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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Film Independent Names 30 Filmmakers for 2012 Project Involve; Speakers Include Pariah's Rees & Cooper

    Film Independent has selected 30 filmmakers for Project Involve, their program designed to foster the careers of emerging filmmakers from communities underrepresented within the film industry. The program's guest speakers include producer director Dee Rees and producer Nekisa Cooper (Pariah), Stephanie Allain (Hurricane Season, Hustle & Flow), and others yet to be announced. Cooper is an alumni of Project Involve, as is Circumstance producer Melissa Lee. LA Film Fest's artistic director David Ansenand Zhiv Productions' Joyce San Pedro will serve as mentors. New this year is Sony Pictures' Diversity Fellowship, which is granted to one participating filmmaker and offers year-round support (complete with a cash production grant and professional development). Film Independent's Josh Welsh says the filmmakers coming out of Project Involve "continue to inspire us, and we remain committed to giving them the opportunity to further their careers." More on the program and this year's participants below:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Eddie Murphy Exits As Oscar Host

    Really Eddie? Really? All because that douche Brett Ratner had to step down thanks to a series of dumb-ass comments? This may be one of the worst career decisions you've made lately; worse than Norbit.

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  • The Playlist
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    Eddie Murphy Bails On Hosting The Oscars

    Well, this is hardly a surprise and we kind of expected as much when Brett Ratner stepped down from producing the Oscars yesterday. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced this afternoon Eddie Murphy has withdrawn from hosting the Oscars.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Eddie Murphy No Longer Host of Oscars

    With Brett Ratner gone as Oscar producer, his pick as host, his Tower Heist star Eddie Murphy, is also exiting the scene. "I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner and we all wish them well," said AMPAS president Tom Sherak as he made the announcement. Actually, losing Murphy makes it easier for a new Oscar producer--say, Brian Grazer-- to take over and start creatively from scratch without suffering the taint of Ratner's comedic direction. A new producer can also choose their own writing team. Murphy said: "First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party's decision with regard to a change of producers for this year's Academy Awards ceremony. I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I'm sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Faith-Based Film "Pastor Brown" Starring Salli Richardson Gets Distribution

    We first profiled film Pastor Brown back in 2009 and now, based on an interview actor Rockmond Dunbar recently had with Collider, the faith-based film will receive distribution under Arc Entertainment and will be released next year.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Elite Squad: The Enemy Within' Is A Frantic, Expertly Knotty Thriller

    "Elite Squad: The Enemy Within" is a direct sequel to the original "Elite Squad," which was a smart, byzantine thriller largely defined by its bright bursts of color and raw, unhinged momentum that Paul Greengrass would have probably defined as "a little intense." The original film followed Captain Roberto Nascimento (Wagner Moura, his jaw as sharp as an axe blade), a member of the elite tactical unit BOPE – kind of Rio de Janeiro's more militarized version of the SWAT team, and the only police group that the bad guys knew not to fuck with. While there were tangled threads of plot in the first film involving police corruption, raids on dangerous slums, and drug dealers' involvement in non-profit student groups, it chiefly focused on Nascimento training and implementing a worthy successor to his position. With a baby on the way, he wanted out. And he found the perfect person in Andre Matias (Andre Ramiro), a ramrod straight arrow who would resist corruption and ferret out criminal activity wherever it lay.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Morgan Freeman to Receive Golden Globes' Cecile B. DeMille Award

    Morgan Freeman is to be honored at the 69th Golden Globe Awards with the Cecile B. DeMille award, for his outstanding contribution to entertainment. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's president, Dr. Aida Takla-O'Reilly, made the announcement with Amy Adams and Pedro Almodóvar. The Golden Globes will take place on January 15. As recipient of this award, Freeman joins the likes of Robert De Niro (2011), Martin Scorsese (2010), Steven Spielberg (2009), Warren Beatty (2007), Anthony Hopkins (2006), Robin Williams (2005), Michael Douglas (2004), Gene Hackman (2003), Harrison Ford (2002), Al Pacino (2001), and Barbra Streisand (2000).

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  • The Playlist
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    Alexander Payne Says 'Nebraska' Likely To Be Retitled, 'Wilson' Keeps Moving

    With "The Descendants" in the bag, having done its festival tour of duty and likely headed right into some awards season recognition, Alexander Payne -- who hasn't helmed a feature length film since "Sideways" seven years ago -- isn't wasting anymore time and is quickly moving into his next feature.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Fox Searchlight Debuts New Shame Website

    Check out the new Fox Searchlight website for Steve McQueen's Shame. The film's score, also featured on the site, is enough to make your heart ache. Not a gentle film, but certainly worth the ride.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Sarah Palin Gone from Headlines, But Will Survive on VOD

    Release Dates:         November 8th (Internet VOD/EST), November 11th (Cable VOD) DVD to be released in 2012   Directed by:               Nick Broomfield (Biggie and Tupac, Kurt & Courtney) and Joan Churchill (Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer) Appearances by:       John Bitney (Palin’s former Legislative Director), Howard Bess (Former Alaskan pastor), Colleen Cottle (Former Wasilla Deputy Mayor), Walt Moneghan (Former Police Chief of Anchorage), Mike Wooten (Palin’s former brother-in-law/Troopergate Scandal), Chuck and Sally Heath (Palin’s parents) , Lyda Green (Former Alaskan Senate President), and Laura Chase (Palin’s former campaign manager) Running Time:            90 Minutes Rating:                        Not Rated   Synopsis: Nick Broomfield's quest for the real Sarah Palin - A journey across the icy snows of Alaska in mid winter, to meet the school friends, family, and Republican colleagues that in previous days gave their heart, and souls to the charismatic, charming, and intoxicating ex hockey mum. But it's not all plain sailing. People are frightened to talk, Wasilla makes Twin Peaks look like a walk in the park. It's a devout evangelical community - 76 churches with a population of only 6 thousand, and the Crystal meth capitol of Alaska. Who are the flying monkeys, the enemies, the friends, and most importantly - are you with her or against her? Join the quest and for Christ's sake buy some thermals!  

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