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    Universal Picks Up UK & Scandinavian Rights To Kevin Macdonald's Bob Marley Biopic

    Universal Pictures International Entertainment has picked up U.K. and Scandinavian rights to Academy Award-winner Kevin Macdonald's long-in-development Bob Marley documentary Marley, described as the definitive documentary about legendary musician, from his earliest days, to his rise t...

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    Review - "Safe House" (Solid Technical Work Spoiled By Lack Of Originality & Utter Predictability)

    I posted this earlier in the week after I attended a screening of it; figured I'd post again today, since the film is now officially in general release:

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    Hailee Steinfeld Joins 'Can A Song Save Your Life?' With Mark Ruffalo & Scarlett Johansson

    Hollywood careers don't get off to a much better start. Plucked from obscurity, Hailee Steinfeld was thrust into the spotlight winning the lead role in the Coen Brothers "True Grit" and then wowing everyone by going to toe-to-toe with Jeff Bridges for the entire film. Since then she...

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    Oscar Talk: Who Will Win Animated Shorts, Best Actor, Best Picture

    The end of the Oscar race is in sight and if Kris Tapley and I sound a bit frayed, we are. We dig into the animated shorts and a few of the live action ones as well. I finally caught up with "Bullhead," which will not, I think, beat "A Separation." Kris wonders if "Monsieur ...

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    'Paranormal Activity' Director Oren Peli Talks About Creating the New ABC Show 'The River'

    Four years ago, Oren Peli's cheap found-footage horror movie "Paranormal Activity" seemingly came out of nowhere to leave a mark on mainstream American cinema. The Israeli-born filmmaker's debut put Peli on the map as a new voice in a genre suffering from homogenization due to endless "Saw" sequels....

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    Sarah Palin Propagandist Bannon Unveils New Anti-Obama Doc

    It was only a matter of time before documentary propagandists on the right would launch an anti-Obama screed. Watch out, folks, here we go: From the man who brought us the Sarah Palin hagiography "The Undefeated" comes a new film based on the forthcoming book: "The Corruption Chron...

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    Review: 'This Means War' Shoots Blanks As Both An Action Outing & A Goofy Rom-Com

    “The best product always wins,” declares Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) early on in McG’s "This Means War," brusquely establishing her approach to professional conduct – she’s a product tester in some candy-colored SoCal workplace – and romantic relationship...

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    Jon Favreau Teams With J.J. Abrams For 'Revolution'; Gavin O'Connor, Neil Burger & Ellen Barkin Take TV Pilots

    Remember when big-screen talent lining up work on television was big news? Now it's frankly surprising if a Hollywood director or actor hasn't got a project on TV. Here's the latest list that will be working on pilots this year.

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    BERLIN REVIEW: Alain Gomis' 'Today' Profoundly Captures a Dying Man's Final Day, Then Struggles Along With Him

    BERLIN REVIEW: Alain Gomis' 'Today' Profoundly Captures a Dying Man's Final Day, Then Struggles Along With Him

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    Amazon Studios Announces Best Movie and Best Script Awards for 2011 Contest

    Amazon Studios, the open source-inspired studio run by Roy Price with a mission to find new films and screenwriters and offer them first-look deals with Warner Studios, has revealed the winner of its "Best Test" movie and best-script awards.

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