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    Today's Birthdays - 5/27/11 (Louis Gossett Jr., Mara Brock Akil, Dondre Whitfield, Todd Bridges)

    Actor Louis Gossett Jr. welcomes 75 today. The Brooklyn native attended NYU on a basketball scholarship but opted to continue his acting career and appeared in the Broadway production of A Raisin In The Sun. His other Broadway credits include Chicago and Golden Boy. Probably best known for his role in Office And A Gentleman, which garnered him an Academy Award for "Best Supporting Actor," the groundbreaking television series Roots secured him an Emmy Award. His long list of film and tv credits include Daktari, The Bill Cosby Show, The Young Rebels, Bonanza, Mob Squad, The Rockford Files, Daddy's Little Girl, Lackawanna Blues, The Josephin...

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    Virginia Madsen Steps In For Annette Bening In Rob Reiner's 'Summer At Dog Dave's'

    Kenan Thompson Also JoinsIt seems that even before it has started lensing, the next effort from the inconsistent Rob Reiner is already trading down. First announced as "The Third Act," the title is now "Summer At Dog Dave's," which sounds like a wacky made-for-Nickelodeon movie that we would never w...

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    Brit Noel Clarke Reveals New Sci-Fi Horror Project Will be His Next Film

    In an interview earlier today with BBC Radio 5, Brit renaissance man (director, writer, actor, producer, playwright, and who knows what else), Noel Clarke, who we've given a lot of pixels to on this site since it was started in 2009, revealed exclusively that he has written a sci-fi horror movie, sc...

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    Another New Black TV Network Is Coming This Fall... The Black Heritage Network

    We already know about and have alerted you to the upcoming BounceTV network; and now there's this... from Broadcasting & Cable (h/t Dankwa for the link):

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    Watch: Seth Rogen Helps Joseph Gordon-Levitt Deal With Cancer In Trailer For '50/50'

    After enduring a couple of talent switch-ups (Joseph Gordon-Levitt replaced James McAvoy; Jonathan Levine came aboard when early director Nicole Holofcener exited the project) in addition a few title changes (it was first known as "I'm With Cancer," then changed briefly to "Live With It") a trailer ...

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    Peter Jackson Confirms Orlando Bloom's Return As Legolas In 'The Hobbit'

    While this was largely expected to happen, the last time we heard from Orlando Bloom about his possible (inevitable) reprisal of Legolas in "The Hobbit," the actor played it safe. During the press rounds for "Sympathy For Delicious" Bloom told us, “My fingers and toes are crossed, but, yes, I’ll be ...

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    Weekend Preview: Avoid The Hangover Part II For Something Unforgettable: The Tree of Life

    This Memorial Day weekend brings the best and worst of moviegoing experiences. For family fun, Kung Fu Panda 2 is a sure thing, while The Hangover Part II serves up "An embarrassing descent into racial stereotypes and tired homophobia," says Spout, and to add injury to insult, it's not even funny. O...

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    Congolese Gangster Flick "Viva Riva!" Will Open In UK Next Month + New Poster & Trailer

    Continuing to make something of an international splash, as the most audacious film to come out of the country, Djo Tunda Wa Munga's Congo-Kinshasa-set crime thriller, Viva Riva - a film I saw and reviewed earlier this year (calling it a pulsating look at a post-war city), will also be released in ...

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    movie review: The Hangover, Part II

    Unless moviegoers themselves are willing to shoulder some of the blame, it’s useless to try and figure out why The Hangover Part II is so bad. The film only exists because, after the hilarious 2009 movie broke box-office records for an R-rated comedy, its studio demanded a sequel. And if th...

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    Sienna Miller Joins 'Freaky Deaky' With William H. Macy

    Update: Reps for Sienna Miller have confirmed she is attached to "Freaky Deaky."

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