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    Comic-Con: Arnold Schwarzenegger Confirms He's Teaming With Ivan Reitman For 'Twins' Sequel & More

    As those of you with an internet connection and any interest in film, television, video games, or any geek property will know, Comic-Con is in full swing over in San Diego. While there’s been much talk of the lack of studio presence at this year’s Con, there are certainly some big announcements being made – for better or worse.

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    'The Imposter' Director Bart Layton Talks The Stranger Than Fiction Story & Its Subjective Nature

    The Barclay family suffered a devastating blow in 1994 when 13-year-old Nicholas disappeared without a trace. However, 1997 brought a sign of hope -- the young boy had been found in Spain. Seemingly damaged due to sexual abuse by his captors, he was ready to come home. The only problem? It wasn't Nicholas at all -- Frenchman Frédéric Bourdin adopted his identity, fooling authorities and the Barclay clan themselves into thinking that he was the real deal. As you might imagine, it wasn't long before someone started to doubt this ruse (detective Charlie Parker, oddly enough, noticed the ears of Bourdin and Nicholas didn't match up), but the exposed identity only makes the situation uglier, ferreting some nasty theories concerning the whereabouts of the real Nicholas Barclay.

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    Get Ready For 'After Earth' The Novel And Comic Book (Including Prequels)

    Yeah, so, we already know about the feature film, and the fact that Sony Pictures will be releasing it next summer, and I'm sure a lot of you have already started counting down the days leading up to its eventual release; but would you be just as interested in a novelized version of After Earth?

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    Preview 'Talking With The Taxman About Poetry' (Musician Helps Writer Get His Mojo Back)

    Written & Directed by lamont pierré for Freedom Writer Pictures, the film is titled Talking With The Taxman About Poetry, and its synopsis reads:

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    'Miss Bala' Director Gerardo Naranjo Lines Up Political Thriller 'A Man Must Die'

    While Gerardo Naranjo was known on the arthouse scene mostly for his 2008 effort "Voy a explotar," it was last year's "Miss Bala" that brought him to worldwide attention. His breathless thriller, set among the drug war in Mexico, showed a director with a kinetic flair for action, and sensitive and complex touch for character, in one of the breakout highlights at Cannes. It didn't take long for Hollywood to come knocking, and earlier this year, he lined up the survival tale/love story "The Mountain Between Us" at Fox, with Michael Fassbender attached to star. And now another studio is tapping his talent for a new project.

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    Ken Jeong Gets Expanded Role In 'The Hangover Part 3,' But Will It Make For A Better Finale?

    After the post-"Old School" stumbles ("School For Scoundrels" being the most egregious), it was nice to see Todd Phillips land back on his feet in a big way with "The Hangover" and to a lesser degree, the caustic but still enjoyable "Due Date." "The Hangover" of course was more than just a comeback success, the film went supernova and became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time and turned Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper into big stars that now lead their own movies and TV shows. Phillips himself signed a mint-like deal with Warner Bros. and everyone made out pretty damn well from the Vegas misadventure that took everyone by surprise.

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    15 of 27 Sundance Institute Grants Go To Women

    The Sundance Institute recently announced their 27 recipients for development, production and audience engagement grants. Of the 27 grant recipients, 15 of the projects are led by women or include women on their teams.

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    Watch: '+JULIANI' (Short Doc On Kenyan Hip-Hop Icon's Journey - Inspiration, Passion, Music)

    Studio Ang presents +JULIANI, a 30-minute documentary directed by Bobb Muchiri, featuring Kenyan hip-hop icon Juliani.

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    Recap: 'Louie' Has A Brief Encounter In Miami In A Gentle, Slight Episode

    "Louie" does something that really no other comedy show on TV would, or could do -- it's not afraid to not be funny. While loosely fitting into the half-hour sitcom format, Louis C.K.'s long since thrown off those shackles, both formally and in terms of the need to actually make you laugh. After all, he's one of the most critically acclaimed and successful stand-ups of his generation, and as such, doesn't exactly need that simple, immediate validation, and some of the best episodes of the show to date -- last season's sublime "Duckling," for instance -- had barely a chuckle to be found, without feeling lacking. This week's installment, "Miami," wasn't quite in that top tier, but was another demonstration that he's trying things that no one else is coming close to.

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    Watch 'Frankenweenie' Takes It Back To The Days Of Classic Monsters With New Trailer & Comic-Con Poster

    It’s hard to instill a great deal of faith in director Tim Burton after a string of films that has included the unneeded revisionist fairy tale “Alice In Wonderland,” along with the recent disappointment that was his update of the television series “Dark Shadows.” While 'Shadows' started promising enough – almost returning the helmer to his glory days of atmospheric joy -- it fell to pieces in the second and third act. Well, some of us are still remaining optimistic about his next directorial effort, a stop-motion feature version adaptation of his own 1984 short film, “Frankenweenie.”

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