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    Box Office: "The Trip" Tops Debuts; "Paris" and "Tree" Continue Their Success Stories

    While J.J. Abrams "Super 8" exceeded expectations at the studio box office, Michael Winterbottom's "The Trip" led debuts in the specialty market, taking in decent numbers for distributor IFC Films.

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    Judy Garland Plays Lincoln Center: 31 Musicals In All, Complete with Wizard of Oz Sing-along

    When it comes to celebrating Judy Garland’s birthday, the requisite song and blow-out-your-candles-now dance just doesn’t quite cut it.

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    "Writing in Color" With "Justified" Exec Producer, Writer & Co-Star (Video)

    Justified exec producer Graham Yost, writer/co-producer Wendy Calhoun, actress/series regular Erica Tazel talk with WGA, West Committee of Black Writers chair David Wyatt about writing characters of color, and more. Any of you watch the series?

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    L.A. 's Graffiti, Tattoos and Copyright Infringement

    RUN DMC Posing Against GraffitiL.A. does have its drama. The first piece of "street art" commissioned by L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art was erased for being too incendiary and the topic of what is permitted to be brought to the public - be it art, graffiti, tattoos, fiction feature or documentary films -- became widely discussed, a good thing in itself. Now Thierry Guetta, the Los Angeles man whose conversion into graffiti artist Mr. Brainwash was detailed in Exit From the Gift Shop, has lost a major court ruling that could affect how artists' rights are viewed going forward. Federal judge Dean Pregerson ruled that Guetta did not have th...

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    The Black Hollywood Experience: Our History, Our Future (Video)

    Recorded earlier this year at SAG in Los Angeles. There's a complete version on YouTube, but the recording is amateurish, and the sound isn't very good. This is from SAG, although it's been edited down.

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    Scott Feinberg Interviews Michael K. Williams (Video)

    Scott Feinberg Interviews Michael K. Williams (Video)

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    Robert Zemeckis In Talks To Direct Tom Hanks In 3D Toy Adaptation 'Major Matt Mason'

    HBO Adaptation Of Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' Planned To Be Effects-Heavy Six Season SeriesThe colossal failure of motion-capture animation "Mars Needs Moms," and the subsequent cancellation by Disney on the planned performance capture remake of "Yellow Submarine," seems to have given Robert Zemeckis, something of a pioneer of the format, pause for thought. The director of mega-hits like "Back to the Future" and "Forrest Gump" hasn't made a live action picture since 2000's double bill of "What Lies Beneath" and "Cast Away," but recent months have seen him linked to any number of potential projects starring real people, rather than dead-eyed...

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    Maverick Distributor Marty Zeidman Changed Face of Indie Cinema

    Inside the independent film community, Marty Zeidman was known as an innovator who changed the way independent movies were released. The distributor who worked at Miramax, Polygram, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fine Line, Lionsgate, Paramount Classics and Columbia Pictures died at age 63 in Los Ange...

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    The First Black Men In Outer Space (In The Movies That Is...)

    All the heated discussion we had recently about black images in sci-fi movies bought to my mind recently the first time when a black man first appeared as an astronaut in a sci-fi movie. And you would be right in guessing that it wasn't in an American film.

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    How Many Movies Can You Fit Into a Wedding?

    I have scheduled this post to go live just as my own wedding begins. As you're reading this (likely sometime after it's gone live), imagine I'm currently walking down the aisle to Carl Orff's "Gassenhauer nach Hans Neusiedler (1536)," which you may know as 'the "Badlands" theme.' And that's not the first cinematic tune to play, either. Pre-ceremony we've already heard "Somebody's Getting Married" from "The Muppets Take Manhattan" and George and Ira Gershwin's "He Loves and She Loves," which we know from Woody Allen's "Manhattan," not to mention tunes that can be found on the soundtracks to "Rushmore" and "Swingers" -- though neither was chose...

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