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    Liv Tyler To Star In Ti West's Sci-Fi Project 'The Side Effect'

    Title confusion! Nope, this isn't Steven Soderbergh's upcoming thriller, "Side Effects" (plural), but instead, it's the next effort from Ti West, "The Side Effect" (singular). Stay with us.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Soderbergh Confirms Backers for 'Side Effects," Lands Distributor

    Between toying with the idea of retiring to become a painter and reaffirming himself as a polymath filmmaker, prolific Steven Soderbergh knows how to keep his schedule full. Annapurna Pictures and Open Road Films will partner to produce "Side Effects," one of several upcoming Soderbergh projects.

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    Kristen Wiig Finally Weighs In, Says She's "Not Planning" Another 'Bridesmaids' Movie

    So far, we've heard from Jon Hamm, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Judd Apatow and Paul Feig regarding the rumored plans Universal has for making a "Bridesmaids" sequel whether or not star, co-writer and co-creator Kristen Wiig comes back on board. Generally, the consensus from the rest of the cast has been without Wiig, there's no reason for them to come back. And for producer and director Apatow and Feig, it's all about having a worthy concept, and if not, they're not inclined to rehash the formula.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    This Year's Foreign Oscar Snubs: "Separation" In; "Bala" Out

    Oh, why do I even still bother? Predictably disappointing, but still somewhat grating, the Academy Awards have announced their short-list for the Best Foreign Language Film of the year, and the resulting 9 films aren't going to surprise anyone--except for the few noteworthy omissions that should rankle critics.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Profiles of the Nine Shortlisted Foreign Language Oscar Contenders UPDATED

    Nine films out of 63 qualified submissions are moving on in the race for the Oscar for Foreign Language Film. The Phase I foreign language committee of several hundred L.A.-based Academy voters screened the films between mid-October and January 13.

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    Rising Stars Tahar Rahim & Lea Seydoux To Star In Nuclear-Powered Romantic Drama 'Grand Central'

    Two of our favorite breakouts of international cinema of the last few years have been Tahar Rahim and Lea Seydoux. The former made a scorching debut in Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet," followed up swiftly with "The Eagle" and "Black Gold," while the latter won a César nomination for "La Belle Persone" and more acclaim for "Lourdes," before making a big American splash last year as Owen Wilson's love interest in "Midnight in Paris" and as the buxom assassin in "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol." So it makes perfect sense that the two are being teamed up together.

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    Does Digital Spell the End of the Art House?

    I did not attend Art House Convergence, the annual event in Park City, Utah that precedes Sundance and gathers together the leading lights of community theaters and small art house venues around the country. But it seems as if a post I wrote last week, Indie Theaters Left in the Dark by 3D Boom, set up one of the central issues facing the exhibitors as they discussed their futures. Twitter feeds offer a glimpse of the hopes and fears of indie theater managers--and it doesn't look good. As producer Mark Wynns writes, "Storm coming: Arthouses having to take their small profit margin to capitalize digital cinema projectors/servers. Will they survive?"

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  • Shadow and Act
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    New TV One Series, "Find Our Missing" (Searching For Missing Black Americans) Debuts TONIGHT!

    Just a reminder that this premieres TONIGHT, January 18th at 10PM EST. Given your reactions to my intitial post on it, I'd say many of you are excited about the series, so check it out tonight. I am wondering why it's airing so late though. Regardless, thanks to 21st century technology, I'm sure you'll find ways to watch it, whether tonight when it airs, or tomorrow, via your DVR, or on TV One's website HERE.

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    IN THE WORKS: Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Chris Evans in Talks to Star in 'Snow Piercer"

    White-blonde actress and probable Oscar nominee Tilda Swinton might reprise her Ice Queen role in an upcoming feature--just not as Narnia native Jadis the White Witch. Swinton ("We Need to Talk About Kevin") and Jamie Bell ("The Adventures of Tintin") are in talks to join Chris Evans ("Captain America") in Bong Joon-ho's "Snow Piercer."

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    Producer Rick McCallum Reveals 'Red Tails' Was Originally Conceived As A Trilogy

    It was 1984. In a studio in England, a small film called "Dreamchild" was shooting under producer Rick McCallum, with a crew of only twenty people. While they only used one room of the studio space, the rest of the area was taken over by the potential blockbuster "Return To Oz," overseen by George Lucas. When one producer decided to pay a visit to the other, few knew a massively successful partnership would emerge. But did anyone guess that Lucas would be the one to venture over to the smaller set? "I could tell George wanted to be on our set, and we all wanted to be on his!" smiles McCallum, the producer of "Red Tails," who recently sat down with us for an exclusive interview. "Because he had a crew of 150, they had cranes, everything you’d ever want as a filmmaker, and we had nothing."

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