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    Scott Feinberg Interviews Michael K. Williams (Video)

    Scott Feinberg Interviews Michael K. Williams (Video)

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    Robert Zemeckis In Talks To Direct Tom Hanks In 3D Toy Adaptation 'Major Matt Mason'

    HBO Adaptation Of Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' Planned To Be Effects-Heavy Six Season SeriesThe colossal failure of motion-capture animation "Mars Needs Moms," and the subsequent cancellation by Disney on the planned performance capture remake of "Yellow Submarine," seems to have given Robert Zemeckis, something of a pioneer of the format, pause for thought. The director of mega-hits like "Back to the Future" and "Forrest Gump" hasn't made a live action picture since 2000's double bill of "What Lies Beneath" and "Cast Away," but recent months have seen him linked to any number of potential projects starring real people, rather than dead-eyed...

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    Maverick Distributor Marty Zeidman Changed Face of Indie Cinema

    Inside the independent film community, Marty Zeidman was known as an innovator who changed the way independent movies were released. The distributor who worked at Miramax, Polygram, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fine Line, Lionsgate, Paramount Classics and Columbia Pictures died at age 63 in Los Ange...

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    The First Black Men In Outer Space (In The Movies That Is...)

    All the heated discussion we had recently about black images in sci-fi movies bought to my mind recently the first time when a black man first appeared as an astronaut in a sci-fi movie. And you would be right in guessing that it wasn't in an American film.

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    How Many Movies Can You Fit Into a Wedding?

    I have scheduled this post to go live just as my own wedding begins. As you're reading this (likely sometime after it's gone live), imagine I'm currently walking down the aisle to Carl Orff's "Gassenhauer nach Hans Neusiedler (1536)," which you may know as 'the "Badlands" theme.' And that's not the first cinematic tune to play, either. Pre-ceremony we've already heard "Somebody's Getting Married" from "The Muppets Take Manhattan" and George and Ira Gershwin's "He Loves and She Loves," which we know from Woody Allen's "Manhattan," not to mention tunes that can be found on the soundtracks to "Rushmore" and "Swingers" -- though neither was chose...

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    Jeremy Renner To Produce & Star In Underdog Rally Race Picture, 'Slingshot'

    Here's a disturbing trend of late. Didn't "Days Of Thunder" teach us anything? Sure, "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" showed us there's laughs to be found within the world of auto racing, but seriously, how many great films of this genre can you name? "Death Race 2000," "Two-Lane Blackt...

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    The Coen Brothers Say They Are Working On A New, Music-Based Film

    Not Being Written For Usual Repertory Company Of ActorsLast night at the opening of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's beautiful new facility, the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, we were fortunate enough to catch a conversation between filmmakers and mutual admirers, the Coen brothers, Joel and E...

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    'Fast Five' Star Sung Kang To Join Untitled Sylvester Stallone-Walter Hill Collaboration

    Joel Silver's Dark Castle Entertainment Producing; Film Begins Shooting Later This MonthIt seemed to make sense that Sylvester Stallone would reach out to Thomas Jane to co-star in the film formerly-titled "Headshot" as both were macho brawlers with a significant age difference. The thriller, from director Walter Hill, was to match Stallone as a professional killer with Jane the young cop who must collaborate with the hitman to solve a massive conspiracy. And then Dark Castle and superproducer Joel Silver got involved. And looks like Silver he threw his weight around, claiming a Dark Castle mandate for racially mixed lead cast members, so Jan...

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    Come Play At My Panel Today At 4P At Lincoln Center

    I am moderating the "Some Of The New Faces Of NY Independent Film" panel today to help kick off Lincoln Center's new theaters. They are truly beautiful and will surely be a must-see destination for all Cinemaniacs throughout the universe. As I believe we will have eleven panelists on the stage wit...

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    'Rubicon' Star James Badge Dale Circling Role Alongside Brad Pitt In 'World War Z'

    James Badge Dale might not be a name that's immediately familiar to you, but increasingly, it's a face that you'll recognize: the actor had key roles on "24" (as Jack Bauer's sidekick Chase) and in "The Departed" (as the bent copper who pops Leo in the head at the end), before landing two big leads ...

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