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    Laz Alonso Jumping Into The Indie Film World

    Here's some news that should put a smile on your face. Jumping The Broom star Laz Alonso is throwing his hat into the indie film world with plans to write and produce a feature.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Horrible Bosses Early Reviews: Lazy, Comic Escapism, Middling TV, Sexist, Raunchy, Dark Fun, Mess

    Horrible Bosses Early Reviews: Lazy, Comic Escapism, Middling TV, Sexist, Raunchy, Dark Fun, Mess

    If you want to know what the Hangover series hath wrought, see Horrible Bosses, featuring a hapless trio of would-be boss-killers (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis) who are aided by wily scene-stealer Jamie Foxx. Their sinister bosses are played with brio by office bully Kevin Spacey (who's been there before), brunette dentist harasser Jennifer Anniston (joining the I-can-do-raunchy-comedy-too club) and unrecognizable coke-freak Colin Farrell. All are having a fabulous time.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Films Of Andrei Tarkovsky: A Retrospective

    The great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman famously intoned in his 1987 autobiography, “The Magic Lantern,” that discovering Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s work was, “A miracle. Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director], the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.”

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    The Horror! New Pics From 'Cabin In The Woods,' 'Fright Night' & 'Shark Night 3D'

    Plus 'Final Destination 5' Poster & '11-11-11' TrailerReady for updates on some scare movies coming up in the next little while? Well, ready or not, here we go.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Phylicia Rashad, Rosie Perez, and Nelsan Ellis Join Star-Studded Cast of "Gods Behaving Badly"

    Big Beach Films announced Tuesday that its film adaptation of Marie Phillips' 2007 novel Gods Behaving Badly will feature a star-studded cast including Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad, Rosie Perez, and True Blood's Nelsan Ellis.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Join Us Today! S&A Livecast Season 2, Ep 13 (Spike Lee)

    I hope everyone's had a joyful, yet relaxed, holiday weekend and you're ready for another S&A live podcast today! Join us at 8pm/est for a great show concerning up-to-date black cinema news. So what's on tap for tonight? Spike Lee. Including:

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'The Ledge' Takes Hesitant But Significant Steps Toward Acknowledging Atheism

    Matthew Chapman’s “The Ledge” is sure to provoke plenty of ire. The film, Chapman’s first directorial outing since 1988’s “Heart of Midnight,” opens as a fairly conventional thriller – Gavin (Charlie Hunnam), stands out on a ledge and threatens to jump while detective Hollis (Terrence Howard) plays negotiator. As Hollis pieces together that Gavin’s not up here by choice, we jump into a series of flashbacks that explore a forbidden romance that takes root between Gavin and Shana (Liv Tyler), the wife of Joe (Patrick Wilson). Here’s the particular draw of “The Ledge” (and a marketing plot that’s been too heavily leaned on) – Gavin is a pronounced atheist, and Joe is a fundamentalist Christian. Their beliefs heavily motivate how the events of the film play out and several scenes are imparted to impassioned debate between the two. Depending on which side of that debate the viewer is on, they may balk at Gavin's aggressive tearing down of any and all religion or Joe's faith-based homophobia and general "holier-than-thou" demeanor.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: Vogue Sells, Netflix Streams Southward, StumbleUpon Challenges Facebook's Media Command

    Anna Wintour still rules the fashion roost. Vogue keeps flying off newsstands, leaving other high-end women's mags to wallow in slow sales. According to Adweek, Vogue’s sales are up 16% since last year’s first-half average, selling about 370,000 per month. Other fashion rags, including Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire, have faced a decrease in sales by 21%.

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  • The Playlist
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    David Schwimmer Working On Adaptation Of 'The Jungle' By 'There Will Be Blood' Author Upton Sinclair

    Aside from Jennifer Aniston, of all the "Friends" alumni, David Schwimmer seems to have best utilized the career boost he received thanks to the long-running hit sitcom. He has used the opportunity of opened doors to take a chance behind the camera, and while the results have been mixed at best -- "Run Fatboy Run" managed to make Simon Pegg unfunny while internet scare drama "Trust" has its defenders; he's also been behind six episodes of "Little Britain USA" -- his ambition certainly isn't lacking and his project may be his grandest yet.

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    Project Nim

    Project Nim

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