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    Jason Statham Reaches His Destiny, Sought For Two Future 'Fast & Furious' Sequels

    'Fast Six' And 'Fast Seven' May Be Shot Back-To-Back In EuropeFranchises, generally speaking, are more like fruit than cheese (bear with us, we are going somewhere with this). They might need a film to ripen to their full potential -- sequels generally outgross their predecessors -- but in the main they run their course by the third or fourth film, as opposed to, say, maturing and finding greater audiences and creative highs with each new installment. So we were as surprised as you were that not only was "Fast Five" the the highest grossing (over $600 million now, nearly double the haul of its "Fast and Furious" predecessors) entry of the ser...

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    'Arrested Development' Movie Edges Closer To Reality, New Mini-Season Promised & 2013 Release Eyed

    Showtime & Netflix Currently Vying For The Rights To Season 4The "Arrested Development" movie is the great white whale of internet fandom of the past few years. Originally airing in 2003, Mitchell Hurwitz's Fox sitcom has, over the years, enshrined its place as one of the great comedy series of all ...

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    Hill Harper Directed Short "The Truth" To Premiere At Chicago Film Fest

    Aside from acting, Hill Harper is now expanding into directing, and his first result is his short The Truth, which will premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival on Oct 10, 14 and 15 as part of its City and State shorts program.

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    Does Indie Film Suffer The Same Problems As College Football?

    Entertainment Culture gets institutionalized. We start doing something for one reason, and it just becomes the way. Often the practice no longer lines up with the actual result. It requires that we step back and look at it for what it really is -- but that is a lot easier said than done.Comparisons often feel a bit stretched, but they still some times help, by providing a bit of distance, to help us recognize where our institutions went wrong. Attorney and Sales Rep George Rush previously shared with us a bit about the sales process and strategy of micro-budget filmmaking. As much as he is passionate about Indie Film, he also has another...

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    "L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema" - A Retrospective Not To Be Missed!

    We're going to be covering this retrospective, which begins this Friday; Our man on the west coast, Brandon Wilson, will be present for as many screenings as he can attend, and will be writing about each experience, which he'll post here on S&A, so stay tune for the coverage.

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    Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' Aims To Shoot Spring 2012 As Paramount Comes Aboard With New Regency

    Darren Aronofsky's post-"Black Swan" ride has been as dizzying as any pirouette in the Oscar nominated film. As you already know he somewhat dramatically bailed on "The Wolverine" after much buzz had built up around him taking on the comic movie. And then just as surprisingly, it was revealed that Aronofksy was once again trying to get his long gestating "Noah" off the ground. The project has been in the works since at least 2007 and earlier in the year, it was revealed that Aronofsky was collaborating with comic book artist Nico Henrichon on a graphic novel take on the tale to spur interest in feature adaptation. Well, the roll of the dice w...

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    Oscar Powers Netflix's Top Ten Most-Rented List

    Netflix's ten most-rented list of all time (list below) reminds us of the long-tail Power of Oscar. And it should remind Netflix, as it splits its DVD and streaming business and alienates many of its customers who are used to relying on its deep long-tail arcania, that their solid customer base is s...

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    When Bad Perfume Ads Happen to Good Actors: Melanie Laurent the Latest (Well Paid) Victim

    Melanie Laurent is the latest (well-paid) victim of perfume advertising. It's amazing how powerful (translation: $$$) the mere suggestion of celebrity sexuality or nudity can be. But we don't care how sparkly they these commercials may be; they are all wasted opportunities, and A-list directors ofte...

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    Owen Wilson Teases That Hansel Suffers 'Vanilla Sky' Type Injury In 'Zoolander 2'

    While Paramount has the script co-written by Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux, and are still trying to decide whether or not to go ahead with "Zoolander 2" (c'mon guys, is a decision on this one really that difficult? Hint: Do it), we'll take whatever morsels of info we can and the latest comes from H...

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    Kaufman's Meta Frank or Francis, Craig and Mara Pose in Empire

    - Check out Empire's spread of Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, as they continue to build hype for David Fincher's The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo. More details on the issue and why Lisbeth Salander is "not a superhero" here.

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