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  • Criticwire
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    'Piranhaconda' Director Lashes Out at Critic

    The filmmaker behind such exploitation classics as "Chopping Mall" and "The Bare Wench Project" did not take kindly to one critic's assessment of his latest film. Does he have a point?

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  • The Playlist
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    'Sesame Street' Movie In The Works Courtesy Of Producer Shawn Levy & Fox

    "Sesame Street" celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009, so, in many ways, the fact that a movie version of the popular kids program is in the works probably shouldn't be much of a surprise. Of course, there've been individual character movies like 1985’s "Follow That Bird" and 1999’s "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland," but director Shawn Levy ("Real Steel") and his 21 Laps banner, along with fellow producers Michael Aguilar, Mark Gordon and Film 360's Guymon Casady, want to produce an adaptation of the entire show.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Preview Centric TV's New Series 'Amateur Millionaire's Club'

    I'm definitely not one for reality TV series (I barely watch TV unless I absolutely have to), but I'm actually a bit curious about this one. I like the idea - essentially showing audiences the path to wealth taken by everyday folks like you and I, and how they handle financial success when they achieve it. 

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Shades of Brown - Black, Latino and U.S. Latino Cinema at L.A. Film Fest Panels

    Checked out a few panels over the weekend here at L.A. Film Fest which sparked some provocative dialogue. Especially interesting was how different the U.S. Latino and Black film communities are responding to their storytelling plight and their respective representation in media. Meanwhile the lively Latino panel, which was perhaps the broadest in scope, was eloquent and skillfully led by L.A. Times’ Reed Johnson...

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  • The Playlist
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    Keep Dreaming: Paramount Wants Justin Timberlake For 'Baywatch'

    File this under Nice Try and Obvious Wishlist, because we predict this is never, ever gonna happen. But whatever....

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Lionsgate Moves Release Date For Tyler Perry's 'Alex Cross'

    Summit Entertainment has moved the release date for Tyler Perry's Alex Cross up one week, from the previously announced October 26, 2012 to October 19th instead.

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  • Press Play
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    VIDEO ESSAY: ON THE QT # 1: RESERVOIR DOGS

    Press Play launches its new director series "On the Q.T.," about Quentin Tarantino, with a look at his debut "Reservoir Dogs" (1992). Although it earned plenty of acclaim, the film also sparked two kinds of controversy.

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  • The Playlist
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    Longer Cut Of Rian Johnson's 'Looper' Will Be Released In China

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    With studios and financiers more cautious than ever these days to put their money behind ambitious projects that don't sell toys and enhance brands, producers have been looking East for partners to help raise funds for movies. For example, The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas" had an injection of money from Eastern backers, and Edward Zwick's developing "The Great Wall" is being moved along by Legendary East, a whole new shingle from Legendary Pictures based in that quickly growing market for Hollywood fare. Another film with coin from overseas? Rian Johnson's "Looper," and it looks like that relationship has made for an interesting quirk regarding the film's release.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Bella & Edward Are The Same Temperature Now In Teaser Trailer For 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2'

    Well, the honeymoon's out of the way, the baby's been born, and now the marriage of Bella & Edward (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson), the lead characters of the "Twilight" franchise, is going the same way as many other marriages -- into a series of fights. However, it's not the newlyweds who are arguing; it's the new Mr. & Mrs Cullen, along with Edward's family, and Jacob's pack of werewolves, against vampire authority the Volturi, who believe that their child Renesmee is an abomination, and needs to be destroyed. Which is all a long-winded way of saying that the first full teaser trailer for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two" has arrived (to coincide with Edward's 111th birthday: you people do know he's a fictional character, right?), and it looks like it has the biggest scope of the series so far.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Four Very Slightly Different Teaser Trailers For Pixar's 'Monsters University'

    We'd hoped that last year's "Cars 2" was something of a blip on the Pixar track record. A disappointing film, to be sure, made to keep the merchandising behemoth alive (and it doesn't hurt that John Lasseter is an auto-nut), but we figured the studio's near-impeccable run of greatness would swiftly return. But the word on "Brave," which opens this week, has not been encouraging. Most of the reviews, including our own, have suggested that, while it's not as cynical as last year's Pixar entry, it's failed to meet the high standards we've come to expect from the animation giants.

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