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    It's Official! Idris Elba Will Star In Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" (Black Superhero Next?)

    Looks like Guillermo del Toro got his man! It's now been confirmed that Idris Elba will take over for Tom Cruise to star in what's being described as an epic sci-fi film - aka Pacific Rim - a movie that's "set in a future in which malevolent creatures threaten the earth," and thus "the planet must ...

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    Cancelled 'Locke & Key' Pilot Directed By Mark Romanek To Get Exclusive Comic-Con Screening

    The conventional wisdom is that the massive San Diego Comic-Con is to serve as a launchpad for tentpole movies and television programs that will be hitting big and small screens over the next twelve to twenty-four months. But it looks like attendees this year will get a chance to see a promising sho...

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    Idris Elba Taking Over Tom Cruise's Role In 'Pacific Rim'

    So, what was that tweet all about? At the end of May, Idris Elba took to his Twitter and cryptically tweeted, “Having one of the biggest meetings of my professional life today…meeting a very controversial director for a very controversial part.” He followed that up with, “I wish I could tell you mor...

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    Guest Post: Jennifer Fox “PART 2: How MY REINCARNATION Broke All Kickstarter Records"

    Two weeks ago Jennifer Fox shared with us some of the lessons she learned crowdfunding (1st six here, next 14 here, next 9 here).

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    'Captain America' Writers Close Deal To Write Sequel, Confirm It Will Be Set In Present Day

    No film studio gets into the comic book movie game without thinking "franchise." Pretty much every comic movie so far this year was preceded by sequel talk, even before they hit theaters. The filmmakers behind "X-Men: First Class" tossed around potential settings for a follow up; while much of any casting news regarding Ryan Reynolds over the past year seemed to be contingent on how quickly Warner Bros. would want a "Green Lantern 2" (judging by the numbers? Probably not so fast). And, "Captain America: The First Avenger" has already been talking sequel too. Earlier this spring Chris Evans dropped a little nugget that a second film would find...

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    Theater Review - Exit, Pursued By A Bear's All-Male Presentation Of Shakespeare's "King Lear"

    A review of the Ed Sylvanus Iskandar-directed all-male (majority black male actors) staging of Shakespeare's King Lear submitted by Rod Gailes OBC, winner of the last Shadow And Act $3,000 Black Filmmaker Challenge (he's currently in post-production on the short film he made with the cash, and we sh...

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    Isla Fisher & Ed Helms Joining Cameron Diaz & J-Lo In 'What To Expect When You're Expecting'

    Kristen Wiig & Matthew Morrison Forced To Drop Out Due To TV SchedulesUpdate: Reps for Ed Helms have told us he will not be in the film.

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    "I, Alex Cross" Shooting In Cleveland, OH This Spring/Summer (Get Your Cameras Ready!)

    Cleveland get your still and recording cameras ready... I know we have readers in that Northeastern Ohio city, so I fully expect to some of you will snap photos and record video (or should I say "steal" some shots) while principal photography is happening, and email them to me so we can share here. ...

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    Quentin Tarantino Chooses Jamie Foxx For "Django Unchained"?

    "Will Smith is out! Inside sources tell me that Tarantino has chosen Oscar winner @iamjamiefoxx to play Django!"

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    Jamie Foxx Chosen For The Lead Role In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

    Update: Several sources, including the L.A. Times, Variety and Deadline are now calling this a fait accompli. It looks like all that needs to happen is some signing of contracts.

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