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    Jennifer Yuh Nelson Becomes The Top Grossing Female Director

    Jennifer Yuh Nelson, the director of Kung Fu Panda 2 has become the highest grossing female director. These are worldwide numbers and they are big. The tally now is at $645 million. She wins the crown from Phyllida Lloyd who held it since Mamma Mia grossed $609 million.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Clips From TIFF-Bound Duo Of Derick Martini's 'Hick' & Marc Forster's 'Machine Gun Preacher'

    On the eve of the Toronto International Film Festival, clips have now been unveiled for two of the premiering films hoping to make an impact: Derick Martini's adaptation of Andrea Portes’ coming-of-age novel "Hick" and Marc Forster's take on the real-life story of a criminal-turned-do-gooder "Machin...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    USA Distributor Trials For Steve McQueen's "Shame" Driven By Controversial Subject Matter

    Word on the street (from articles I read on both Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter) this morning are that, thanks to it explicit depictions of the symptoms of sexual addiction - including "male and female full-frontal nudity, graphic depictions of straight/gay/threeway sex, masturbation, urination...

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    Eriq La Salle Heading Back To TV To Play A Doctor Again

    This time it's on the new CBS medical drama series (yes, another one of those) titled A Gifted Man. Although he won't be the series' star; rather Mr Eriq La Salle will take on a recurring role as a neuropsychiatrist.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Beyond' Starring Noomi Rapace Selected As Sweden's Official Oscar Entry

    Bela Tarr's 'The Turin Horse' Chosen By Hungary; 'Happy Happy' Enters For NorwayIt seems the heat around Swedish actress Noomi Rapace won't be going away anytime soon. While the films themselves were dodgy, Rapace herself impressed Hollywood with her turn in the Swedish language 'Dragon Tattoo' tril...

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  • The Playlist
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    Peter Stormare To Confront Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'Last Stand'

    In the blockbuster world, you've got your character actors, your heroes, and your villains. What's needed beyond that is the random scene stealer, the one who seems like he's walked off the set of a completely unrelated movie. Who, if a good guy, never seems entirely trustworthy, and if bad, always seems like he's having a better time than everyone else. Enter Peter Stormare, a guy who's got more scenery in his stool than Shepperton Studios, who has managed to be shot at, blown up million of times, who has alternately saved, and almost destroyed the world. And now, he's going up against Arnold Schwarzenegger, as he's the first co-star announc...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Preview African Immigrant Tragedy "The Invader" + Watch Bold NSFW Opening Scene

    We totally missed this one in our highlighting of titles screening at the Toronto International Film Festival as well as the Venice Film Festival (it's at both festivals); one of a handful of films that explore some angle of the African immigrant's experience in Europe, to put it broadly. And if the...

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    Watch: Owen Wilson, Steve Martin & Jack Black Tackle Their Bucket List In 'The Big Year' Trailer

    We have to admit, we kind of totally forgot this movie even existed, but with the release date now six weeks out, Fox decided to actually start promoting the upcoming comedy "The Big Year." Judging by the first trailer, we probably would've been fine leaving this one to the recesses of our memory.

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    Cai Shangjun's 'People Mountain People Sea' Surprise Addition To Venice Competition Line-up

    In 2003, Venice Film Festival organizers decided to take a page from the Telluride film festival's book and leave one slot open in their 24-entry competition lineup each year, for a surprise entry to be announced during the fest. The announcements to date have been a mixed bag ranging from forgettab...

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    Mos Def Says He's Retiring "Mos Def" Name: "It's Time To Expand & Move On"

    Speaking with MTV this past weekend at Rock The Bells... (aka Yasiin):

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