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    2012 New Projects We're Excited About #1 - Andrew Dosunmu's "Ma'George"

    All the chatter about Restless City opening this Friday (courtesy of AFFRM), got me wondering and looking ahead to director Andrew Dosunmu's next film, which in turn inspired what is going to be a series of posts highlighting upcoming films that haven't debuted anywhere yet (not ev...

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    Watch: The Bondurant Boys Are Indestructible In The Trailer For John Hillcoat's 'Lawless' Starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman & More

    The anticipation for John Hillcoat's "Lawless" -- formerly known as "The Wettest County In The World" and then just "The Wettest County" -- has been nearly unbearable. Going through a few release date shifts, and the aforementioned title change, fans eager for the f...

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    CinemaCon: Paramount and Warner Bros. Pitch 'G.I. Joe,' 'Madagascar 3,' 'Rise of the Guardians,' 'Dark Shadows,' 'The Hobbit' at 48 FPS, and Two Cruise Starrers

    CinemaCon works on several tracks. The studios jet in their talent for dog & pony shows and clip reels, showing off their wares to the theater owners who will book them in the coming year. There was an audible gasp Tuesday when Johnny Depp sauntered across the Caesar's Palace Colosseum stage...

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    Van Sant's 'Promised Land' Begins Production with Damon, Krasinski, DeWitt, MacDormand, Holbrook & McNairy

    Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land," written by and starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski, begins production this week in Pennsylvania. Participant is co-producing with Focus Features, which holds worldwide rights; the film will be shopped at Cannes and is slated for release next winter.

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    Review: 'Strange Fruit' A Solid, Fascinating Look At The Groundbreaking Failure Of The Beatles' Apple Records

    While Radiohead weren't the first band to break free of the coporate machine, and drop an album on their own terms, they were easily the most promiment. And while this was par for the course for underground artists and bands through the '80s and '90s who thrived within a specific independent framewo...

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    Application Deadline Imminent For Firelight Media’s Producers’ Lab Mentorship Program

    Another opportunity worth taking full advantage of; if the idea of working with acclaimed, award-winning documentarian Stanley Nelson and his team of writers, editors, producers, fundraising specialists, etc, doesn't at all entice you, then, well, it's your loss! :)

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    Tribeca Review: 'Replicas' Sadly Seems More Interested In Cheap Thrills Than The Haneke-Level Chills It Promises

    The Hughes family is one just barely clinging to hope after a terrible tragedy. Following the loss of their daughter, Mark (Josh Close), Mary (Selma Blair) and their preteen son Brandon attempt to heal together at their upstate vacation home, the air thick with tension. Mark has been working so hard...

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    Peter Jackson's 48fps Presentation Of 'The Hobbit' At CinemaCon Gets A Mixed Response

    While the fact that Peter Jackson was shooting the upcoming "The Hobbit" films in 3D at 48 frames-per-second rate instead of the standard 24 frames-per-second has been around since proudction started, in gained a bit more steam last week. There were concerns about how prepared (or not) the...

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    Happy Birthday Barbra

    Today is Barbra Streisand's 70th birthday.   Even if you are not a fan -- and I don't know how you could not be -- this woman has had an extremely impressive career.  Singer, songwriter, actress, director, producer, fundraiser, activist -- there is no one like her in the enter...

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    Also New On DVD: Acclaimed Egyptian Ripped-From-The-Headlines Drama "Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story"

    Courtesy of AfricanDiasporaDVD.com, where you can exclusively purchase a copy on DVD of the award-winning drama Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story (also known as Ehky ya Scheherazade in Arabic), the "bold and brave" (according to Variety) drama from Egyptian filmmaker Yousry Nasrallah.

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