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    Forget About Oscars: Angelina Jolie & Luc Besson Team Up For Dramatic Thriller With "Scientific Elements"

    With neither Angelina Jolie's "In The Land Of Blood And Honey" or Luc Besson's "The Lady" looking like big awards season players this year, it seems the pair have decided to say "Fuck it" to chasing statues and are going to go back in getting some asses in seats.

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    Adam Shankman's 'The Nutcracker' Will Be An Action-Adventure Movie (Of Course)

    With seemingly every fairy tale being adapted for the big screen in the next few years ("Snow White and the Huntsman," etc. etc. blah blah blah) in bigger and more extravagant ways, we're bracing ourselves for a choking onslaught of pixie dust. And one of the adaptations we could care less about is "Hairspray" director Adam Shankman's "The Nutcracker" redux. Given the director's choreography background (he's also a frequent judge on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance"), we kind of assumed his 'Nutcracker' would stick to its famous ballet roots. But nope. According to the director its going in a completely different but altogether predictable direction.

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    Abbie Cornish Joins Martin McDonagh's 'Seven Psychopaths'

    After gaining the attention of the indie world with her brave turn in the Aussie indie flick "Somersault," Abbie Cornish snagged the eyeballs of everyone else thanks to Jane Campion's ravishing "Bright Star." Since then, the actress has never been busier, and this year alone she appeared in three films: the spring hit "Limitless," Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch" and Madonna's "W.E." And it doesn't stop there, as 2012 is already gearing up to be another packed year for Cornish. In addition to having the indie flick "The Girl" in the can, now a highly anticipated project has been added to her slate.

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    Sundance Short Films 2012: "Outrageously Distinctive with Uncompromised Spirit"

    The Sundance Film Festival selected 64 shorts from 7,675 submissions for its 2012 Short Film program of US and foreign films, in Narrative, Animated and Documentary categories, as well as the New Frontiers section.

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    A Black Film Festival Undressed - A Conversation w/ African Diaspora International Film Fest Co-Founder Diarah N'daw-Spech

    Another new content feature I've long intended to incorporate into the site are profiles of black film festivals and the people at the top who run them. I think it's crucial that we get to know these men and women behind these yearly events, who invest quite a lot of time, energy, and other resources into putting their individual celebrations of black cinema together. Given how long I've been writing about black cinema on the web, I've noticed that we (as audience members, filmmakers and writers) can be rather quick to criticize black film festivals and those who run them, without really, fully understanding what happens behind the curtain, so to speak. And I say it's time to demystify some of that process, and get inside the heads of the folks who manage these sometimes mammoth annual events. 

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    Marrakech Film Festival '11: Olga Kurylenko Describes Terrence Malick As A "Psychologist And A Philosopher"

    Maintaining a career after breaking through as a Bond girl is not the easiest thing in the world. Just ask Izabella Scorupco or Denise Richards. If you can find them. But the current batch seem to be doing alright so far. Rosamund Pike has gone from strength to strength since "Die Another Day," and both Eva Green and Gemma Arterton have worked steadily in interesting films since rolling in the hay with 007. But arguably the one with the most intriguing slate of projects ahead of her is Olga Kurylenko, who played female lead Camille Montes in last Bond entry "Quantum of Solace."

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    John Lasseter Reveals New Pete Docter Pixar Film Takes Place In a Young Girl's Mind

    If you're tired of the recent rash of Pixar sequels (because, really, who hasn't been longing to find out about Mike and Sully's monstrous college adventures?), then you're very much in luck. Not only is next summer's "Brave" an all new property, part loving homage to Celtic myhtology, part feminist parable (we hope), but in the next few years we also have a new film about man's coexistence with dinosaurs (directed by Bob Peterson) and, even more tantalizingly, a film directed by "Up"'s Pete Docter and set inside the human mind. Pixar/Disney bigwig John Lasseter was recently on "Charlie Rose" (via Slashfilm) and spilled a few more details about the secretive project.

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    First-Look At Common In Sundance 2012 Entry "LUV" + New Images From Ava DuVernay's "Middle Of Nowhere"

    More publicity materials from films scheduled to make their debuts at Sundance 2012 next month; both I've already profiled.

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    Jason Reitman Says He Wouldn’t Have Made ‘Young Adult’ Without Charlize Theron

    Director Jason Reitman has been riding high ever since his directorial debut in 2005, “Thank You For Smoking.” That picture brought him critical acclaim, and soon after he would become the director of two heavily Oscar-nominated films. 2008’s “Juno” earned itself four Oscar nominations including Best Picture, and “Up In The Air,” arguably his most mature effort to date, scored itself six Academy Award nods including Best Director and Best Picture. Not too shabby for a guy who was all of 32-years-old at the time.

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    Herman Cain To Be The Subject Of A BET Documentary This Thursday

    It's obvious they're coming kind of late to this, especially now that he's dropped out, but BET will broadcast the documentary The Curious Case of Citizen Cain  this Thursday on the network at 9PM (8PM Central).

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