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    Will & Jada Smith Teaming Up With Simon Cowell To Launch DJ-Search Reality TV Show

    Will & Jada Pinkett-Smith and their Overbrook Entertainment production company is teaming up with Simon Cowell and his Syco Entertainment production company to launch a new international TV show that will find the world’s greatest DJs.

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  • The Playlist
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    Vincent Gallo To Star In Alexandre Nahon's 'Don't Shoot The Piano Player,' Michael Rapaport In Talks To Join

    At least in our eyes, any news on the enigma that is Vincent Gallo is good news. His performance as the titular, tortured artist in Francis Ford Coppola's "Tetro" was a welcome reminder just how much the talened writer/director/actor/musician has to offer and, while he's unfortunately already noted that his last effort behind the camera "Promises Written In The Water" isn't going to see a theatrical release anytime soon, he's recently been taking on interesting acting roles with Jerzy Skolimowski's "Essential Killing," a sure-to-be wacky part in "The Legend Of Kaspar Hauser" as well as an appearance in 'Twilight' actor Peter Facinelli's "Loosies."

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  • The Playlist
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    Sundance: Spike Lee Talks Returning To Brooklyn For 'Red Hook Summer' & Making Films Inside & Outside Hollywood

    More than 25 years after releasing his debut film, “She’s Gotta Have It,” Spike Lee remains one of the most important and influential directors in Hollywood. His portraits of black life in his early works, including “Mo’ Better Blues,” “Jungle Fever” and “Crooklyn,” set an important precedent that countless filmmakers of color have followed, while his forays into more broadly commercial work, such as “Clockers,” “25th Hour,” “Inside Man” and even “Malcolm X,” are significant achievements of both entertainment and bona fide art. In his latest film, “Red Hook Summer,” which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Lee returns to his old stomping grounds of Brooklyn, NY, where he examines life in the Red Hook housing project as seen through the eyes of a teenager who comes from Atlanta, GA to visit his grandfather.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Oscar Nomination Quotes

    Here are some quotes that I picked up yesterday from some of the nominees

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Spike Lee's Infamous Rant At Sundance

    Well this sure has been Spike Lee Week this week on S & A hasn't it?

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  • The Playlist
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    Steve Buscemi Returns To '30 Rock' To Direct & Guest Star In An Episode

    For all of Steve Buscemi's much-lauded Golden Globe-winning success on the small screen in the last few years, thanks to his starring role on "Boardwalk Empire," it's not been the only finger the veteran character actor has had in the television pie. In the last few years, he's also directed six episodes of Showtime's hit series "Nurse Jackie," and shown his comedic side with an occasional guest role on Tina Fey's consistently excellent "30 Rock."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton On Board For Screen Adaptation of Ngozi Adichie's "Half Of A Yellow Sun"

    Screen Daily is reporting that actress Thandie Newton has signed on to co-star in the upcoming Nigeria-set screen adaptation of author Ngozi Adichie’s novel Half Of A Yellow Sun.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Are You My Mother and Who’s Your Daddy?

    Hollywood has not been quiet on the third-party reproduction front. Movies such as Baby Mamma, The Back-Up Plan, The Switch and The Kids are All Right, highlight the silly and light-hearted approach to modern day family building.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At 'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers'

    While Ben Wheatley’s grim and disturbing “Kill List” isn't exactly an awards season kind of movie (though it did earn some nods from the British Independent Film Awards) this low-key British thriller has propelled the director onto many cinephile lists of rising directors to watch. One of those cinephiles, in fact, and a director in his own right, is “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” maestro Edgar Wright who’s executive-producing Wheatley’s next directorial effort “Sightseers,” which we first heard about during the summer. At the beginning of January, Wheatley told us he had a cut ready to show Wright at his Big Talk production house, and now we have a first official look of the film for ourselves.

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    Joe Carnahan Says 'The Grey' Will Head Back To Theaters For An Oscar Qualifying Run In October

    Writer/director Joe Carnahan has no regrets. The twists and turns many up-and-coming directors face during their first brush with a big budget studio project could leave anyone bitter and jaded. Instead, Carnahan took his ill-fated experiences on “Mission: Impossible III” (which was ultimately directed by J.J. Abrams) and began looking to the future. After proving he could blow stuff up with the best of ‘em on 2010’s “The A-Team,” Carnahan finished an adaptation of the short story “Ghost Walker” by Ian MacKenzie Jeffers and began casting.

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