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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch "Innocence Abandoned: Street Kids of Haiti" Trailer

    Leapfrog Productions Innocence Abandoned: Street Kids of Haiti is directed by Young Man Kang and produced by Dennis James Lee and Tomiko Ok Lee. The documentary film, over 10 years in the making, chronicles the lives of street kids growing up in Haiti.

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  • The Playlist
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    J.J. Abrams Sticking To His Guns; Not Adhering To Pre-Set Release Date Strategy For 'Star Trek 2'

    J.J. Abrams continues to arouse and confuse the geek film community more keenly than even Lt. Uhura’s famed erotic fan dance from “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” to distract a patrol of the Galactic Army of Light could manage. After months of avoiding the question of whether he’ll direct “Star Trek 2” like Little Miss Muffet avoids arachnids, Abrams has finally made known the world that he’ll helm the second instalment…but he won’t be sticking the planned release date set by studio Paramount. Just yesterday we learned that a less appealing sequel that nobody asked for – “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” – had been earmarked to take over the film’s June 29, 2012 release date, and Abrams has restated his commitment to being non-committal about the film's eventual release in an interview with 24 Frames.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    As the Country Gets Ready to Implode - A Moment of Levity

    Not for the office. Totally full of f-bombs. From comedian Katie Goodman and Broad Comedy

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  • Shadow and Act
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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: George Lucas-Produced WWII Film ‘Red Tails’ Gets Trailer, Hits Theaters On Jan. 20, 2012

    Update: Yahoo has dropped the trailer for the film and you know? It doesn't look half bad. The dramatic stuff seems a bit familiar if slightly overcooked, but the aerial battles look damn impressive and pretty thrilling. Check it out below.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    My Interview With "Attack The Block" John Boyega And Director Joe Cornish

    As I promised a reader earlier this week, below is the link to my interview with actor John Boyega, and writer/director Joe Cornish for Ebony.com. Because of space restrictions I wasn't able to print all they had to say, but take it from me, they're both terrific and down to earth guys with lots of interesting things to say.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Strategic Partners Deadline Approaches as Keynotes and Panels Announced

    Producers, financiers, broadcasters, distributors and sales agents now have less than a week to apply to Strategic Partners, the dynamic international co-production market of the Atlantic Film Festival – the ideal place to co-produce/co-venture with Canadians.Deadline for producer applications and industry registrations is Monday, July 11. Apply online at www.atlanticfilm.com/spDelegates of this unique event – taking place Sept. 15-18 – will benefit from unparalleled access to international co-production/co-venturing opportunities with industry leaders and financiers via Strategic Partners’ effective 1-2-1 meetings. Nearly 1,000 pre-arranged business meetings will take place during the event, one of the world’s pre-eminent co-production markets focusing on feature film, television fiction, and multi-platform projects. Delegates also enjoy access to the screenings and galas at the Atlantic Film Festival and the popular Film Nova Scotia Lobster Dinner By The Sea.“With our spotlight on Australia, South Africa and the US, our applications have already exceeded the numbers from last year. It’s going to be a stellar line-up for 2011, including our panels and keynotes.” said Jan Miller, Director of Strategic Partners.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Stealth' Director Rob Cohen Entrusted To Helm '1950,' Korea's Most Expensive Film To Date

    Director Rob Cohen, whose last journey behind the camera was the abysmally unambitious “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” is hardly known for feminist cinematic screeds, unless you count all the bits where Jessica Biel opens her mouth in “Stealth.” Added to this his other, self-consciously none-more-macho films -- “xXx” and the first “Fast the Furious” picture -- while spawning a clutch of sequels between them, aren’t exactly heralded as action genre classics in the way, say, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Predator” are. So he’s probably not the first person you’d think of if you were a hot-shot producer looking for a director to helm a project about the Korean War. Enough people clearly felt differently, though, as THR notes that Cohen’s signed on to direct “1950,” a film based on the reportage of Marguerite Higgins – a Pulitzer Prize winning war correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune – who covered some of the conflict’s most important historical events, blazing a trail for females in her profession as she went. Her journey across the Korean peninsula with an American platoon, which culminated in the bulk evacuation of nearly 200,000 South Koreans from the advancing armies of the Chinese and North Koreans on Christmas Eve, is set to form the backbone of the film.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ex-'The Hobbit' Actor Rob Kazinsky Joins Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim,' Willem Dafoe In Talks

    If you're cast in a major blockbuster, only to be replaced publicly, it can be hard to get your career back on track again. Stuart Townsend, for instance, shot scenes as Aragorn in "Lord of the Rings," before Peter Jackson decided he was too young, and replaced him with Viggo Mortensen. Townsend's heat remained for a little while -- he was the lead in "Queen of the Damned," and one of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," but, well, we know what happened to those, and Townsend hasn't had much luck in recent years. Dougray Scott, meanwhile, was meant to play Wolverine in Bryan Singer's "X-Men," but had to bow out when "Mission Impossible 2" ran over, and was last seen starring in British rom-com "Love's Kitchen," which took a whopping £121 on its opening weekend in the U.K (although, in fairness, he's playing Arthur Miller in "My Week With Marilyn," which could start a comeback).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Director Antoine Fuqua Is "Storming Las Vegas"

    Summit Entertainment and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Red, Tranformers 1 and 2, Salt, Shooter) have made a deal with director Antoine Fuqua to direct their upcoming crime action thriller project Storming Las Vegas

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