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    Aja Naomi King, Mustafa Shakir Cast In TV Drama Pilots

    It's that time of the year... some quckie TV pilot casting news...

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    Sony Classics Picks Up "Smashed" With Octavia Spencer

    If you're waiting to see what Oscar winner Octavia Spencer will do next on the big screen you won't have much longer to wait. Sony Classics has announced that it has picked up, for worldwide distrubition, the film Smashed which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival in which Spencer has a major supporting role

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Holy Rollers' A Compelling Doc About A Group Of Blackjack Playing Christians

    The word of the Bible versus its actual intent has been the manna for religious leaders and their followers for hundreds, if not thousands of years. The result has been interpretations that run the gamut from the radical, to the conservative to the open-ended. But for most Christians, their concerns with the Bible and how it applies to their runs to the purely practical, and within those pages they seek guidance on how to navigate the murky waters of everyday life. A relationship with God is a constant negotiation, and the documentary "Holy Rollers: The True Story Of Card Counting Christians" (not to be confused with the Jesse Eisenberg movie of the same name) is fascinating look a group of young Christians who embark on a seemingly very un-Christian endeavor.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Book Excerpt: In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age

    The forthright presentation of lustful middle-aged women is probably the starkest example of a change in media portrayals. This development has both boosted and distorted our view of female midlife. Through the centuries, sexual middle-aged women have tended to be treated with either fear or ridicule.

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  • The Playlist
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    Like 'Project X'? Watch Todd Phillips Unaired NSFW HBO Documentary 'Frat House'

    To say that Todd Phillips has had an ongoing cinematic interest in recklessness and debauchery would be an understatement. As the director of "The Hangover," "Old School," "Road Trip" and the producer behind this weekend's R-rated found footage teenage bacchanalia "Project X," there is no one who is perhaps more tuned in to hedonistic male desires. But even before he made it big, Phillips was exploring what drives young men to the extreme ends of drunkeness and sex.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer For Vin Diesel's "The Ropes" Series; Season 1 Now Streaming On Netflix

    Here's the trailer for that Vin Diesel web series with Fox Digital Entertainment, titled The Ropes - an original series about the lives of bouncers - I've already alerted you, and which I didn't care for, which in turn attracted several comments (likely from the same person using different handles) challenging my reaction to it.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Dominican Republic Implements New Film Law

    Here in Guadalajara where we are participating in the Industry events, we spoke at length with Ellis Perez, the Director of DGCine, the government cinema industry organization for the Dominican Republic. Their new law on international and domestic production is so favorable that whereas for the last 15 years, there has been an average of 2 productions a year, in 2012 there will be 12-15 productions completed.

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  • Criticwire
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    The Best Film (To Write About) of 2011

    I was looking through the articles, essays, and reviews that Criticwire readers have submitted to our email address -- Critic@indiewire.com, plug plug plug, send send send -- and I came across an interesting essay by Melissa Tamminga entitled "A Place 'spacious and strange': Abbas Kiarostami's 'Certified Copy.'"  Tamminga's piece compares Kiarostami's latest work to a "long and winding sentence" and explores at length the myriad mysteries and contradictions it contains.  It also comes from an interesting perspective, that of an English professor:

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Will Smith Is Getting Too Old For This In New Trailer For 'Men In Black 3'

    Are you 9 years old? Then you're probably going to love "Men In Black III." Big, broad and goofy, Sony's latest installment in the alient hunting franchise has very clearly staked out it's claim as a family film event and for everyone else, this looks like it will be pretty damn tedious.

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    'Marley' Soundtrack Features 25 Songs From The Reggae Legend

    You would have to look at people like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra or Johnny Cash to find those who have achieved the same kind of iconic, influential status of Bob Marley. The reggae legend took his unique sound from Jamaica around the world, inspiring millions with his message of togetherness, rebellion and love. And while his face has become an image almost as ubiquitous as that of Che Guevara, a whole new generation of music fans may not be familiar with his work and achievements, but the upcoming, years-in-the-making, Kevin Macdonald-directed documentary, "Marley," will hopefully change that.

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