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    Cai Shangjun's 'People Mountain People Sea' Surprise Addition To Venice Competition Line-up

    In 2003, Venice Film Festival organizers decided to take a page from the Telluride film festival's book and leave one slot open in their 24-entry competition lineup each year, for a surprise entry to be announced during the fest. The announcements to date have been a mixed bag ranging from forgettab...

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    Mos Def Says He's Retiring "Mos Def" Name: "It's Time To Expand & Move On"

    Speaking with MTV this past weekend at Rock The Bells... (aka Yasiin):

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    Watch Trailer for South African Film About AIDS Orphan Boy "Lucky", Premiering at TIFF

    Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11th, Lucky, is a South African film written and directed by Avie Luthra. The drama centers about a 10-year old AIDS orphan boy named Lucky who leaves his Zulu Village after losing his mother, and finds refuge with an elderly Indian ...

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    Thandie Newton UK-Produced Thriller "Retreat" Gets Official Release Dates & New Trailer

    Last update on this flick was in May; at the time, there wasn't a slotted release date for it. Now there is... at least for those in the USA and the UK.

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger & Bruce Willis Will Take "Substantial Roles" In 'Expendables 2'

    Update: In a profile of the film as it gears up to start shooting Bulgaria, Company Town confirms that Chuck Norris, John Travolta and Jean Claude Van Damme are also on board for "The Expendables 2."

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    Oscar Watch: Rango Honored by Hollywood Film Festival

    In a shrewd bit of Oscar positioning, Rango is the first non-Pixar film to receive The Hollywood Film Festival's animation award, which will be presented by Starz Entertainment at the 15th annual ceremony on Oct. 24 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The festival is deployed by many Oscar campaigners as ...

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    Weinstein Co. Launches Indie Label, Poaches Magnolia's Tom Quinn

    Marking a major loss for Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's Magnolia Pictures, The Weinstein Company is launching a new label focusing on innovative distribution strategies to be run by Magnolia's Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, who will be co-presidents. The unnamed New York-based TWC label will "bring new f...

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    Will Willem Dafoe Take A Role In Lars Von Trier's 'The Nymphomaniac'?

    Lars Von Trier is racking up the phone bills these days. Over the weekend it was revealed that the troublemaking filmmaker offered Stellan Skarsgard a role in his upcoming arthouse porno thingy "The Nymphomaniac." Sorry ladies, should he take the role, Stellan won't be banging anybody in the film, o...

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    Chris Tucker Loads Up With 2 New Studio Projects

    Recall my post from mid-August on Chris Tucker's frustrations with the industry, given the lack of *interesting* roles being offered to him which he used to explain his absence from theater screens since 2007...

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    5 Reasons I'm Okay with a "Beetlejuice" Sequel

    Coming out of left field today is the new possibility of a "Beetlejuice" sequel/reboot. You can read all about where this idea sprang from over at Deadline, which reports of a new development deal at Warner Bros for producers/writers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith. The latter...

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