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    Universal Wants You To Say Hello To Their Little Friend, A New 'Scarface' Movie

    You can pretty much feel the change in thinking over at Universal with this bit of news. After spending the last year or so cancelling a plethora of potentially risky projects (“At the Mountains of Madness,” “Memphis,” “In the Heights,” “The Dark Tower,” “Clue,” “Ouija,” “Wicked Lovely”) and currently smarting from some less than stellar box office returns for films like “Your Highness,” “The Change-Up” and “Cowboys & Aliens” this year, it seems the studio is sticking with brands that they know. And one of their biggest catalog titles is "Scarface," and since there are only so many times you can reissue that thing on DVD and BluRay (the most recent upgrade just came out a couple of weeks ago) they are just gonna go ahead and make a new movie.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Brian Godshall on "8 Developments in The World of Music"

    Music is a big deal for every filmmaker. But every Producer also knows that come music clearance time, money is running out, nerves have been scraped raw, and it is a hell of a lot of work and time to get the clearances in place. And usually you can not get paid until you complete delivery, and that includes delivery of the music licenses.Those dedicated, music-loving souls whom do the clearances are one of the many unsung heroes of the film biz. I have had the pleasure of working with Brian Godshall on several of my films, and he is one of the really great ones. Today, he extends his generosity to share some of the latest developments of where the film and music world meet.

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    Bluebeard

    The career of director Edgar G. Ulmer, one of diehard film buffs’ major cult favorites, is an object lesson in the triumph of talent, courage, ingenuity and passion over time and money. Ulmer rarely had more than a minuscule budget and six days to shoot an entire feature; this is one to two days shorter than TV directors today are given to film a one-hour (actually more like 48-minute) series episode. The discipline and resourcefulness required to be able to turn out any sort of full-length product in that short a time is impressive by itself, forget about also revealing a strong personality and an often vivid style as Ulmer did repeatedly in numerous Poverty Row classics like the nightmarish Detour (1946), or the uncompromising Ruthless (1948), or the remarkably atmospheric period horror tale of 19th century Paris, 1944’s BLUEBEARD (available on DVD). The star is the legendary patriarch of one of our most enduring acting families, John Carradine, in a role he always ranked high among his best.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Octavia Spencer To Co-Star As AA Sponsor in 1962's "Days of Wine and Roses" Remake "Smashed"

    Smashed, a remake of the Blake Edwards 1962 classic Days of Wine and Roses, will be directed by James Ponsoldt based on a script co-written by him and Susan Burke. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul are set to star as a married couple of alcoholics, whose relationship goes on the rocks when she becomes sober.

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  • The Playlist
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    Crime Thriller 'Cities Of Refuge' Finds A Citizen In Charlize Theron

    It looks like Charlize Theron is on the comeback trail. After a string of films that either underperformed or just weren't worthy of her talents -- "Battle In Seattle," "In the Valley of Elah," "The Burning Plain," "Hancock," "The Road" -- the actress has lined up a formidable slate of projects. Next year she'll be starring in two major tentpoles, Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" and "Snow White and the Huntsman," and before the end of the year we may be hearing Oscar talk for her turn in Jason Reitman's "Young Adult." So when we hear the words "crime thriller" associated with Theron, we can't help but be a bit excited given the momentum she has right now.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Mixed Blessings" - An Upcoming New NBC Comedy Series Produced By John Legend

    From Deadline:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Derek Luke Joins The Cast Of "Sparkle" Remake

    According to BlackFilm.com, Derek Luke has joined the cast of the Sparkle 1976 Remake, written/produced by Mara Brock Akil and directed/produced by Salim Akil. Luke will portray Stix, played in the original film by Philip Michael Thomas.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy Clamps Down on Campaign Violations, Social Media

    Now behave! That's what the Motion Picture Academy is basically saying to the cadres of Oscar campaigners and studio marketing departments with Oscar statues in their sights. 'Tis the season when filmmakers and talent are trotted around to panels, receptions, and multiple guild Q and As. Academy members often belong to various guilds. Thus writers will be invited to WGA panels as WGA, not Academy members, producers and editors and costume designers, the same. And many distributors throw DVD release events with Academy members conveniently invited. Will Academy party organizers such as Colleen Camp and Peggy Siegal (pictured) be put out of business?

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    More: Awards, Oscars
  • Spout
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    TIFF11: "Wuthering Heights" Cannot Sustain Its Own Atmospheric Triumph

    It’s been a long time since I read Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights,” back in the 9th grade. I can recall a few things. The novel makes extensive use of framing devices, revealing itself through multiple layers of storytelling. There are sweeping descriptions of the countryside and the power of nature, a hallmark of Romanticism. Mostly I remember that the story is terribly complex, necessitating a detailed family tree in my edition of the book. I retain grand impressions of its style and emotion, but not very many of the specifics.

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  • The Playlist
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    Retro 'Dirty Girl' Soundtrack Features Pat Benatar, Melissa Manchester, Bow Wow Wow & More

    While we're curious to see how the Harvey Weinstein edit of "Dirty Girl" plays -- the movie was chopped down from 109 minutes to 90 minutes in order to "broaden its appeal" -- we will say this: anyone needing a good '80s fix will be well served by the soundtrack.

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