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    HBO Moving Ahead w/ Black Male-Focused Drama Series From Spike Lee, John Ridley, Mike Tyson

    First announced in June as a possibility, Deadline confirmed yesterday that it is now a reality, as HBO has reportedly ordered a pilot episode, which Spike Lee will direct, from a script penned by John Ridley, created by Doug Ellin (Entourage) and Mike Tyson, both also wearing producer hats, along w...

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    Watch: Terrible 'The Double' Trailer Reveals Every Twist Of The Plot

    If you like going into your Richard Tiffany Gere and Christopher John "Topher" Grace (together at last!) buddy movies unspoiled, try avoiding any upcoming promotional material for "The Double," because the trailer that has debuted over at Apple has no qualms about sledgehammering its various plot turns into your consciousness with all the subtlety of a massive, unexpected coronary. The film -- which is not that Jesse Eisenberg/Richard Ayoade Dostoevsky adaptation you’ve been hearing about -- pits two of Hollywood’s dullest acting talents against each other in what appears to be a ludicrous combination of Michael Mann’s “Heat” and Sally Field’...

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    Alan Dale A Late Addition To Fincher's 'Dragon Tattoo'; Movie To Premiere At Stockholm Film Fest?

    With the release date for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" looming about four months from now, director David Fincher is working down to the wire to get the film in the can. From what we've heard, he's recently been in the midst of a few weeks of reshoots on the film which likely explains why Variety is reporting that longtime character Alan Dale has joined the story as a detective nearing retirement. Whether this is a new role or if Dale is stepping in for another thesp who couldn't make the grade (or maybe make the reshoots) we guess we'll find out soon enough, but if you want a reliable face who can deliver gravitas in his sleep, this is ...

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    The “Collard Greens” Circuit: Alternative Model For Distribution & Exhibition Of Black Indies

    The “Collard Greens” Circuit: An Alternative Model for the Distribution and Exhibition of African-American Independent Cinema

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    ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ To Close BFI London Film Festival

    Schoolboy euphemisms aside, there are presumably worse predicaments to find yourself in than being bookended by Rachel Weisz. No sooner had the organisers of the London Film Festival announced that one of Weisz’s forthcoming films would open the proceedings, Fernando Meirelles' “360,” when Empire got word that the actress’ long-awaited lead performance in Terence Davies’ “The Deep Blue Sea” will close out the festival. As is usually the case for the LFF, they’re cherry-picking the best of what’s on offer elsewhere. Both “360” and “The Deep Blue Sea” will premiere at Toronto in September, and the latter will also crop up at the San Sebasti...

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    Indie Rock Jazzbos Tortoise Score 'Blair Witch' Director Eduardo Sánchez's 'Lovely Molly'

    If you were on a college campus or were hip to what's cool in the mid-nineties, you knew about Tortoise. The Chicago-based indie band fused krautrock, jazz, electronica and god knows what else into a unique instrumental stew that inspired legions of imitators as well as a devoted following that continues to this day. To be honest, we haven't really kept up with the band since Standards but their self-titled debut and its followup Millions Now Living Will Never Die are staples for any record collection. The band have continued to evolve over the years adding new shades and dimensions to their sound, and now, they've added a film score to their...

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    Watch Trailer For Alicia Keys' Directing Debut In "Five"

    Alicia Keys makes her directing debut with the segment "Lili" in the Lifetime Channel TV movie Five premiering on the network October 10. The film, which is made of of five short film all by different directors, chronicles the struggles of five different women dealing with the devastating news that ...

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    Aussie Model Gemma Ward Joins Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’

    Update: Variety reports that Aussie teen actor Callan McAuliffe has joined the film playing the younger version of DiCaprio's Gatsby.

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    Never Say Die: Theatrical Subscription Service MoviePass Tries Again

    If at first you don't succeed...MoviePass, a New York-based all-you-can-watch flat-rate monthly subscription service, is trying a new iteration of its plan to shake up the theater industry the way that Netflix changed DVD rentals. Initially the service to be launched in June in 21 San Francisco thea...

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    Can Egypt's Revolution Spark a New Film Wave?

    Can Egypt's Revolution Spark a New Film Wave?

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