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    Produced By Conference: ABC Showrunner Secrets, Casting by Twitter Followers

    This year, the Producer's Guild's annual Produced By Conference was held at the Disney Studio. On separate panels, Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Smith disagreed on the future role of theaters and DVDs, while the conference advanced many producers' own agendas. Cari Beauchamp turned up for Saturday's re...

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    'Fifth Beatle' Biopic On Manager Brian Epstein Gets Financing & Secures Rights To Songs

    Competing biopics about famed Beatles manager Brian Epstein? It sure looks like it, but at least one production has taken a decisive step forward. As you might remember, way back in 2009, a film called "A Life In The Day" was said to be in the works. Producer David Permut ("Youth In Revolt") had acquired a Tony Gittelson-penned script about the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein who discovered the band, went around to every A&R man in the U.K. to get them signed, eventually landing them a deal with Parlophone (at the time largely a comedy label) with their longtime producer George Martin and notoriously signed away Beatles likeness and mer...

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    Harvey Weinstein Keeps Hope Alive, Says He Still Wants To Do A 'Rounders' Sequel

    Talk about a sequel for "Rounders" seems to have been around forever, and while movement hasn't really happened at all on a followup to the 1998 film, the prospect of one is still very real. The last time we heard about the possibility of a sequel was late last year when the Weinsteins made a deal with the new owners of their old label, Miramax, to help develop new movies based on a big portion of their back catalog (other films mentioned included “Shakespeare in Love,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Copland,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Swingers,” “Clerks,” “Shall We Dance” and “The Amityville Horror”). And really, we didn't expect to hear anything e...

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    Dwayne Johnson Circles Role Of Roadblock In 'G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes'

    Dwayne Johnson has been an actor divided between making paydays with terrible family movies while trying to build up a more respectable career as an action star. Case in point: while he starred in "Fast Five" this year, his next film to hit theaters will be "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island." But it...

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    Dwayne Johnson In Talks To Play "Roadblock" In GI Joe Sequel

    Dwayne Johnson (does he still go by The Rock?) is reportedly "in talks" to join G.I. Joe 2, aka GI Joe: Cobra Strikes.

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    'X-Men: First Class': The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

    By this point, it's more than likely that you've checked out "X-Men: First Class" (although its underwhelming box office suggests that there were fewer of you than we thought). And, if the film's strong exit scores are anything to go by, you, like most of The Playlist team, found it as entertaining ...

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    And The Winner Of Round 1 Of The Inaugural Shadow & Act Black Filmmaker Showcase Is...?

    Voting is over, the ballots have been counter, and an official winner for Round 1 of the inaugural Shadow And Act Black Filmmaker Showcase has been selected.

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    Is Naomie Harris Headed To 'James Bond 23'?

    After breaking through in 2002 in Danny Boyle‘s “28 Days Later," Naomie Harris seems poised for big things. She's landed roles in a number of Hollywood movies including a couple "Pirates Of The Caribbean" films, “Miami Vice,” “Street Kings,” "Ninja Assassin" and most recently (and notably), had a ro...

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    Anna Karenina Update: Joe Wright Casts Knightley, Law, MacFadyen, Macdonald, Ronan, Johnson

    The impressive cast of Joe Wright's upcoming adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (adapted by Tom Stoppard) is as follows: Keira Knightley (Anna), Jude Law (her husband, Karenin), Matthew MacFadyen (Oblonsky), Kelly Macdonald (his wife, Dolly), Olivia Williams (Countess Vronskaya, Vronsky's mother)...

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    The Shadow & Act Filmmaker Diary Series (w/ Matthew Cherry) Episode 4: "PRE-PRODUCTION WEEK 4!"

    In case you're just joining us, here's a recap: It's called the S&A Filmmaker Diary Series. Essentially, filmmakers who are about to embark on projects (in this case, feature film projects specifically) will be given space on this site to document their journey, from script to screen, diary/journal ...

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