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    Lee Daniels Developing New LGBT Series For Showtime

    Since The L Word was such a big hit for Showtime, it shouldn't be any surprise that the cable network has been looking for something to take its place once the series ended; and now it looks like it may have found it.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Eazy E's Daughter Now Wants a Shot at Playing Her Dad in NWA Biopic

    Last week, the son Eazy E -- founding member of influential hip hop group NWA, who died of AIDS when he was 31 -- said that he'll most likely play his father in the upcoming Ice Cube-produced NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton.

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    More: casting, WTF?
  • Shadow and Act
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    An African American Remake Of "Steel Magnolias" In The Works For Lifetime TV

    According to Deadline, a remake of the 1989 tear jerker drama set in Louisiana, Steel Magnolias, is in the planning stages, with the casting of all African American actors to begin really soon. If you recall, Steel Magnolias starred Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Darryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, and Julia Roberts. The Lifetime original film, set to be directed by Kenny Leon (ABC's A Raisin in The Sun, Broadways' Fences and The Mountaintop), will be adapted from the 1989 film screenplay by Sally Robinson, and will be produced by Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Sony Pictures TV.

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  • The Playlist
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    Don Johnson Joins Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

    Update: Deadline reveals that Johnson is lining up to play slave owner Spencer “Big Daddy” Bennett who employs the men that sold Django and Broomhilda into slavery.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Fassbender and McQueen Set for Third Collaboration: 12 Years A Slave, Based on True Story

    Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen will team up for a third time for 12 Years a Slave. Following Hunger and Shame (pictured together on set), the actor and writer-director will bring to life the true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a citizen of New York who was kidnapped and enslaved in 1841, before being saved from a Louisiana cotton plantation twelve years later.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Steel Magnolias' Getting An All Black Remake On Lifetime

    Today seems to be a good one for random sequel/remake news. In case you missed it "The Best Man," a 1999 comedy you forgot about starring Taye Diggs, is now getting a sequel more than a decade after the fact, but that's not all. Deadline reports that the 1989 dramedy "Steel Magnolias" is now getting a remake -- with an all black cast.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    NYFF: Sean Durkin's "Martha Marcy May Marlene"

    Like Jeff Nichols’s Take Shelter—its only real rival for the title of Fall’s Best American Film—Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene concludes on a shot that’s either totally declarative or sneakily ambiguous. In both cases, it’s up to the viewer to decide whether the filmmaker has placed all of his cards on the table or is still holding a couple close to the vest. The comparisons between the two films don’t end there, either. While largely dissimilar in terms of style and subject matter, Take Shelter and Martha Marcy May Marlene are movies that warily examine gender roles—flipped mirror images of characters looking for a way out to find themselves ever more tightly constricted. Read Adam Nayman's review of Martha Marcy May Marlene.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    IDA Grants $75,000 of Pare Lorentz Doc Fund to 4 Docs

    The International Documentary Association (IDA) announced the four feature-length documentary films selected to receive a total of $75,000 from the newly established Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund. The Fund was created with support from The New York Community Trust to illuminate pressing issues in the United States and to honor the legacy of the landmark documentary filmmaker Pare Lorentz.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Thandie Newton Discusses Theater Debut in 'Death and the Maiden' (+ New Poster & Start Dates)

    In June, Tambay posted that Thandie Newton was set to star in the first West End revival of Death and the Maiden.

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  • The Playlist
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    Bong Joon-ho's 'The Host' Gets Converted Into 3D, Sequel Still In The Works

    While it's never been a better time for the crossover of Asian cinema to audiences on this side of the ocean, none have been quite as big as Bong Joon-ho's "The Host." The 2006 film became a sensation, not only smashing box office records at home in South Korea, but becoming a must see film stateside, breaking out of its genre niche and finding a larger audience than this kind of flick normally would. It seems that producers around the world all share the common trait of milking a hit movie for all it's worth, as not only is there a long gestating sequel to the movie still on the table, until that arrives, "The Host" has gotten a brand new 3D makeover.

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