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    Mobutu Sese Seko Died Today… Watch "Mobutu, King of Zaire"

    Today in history... September 7, 1997... Congo/Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko, died in exile in Morocco, from prostate cancer.

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    The Dirty Dozen

    One of Robert Aldrich’s most subversive (and financially most successful) films is his 1967 color and wide-screen World War II saga of legalized criminality, THE DIRTY DOZEN (available on DVD). Aldrich had first dealt with this war eleven years earlier in his violently gripping cult picture, Attack!...

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    Trailer For Darryl Roberts' Sequel To His "America The Beautiful" Doc

    In case you haven't heard of the 2007 documentary America The Beautiful, conceived and directed by filmmaker Darryl Roberts , it just happens that it's one of the most financially successful, self distributed documentaries in recent years.

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    Watch: U.K. Trailer For Psychological Virus Thriller 'Retreat' Starring Cillian Murphy & Jamie Bell

    For his debut feature film, the psychological virus thriller "Retreat," writer/director Carl Tibbetts gets a pretty solid dream team cast in Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton and Jamie Bell. And while the new U.K. trailer unveiled by Empire might look promising, unfortunately the story is more intent o...

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    The Testosterone Driven Oscars

    When I first read the Brett Ratner was going to produce the Oscars I let out a big sigh. Brett is not known for his gender sensitivity. He's best known for the Rush Hour movies and I remember him from his cameo on Entourage where he played himself and came off as a younger version of Hugh Hefner -...

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    'Contagion' Writer Scott Z. Burns' Next Directorial Effort Is 'The Side Effects'

    Confirms George Clooney Backed Out Of Soderbergh's 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Because Of A Bad BackWhile perhaps not as well known and respected as names like Steve Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Diablo Cody or Charlie Kaufman, if his recent momentum continues, writer Scott Z. Burns will soon find himself among Hollywood's upper echelon of top-shelf and well-paid screenwriters (if he isn't there already). In theaters this weekend is Steven Soderbergh's pandemic thriller "Contagion," starring Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon and more, one of many collaborations between Burns and the Academy Award-winning director. Known for a screenplay to a lit...

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  • Women and Hollywood
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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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    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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    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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