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    Teresa Palmer Producing A "Very Angelina Jolie"-Like Project About Big Pharma; DreamWorks in Talks

    Actress Also Producing Documentary About HappinessTeresa Palmer's films, to date, have not been particularly glittering. High-profile, sure, but none among "Bedtime Stories," "The Sorceror's Apprentice," "Take Me Home Tonight" or "I Am Number Four," will be remembered much past the point at which th...

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    For Afghanistan’s Women, The Ordinary Is Outlawed: “Love Crimes of Kabul”

    The typical documentary about women in Islamic countries has a predictable theme: misogynistic government represses women for behavior we in the West consider innocent. On the surface, Love Crimes of Kabul (premiering on HBO tonight), about women in Afghan prisons for the “crimes” of pre-marital sex...

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    Isabelle Huppert Teaming With South Korean Director Hong Sang-Soo For Mysterious Project

    After talking up hopes of collaborating with some the South Korea's finest helmers during a trip to that country earlier this year, it looks like Gallic actress Isabelle Huppert has followed through with her word, now teaming with the prolific Hong Sang-soo for an mysterious, untitled project.

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    ABFF 2011 Highlights - Keenen Ivory Wayans Entertainment Icon Award Acceptance Speech

    It's not the entire thing; my camera battery died (I forgot to charge it earlier), and so I had to use my phone to record instead. I missed the first few minutes. But most of it is here.

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    New Poster & Images For 'Higher Ground' Promises A Whole Lot Of Vera Farmiga

    Despite a somewhat lukewarm response from its premiere at Sundance, the directorial debut of Vera Farmiga -- an adaptation of Carolyn Briggs' religious memoirs "This Dark World: A Memoir Of Salvation Lost And Found" -- is a film we're greatly looking forward to.

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    Weekend Box Office: ‘Transformers 3’ Dominates Again, Now Highest Grossing Domestic Film Of 2011

    'Horrible Bosses' & 'Zookeeper' Start Out StrongTwo weeks ago, Paramount Pictures announced that it had crossed the $1 billion mark at the domestic box office, making it the first studio to accomplish the milestone this year. This was the Wednesday that "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" was released, so suffice to say Paramount are going to have a hell of a year. To little surprise, Michael Bay's thunderous monstrosity of a picture dominated the box-office once more this weekend, adding a not-too-shabby $47 million dollar haul to its total despite a 51.9% drop-off. And that drop-off is lighter than "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," sugges...

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    Weekend Box Office: Transformers 3D Holds at Number One; Horrible Bosses Strong at Two

    Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3-D extravaganza, the top-grossing movie of the year, stayed on top despite a respectable 52% dip, followed by yet another R-rated raunch comedy at number two, (top ten box office chart, review links and trailers below). Anthony D'Alessandro reports. Par...

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    Curb Your Enthusiasm: Larry David Tackles NY, Baseball, The Middle East

    True confession: I have never been a knee-jerk fan of Curb Your Enthusiasm or for that matter Seinfeld, which Larry David helped created. The crotchety version of himself that David plays on his endlessly praised series too often veers from “annoying to the characters around him but amusing to us,” (and isn’t that just a way of flattering the audience?) to flat out annoying. The too-cute zippy Italian circus music that is the series’ theme makes me hit “mute” and even the nickname “Curb” gets on my nerves (but that’s not David’s fault). Seinfeld has a more affable, like-me, puppy-dog surface, but at their cores both shows exude a smugness ab...

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    American Black Film Festival (ABFF) 2011 Day 2 Highlights (John Singleton, Keenen Ivory Wayans)

    Going into day #4, we're finally seeing some sunshine; all of yesterday (day #3) actually, which was more than welcomed after the first 2 days of clouds and rain.

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    In Praise Of "Boss Nigger"

    Don't blame me. Blame Cynthia! She started it with her piece about The Legend of Nigger Charley That reminded me of my Shadow And Act piece I wrote back in April 2009 about Fred Williamson's western Boss Nigger. As I said back then (and I don't regret one word of it):

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