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    Watch: There Will Be Blood In Trailer For 'Black Gold' Starring Antonio Banderas & Tahar Rahim

    With the Arab Spring slowly beginning a sea change over the non-democratic rule of the many of the oil rich nations in the Middle East, the timing for Jean-Jacques Annaud’s epic "Black Gold" is fortuitous. While the history of oil in the Middle East is definitely complex, Annaud will take viewers right back to the beginning to when the resource was first discovered burbling underneath the sand.

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    Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' Might Look Like This: New Pictures From The Graphic Novel Arrive

    Darren Aronofsky has been talking about "Noah," his planned big-budget version of the classical Biblical tale of the man chosen to carry on life after God wipes the slate clean, for years now, but for a long time it seemed like an far-off dream project; he'd never had a major box office hit, and no one seemed likely to put down a few $100 million for something not involving superheroes. But the success of "Black Swan," which made back twenty times its budget, has changed things, and the film now has a home thanks to Paramount and New Regency, and a shoot planned for next spring.

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    Paramount Responds to John Singleton, "His claims have absolutely no merit."

    A follow-up to THIS post from yesterday, which Cynthia reported John Singleton's intentions to sue Paramount Studios and MTV Films for $20 million. Singleton alleged the studio reneged on their promise to greenlight and distribute two of his films after he gave them the right to distribute 2005's hit, Hustle and Flow.

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    Matthew Vaughn Eyes Adaptations Of Mark Millar's 'Superior' & 'The Secret Service'

    Even though "X-Men: First Class" was a big hit, earning over $350 million worldwide, Matthew Vaughn has kept a low profile since the summer with barely a peep out of the director. He's likely been recharging his batteries after a whirlwind production and press tour that saw him rushing to get the superhero movie locked in time, all while talking to basically everybody on the planet about the film. While there was much talk of a '70s or '80s set 'First Class' sequel in the run up to the film's release, that chatter has pretty much died off. While Fox has "The Wolverine" on deck for their next trip in to the 'X-Men' franchise, Vaughn is beginning to consider what he'll do next and he's looking to "Kick-Ass" creator Mark Millar once again, with two potential projects lining up as possibilities.

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    Join Us Now! S&A Livecast Hot Topics Show (Shonda Rhimes and John Singleton's Lawsuit)

    So guess what today is? It's another fun and lively GROWN FOLKS live podcast show at 8:00pm/est with the S&A crew. If you haven't been listening, you probably should tune in now because we plan to have another Hot Topics show and address some of the comments written on the site. So what's on tap?

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    Shonda Rhimes Sells Another Show To ABC - Soapy Conspiracy Thriller Titled "The Circle"

    On the heels of another African American Hollywood powerhouse (see my Tyler Perry announcement just beneath this one)... Shonda Rhimes has repotedly sold another drama to ABC!

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    Catherine Zeta-Jones Takes Up Residence In 'Broken City' With Mark Wahlberg & Russell Crowe

    It's hard to believe, but by the time 2012 rolls it will have been five years since we've seen Catherine Zeta-Jones on the big screen. You have to go back to 2007's middling double whammy of "No Reservations" and "Death Defying Acts" but since then -- and not counting the 2009 comedy "The Rebound" which is stuck in some kind of terminal sales/distributor limbo -- she's been laying low (taking care of her husband, cancer survivor Michael Douglas, and generally being there for her family). But 2011 has seen her quickly ramp up with a trio of projects. She's a got a role in the big '80s musical "Rock of Ages," she's dabbling in comedy with "Playing the Field" with Gerard Butler and she's got a part in Stephen Frears’ gambling pic “Lay the Favorite.” Well, she's adding another movie to her busy dance card.

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    Jurnee Smollett Takes The Lead In Tyler Perry's "Marriage Counselor"

    He just keeps cranking them out, doesn't he? The man can't be stopped! This is the 3rd movie he's shooting this year alone; the other 2: Good Deeds and I, Alex Cross - both he stars in. I think he also has a new play coming as well.

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    Some Dissatisfied 'The Muppets' Performers Considered Taking Their Names Off The Movie

    Frank Oz Says He Turned Down 'The Muppets' Because The Script Didn't Respect The CharactersIt seemed almost too good to be true. Buoyed with clever, parody driven teaser spots, an effusive, infectious energy and full-length trailers that really differed, who would've thought that behind the scenes, Disney is not only worried about the upcoming franchise reboot, but there is also dissent among some longtime performers about the approach writers Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller have taken with the brand. THR has an excellently detailed look at the hand-wringing behind the scenes, but it's Frank Oz's recent comments to Metro that synthesize the struggle between the old and new guard.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: ON THE GO, PART 2: 1971-1984, THE SPEED YEARS

    On The Go Part 2 from Matt Zoller Seitz on Vimeo.

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