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    Leonardo DiCaprio Gets A Wife In Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf Of Wall Street'

    From a Tony nomination to playing Leonardo DiCaprio's wife in a film directed by Martin Scorsese -- as far as career boosts go, it doesn't get much better.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Vanessa Williams, Rockmond Dunbar In Clips From Roger Bobb's Debut "Raising Izzie"

    Former Executive Vice President of Tyler Perry Studios, Roger Bobb, who left the company earlier last year to start his own film production company called Bobcat Films, is making his feature film directorial debut with a project titled Raising Izzie - a film that's based on the grand-prize winning script of the 1st annual GMC Faith & Family Screenplay Competition last year, and that will premiere on the GMC (Gospel Music Channel) this July.

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    Alex Pettyfer Joins Never Ending Ensemble For Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'; Vanessa Redgrave Circling

    Way back in 2010, ShoWest named Alex Pettyfer as one of their Stars Of Tomorrow, a dubious honor also bestowed at the time to Vanessa Hudgens, with the two of them pairing in the soon to be released box office bomb "Beastly." Time marched on. Now in 2012, Hudgens is working with Harmony Korine ("Spring Breakers") and Pettyfer with Steven Soderbergh ("Magic Mike"), movies in which they will both feature in little to no clothing. All this to say is that tomorrow never knows, but Pettyfer's rise continues as the actor joins a pretty high profile project.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    'The Newsroom' Reaction: Early Reviews Are Tough on Aaron Sorkin

    The mark of a great writer is that you can recognize their voice. There's no other Charlie Kaufman or Woody Allen or Aaron Sorkin. But what happens to a lauded player at the top of Hollywood's writer pyramid after winning the Oscar for "The Social Network" and sharing a nomination for "Moneyball" and landing his own HBO series? He gets killed.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Human Rights Watch Film Festival

    One thing that many people before me have taken note of is that film festivals have become the only way some films get seen in this new world of limited distribution.  No where is that point clearer than the Human Rights Watch Film Festival now going on at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in NYC.  The circuit of human rights films festivals around the world are a place where you can see challenging films questioning the world that are not coming to a theatre or even a TV screen near you.  That's why these festivals are so important and need to be supported.

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    Discuss: Is Movie Studio Interest In Comic-Con Beginning To Wane?

    Now Cannes is long in the rear-view mirror, and the LA Film Festival just underway, the next big event on the film calendar is, for better or worse, San Diego Comic-Con. Originally a small gathering of fans of science fiction and comics, it's now grown into a vast Geek Bonnaroo, taking around 130,000 guests across four days, making it the biggest such event in North America, and the fourth largest in the world. And for the last decade or so, it's been a centerpiece of the marketing campaign for major movies from virtually every major studio.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Award-Winning Doc 'Family Portrait In Black & White' Getting US Theatrical Release

    I didn't get to see this at the Sundance Film Festival this year, but it's definitely of interest; I'll be checking out a screener of it soon enough, and share my thoughts here.

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    Watch: 3 New Clips From 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Plus Ear Ruining Linkin Park Scored Music Trailer

    After its initial run of promotional material consisted of grandiose proclamations set over slo-mo glimpses of bloody vampire killing, three new clips from “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” have surfaced, and… surprise, surprise, more of the same on display.

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    Joe Torry Talks To S&A About New 'Uptown Comic' Series Premiering Tonight on Bounce TV

    Comedian and actor Joe Torry will host Uptown Comic, a new comedy series that also premieres tonight on Bounce TV, following Omar Gooding’s Family Time, which I previously profiled HERE. This show features live stage and skit performances by emerging comedians from around the country, and is produced by Rainforest Films, who brought us Think Like A Man.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer For 'Fire With Fire' - 50 Cent Collab w/ Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Josh Duhamel

    "They'll spend a $120 million on a film or a whole bunch of money making a film and then a whole bunch of money promoting it a year before it actually comes out, and the money they get back in theaters is just the money they spent... And then it goes to dvd and everything is profit there. Some of the movies I've done recently, I was financing and I've already seen a 60 percent return on what I've [been] involved with. They don't understand, they're looking at it and going, 'Well, it went straight-to-dvd,' and they don't realize I'm gonna get another $800,000 off each one of these projects. You can sit there and say 'It went straight-to-dvd'... my ass... They'll try to figure a way to discredit whatever you do because I come from that. I have a lot, so I'm conditioned to the people who haven't been through that and can't get to the next level... 

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