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    On-Set Photo Shows Production For F. Gary Gray's N.W.A. Film Is Underway (Pic)

    It looks like F. Gary Gray has his cast for the his upcoming NWA project, Straight Outta Compton - another one of those "in limbo" biopics I wrote about a little bit ago that's apparently now on its way to becoming realized, if the above photo is any indication.

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    Watch: Trailer For 'Cairo Time' Director Ruba Nadda's Thriller 'Inescapable' Featuring Marisa Tomei With A Terrible Accent

    Well, not everything that hits the festival circuit is going to be a winner, and some may have a steeper hill to climb to get some positive attention. Judging by the first trailer for "Inescapable," that may be the case for this film. Playing like an arthouse/indie "Taken," the f...

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    Trailer Watch: Sarah Polley Directs a Documentary - Stories We Tell

    This is a busy year for Sarah Polley. Her film Take This Waltz is now in release in the US and now she has a documentary premiering at Venice and Toronto.

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    Jamie Foxx Will Direct A Short Film Under Ron Howard's Tutelage For Project Imaginat10n

    Canon U.S.A., Inc. announced today the first photography-inspired film festival in history, aligning with five artists/creators who will direct short films under the tutelage of Ron Howard.

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    Fate With A Badge & A Gun: Red Band Trailer For 'End Of Watch' With Jake Gyllenhaal & Michael Peña

    You have to hand it to David Ayer, he has found his niche and he’s working it hard. From “Training Day” to films like “The Fast And The Furious,” “Harsh Times” and “Street Kings” he’s worked steadily in the urban crime genre, mostly followi...

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    Joe Carnahan Says Pitch For "Serpico-Styled" 'Daredevil' "Went Up In Smoke"

    ....and the clock keeps ticking. With an October 10th deadline looming before Fox loses the rights to "Daredevil," it seems their search to find a director may not be over. In July, previously attached helmer David Slade exited the picture, and just over a week ago, word hit that Fox was r...

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    Review: Jean-Claude Van Damme Shines In The Moronically Irresistible Entertainment Of ‘Expendables 2’

    “The Expendables 2” is one of the very few films that gets better as it gets dumber. Serviceably directed, horribly written and barely acted at all except for a standout performance by (of all people) Jean-Claude Van Damme, it mostly delivers in the way that the original failed to, which...

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    More On Movie Title Songs

    Not long ago I wrote about “unsung” movie themes, as depicted on sheet music covers. The piece elicited quite a response, including a lovely note from Christa and Samantha Fuller, the widow and daughter of filmmaker Sam Fuller, whose theme to 'China Gate' (sung by the great Nat King Cole) I’d failed...

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    Zoe Saldana Is Apparently Taking Over For Mary J. Blige To Play Nina Simone

    Zoe Saldana Is Apparently Taking Over For Mary J. Blige To Play Nina Simone

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    Zoe Saldana Takes The Lead In Nina Simone Biopic 'Nina'

    The seemingly forever-developing Nina Simone biopic is still moving, though it has been quite a while since there was been any substantial news. Way back in 2010, Mary J. Blige signed on for the lead with David Oyelowo to co-star, but very little happened since, and as with most projects involving m...

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