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    'Drive' Duo Ryan Gosling & Nicolas Winding Refn To Re-Team For Romantic Comedy

    Director And Star Trying To Push Albert Brooks To WriteThough his Cannes Best Director winning film "Drive" doesn't hit theaters until the fall, director Nicolas Winding Refn is already lining up a future project with his star Ryan Gosling. In addition to their remake of "Logan's Run," the two have announced plans to make yet another film together, this time a romantic comedy. Refn has already announced the plot of his next film, "Only God Forgives," but recently told the L.A. Times that he and Gosling are hoping to work again on a comedy project in the near future. As if that news wasn't earth-shattering enough for you, Refn and Gosling are ...

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    "The Spirited Actor" – The Search For Africa’s Next Hollywood Star

    The search for the next Hollywood star is on, and it starts in Motherland-Africa. The new television reality show, ‘Search for Africa’s Next Hollywood Star’, according to its organisers, is to recruit acting talent in West Africa for Hollywood. Performers will be selected from Ghana and Nigeria. The TV show is organised by The Latin Dance Company, Nigeria, and their Ghanaian collaborators, Davis Media and Paradise Entertainment. Acting coach, Tracey Moore, and film producer and director, Samad Davis, both from the USA, will work closely with the contestants. The competition will see five Nigerians and five Ghanaians vie for the star prize, wh...

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    News Wrap: Green Lantern's Campbell Badmouths Solace, Entourage Chases Weiner, Patti Smith Acts

    Green Lantern and Casino Royale director Martin Campbell, says Quantum of Solace was “lousy.” Campbell, who is credited with reviving the Bond franchise in 2006 with Casino Royale, told Crave that Marc Forster's 2008 sequel Quantum of Solace was “uninteresting” and “a bit of a mess.” Campbell holds...

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    Weekend Box-Office: Is 'Green Lantern' The End Of The Superhero Gravy Train?

    Perspective is necessary. $53 million is a whole lotta money. $53 million could buy several houses, it could feed many people, it could save lives. $53 million is also a pretty good opening for a somewhat higher-budgeted film, provided advertising isn’t through the roof and there aren’t a massive am...

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    Weekend Box Office: Green Lantern Opens Soft, Will Lose Money

    The trick with any studio launch of a $200-million would-be franchise--especially one freighted by $100 million in marketing--is to open well enough to make your money back, and then some. At an estimated $52.7 million, Green Lantern opened soft: Anthony D'Alessandro explains why.The box-office stre...

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    Rewind: The Week In Movies, June 12th-18th

    It was an eclectic week over at The Playlist. Movement continues on "Django Unchained" while we featured news on the latest goings-on from Darren Aronofsky and Terrence Malick, with a bit of chatter about the careers of David Lynch and Kristen Wiig.

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    'Twilight' Star Xavier Samuel Joins Sam Worthington In Surfing Drama 'Drift'

    After a break out role as villain Riley in the 'Twilight' franchise, rising thespian Xavier Samuel is looking to establish himself: he already has a leading role in Roland Emmerich's period-conspiracy-drama "Anonymous" in the works but has now also joined the cast of Morgan O'Neill and Ben Nott's Au...

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    Weekend Box Office (June 17-19)

    On any other weekend an opening of $53 million, which is what The Green Lantern did, making it No. 1, would be great news. However, not in this case. With a production cost, including marketing, of $300 million , according to the New York Times recently, that's not good enough.

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    WME's Graham Taylor's Prescription For The Evolution Of Indie Film

    Thank you Graham for an inspiring keynote speech at the LAIFF yesterday. Very tweet-worthy. And a welcome reminder of what matters and how to keep going. With flair and style no less. Wish I could've been there. You definitely made a list for folks to put up on their wall by their desk (reprodu...

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    "Native Son" - A Really Lousy Film You Must See

    Richard Wright's seminal novel Native Son, first published in 1940, is one of the most important books ever written about racism and the black experience in America.

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