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    As 'The Dark Tower' Crumbles, Here Are 10 Dead Projects In Search Of Resurrection

    One of the more ambitious projects in recent memory, "The Dark Tower," was canceled earlier this week by Universal Pictures. It's not a surprise, as the studio also recently put the kibosh on a $150 million-budgeted R-rated take on "At the Mountains of Madness" by Guillermo del Toro and Ron Howard, and Akiva Goldsman's multi-platform, multi-film Stephen King adaptation was arguably more risky and definitely much more expensive. We here at The Playlist root for movies to be good, but we mostly root for movies to be made, for a director to complete their vision and for it to have a chance to reach an audience and possibly become a part of the p...

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    Samuel L. Jackson Teams With Indomina for "Afro Samurai" Feature

    Few actors can get away with cultivating a "badass" persona without devolving into a cultural joke. In the years following "Snakes on a Plane," the jury is still out on whether Samuel L. Jackson has avoided that fate, but he's made a good effort with the cult animated series "Afro Samurai."

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    Make Your "Avatar" A Star! (pt 1)

    We've talked about many aspects of film, from actors to directors and even fashion. However, what about filmmaking that’s happening outside the norm? With the recent advances in technology, nearly anyone with a camera, computer and an idea can make a film of any genre and style; yet, with the influx of these novice indie filmmakers on Youtube, Vimeo and other video hosting websites, there’s still one segment of this movie-making movement that barely gets any mention in the media—that's Machinima, which has a massive audience (noted by the fact that the largest Machinima presence on the internet, Machinima.com gets 70 million unique hits per ...

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    Dane DeHaan Joins Derek Cianfrance's 'Place Beyond The Pines' As The Son Of Gosling & Mendes

    A typically strong indicator of an inexperienced up-and-comer going places is landing a role in a high-profile film. It was something that happened with Mia Wasikowska a couple of years ago when the former "In Treatment" actress burst onto the scene with a trifecta of films, "Alice In Wonderland," "...

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    "Attack The Block" Gets USA-Cut Trailer + Watch Brand New Clip From The Film

    As already reported, it'll be out in the USA on July 29th!

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    What Are Your Favorite Film Quotes?

    Continuing on with my crowdsourcing of blog posts for you, I followed up my tweet of "What's the first best lesson you learned about the film business" with one about what was your favorite quote. I didn't get anywhere near as many suggestions, but the results are good. More suggestions are welcom...

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    Great Black TV Commercials From The Not-So-Distant Past

    Well O.K. I confess. I wouldn't call any of these commercials great or even good for that matter. But they're some fascinating viewing nonetheless.

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    New Looks At Literary 'The Raven,' Sepia-Toned 'Immortals' & Nature Channel Horror 'Shark Night 3D'

    Forgive the quips, but we're tired and Comic-Con hasn't even started yet. With San Diego -- a whale's vagina -- set to become nerd heaven for next few days, there will posters, pics and more. So pour some Red Bull into your eyeballs, because the first batch starts here with Relativity dropping some ...

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    Guest Post: Things You Should Know: 5 Lessons for Young Female Directors by Elena Rossini

    The movie business is just like a mafia family: incredibly powerful, for the most part inaccessible (unless you have family ties), it's a patriarchal system that keeps its status by enforcing omertà - a code of silence - about its inner workings. The few female directors who make it to the top are o...

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    Dominic Cooper Talks Devil's Double: "Fast Cars, Sex, & Excitement"

    There's plenty wrong with Lee Tamahori's The Devil's Double, but what's right with it is Dominic Cooper. The British actor (The History Boys, The Dutchess, Mamma Mia!, An Education, Tamara Drewe) plays both Saddam Hussein's son Uday Hussein and Latif Lahia, the man forced to be his double. Based on ...

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