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    Clive Owen To Star In Paul Schrader Penned Action Flick 'Recall'

    It is difficult to know where Clive Owen’s loyalties lie in the war of art versus commerce. He’s acted in garbage like “King Arthur,” “Derailed,” and “Shoot ‘Em Up,” but on the other hand, he earned an Oscar nominated for 2004’s “Closer.” When Owen does collect a Jason Statham-sized paycheck, it is often while working for great directors, who would never consider hiring a guy like Statham: Alfonso Cuarón (“Children of Men”), Spike Lee (“Inside Man”) or Tom Twyker (“The International”—actually, Twyker would probably work with Statham), and when Owen actually does act in a Jason Statham movie (this year’s “Killer Elite”), he makes sure that Robert De Niro is there to help take the hit.

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    'The Artist' & 'Kid With A Bike' Stars Jean Dujardin & Cecile De France Team For 'Mobius'

    A lot of foreign actors take their Hollywood success and run straight to the set of a blockbuster studio pic. It’s nice to see that Cannes/Weinstein Company darling Jean Dujardin - the star of the crowdpleasing, awards season player “The Artist” - isn’t waiting around to see if Sony needs an additional villain for the “Green Hornet” sequel, but has instead signed onto French auteur Eric Rochant’s thriller-romance “Mobius.” Joining him will be

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    AFM News: Is It Time for Neuromancer to Finally Get Made?

    AFM News: Is It Time for Neuromancer to Finally Get Made?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    We Gotta Have It: The 20th Anniversary Of The New Wave Of Black Cinema - This Weekend In NYC

    Nice! You know I’ll be there! It’s only fitting that Nelson George is delivering the keynote address for this; if you recall my conversation with him several weeks ago on the S&A Livecast, we talked very specifically (as he certainly seemed very passionate and chock-full of interesting tidbits) about this “golden era” of black cinema in the USA - a “movement” we could say that Nelson was very much a part of.

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    Matthias Stork: Chaos Cinema/Classical Cinema part 1

    Matthias Stork is more likely to be found hunched over a research desk at the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library than in the darker recesses of a multiplex cinema playing the latest Hollywood visual effects laden action flick. He is, after all, a graduate student in the Department of Film and Television at UCLA. He has an M.A. in Education from Goethe University, Frankfurt, in his native Germany. His current focus is on German expressionist films of the 1920s.

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    Samantha Morton Joins Thriller 'The Mulo'

    If Samantha Morton has anything, she has street cred. You’re not going to find any Farrelly Brothers comedies or Jerry Bruckheimer spectacles on her resume. Sure, she was in “Minorty Report,” but that was a matter of Spielberg coming up to her level, not the other way around. So, when Morton signs up for “The Mulo,” playing estranged twin sisters named Brady and Bess, who join forces to find Brady’s small child who has been taken away by an evil gypsy curse, we trust that this film might be more than the generic “supernatural thriller” label the production company, Ipso Facto Films, is going with.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: Redefining War: Women, War & Peace by Nina Chaudry

    Guest Post: Redefining War: Women, War & Peace by Nina Chaudry

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    Exclusive: Jason Segel Hopes To Make A Kids Adventure Film In The Vein of ‘Goonies’ & ‘Labyrinth’ Next

    Exclusive: Jason Segel Hopes To Make A Kids Adventure Film In The Vein of ‘Goonies’ & ‘Labyrinth’ Next

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    "Porgy And Bess" Broadway Revival Website Launched. Tickets Can Be Preordered Now + Watch Preview

    The official Broadway-bound website for the Porgy & Bess revival has now launched (the image above image is from the home page).

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    MGM Give Up Search For Originality; Find 'Where’s Waldo?'

    Following on the heels of the news that a fresh version of “Popeye” will obliterate any lasting memory of the comparatively dignified Robert Altman film, not to mention the brain-searing whorl of “The Smurfs,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and the fact that the pillaging of similar cartoon properties continues undimmed, it’s perhaps unsurprising that MGM are seeking out everyone’s favorite bobble-hatted crowd-dweller Waldo (he of "Where's Waldo?") to get in on the action. Variety are reporting that this series of narrative-free picture books are set to be adapted into a live-action feature film, following on from several failed attempts to bring the defiantly non-agoraphobic ‘hero’ to the big screen since the 1990s.

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