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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Clips From The Fun New Video Blog Show "What's Up Africa!"

    Here's a fun video blog I stumbled upon, courtesy of Africasacountry.com, titled What's Up Africa!. Created by lawyer-turned-broadcaster Ikenna Azuike and produced in the Netherlands, the aim of the show is "to offer people a fresh and original perspective on news in Africa (with a little fun thrown in too)."

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  • Spout
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    10 More Roddy McDowall Movies That Need a Remake

    This week, "Fright Night" marks the second good remake of a Roddy McDowall movie this month alone. The new version of Tom Holland's 1985 vampire flick and the recently released "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" are both exceptional arguments for why recycling in Hollywood isn't a terrible thing, as each film improves upon the original and does something fresh with its premise while not entirely expelling the predecessor's own stature and relevance within film history. Gone are the days when rehashing titles on McDowall's resume meant dreck like Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes," Wolfgang Petersen's "Poseidon," Michael Mayer's "Flicka" and the Christina Ricci-starred "That Darn Cat."

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  • The Playlist
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    Keira Knightley & Lily Collins Eyed For 'Romeo & Juliet' Re-Imagining 'Rosaline'

    Ah yes, "re-imagining." The hot new buzz word around Hollywood offices and if you're a lowly intern and you can attach the word "re-imagine" to some pitch that you have, you could find yourself up in an office instead of a mail room. So what's next to get a contemporary coat of paint? Why Shakespeare, of course.

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  • The Playlist
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    Alexander Payne's 'The Descendants' To Close The New York Film Festival

    Impressive Main Slate Includes 'The Artist,' 'Shame,' 'Le Havre,' 'Melancholia,' 'Miss Bala,' 'The Kid With The Bike' & MoreWith TIFF and Venice solidifying their lineups, organizers at the New York Film Festival revealed their full main slate today and it's pretty impressive. Kicking things off, the fest announced that Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" has landed the Closing Night Gala slot. To refresh your memory, the film is co-written by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, and follows the story of a wealthy Hawaiian man named Matt King (Clooney), who takes his daughters (Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller) on a road trip to find the man his wife has been having an affair with after a boating accident leaves her critically injured. Beau Bridges, Matthew Lillard, Judy Greer, Robert Forster, Mary Birdsong and Nick Krause all co-star in the film which Payne has described as, “a drama with a light touch. Or it aspires to have a light touch.” The film will hit theaters on November 23rd.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    New York Film Festival Reveals 2011 Main Slate (Steve McQueen's "Shame" Makes The Cut)

    I'm all giddy about this year's New York Film Festival (or the American Cannes as I like to call it), after having a blast covering last years edition.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: New 'Red Tails' Trailer Shows Off Spectacular Action, Wooden Acting

    We'll say this about George Lucas: If you have him helping you out with action scenes and special effects, there is probably no better guy in the business to have your back. So it's not too surprising the aerial battles in the forthcoming "Red Tails" -- directed by Anthony Hemingway and produced by George Lucas who has been shepherding the project for years -- are damned impressive. Everything else? Not so much.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Viola Davis Goes Big Time

    Viola Davis fresh off her great and potential Oscar nominated performance in The Help is taking her "klout" score to the bank as she should. She's started a production company and is getting into bed with HBO which seems to be a right of passage nowadays.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    George Clooney's The Descendants To Close NYFF, Main Line-Up of 27 Films

    George Clooney's The Descendants To Close NYFF, Main Line-Up of 27 Films

    The 49th New York Film Festival closer on October 16 will be Alexander Payne's family drama starring George Clooney, The Descendants (Fox Searchlight), which will already have played Venice Telluride and Toronto by the time it makes its way to New York. The festival had gone after Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Focus Features) for the opening night slot, but was unable to liberate Gary Oldman from his duties on The Dark Knight Rises, and never chased after the film for other slots due to its September 16 opening in the U.K (stateside opening is November 18). Payne will also participate in a one-on-one On Cinema conversation.

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Help' Director Tate Taylor Set to Head Back in Time Once Again With 'Peace Like A River'

    "The Help" has proven itself to be a big hit by all accounts this weekend. One of our writers seemed to be quite entertained by it, critics in general loved it, and according to the box office receipts and Cinemascore, audiences did as well. So it goes without saying that this late summer surprise is going to look good on the resumes of both cast and director alike. And it looks like Hollywood has spent no time at all lining up helmer Tate Taylor's next job.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Colombiana" Gets An Interesting Revised Title... In Taiwan; Plus Potential Spoilers

    Nothing terribly important, but I thought it was funny enough to share.

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