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    Wesley Snipes Unites With Chuck Norris & Other Fighting Stars For Action Comedy 'Master Daddy'

    Tax-Troubled Star Prepares Low Budget 'Expendables'-Type ComedyWesley Snipes' recent legal troubles haven't slowed him down at all. The martial arts star has started shooting "Master Daddy" this fall. The film is being described by Mr. Snipes as a "multi-racial action comedy" and he's calling it a c...

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    Put Away Your Prayer Beads: 'Alvin & The Chipmunks 3' May Have Found A Director

    If you haven't been able to sleep or eat since Betty Thomas bailed on "Alvin & The Chipmunks 3" with the the film on the eve of beginning production, you can rest easy tonight as it appears the project may have found a new director.

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    indieWIRE @ Hulu Docs: Halloween Edition

    Like last week's selections, our curated Hulu Documentaries this week are also inspired by Halloween - some more loosely, others directly related to the holiday and the dark figures it celebrates. This group of films features both more recent productions as well as some classics, and takes as their ...

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    Cameron To Direct Avatar 2 & 3; Who Will Direct Cleopatra?

    James Cameron has made up his mind. He can't get Avatar out of his head. And he's doing the right thing, shooting two sequels to Avatar (possibly back to back), because he's going to give audiences more of what they want. (Reminder: Avatar grossed $ $2.8 billion worldwide, bolstered by premium 3-D prices, and tops Blu-ray sales records.) And he'll plow some of the huge R & D that went into the cost of Avatar back into the sequels (presumably making them less expensive--although you know he'll want to up the VFX ante). And he will remind us of what top-of-the-line 3-D can be. Immersive. Engrossing. Welcoming us into another world, in this case...

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    Rival Princess Diana Biopics In The Works With Charlize Theron & Keira Knightley As Leads?

    Ewan McGregor, Helen Mirren And Scarlett Johansson Also LinkedIf British tabloid The Daily Mail is to be believed, two biopics on the controversial life of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, are reportedly in the works with high-profile actresses linked to the lead roles.

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    Animal Kingdom Dominates Australian Film Awards

    The Australian Film Institute Awards put David Michod's Animal Kingdom at the top of its list with eighteen nominations, including Best Film. In that category the film will compete with Jeremy Sims' Beneath Hill 60, Jane Campion's Bright Star (eleven nominations), Rachel Perkins' Bran Nue Dae, Julie...

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    FNC '10 Reviews: 'Another Year' Another Delight From Mike Leigh; Vinterberg's 'Submarino' Sinks

    Following 2008's somewhat broad and farcical "Happy-Go-Lucky," director Mike Leigh returns to his strong suit, with a gentle snapshot of the tides that rock the lives of an ensemble of ordinary folk from spring through winter.

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    Weekly Oscar Prediction Update: 27/10/10

    Here's yet another weekly update of the Oscar prediction charts to supplement Wednesday's awards column on indieWIRE (which this week discusses the idea of a documentary best picture nomination). The main adjustments this week - and there are few - come care of:

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    Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' To Be Turned Into Feature Length Film

    Biopic On His Younger Years Also In The WorksEven though he's since passed on, that hasn't stopped Michael Jackson from being a moonwalking money making machine. The pop singer earned a staggering $275 million last year from beyond the grave, topping the Top Earning Dead Celebrity list (yes, someone...

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    When Biography Becomes Legend, Print the Legend: Carlos and The Social Network

    With little more than two months left in 2010, two films released thus far this year loom over all the others. The many merits of "Carlos" and "The Social Network" have been amply appreciated by critics and most people who have seen them. But what the two films strikingly share is a biographical and historical scrupulousness up to a certain point, accompanied by an implicit willingness to use the built-in seductive and myth-making aspects of the cinema to turn biography into legend. Biographical films have always been with us, but in the Hollywood of yore the subjects were only occasionally still alive and if they were, they would either appe...

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