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    Cannes 2012: Will 'The Master,' Terrence Malick's New Film, James Gray's Latest & More Actually Premiere?

    By this time last year, we already knew that Woody Allen’s “Midnight In Paris” would be opening the Cannes Film Festival, but as March looms closer, there still has been no word yet from organizers which film will kick off the festivities. Yet, that hasn’t stopped conjecture and suppostion as Cineuropa recently penned a speculatory long list of films they they guessing could be heading to Cannes (which includes iffy bets like Terrence Malick's next movie, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and more). These lists are fun and all, they get the cinephiles' anticipation juices going (see one example here), but the reality of the matter is there is a element of wish fulfillment to all of them and less than half the films generally posted in these pieces actually end up appearing at the Croisette. Still, using that piece as a jumping off point, we decided to dig a bit deeper to sort out which movies are near certain locks, which are possibilities and those that aren’t going to make it all.

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    First Look: UK Poster For Eddie Murphy's "A Thousand Words"

    It's a film that, at one point, seemed like it wouldn't see the light of day but now it looks like Eddie Murphy's latest comedy, A Thousand Words, will finally hit screens.  Slated to be released in the UK on April 6th, here's a first look at the latest poster for the flick.  It hits stateside on April 20th.

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    Winners Of The 43rd NAACP Image Awards

    To absolutely no one's surprise, it was a good night for The Help... as well as Viola Davis' boobs :)

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    Watch: Rollergirl Directs Porn In Trailer For 'Cherry' Starring James Franco & Dev Patel

    Pornography: exploitation of women or courageous act of empowerment? We'll leave the debate for your Feminism 101 class tomorrow afternoon, but until then you can take a look at the trailer for "Cherry" which presents an unconvincing case for the latter.

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    SXSW 2012 Trailer - "Gimme The Loot" (Graffiti, Revenge, Heists, New York City...)

    Here's the first trailer for one of a few S&A SXSW 2012 higlights.

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    First Look At Ken Loach's Upcoming Dramedy 'The Angels' Share'

    The word "legend" gets thrown around a lot, but it's a mantle that filmmaker Ken Loach fully deserves. We're not going to recap the many accomplishments and honors his lengthy career has seen so far, but in the last few years his energy and curiousity have shown no signs of abating. His work has ranged from early 20th century drama ("The Wind That Shakes The Barley"), footballer dramedy ("Looking For Eric") and post-Iraq War meditations ("Route Irish") and for his next effort, we'll see another change of focus.

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    Sexism Watch: NY Times Book Review Calls NY Times Reporter's Book "Chick Nonfiction"

    We hit another dubious milestone this weekend. A book called The Obamas written by veteran NY Times reporter Jodi Kantor was called "chick nonfiction" in a NY Times book review written by Douglas Brinkley.

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    McG Says Robert Downey Jr. Would've Been Lex Luthor In His 'Superman'; Describes His Original, Darker Ending For 'Terminator: Salvation'

    It may have been a no-win situation when McG signed on for "Terminator: Salvation." Fans were generally displeased with "Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines," but at least that film featured Arnold Schwarzenegger and an R-rating. McG, perhaps best known for the "Charlie's Angels" films, was working with a PG-13 rating, vowing to tell the untold story of the fabled war against Skynet. It was a no-brainer for the director who told us in a recent interview, "I’m a huge fan of the franchise, and I’m fascinated with Jim Cameron. I leapt at the chance to work with Christian Bale." And who wouldn't? But during press rounds for his latest, "This Means War," he commented that he "pussed out" on the film. We talked to McG and hoped he would clarify, and he revealed to us that his hopes were for the heavily-rumored original ending.

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    Watch: Full Trailer For Lena Dunham's HBO Series 'Girls' Produced By Judd Apatow

    It seems bizarre, but no filmmaker has been more divisive (in indie circles anyway) in recent memory than Lena Dunham. She broke through with "Tiny Furniture" her quasi-autobiographical dramedy which won Best Narrative Feature at SXSW and then was drafted into The Criterion Collection, a move that made the minds of many cinephiles explode. There has been an undue amount of criticism hurled Dunham's way, most of it excessive. Regardless, she has soldiered on, found an ally in producer Judd Apatow and like it or not, is bringing her brand of observational comedy to HBO.

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    NVBC Festival 2012 - Day 4 -- Les Nubians in 'The Furious Force of Rhymes', Natural Hair Doc, + Julian Renner's 'The Three Way'

    On this last day of the New Voices in Black Cinema Festival (presented by ActNow Foundation and BAMcinematek) are some extra special treats as French hip-hop soul duo Les Nubians are present for the screening and Q&A of Joshua Atest Litle's The Furious Force of Rhymes (along with some other great potential guests). See the full schedule below. Tickets are available at: BAM.org/NewVoicesinBlackCinema

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