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    Jeremy Renner Developing Steve McQueen Biopic As Star Vehicle, James Gray To Write The Script

    Just yesterday we called for an intervention for Jeremy Renner, following the announcement he joined the voice cast of "Ice Age 4." The Oscar nominated actor has been worrying us of late, as he has a string of roles in big shiny tentpoles -- "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol," "The Bourne Legac...

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    A Star is Born

    There isn’t really a more quintessential show-business drama than a love story between two professionals, one on the way up, the other on the way down. Variations abound, but the most famous of these——the “Star is Born” story——has been made four times (and a fifth is being readied): The first, about a struggling young actress and an alcoholic film director (Constance Bennett and Lowell Sherman), was a modest success called What Price Hollywood? and was directed in 1932 by George Cukor (one of his first films) and produced by David O. Selznick, who five years later turned it into a rising young actress and a fading movie star (Janet Gaynor a...

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    Emmy Watch: Which New Scripted Series Will Make It to Emmy Contention? A Rough Ranking

    Emmy Watch columnist Amy Dawes takes a hard look at the new shows that debuted this year, and ranks their chances of landing Emmy Nominations right off the bat.Nothing is more exciting – at least to an Emmy watcher - than when a brand new series not only entertains our socks off and reinvigorates th...

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    Ron Howard Wants 'Amnesty' In Film Described As Mix Between Tolkien & Robert Ludlum

    It seems Ron Howard has been bitten by the fantasy bug. Either that, or he sees the writing on the wall and with "The Hobbit" coming next year and "Game Of Thrones" earning huge buzz on HBO, the genre is gearing up for a comeback. Anyway, he's already got the massive film-and-TV franchise "The Dark ...

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    Cannes 2011 Screening - "Sinking Sands"

    I have been informed that Ghanaian born filmmaker, Leila Djansi, now resident in the US, will be screening her second feature film, Sinking Sands at Cannes Film Festival this year.

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    A Planet Load Of New Images From Lars Von Trier's 'Melancholia'

    Earlier today, a new poster for Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia" hit the web and a new website for the film was launched at about the same time, but was down when we went to go check it out. Well, it's back up and running and there are a plethora of new images to gaze at.

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    Watch Now - "Nurse.Fighter.Boy" Director Charles Officer's Next Film, "Mighty Jerome"

    Nurse.Fighter.Boy director Charles Officer recently announced that his next project, feature-length documentary Mighty Jerome, will have its premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto.

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    NY African Film Festival Resumes April 29th - May 1st at Maysles Cinema

    Doc Watchers presents the next leg of the 18th Annual New York African Film Festival, April 29 through May 1st at the Maysles Cinema. The event includes the US Premiere of Zimbabwe's Forgotten Children and Q&A's with Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Xoliswa Sithole after the 7:30pm screenings on the ...

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    Christophe Honoré's 'Les Bien-aimés' The Official Closing Film Of The Cannes Film Festival

    If last year had a dearth of big name celebs, attendees at the Cannes Film Festival this year will be beating them off with a stick. Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Sean Penn, Tilda Swinton, Ryan Gosling, John C. Reilly, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Mia Wasikowska.....

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    Possibly the Greatest Black Film Ever Made in the History of Cinema

    After careful consideration it's obvious to me that the film below is the greatest black film ever made. Of course I'm talking about none other than 1976's The Human Toronado with the great late Rudy Ray Moore, Dolemite himself.

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