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    Lineup For Locarno's 2012 "Open Doors" Focus On French-Speaking Sub-Saharan African Cinema

    Announced last fall, the Locarno Film Festival's Open Doors co-production mart will focus on French-speaking Sub-Saharan Africa this year. The prominent Swiss fest has recruited African cinema pros to consult in selecting a dozen participating projects that were to be announced in May.

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    Review: 'Pirates! Band Of Misfits' Is A Treasure Trove Of Visual Wonder

    In John Ortved's unauthorized oral history of "The Simpsons," he recounts how an edict was posted in the writers' room of the influential animated series. This had come down from on high, and was probably hard to follow for some of the zanier writers (Conan O'Brien, we're looking in your direction)....

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    Jonathan Lethem's State of Cinema Address at San Francisco Int'l Film Festival

    Check out Jonathan Lethem's State of Cinema address from April 21 at the San Francisco Int'l Film Festival:

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    Trailer Watch: Hope Springs Starring Meryl Streep

    What do you think about this one. It opens in the slot in August where movies targeted at women like Julie & Julia and The Help have been quite successful. It's directed by the same guy who did The Devil Wear Prada. After watching the trailer I'm not so sure about this one. Tommy ...

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    Things You Already Know: Shia LaBeouf Not Coming Back For 4th 'Transformers' Film

    Paramount president Adam Goodman: the interview that keeps on giving. The Hollywood Reporter spoke to the Paramount chief in the May 4th issue of their magazine, and the good man revealed something you're likely already aware of: Shia LaBeouf is not coming back to Micheal Bay's "Transformers" franch...

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    Ray Stevenson Will Vex America's Favorite Serial Killer In The Next Season Of 'Dexter'

    In the world of “Dexter,” where the protagonist is a serial killer, the term "bad guy" is kind of relative. But regardless, Dexter has come up against a fair few of them throughout the show's six seasons. Still going strong over on Showtime, "Dexter" is now gearin...

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    Take A Look At The New Web Series "She Got Problems"

    I'm totally convinced that web series are increasingly the way to go to see more realistic, honest or simply just different (i.e.eccentric and quirky) portrayals of black folks. Hollywood is too corrupted, small minded and firmly stuck in their ways to even attempt that. Issa Rae could tell...

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    Review: An Unwieldy ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ Is Still Endearing, Funny & Smart

    Funny, touching and occasionally dramatic, Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller’s charming “The Five Year Engagement” falls just short of the modern-day comedy classic category, and yet is deeply entertaining, genuinely amusing and satisfying in the way most shaggy-dog, two-hour-plus c...

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    Listen: Florence & The Machine's "Breath Of Life" From The 'Snow White & The Huntsman' Soundtrack

    While "The Avengers" is going with all your favorite terrible bands from '90s on its lunk-headed soundtrack, at least the folks behind "Snow White And The Huntsman" are trying something a little bit different.

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    Watch: Meryl Streep & Tommy Lee Jones Get Advice From Steve Carell In Trailer For 'Hope Springs'

    If we had to make a list of older stars whose work has been consistently interesting and watchable (for the most part) throughout their careers, there’s no question that Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep would certainly be near the top. Both willing to step into more dangerous territory later i...

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