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    Usher Will Play Sugar Ray Leonard In Film Centered On Panamanian Boxer Roberto Durán

    Well now... no comment from me; but you guys can have at it :)

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    The Politics of "The Hunger Games," from Fox News to Salon to Ebert

    As I suspected, "The Hunger Games" is becoming hot political fodder for the mediasphere, with outlets on both the right and the left geting on board the politicizing bandwagon and making an issue of the teen-film phemomenon. Is it feminist? Is it anti-government? Is it anti-capitalist? ...

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    Review: 'Wild Bill' Is An Immensely Likable Directorial Debut From Dexter Fletcher

    For whatever reason, directorial debuts by British character actors tend to lean towards the gritty kitchen-sink drama; Tim Roth, Gary Oldman and, more recently, Paddy Considine have all broken their filmmaking cherry with uncompromisingly tough, bleak subject matter. Considering that it involves ab...

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    GREY MATTERS: A Defense of BATTLE: LOS ANGELES

    After the first time my interest felt forbidden, something to not share in smart company. But with my second viewing three months later, I realized my reaction wasn’t just a quirk of mood or contrarian impulse, or the film version of one of those inexplicable crushes that make your friends smile pol...

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    IFC Films Picks Up Porn-Drama 'Cherry' With James Franco; Jon Kasdan's Sundance Hit 'The First Time' Finds Home At Sony Pictures

    The game plan of most indie filmmakers is to get their film in a festival and acquire distribution and it looks like the things have worked out well for young filmmakers Stephen Elliott and Jon Kasdan (son of Lawrence) on their latest efforts behind the camera.

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    Protesting Filmmakers Cry Victory, But How Will PBS Resurrect Indie Docs?

    After PBS was aggressively petitioned by independent documentary filmmakers last week (see my article "The PBS Debacle") over changes to their programming schedule, the New York Times is reporting that the public broadcasting company has agreed to find a new home for the two long-runnin...

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    Jim Broadbent Joins Eric Bana & Rebecca Hall In John Crowley's Untitled Thriller, Because Jim Broadbent Is In Everything

    It's a little known fact, but in the mid 1980s, in a bid to fight underemployment in certain aspects of the entertainment industry, the British government passed the Broadbent Act, which set up a quota that one in four British movies would have to cast British character actor favorite Jim Broadb...

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    Review: 'Brake' Isn't Stuck, But It's Only Built For An Obvious B-Movie Set-Up And Shallow Payoff

    And here with his audition for a basic cable star vehicle is Stephen Dorff. The diminutive actor has been allowed by Hollywood to attempt to play tough guys repeatedly, despite having the physical composition of Christian Slater’s post-shave whiskers. But his effort as a journeyman actor in both big...

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    Are Female Critics More Likely to Enjoy 'The Hunger Games' Than Their Male Counterparts?

    One blogger says female critics are more inclined to like "The Hunger Games." We looked at the statistics to see if he's right.

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    Reese Witherspoon Marches Into 'Pennyroyal’s Princess Boot Camp' Producing & Taking A Supporting Role

    Back in 2006 Reese Witherspoon produced her first feature film, “Penelope.” That Christina Ricci comedy about a girl cursed with a pig snout and ears skewed young and featured Witherspoon herself in a supporting role. It took her a while to dip her toe in the producing waters again, but ...

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