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    Has An 'Arrested Development' Cast Member Accidentally Leaked The 'Meta' Plot Of The Movie?

    There was a while back there when rumors of an "Arrested Development" movie were numerous, but mostly added up to much ado about nothing. Every detail that emerged from the mouths of cast members sounded like wishful thinking -- a lot of talk about the script being written by 'AD' creator Mitchell Hurtwitz, but no discussion about shooting, releasing, directing or any concrete plans for the production of the movie. Hurwitz continued to focus on television for the most part but both "Sit Down, Shut Up" and "Running Wilde" were canceled by Fox, freeing up his time. And while all cast members have gone on to success after the show's three seasons, none have threatened to go supernova, leaving them in the realm of possibility to return. It seems clear: destiny wants this film to happen.

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    Call For Papers: Women & Film In Africa Conference: Overcoming Social Barriers

    Courtesy of the African Women in Cinema Blog (I'm actually writing a paper for a symposium at UPENN's Annenberg School for Communication in December; not on this topic, but it reminded me of an upcoming deadline :)):

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    So How Come 'The Lone Ranger' Was Going To Cost $250 Million? 5 Reasons Disney Got Cold Feet

    Assuming "The Lone Ranger" ever gets made, spoilers ahead

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    Empire Big Screen '11 Review: 'Fright Night' Is Entertaining, But Eminently Disposable

    A confession: this writer has never seen the original "Fright Night." It's one of a certain kind of 80s VHS-era film ("The Goonies," 'Weird Science," 'Wargames"), beloved by a certain generation that this writer was a few years too late for, and that we've never caught up on, principally because it feels like there are plenty of better things to do with our time. This is a long-winded way of saying that if you're looking for comparisons between the original and 2011's "Fright Night", if you're looking for someone to tell you if Colin Farrell lives up to Chris Sarandon, this is not the review for you. What we can do is judge Craig Gillespie's remake on its own merits, of which there are a few: "Fright Night" is an enjoyable time at the movies. But we suspect it's the kind of film that, when it airs on TV five years from now, we'll only realize that we've seen before half an hour in.

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    Holly Robinson-Peete Dropped From CBS's "The Talk"

    Does anyone out there watch CBS's daytime talk show The Talk? Any of you out there? Blatantly inspired (or more like stolen) from ABC network's The View, the show which features women celebrities dishing dirt has actually been a strong ratings-puller for the network.

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    Imogen Poots Says Colin Farrell Brings A "Slick Sexuality" To His Vampire In 'Fright Night'

    Here at The Playlist, we’ve been singing the praises of British actress Imogen Poots for a while now. She impressed in Jordan Scott’s boarding school drama “Cracked” and David Levien’s “Solitary Man,” and has been building her presence over the years, with smaller roles in “V for Vendetta,” “28 Weeks Later” and “Me and Orson Welles.” At the close of 2010, The Playlist listed Poots as one of our 15 actresses on the rise, and indeed with roles coming up in the biopic "Greetings From Tim Buckley," the drama "A Late Quartet" (alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and more) and the romance/heist flick "Comes A Bright Day" with "Submarine" star Craig Roberts, she's definitely living up to her early promise.

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    DEEP FOCUS: Sidney Lumet's PRINCE OF THE CITY (1981)

    "Prince of the City" was released on August 19, 1981. Like so many of Sidney Lumet's movies, this one lives and breathes New York City, showing us everything from tenements to court rooms and everyone from drug addicts to district attorneys. The film has well over a hundred speaking roles and what I would consider one of the best casting of authentic New Yorkers in film, mixing professional and non-professional actors throughout. The look and feel of the movie would influence many films and television shows in subsequent decades, ones that strove for realism and a more procedural approach to the cop genre. One of those shows, "Law & Order", even used one of the film's most prominent cast members, Jerry Orbach.

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    John Sayles Looking To Direct Own Script Based On The Rosenberg Trial

    Talks Demise Of The HBO Satchmo Miniseries, 'Girls Like Us,' And MoreJohn Sayles is a busy man, a prolific screenwriter and icon of the American independent film movement. Having made his name directing films such “Eight Men Out,” “Matewan,” “The Return of the Secaucus Seven,” "Lone Star," "Sunshine State," and a variety of small but frequently warmly received films, Sayles also made his mark as an occasional Hollywood scribe, most recently co-writing "The Spiderwick Chronicles". With his latest, "Amigo" (our reviewer at TIFF '10 called it "a complex and organically built work that coaxes meaning out of the situations it builds rather than putting the politics first and constructing a story around it"), a look at the Philippine–American War of early 1900s, opening this week, we had an opportunity to talk with the writer/director and had a chance to ask him about the wide variety of projects he has on his slate and here's what he had to tell us.

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    British Star Nikki Amuka-Bird In Film Adaptation of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus"; Trailer

    Nikki Amuka-Bird (Shoot The Messenger, Torchwood, Small Island, The Omen, #1 Ladies Detective Agency) has one of those faces that makes you say, "Haven't I seen her somewhere?" More than likely, you probably have.

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    Scorsese Says 'Mean Streets,' 'Taxi Driver' Or 'Raging Bull' Would Have Fit Perfectly In 3D

    Meanwhile, James Cameron Says Premium 3D Prices Are Unlikely To Last3D movies aren't worth the hype and cause headaches, the Guardian wrote last week - 3D movie attendance is way down in the U.K., according to The Hollywood Reporter, with the percentage of English audiences opting to pay the extra 3D premium price having fallen 23% compared to last year. Folks like DreamWorks Animation chief and 3D evangelist Jeffrey Katzenberg are genuinely worried about the technology's underperformance with audiences of late. A 3D "Glee" movie tanked at the box-office this weekend. A recent 3D report conducted by the California State University actually says the stereoscopic visuals can cause you physical discomfort and another prime advocate James Cameron, recently told Reuters that he thinks its unlikely that premium 3D prices will last.

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