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    Arcade Fire Duo, Taylor Swift & The Decemberists Record New Songs For 'The Hunger Games' Soundtrack

    It's almost like the "Twilight" music syndrome all over again on the surface. A studio has a teen phenom-to-be project on their hands and they drive a dump truck full of cash up to the doorsteps of musicians who can't say no.

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    Director Dee Rees And Star Adepero Oduye Talk Coming Out & Coming Of Age In 'Pariah'

    Director Dee Rees and actress Adepero Oduye were fresh off an early awards season win when The Playlist caught up with them in New York. Their film "Pariah" nabbed Rees the prize for breakthrough director at the Gotham Awards the night before -- not the first triumph for the assured feature debut, w...

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    Video Watch: Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" Production Diary, Teaser

    Peter Jackson has been brilliantly nourishing our collective hobbit-mania with production diary videos from his latest shoot, and yesterday's newest installment doesn't disappoint. Jackson's Christmas Day present gives us a glimpse at one of the biggest stars in "The Hobbit:" ...

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    Fifth Production Diary For 'The Hobbit' Centers On Location Shooting & Tentpole-Size Logistics

    Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" won't arrive in theaters until a year from now -- December 14, 2012 to be exact. But clearly Jackson wanted to give 'Lord Of The Rings' and 'Hobbit' fans an early Christmas gift and this year he delivered a two-fer. First off was the trailer for 'A...

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    Trailer Watch For Boxing Drama "Mikel's Faith"

    Back in early September Tambay proflied this urban boxing drama Mikel's Faith written, directed and starring Alexander Etseyatse (read HERE) which was presented at the Hell's Kitchen Film Festival in New York City this fall.

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    First Look: Ben Affleck In Covert Iran Hostage Crisis Picture 'Argo,' & 'Jack The Giant Killer'

    To quote Matt Damon in a recent episode of KCRW's The Business, after the Bennifer flap of the early aughts, his "hetero lifemate" Ben Affleck had to work twice as hard to frame his name back into a respectable part of the film industry. "He was very sober about what it meant for his career," Damon ...

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    Now and Then: Two Docs Test the Limits of What We Know About Those We Love

    On July 26, 2009, Diane Schuler left the New York campground where she was vacationing and began her trip home to Long Island with her two children and three nieces in tow.

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    Watch Ving Rhames in Trailer For Hunted House Horror Indie "Seven Below"

    I couldn't find this film profiled on the site, even though, the trailer was released over a month ago; so, here we go...

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    Interview with Adepero Oduye star of Pariah

    This is the week when Pariah starts to roll out and I can't say emphatically enough that when this film comes to your town, you must see it.

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    How the Brilliant Iranian Drama "A Separation" Is a Microcosm of Life Itself

    Asghar Farhadi delicately examines what it means for a secular-minded couple to live in a world more complicated than the rules established to control it.

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