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    In Case You Had Any Doubt, 'Shame' Is Officially Rated NC-17

    Ever since the film first unspooled at the Venice Film Festival, the big question surrounding Steve McQueen's "Shame" was who would decide to take on the risky, explicit film about sex addiction that due to its graphic content was headed for an NC-17 rating. As those who have seen it already know, the picture is a finely honed and paced piece of work and it's difficult to know what McQueen could cut to secure a much more box office and marketing friendly R-rating, but he put the ball back in the distributor's court. If anyone decided to take on the movie, they would have to take "Shame" as is. Well, the always adventurous Fox Searchlight stepped up and acquired it at TIFF and as expected, the movie has officially been given an NC-17 grade by the MPAA.

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    A Protest Movie Gains Added Relevance: "An Injury to One" Now on DVD

    A Protest Movie Gains Added Relevance: "An Injury to One" Now on DVD

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    Contest Giveaway: Copies Of The Biography 'Steve McQueen' By Marc Eliot

    No, we're not talking about the latest filmmaking sensation from Britain, but instead about American acting legend Steve McQueen, and while you might be busy devouring another hot biography about a certain recently deceased tech icon, we think you should probably make room for this one.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch The Trailer For "Mr. Happy Man" Featuring The Happiest Man In Bermuda

    If you're in need of a pick-me-up, this film may be just what the doctor ordered. It's called Mr. Happy Man and it spotlights Bermuda's most beloved resident, Johnny Barnes, as he goes around spreading joy in his own unique way.

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    'Like Crazy' Soundtrack Features Paul Simon, M83, Stars & More

    Young long-distance love, spanning the Atlantic and the heartache that comes with it, sounds like it has the potential for a twee indie filmmaking nightmare, but for those of us at The Playlist who have taken in the film, "Like Crazy" is an honestly observed chronicle of a relationship strained under some considerable obstacles, powered by two strong performances in Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin. The film starts rolling into theaters this weekend, but the soundtrack might be a good place to start to get you in the mood.

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    Kerry Washington Confirmed As Broomhilda In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

    After a raft of casting that has seen pretty much every role big and small get filled, the one big question mark remaining for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" was who would take on the part of Broomhilda, the lead character's slave wife who is sold off and raped, setting Django on his mission to find her. Well, it's been cast and the name is one that has been kicking around for a while.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SAG Awards: Submissions for Nomination Consideration Due October 27

    The deadline for consideration for a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination is October 27. Actors may submit themselves or give permission to producers, studios and agents et al to submit on their behalf. Nominees will be selected by two separate film and television panels, each made up of 2,100 SAG members (randomly selected). Ballots are then mailed on November 23, with voting closing on December 12 and nominees announced on December 14. The SAG Awards take place on January 29.

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    Morelia Fest Four: The Arbor Revisited; Hermès: Hearts and Crafts; See You, Dad

    Meredith Brody reports back on Day Four of The Morelia International Film Festival in Patzcuaro, Mexico:Last May I saw The Arbor, by Clio Barnard, on the next-to-last day of the San Francisco International Film Festival. I was enchanted, disturbed, beguiled, and excited – it was my favorite film of the Festival. Which made me sad, because for the duration of the festival people had been continually asking what I’d seen that I liked, and this was the film that I would have liked to tell them about.

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    Billy Bob Thornton Says He Hopes Fans Get A Kick Out Of Seeing Him Return As 'Bad Santa'

    In the last decade, Billy Bob Thornton has become associated with a litany of cantankerous, intimidating characters, via “Mr. Woodcock,” “Bad News Bears,” and of course, “Bad Santa.” Almost ten years after making “Bad Santa,” Thornton is planning to return to the role that made him a king of black comedy via a sequel to be penned by one of the two competing sets of writers. Given the positive experience Thornton had on the first film, he recently said that he hopes lightning will strike twice as he enters into the first sequel of his career.

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    Kerry Washington Will Be Jamie Foxx's Slave Wife Broomhilda In "Django Unchained"

    Well... she was rumored to be at the top of Quentin Tarantino's list for the part, from the get-go, so I guess this shouldn't be much of a surprise. Though I'm curious who else they looked at.

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