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    Angus MacLane To Direct New 'Toy Story' Short 'Small Fry'; Clip From 'Air Mater' Debuts

    Well, D23 has come and gone, and with Disney's insistence on controlling the message suffocating any spontaneity and excitement -- coupled by a distinct lack of any real news other than some details about the new Pixar films -- the event was a bit of let down. However, Disney/Pixar did let a couple ...

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    Aretha Franklin On Biopic: Will Focus On Early Years; Halle Berry Is Indeed Interested; Has Director

    Aretha Franklin's talking about her biopic again... although, in all fairness, she was asked! :)

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    Anatomy of A High-Brow Art Debate: Sean Penn and the Bitch-Slapping of Malick's Tree of Life

    It goes like this. Sean Penn talks to Le Figaro and implies (Exhibit A) Terrence Malick underutilized him in The Tree of Life. The New Yorker's Richard Brody defends Malick and upholds the idea that actors are the equivalent of colors on a painter's brush ("Penn brings an acid yellow to the glass-and-metal grays of his scenes, and it adds something important to the film"), and that Penn's lack of understanding of his own performance doesn't undermine the power or purpose of it. InContention's Kris Tapley calls Penn's comments a bitch-slap, and while he doesn't exactly disagree ("The bookend nature of his role is the weaker element of the film...

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    Celebrating Julie Dash's "Daughters Of The Dust" 20-Year Anniversary

    As we've already covered, Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It celebrates its 25th anniversary this year; another title also celebrating a pivotal release anniversary this year is Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust - her challenging seminal feature film, set in the very early 1900s, which takes a look at...

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    Watch: Two New Trailers For Sundance Sensation 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

    This writer is gonna be honest: I see QR codes everywhere but have never once scanned them with my phone. It usually seems like a lot of extra steps for little reward, but it seems Fox Searchlight wants to take the cult drama "Martha Marcy May Marlene" in a viral direction. Over the weekend, the stu...

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    Atom Egoyan Says His West Memphis Three Film 'Devil's Knot' Will Be Similar To 'The Sweet Hereafter'

    If bittersweet justice wasn't swift for the West Memphis Three, who were finally freed on Friday after spending eighteen years behind bars for a crime they didn't commit, then Hollywood certainly is, as the same afternoon it was announced that Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan was moving right along with a feature film about the case entitled "The Devil's Knot." In case you somehow missed anything about this case, the West Memphis Three were three teenagers who were convicted of the murder and sexual mutilation of three 8-year-old boys in 1993. As the teenagers were fans of heavy metal music (and especially Metallica), the prosecution in the cas...

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    Interview Watch: Wood Calls Gosling James Dean, Pinto Reveals Herself, How Del Toro Chooses Projects

    - Evan Rachel Wood's next film, George Clooney's The Ides of March (pictured), sticks to her pattern of choosing gritty roles (think Thirteen, Down in the Valley, Mildred Pierce). Her Ides character is embroiled in a sex scandal. So what does Wood say about politicians in the news? She tells Vulture, "Yeah, politicians are also kinky and some of them cheat on their wives and some of them are gay. Like normal people. It's not really shocking to me." She also admits to loving Justin Bieber "unashamedly" and holds out the possibility of venturing into music. As for her Ides co-star Ryan Gosling: "I get the feeling [when he walks into a room] tha...

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    Giancarlo Esposito On Next Film "This Is Your Death" + His Role As Crime Lord In "I, Alex Cross"

    A worthwhile listen... Giancarlo Esposito chats with local TV anchors in Albuquerque, New Mexico, about the Albuquerque Film Festival, an initiative he heads called Film For Change, his role in Breaking Bad, his process/method in tackling roles, and more... including what he's currently working on.....

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    Watch Trailer for Social Documentary About Cuba "El Sofa de La Habana" (Havana's Sofa)

    El Sofa de La Habana (Havana's Sofa) is currently making its rounds at film festivals in Spain and France. The 52-minute documentary, written, directed and produced by Magda Wodecka and Grégory Szeps, was inspired by the filmmakers first visit to Cuba and their interaction with inhabitants along a s...

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    Johnny Knoxville & Patton Oswalt Co-Star In Upcoming David Gordon Green Produced Comedy

    As far as comedy team-ups go this is pretty inspiring, though we have to say, the pairing of Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt is also kind of strange too.

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