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    Weekend Box Office: Rio Rolls Over New Openers Madea's Big Happy Family, Water for Elephants

    Niche fans for Tyler Perry and Rob Pattinson turned out for Madea's Big Happy Family and Water for Elephants, respectively, but family toon Rio continued to rock the box office. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:Family films shined brightly at the Easter weekend box office as kids kept Fox’s Blue Sky Stu...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Rio' Defeats 'Madea' Before The Summer Onslaught Begins

    Hollywood doesn’t really recognize the seasons as clearly as you. Which is why even though you’re in school, summer begins in May, and even though you still have a full month of spring, that period usually closes in Hollywood around this time every year. In 2011, “summer” is beginning even earlier w...

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    British Actor Rob Kazinsky Bows Out Of 'The Hobbit' For Personal Reasons

    Man down on Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit." Though we must say, that "curse" talk is somewhat unsubstantiated. Yes, the labor strike woes were difficult, but all big endeavors take a long time to get to the screen. OK, this particular birth hasn't been exactly easy, but it is the eight-years-after-the...

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    Marvel Wises Up And Reportedly Lets Shane Black Co-Write 'Iron Man 3'

    Superhero movie fans were pretty puzzled a few weeks ago when it was announced that Drew Pearce would be penning the script for "Iron Man 3." Nothing against Pearce (who's seen success with the U.K. superhero comedy series "No Heroics"), but when Marvel Studios appointed Shane Black as director of t...

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    Rewind: The Week In Movies, April 18-23rd

    Even though it’s almost summer, the movie industry doesn’t stop in April. This week came news of a potential paradigm shift in VOD releasing and plenty of filmmaker gossip to follow guiltily, while we mourned the loss of a promising documentarian.

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    Cameron Crowe's 'Pearl Jam Twenty' Doc Will Receive A September Release

    Previously MIA Director Releasing Three Films This Year In Burst Of CreativityAfter a possibly unintentional six-year hiatus Cameron Crowe is coming back in a big way in 2011. After his 2005 dramedy "Elizabethtown," (which ironically was about a guy dealing with a colossal failure), Crowe's own care...

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    Steve Coogan Says The 'Alan Partridge' Movie To Shoot Next Year

    British Comedian Says 'In The Loop' Director Armando Ianucci & 'Borat' Co-Writer Peter Baynham Are Helping Him Pen The ScriptKnowing me knowing you, aha.

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    Sam Raimi Wants Hilary Swank, Disney Eyes Michelle Williams For 'Oz: The Great And Powerful'

    While Sam Raimi and Disney are walking together down the yellow brick road to "Oz: The Great and Powerful," it looks like the director and studio may start picking up those bricks and throwing them at each other.

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    Keke Palmer Starring In Nick Cannon Film "Rags"

    With all the brouhaha surrounding Tyler Perry vs Spike Lee lately, this little tidbit almost slipped by us. It seems Keke Palmer--known for True Jackson VP, Madea's Family Reunion and Akeelah and the Bee--will be starring in the Nick Cannon produced film Rags.

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    Forest Whitaker MAY Lose Something Of Value For His Next Film Role

    I'm a true believer that actors should stretch themselves and should always try to find interesting and challenging roles to play, but maybe this is going a bit too far.

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