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    'Get Low' Director Aaron Schneider To Helm 'The Conscientious Objector' About Desmond Doss

    There are a lot things you can do on the upcoming Thanksgiving long weekend: get some Christmas shopping done, crash out with a "Law & Order" marathon, eat unfamothable amounts of food, sleep, or use the time to catch up with some movies from last year you maybe have missed. If you're doing the latter, we urge to pop "Get Low" into the DVD player. A charming little film stars the pretty great trio of Bill Murray, Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek, and carries with it a laid back charm that is genuine and fun to hang with. Director Aaron Schneider seems to have been laying low for the past little while, but he's got a promising new project in the works.

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    Angolan Actor Hoji Fortuna Makes US TV Debut

    Congrats to Angolan thespian, Monsieur Hoji Fortuna, who just banked his very first US television appearance.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cocktails for the Academy: Eddie Murphy, Brett Ratner, and Billy Crystal Honored with Libations

    In their "Buy You a Drink" column, GOOD magazine's mixologists create beverages for newsmakers. This week, the bartenders fashioned twisted cocktails in honor of the mishaps casting 2012's Oscar award ceremony. It's not only the drinks that make digs at the celebrities; the instructions are where the real insults come in. For the "Brett Ratner," one is asked to "pour out a little for our departed friend," while the drinker is asked to serve Schlitz "lukewarm" to make the "Eddie Murphy." A plain old 5 oz of white wine to "sip judiciously" and "fall asleep before you finish" will give you the "Billy Crystal." Only the Academy is given a proper cocktail, asking for no less than 9 ingredients--each fruity, sweet, and semi-exotic. As you can imagine, there is a bitter rant about the Oscars interspersed among the cocktail recipes.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    South Africa: Local Movies Need More Black Viewers

    Continuing to highlight similarities in *struggles* across the Diaspora; in essence, those predominantly Black American/Hollywood-centered matters we discuss/debate often here on S&A, are also sources of concern in other parts of the Diaspora.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Bill Condon Talks Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Stewart and Pattinson Grow Up, 2-D vs. 3-D

    At the "Twilight: Breaking Dawn -Part One" premiere Monday night in downtown Los Angeles, Summit put the ensemble led by Kristen Stewart, Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner through the usual endless labyrinthine gauntlet of fans and global media, all broadcast inside the huge fan-packed Nokia Theater. When the stars finally arrived inside the house, ripples of screaming began and continued throughout the movie--screams when any of the lead trio remove their clothes, or kiss, or make love. Before the overscaled rooftop after party for 2700 guests (complete with sets of the honeymoon and wedding), the "Twilight" cast flew off to the London premiere.

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    We Don't Need To Talk About Ezra Miller In 'Akira' Anymore

    While Tilda Swinton has rightfully been earning raves for her turn in Lynne Ramsay's wrenching "We Need To Talk About Kevin," the film's other MVP performance undoubtedly belongs to Ezra Miller. As the titular Kevin, he brings a cruel sexuality to the role that finds him matching wits and fraying the nerves of his mother to the point of no return. It has been a slightly divisive performance, with some saying he pitches his peformance too far into villain territory, but that would be missing the nuance and texture he brings in portraying a relationship that between two people that is largely fraudulent.

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    Author James Patterson: "I KNOW This Is The Best Alex Cross Movie Yet."

    Ok... seriously folks, although it may look like it, I'm really not trying to *pile on* Tyler Perry. I just post the news in the order I receive it.

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    More: Watch Now
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    Paul Greengrass To Executive Produce, Possibly Direct Pilot Of Fox CIA Drama

    Try as he might, the next film for Paul Greengrass is proving elusive to get started. He was looking to direct his Martin Luther King Jr. flick "Selma" but unfortunately Universal put the brakes on that after the civil rights leader's estate expressed concern about some of the not so nice things in the script. He circled a couple of other projects that ultimately went to other directors, including "Frankenstein" over at Fox (now with Shawn Levy) and "Rush" (now with Ron Howard). At one point, the pirate rescue story "Maersk Alabama" with Tom Hanks looked like it would roll next, but talk has quieted. Lastly, over the summer, Greengrass was attached to an adaptation of Robert Harris' hedge-fund world drama "The Fear Index."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    WEEKEND PREVIEW: Oscar Front-runner The Descendants; Twilight, Tyrannosaur, Tomboy & More

    There is something you can see in Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" that you will likely never ever see in real life: George Clooney as a cuckolded husband and the father of two daughters. But the film is down to earth, offering something you rarely see these days at the movie theater: Situations you can relate to, characters you care about, whose highs and lows don't revolve around super powers or the apocalypse. You will want to see "The Descendants" eventually, as Fox Searchlight's multiple Oscar campaigns hit full strength. Gurus o' Gold has "The Descendants" leading picture, director, screenplay and actor categories. Consider this essential viewing. Here's our interview with Payne and Oscar Talk on Clooney.

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    Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams Listen To Meatloaf, Face Tragedy In Weepy New Trailer For 'The Vow'

    "Life's all about moments of impact and how they change our lives forever, but what if one day you could never remember any of them?," Channing Tatum asks off the top of the new trailer for "The Vow," spelling out the film entirely, of course.

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