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    David Fincher To Produce Biopic Of Great Depression-Era Photographer Dorothea Lange

    While David Fincher remains hard at work wrapping up one of the most promising remakes in recent years, he's also found the time to jump on board a biopic behind the scenes that will surely benefit from his guidance.

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    'The Guard' Star Don Cheadle Says Funding Announcement For Miles Davis Biopic Could Come Very Soon

    Director John Michael McDonagh Says The Film Is A Reaction Against The Works Of Mike Leigh & Ken Loach & More From The FilmmakersUsually, when a film's biggest stars decide to do press interviews together, there's a collective groan among the writers since time its sometimes even more of a challenge to interview two actors at once then individually. But pairing the two actors in "The Guard" together reveals that Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle's killer chemistry isn't just limited to what we see in the movie. Gleeson stars as Sergeant Gerry Boyle, a crusty, crass cop bored by life in County Galway. When murder and drugs infiltrate the small town, he has to work with visiting FBI agent Wendell Everett (Cheadle) to solve the case. Luckily, working together seemed far easier for Gleeson and Cheadle than it was for their at-odds on-screen counterparts. We've already covered our exclusive interview with Gleeson, but we wanted to share what we learned from this writer's entertaining afternoon chat with Gleeson, Cheadle, and their director John Michael McDonagh.

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    2011 Venice Film Fest Closing Night Film "Damsels In Distress" Co-Stars 3 Black Actors

    The closing night film of this year's Venice Film Festival, which runs from the end of August through September 10th, is a comedy/drama titled Damsels In Distress, directed by Oscar-nominated actor/writer/director Whit Stillman - his first film in 13 years.

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    Lynn Whitfield and James McDaniel Will Star in "King's Faith"

    King's Faith, currently in production, is directed by Nicholas DiBella and produced by Mark Costello and Marc Wax. The film will star Lynn Whitfield , James McDaniel (NYPD Blue) and Crawford Wilson. The film is set to be released sometime next year.

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    Watch: Marvel Cheaply Offers Up 10 Seconds From 'The Avengers' Teaser

    Really, Marvel? While fans extend the comic giant enough goodwill that the company could murder baby unicorns and get away with it, you have to admit, this is pretty lame.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Marion Cotillard: Boobs on the Brain

    Did you know that lab tests prove that Forehead Tittaes actually redirect the male gaze from the chest to the brain?

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    Update On Chinonye Chukwu's Feature Film "alaskaLand"

    Just a few months ago, S&A informed you about emerging filmmaker Chinonye Chukwu and her effort to raise funds for her first feature film alaskaLand. Well, we have an update regarding her journey. Principal photography is complete and now she's in the post production phase. You can see the official poster above.

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    In Theaters: 'Cowboys & Aliens' & 'Smurfs,' Oh My!

    Listen, I know what you expect from me. After last week's showing, you're expecting me to wax poetic about Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling and all the man beauty at the box office. Nope. What Chris Evans and I have is special and beautiful and I will not sully it with that cad, Ryan. I will leave that salivating to the male portion of the Playlist, as Mr. Gosling is the designated man crush. I don't need to build him up anymore than the rest of these dudes have. He's a great actor with a wonderful sense of personal style. THE END. All I will say about Mr. Craig is that I hope his bum is insured by Lloyd's of London for as much as J. Lo's booty. Anyway! In theaters this week! The improbably premised "Cowboys & Aliens"! Rom-com for men, "Crazy, Stupid Love"! "The Smurfs".... You know it's not a week without a dumb movie for children! Let's do it to it.

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    Art and Film in Berlin

    I spent June in Berlin and have yet to write of the great experiences I had there. Berlin is a city of low cost housing and artists. It feels like a mini New York with that electric feeling of anticipation one gets when one is walking on its streets. Aside from artists, filmmakers have also discovered Berlin and the independent film companies based in Berlin put Munich in the shade. Friends introduced me to Joe Ramirez, an American who is an artist in his own right and who has two completed films and one upcoming film he took to this past Cannes. He has also built a film studio in an abandoned school gymnasium in Berlin, bridging the gap between the huge facilities in nearby Babelsberg, and the tiny do-it-yourself set-ups scattered the city. Blood Orange East. It is now the third largest studio in Berlin, a beautifully handcrafted room large enough to shoot scenes with a 40 person crew in situated in a green environment such as can only be found in the city of Berlin.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: Amazon Streaming Goes Universal, Netflix vs. Hulu User Behavior, Fighting Piracy

    Amazon is teaming up with NBC Universal to stream movies to subscribers, continuing its direct competition with Netflix. THR reports that Amazon now offers 9,000 movies and TV shows to its subscribers—Prime customers who pay $79.00 a year (compared to Netflix’s annual $96, for many more options). This after Amazon struck a similar deal with CBS last week. Movies and TV shows to stream include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Fletch, Cheers, Frasier, and Star Trek.

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