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    Watch: New 'Red Tails' Trailer Shows Off Spectacular Action, Wooden Acting

    We'll say this about George Lucas: If you have him helping you out with action scenes and special effects, there is probably no better guy in the business to have your back. So it's not too surprising the aerial battles in the forthcoming "Red Tails" -- directed by Anthony Hemingway and produced by ...

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    Viola Davis Goes Big Time

    Viola Davis fresh off her great and potential Oscar nominated performance in The Help is taking her "klout" score to the bank as she should. She's started a production company and is getting into bed with HBO which seems to be a right of passage nowadays.

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    George Clooney's The Descendants To Close NYFF, Main Line-Up of 27 Films

    The 49th New York Film Festival closer on October 16 will be Alexander Payne's family drama starring George Clooney, The Descendants (Fox Searchlight), which will already have played Venice Telluride and Toronto by the time it makes its way to New York. The festival had gone after Tinker Tailor Sold...

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    'The Help' Director Tate Taylor Set to Head Back in Time Once Again With 'Peace Like A River'

    "The Help" has proven itself to be a big hit by all accounts this weekend. One of our writers seemed to be quite entertained by it, critics in general loved it, and according to the box office receipts and Cinemascore, audiences did as well. So it goes without saying that this late summer surprise i...

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    "Colombiana" Gets An Interesting Revised Title... In Taiwan; Plus Potential Spoilers

    Nothing terribly important, but I thought it was funny enough to share.

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    Universal To Make Film About Harlem Teen Gospel Choir

    Knowing a crowd pleaser when they see one Universal Pictures, Escape Artists production company and Illumination Entertainment (who produced Despicable Me) have bought the rights to make a film about gospel singer Vy Higginsen and her program for teens, to help young people develop, foster and conti...

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    Rosamund Pike Cast in Star-Making Role in One Shot, Opposite Tom Cruise

    Chris McQuarrie has picked the actress to star opposite Tom Cruise in high-octane crime actioner One Shot. "English Rose" Rosamund Pike beat out actresses Hayley Atwell (Captain America) and Alexa Davalos (Clash of the Titans) for the role after brainy writer-actress Brit Marling turned down the gig...

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    Preview South African Crime Drama "Man On Ground"

    Here's another curious title to add to your list of films by African filmmakers, made in Africa, to watch for in the next year; most recently, we highlighted the South African noir thriller How To Steal 2 Million, written and directed by Charles Vundla.

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    New Look At Matt Damon & Scarlett Johansson In Cameron Crowe's 'We Bought A Zoo'

    So, both Venice and TIFF have unveiled their slates and...Cameron Crowe's "We Bought a Zoo" is nowhere to be seen. Granted, the film was only shot earlier this year and the ever busy Crowe -- who already released the Elton John doc "The Union" and is finalizing "Pearl Jam Twenty" for Venice -- is li...

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    "Red Tails" Gets A Second Trailer & Brand New Poster (Oh Yes, Sh*t Will Be Blown Up)

    I believe there was some concern about what the focus would be in the George Lucas-produced Tuskegee Airmen actioner, Red Tails, directed by Anthony Hemingway. My comrade Andre Seewood asked in his post a few days ago, whether it'll be a "tepid feel good story or an unvarnished gaze" at the people,...

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