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    Spike Lee Talks About Making Documentary On Michael Jackson's 'Bad', 'Go Brazil Go'; 'Oldboy' Is Still Waiting For A Green Light

    For every "Girl 6," "She Hate Me" or "Miracle at St. Anna" in filmmaker Spike Lee's oeuvre there's not only a great feature to offset it ("25th Hour," "He Got Game," "Inside Man"), but several, fantastic documentaries ("4 Little Girls," "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" "If God Is Will...

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    In the Works: John Madden Set to Direct Whodunit Comedy 'Murder Mystery,' Charlize Theron in Talks to Produce and Star

    John Madden's "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" recently crossed the $100 million mark worldwide. In the wake of this phenomenal success, Madden will direct revisionist Agatha Christie-style thriller-comedy "Murder Mystery," from a script by John Vanderbilt. Charlize Theron is producing under her Den...

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    Charlize Theron Gets Caught In A 'Murder Mystery' For John Madden Penned By 'Zodiac' Scribe James Vanderbilt

    It's interesting to watch how fortunes change. For a while, it looked like John Madden would never be able to match the critical and commercial acclaim of "Shakespeare In Love," with a string of ill-received and underperforming films like "Proof," "Killshot" and &qu...

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    Alec Baldwin, 'Sugar Man,' 'Detropia' Headline Hamptons Fest Summer Doc Series

    The Hamptons International Film Festival, working in partnership with Guild Hall, has announced its annual SummerDocs series, hosted by Alec Baldwin. Kicking off this year's series is Malik Bendjelloul's Sundance hit "Searching for Sugar Man." The Sony Pictures Classics release ...

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    Meet the LAFF Filmmakers #6: 'Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives' Directors Sara Lamm & Mary Wigmore

    "Birth Story" co-directors Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore have both made documentaries before; Lamm directed "Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox" and Wigmore tackled Ashtanga yoga founder Sri K. Pattabni in "Ashtanga, NY." They're also both mothers and say that in order to...

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    Streep Lays Out Women's Pic Studio Stats at Women in Film Awards: "Why Don't They Want the Money?"

    If women make up 51 percent of all moviegoers, “Why don’t they want the money?” asked Meryl Streep at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards Tuesday night. She cited five movies in less than five years aimed at women, costing a fraction of the cost of studio tentpoles, that grossed $1.6 billion com...

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    Meet the 2012 LAFF Filmmakers #5: 'Sun Kissed' Directors Maya Stark & Adi Lavy

    Directors Maya Stark and Adi Lavy are both originally from Israel, but have been living in New York for the past 14 years. Stark initially desired to make fiction films, but says she became more of an observer than a dreamer during film school. "I wanted to make sense of the world around me and...

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    Review: 'Rock of Ages' Is Anything But a Good Time

    "Rock of Ages" will make you want to raise your arms...and then immediately plunge your fingers into your eyeballs for salvation (you can go back for seconds to rescue your ears). "Hairspray" helmer Adam Shankman directs this movie that will finally kill the '80s nostalgia that continues to plague u...

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    LAFF 2012 Review: Contained Drama 'Four' Explores Issues of Identity and Secrecy

    Anchored by strong performances by its four leads, Four is an intense and uncomfortable drama, yet certainly worth the watch.

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    The Playlist's Picks: Best TV Shows Of The 2011/2012 Season

    While the summer is an excuse for the movie studios to roll out their biggest offerings, television executives are much more afraid of warm weather, leaving the television dial mostly as a wasteland of repeats and reality shows. As such, the TV season essentially gets underway in September, and runs...

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