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    RZA & Misty Upham Join Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

    With pretty much all the major parts now cast, it's just bits and pieces left to get into place for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," and he's got two more folks coming on board.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Thing to be Grateful For: The Hunger Games is Not Twilight

    As Part 1 of the final Twilight film Breaking Dawn gets set to roll out on November 18 to gigantic box office numbers (people are already buying tickets online in anticipation) the next big thing -- at least for us ladies and girls -- coming down the pike is The Hunger Games.

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    Elisabeth Moss To Star In Jane Campion's Murder Mystery BBC Miniseries 'Top Of The Lake'

    After the Playlist-favorite "Bright Star" starring Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw in 2009, Jane Campion was reportedly set to tackle a six-hour murder mystery miniseries titled "Top Of The Lake" with lensing slated to take place sometime this year. With the year almost over and nothing heard from the project since it's announcement late last year, we were beginning to dread a potential break down of the project.

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    New Poster For Oren Moverman's 'Rampart' Spotlights Star Woody Harrelson

    "A wildly ambitious slow burn that succeeds immensely, powered by one of the best performances of Woody Harrelson’s career."

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Occupy Oakland: Videos show violent behavior; group performance of "I Will Survive"

    Occupy Oakland: Videos show violent behavior; group performance of "I Will Survive"

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    Sony Picks Up Michael Winterbottom's 'Bailout' Starring Jack Black, Filming To Start In January

    Film About The Amanda Knox Trial Also Still In The WorksWhen you're an independent filmmaker like Michael Winterbottom, who generally has a few projects on the go at any given time, it usually comes down financing and support to determine which film goes next and what remains on the backburner. And sometimes those decisions are made lightning fast. When we spoke to the director's frequent producing partner Andrew Eaton at the BFI London Film Festival last month, he was reserved about "Bailout" getting made saying, "That’s a juggling act between Jack Black’s schedule and whether we can do enough pre-sales to make it happen." Well, they need not worry. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has landed the film for North America, South America, Australia, South Africa and Scandinavia and more kicking "Bailout" into gear with shooting begin in January.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Film Independent Spirit Awards' Jameson Grant: Accepting Submissions for Find Your Audience Award

    Film Independent's Spirit Awards is now accepting submissions for the Jameson FIND Your Audience Award, one of four filmmaker grants. The Jameson grant, in its second year and funded by Jameson Irish Whiskey, is designed to help build an audience for a feature length narrative or documentary filmmaker. In addition to the $40,000 grant, the winner will be featured at the Independent Spirit Awards on February 25 and will receive ongoing consultation from FIND. Jeff Malmberg's excellent documentary Marwencol was last year's winner.

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    Soundtrack Details For 'We Bought A Zoo' Revealed, Includes Collab Between Jónsi & Cameron Crowe

    Also Features 2 Brand New Songs From JónsiCameron Crowe has always been known for his keen ear for music, curating each of his films with a carefully selected soundtrack, but the forthcoming "We Bought A Zoo" marks the first time he's handed over the reins to a single artist. Over the summer it was revealed that Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi would be tuning up the film, but little did we know, Crowe himself would be lending an assist for one of the pieces for the movie.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    AFM IN THE WORKS: Edgerton, Kidman, Dujardin, Del Toro, Cotillard, Watts, Wright, Wahlberg, Ibsen

    Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom) and Xavier Samuel are on board to star in Anne Fontaine's (Coco Before Chanel) The Grandmothers, adapted from the 2003 novella by Nobel Prize-winner Doris Lessing by-- it's getting better--Christopher Hampton (Atonement, Dangerous Liaisons). In the story, two childhood friends/neighbors (Watts, Wright) each fall in love with the other's son, to the disgust of their wives. Sounds bizarre (and a bit like Toronto title The Oranges). Amazon sheds more light on it:

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    Castles Made of Sand: Genevieve Yue reports from the 2011 Abu Dhabi Film Festival

    bu Dhabi isn’t exactly a superlative city, save, perhaps, for its interest in superlatives. As the glitzy, modern capital of the UAE, a country that gained independence only 40 years ago, Abu Dhabi is an exceptionally recent invention, having constructed much of its air-conditioned environment within the past five years. While it can’t claim distinction through ancient cultural heritage, it has aggressively tried to make up the difference through grandiose titles designating things as largest, tallest, or most opulent. Take, for example, the Emirates Palace Hotel, the most expensive hotel in the world, and site of last year’s Abu Dhabi Film Festival, or, the plasma signs in the Marina Mall prominently displayed during the fest, which read “Guinness World Record Achievement for Road Safety Awareness,” whatever that means. Sadly, many of the honors have ceded to neighboring Dubai or Doha, including, at the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque, what used to be the largest (and, possibly, the most bedazzled) chandelier. Luckily the mega-mosque can still lay claim to the world’s largest rug.

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