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    Rutina Wesley Heads Off-Broadway To Co-Star In Play About White Man Who Pretends To Be Black Woman

    True Blood star Rutina Wesley is headed Off-Broadway this fall to star alongside Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff in a new play by Jeff Talbott, titled The Submission.

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    Current Vigilante Movie vs. Classic: Hauer as Hobo with a Shotgun vs. Eastwood as Dirty Harry

    New to TOH this week, review column “Now and Then” takes on the current and the classic. Critic Matthew Brennan pairs reviews of movies newly available to homebodies — through Netflix, DVD, Amazon Video or good old-fashioned television — with a fresh look at the neglected, the forgotten, the classic...

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    Review: 'Tabloid' Is Documentarian Errol Morris At His Wildly Absurdist Best

    Lately, documentarian Errol Morris has focused his films on terribly serious subject matter. 2003's "Fog of War" centered on Robert S. McNamara, one of the chief architects of the bloody, morally nebulous Vietnam War, and 2008's underappreciated "Standard Operating Procedure" told the story of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal through the photos themselves. The films were great, but they lacked the playfulness and oddball charm of earlier Morris films like his debut "Gates of Heaven" (about a pet cemetery) and 1997's "Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control," about a bunch of weirdos with amazing professions (lion tamer, topiary artist, robotics expert, ...

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    Guillermo Del Toro's 'Mimic' Getting A Director's Cut BluRay Release With 7 More Minutes Of Footage

    While Guillermo Del Toro is still no stranger to facing hurdles in getting his films made -- his participation in "The Hobbit" was stalled out by the endless financial woes of MGM and more recently, his R-rated take of "At The Mountains Of Madness" was killed by a nervous Universal -- those are prob...

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    Black Talent Shines Bright in Summer TV

    With tonight’s premiere of the final season of The Closer, yet another great cast that includes wonderful Black leads will be on the air for the summer. The Closer is one of those rare shows that with Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett, in past seasons Gina Ravera, and now Courtney B. Vance (in a recur...

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    Javier Bardem Confirms He Is Bond 23 Villain, Still Hope for Ralph Fiennes

    UPDATE: Javier Bardem confirms he will play the villain in Bond 23 (the title is rumored to be Skyfall), telling Nightline; "I am very excited, my parents took me to watch the movies, and I saw all of them, and to play that is going to be fun. They chose me to play this man, but I cannot give you ma...

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    Exclusive: Julian Schnabel Planning ‘In The Hand Of Dante’ With Johnny Depp As Next Project

    We just got off the phone with director/artist Julian Schnabel ("Basquiat," "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"), who is currently doing press for the Blu-ray/DVD release of his controversial 2010 release, “Miral,” based on the novel by Rula Jebreal about a Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of...

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    Box Office: "Beats, Rhymes & Life" Scores While "Project Nim" Disappoints (UPDATED)

    Michael Rapaport's doc "Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest" scored at the indie box office this weekend, grossing an impressive $120,000 from 4 screens. According to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier today, the film averaged $30,000 to become 2011's top doc debut so far. Th...

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    Elizabeth Banks Joins 'What To Expect When You're Expecting'

    "Spent the morning standing around in my underwear with a nice group of strangers trying on bellies. Guess why," actress Elizabeth Banks tweeted this afternoon. Well, she didn't keep it a secret for too long as she quickly followed it up with, "Joining J Lo, Cameron Diaz and the rest of the awesome ...

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