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    Sacha Baron Cohen as The Dictator, and the Great Man Beards That Came Before Him

    Larry Charles (Borat) directs Sacha Baron Cohen in The Dictator, which won't open until May 11, 2012. In the meantime, check out the Dictator (below) and the non-Islamic-extremists that may have inspired his beard:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Pariah" Gets An Official Theatrical Release Trailer And New Poster!

    A film we've talked about ad naseam on Shadow And Act, especially on the old site. We've been following the film, almost as long as the site has been around - roughly 2 years... and counting.

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    Super 8 Reviews: "Early Spielberg Classic," Spielberg & Abrams "Spiritually Clash On-Screen" UPDATED

    I went in to see Super 8 with modest expectations. I kept waiting for the movie to derail and lose its footing at some point. That never happened. I was instantly caught up with this group of kids trying to shoot a movie (the final result unspools over the closing credits, so stick around) and then ...

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    Idris Elba Reveals Bits & Pieces Of "Prometheus"

    Firs reported back in February, Idris Elba is one of the stars of Ridley Scott’s super secretive upcoming sci-fi thriller film, Prometheus that may or may not be a prequel to Alien. The film is currently shooting in the UK under strict secrecy, and oh-so very little has been released about its plotl...

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    Today's Birthdays - 6/09/11 (Gloria Reuben, Tamela Mann and Keesha Sharp)

    Gloria Reuben turns 47 today. The stage and screen actress appeared in 21 Jump Street, China Beach, Homicide, Shaft, Numb3rs, ER, Life Support, Drop Dead Diva, Law & Order and much more. Her next upcoming film will be the Steven Spielberg production Lincoln.

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    Listen: James Franco's Musical Act Kalup and Franco, Debut EP Hits July 12th

    Short Gucci-Sponsored Film 'Rebel' (Maybe) About Brad Renfro Gets An Amazing BillboardThe man of a thousand trades, James Franco, is already quite the renaissance man so why not add musician to his already lengthy list of various artistic activities? Frankly, we're surprised it hasn't happened soone...

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    movie review: SUPER 8

    If you’re wondering what’s missing from so many big-budget, effects-driven Hollywood movies, the answer lies in J.J. Abrams’ Super 8: heart and passion. What’s happening onscreen really matters to the young people in the story—so it matters to us, too. Moreove...

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    Is 'Midnight In Paris' An Oscar Contender?

    It's very easy to take Woody Allen for granted, and for the better part of the last ten or fifteen years, audiences have. Working steadily at his one-movie-per-year rate, in recent times, Allen hasn't exactly endeared himself to the movie-going public with a string of terrible films that felt more like contractual obligations or something knocked out half halfheartedly out of habit, than anything imbued with the wit, thematic scope and verve he displays when he's in top form. But recent years have found him on an upswing, with his European flavored films earning better reviews and more attention but "Midnight In Paris" is a concoction that is...

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    Is Universal Rebooting 'The Wolfman' Franchise Already?

    Remember "The Wolfman"? If you don't, it's probably best you don't try and summon the memory and if you do, you probably want those two hours purged from your brain. Released in early 2010, Universal's first attempt to bring back their movie monster franchise was a disaster pretty much from the start. We won't rehash every nitty gritty detail, but the long and short of it is, the movie started promisingly with Mark Romanek at the helm but feeling the budgetary squeeze and pressure from the suits he bailed at the last minute only to be replaced by Joe Johnston who tried to salvage a production that was going in about five directions all at the...

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    Updates On Fantasia Barrino's Mahalia Jackson Project...

    So, I assume that by now we've all settled into the news that American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino will star as gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in a new biographical film, right?

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