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    'Bad Teacher' Director Jake Kasdan Circling Action-Comedy 'Family Getaway'

    You probably didn't see "Zero Effect" when it was released way back in 1998. But you should have -- it's one of the most terminally underrated pictures of the last couple of decades, a fearsomely smart, funny, touching rejig of the Sherlock Holmes archetype, with a career best performance from Bill ...

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    Diane Baker Talks "Best-Kept Secret": San Francisco's Expanding Academy of Art

    The 5th annual Epidemic Film Festival (named after the idea that there is a creative epidemic going on) will open on Friday, May 6 at the Golden Gate Theater in San Francisco at 4 pm, reports Cari Beauchamp.A showcase for the finest films made this year by the Motion Pictures, Film and Television st...

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    'Catfish' Directors Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman To Helm 'Paranormal Activity 3'

    After cravenly exploiting the misery and loneliness of someone who needed therapy in private and not on 500 screens nationwide, Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost established themselves not as filmmakers but as crass, dishonest provocateurs. So is it a surprise that the "Catfish" directors would make a ...

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    IRA Member Bobby Sands Died Today... Steve McQueen's "Hunger" Retells The Tale

    Today in history... May 5th, 1981, IRA (Irish Republican Army) member Bobby Sands died in a Northern Ireland prison, during the 66th day of his hunger strike.

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    Jeffrey Wright: "There Is No Black Cinema Because We Have Little Control"

    Let's see if this one sets off a similar kind of explosive reaction as the last 2 did - the last 2 being Anthony Mackie's "We're being lazy on our game" comment, and Morgan Freeman's "We need to get over that shit" line... both essentially in response to questions about, broadly-speaking, the curren...

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger Will 'Cry Macho' This Fall

    After a back-and-forth over his next project, Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to the big screen in "Cry Macho." The drama, to be directed by "The Lincoln Lawyer" helmer Brad Furman, deals with a former horse trainer who is forced to kidnap a boy, only to realize the boy's mother is in no way inte...

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    Well It Ain't Exactly August Wilson...

    Any of our readers in the Houston/Austin/Waco Texas area who are looking for something to do this Mother's Day weekend, do I have some good news for you. The romantic comedy stage play Cheaper to Keep Her with Vivica A Fox and Brian McKnight, written by Ja'Caryous Johnson will be performed in those ...

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    Bradley Cooper To Play Lucifer (What?) In 3D Adaptation Of 'Paradise Lost' (Again, What?)

    Unaware that the concept seems to be an Onion headline come to life, Bradley Cooper is eyeing the role of Lucifer in a big budget 3D adaptation of "Paradise Lost" according to Variety. Take a second, and let that sink in. A big budget, 3D adaptation of "Paradise Lost." With Bradley Cooper. Got it? O...

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    Five Projects iW is Rooting For: De Niro & Dano in "Bullshit Night" Adaptation, Rooftop Films, More

    In this week's in-production column, we track the new Focus Features release from Paul Weitz ("American Pie"), which stars Paul Dano and Robert De Niro as father and son who are estranged but must confront each other in Boston homeless shelters. From Kickstarter, we profile projec...

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    Something Borrowed Reviews: "Lame, Misjudged, Plastic, Obnoxious"

    Even the combined adorability and charm of Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski and Colin Egglesfield can't seem to pull any love from reviews of this relationship comedy about a young woman who falls in love with her best friend's fiance, which will only suffer by comparison to the recent ...

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