suffocating any spontaneity and excitement -- coupled by a distinct lack of any real news other than some details about the new Pixar films -- the event was a bit of let down. However, Disney/Pixar did let a couple ...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Aretha Franklin On Biopic: Will Focus On Early Years; Halle Berry Is Indeed Interested; Has Director

    Aretha Franklin's talking about her biopic again... although, in all fairness, she was asked! :)

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Anatomy of A High-Brow Art Debate: Sean Penn and the Bitch-Slapping of Malick's Tree of Life

    It goes like this. Sean Penn talks to Le Figaro and implies (Exhibit A) Terrence Malick underutilized him in The Tree of Life. The New Yorker's Richard Brody defends Malick and upholds the idea that actors are the equivalent of colors on a painter's brush ("Penn brings an acid yellow to the glass-and-metal grays of his scenes, and it adds something important to the film"), and that Penn's lack of understanding of his own performance doesn't undermine the power or purpose of it. InContention's Kris Tapley calls Penn's comments a bitch-slap, and while he doesn't exactly disagree ("The bookend nature of his role is the weaker element of the film...

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