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    Jennifer Lopez Circles Jason Statham's 'Parker' & 'What To Expect When You're Expecting'

    Jennifer Lopez is at a bizarre crossroads in her career, where she's currently famous for formerly being a superstar, because at any rate, no one wants to see her in movies or listen to her music. Her last few efforts on the big screen -- "The Back-Up Plan," "El cantate" and "Bordertown" -- were outright duds. While on the music fromt, despite having a hit single with "On The Floor," no one bought her album "Love?" with only 183,000 copies sold to date a far cry from her previous effort "Brave" (650,000 copies) and leagues away from the era when she was moving units in the millions. But that being said, she's still a brand, an "American Idol" host and a hugely influential and popular figure in the Latino community and above all, there is still a curiosity factor about Jenny from the block that for whatever reason piques the pop culture mind. But movie execs are dumb, and while Lopez is getting another shot at a couple of upcoming movies, she will not be toplining as she did back in her "Maid In Manhattan"/"The Wedding Planner" days.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    It's Official! Idris Elba Will Star In Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" (Black Superhero Next?)

    Looks like Guillermo del Toro got his man! It's now been confirmed that Idris Elba will take over for Tom Cruise to star in what's being described as an epic sci-fi film - aka Pacific Rim - a movie that's "set in a future in which malevolent creatures threaten the earth," and thus "the planet must band together and use highly advanced technology to eradicate the growing menace."

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  • The Playlist
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    Cancelled 'Locke & Key' Pilot Directed By Mark Romanek To Get Exclusive Comic-Con Screening

    The conventional wisdom is that the massive San Diego Comic-Con is to serve as a launchpad for tentpole movies and television programs that will be hitting big and small screens over the next twelve to twenty-four months. But it looks like attendees this year will get a chance to see a promising show that was canceled (and hopefully will be revived if the word proves to strong).

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  • The Playlist
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    Idris Elba Taking Over Tom Cruise's Role In 'Pacific Rim'

    So, what was that tweet all about? At the end of May, Idris Elba took to his Twitter and cryptically tweeted, “Having one of the biggest meetings of my professional life today…meeting a very controversial director for a very controversial part.” He followed that up with, “I wish I could tell you more but…in due time,” and also added, “On the plane to the destination of my fate…..ok…. a lil dramatic….destination of my life..?” While many (including us) figured he was talking about "Django Unchained," word began to crop up he was being eyed for another movie entirely: Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim."

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    It's Called "Showmanship"

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Jennifer Fox “PART 2: How MY REINCARNATION Broke All Kickstarter Records"

    Two weeks ago Jennifer Fox shared with us some of the lessons she learned crowdfunding (1st six here, next 14 here, next 9 here).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Sophie Okonedo Cast In "High Profile" 8-Part Australian TV Series, "The Slap;" Debuting Fall

    Here's one black British actor who's apparently keeping busy, despite recent articles that suggest otherwise for the lot... and she's working on almost every continent now it seems :)

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Academy Invites for 2011: The Women

    The Academy of Arts and Sciences sent out 178 invitations to join its ranks. Out of the 178 there are 55 women (56 if you count an associate member). There were no women nominated in the Visual Effects, Live Action Short Film, Music, and Cinematographers branch. Both Lisa Cholodenko and Debra Granik were invited to join the directing and writing branches (you can only choose one branch to join). I hope they pick directing because there needs to be more women as part of that nomination process.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Captain America' Writers Close Deal To Write Sequel, Confirm It Will Be Set In Present Day

    No film studio gets into the comic book movie game without thinking "franchise." Pretty much every comic movie so far this year was preceded by sequel talk, even before they hit theaters. The filmmakers behind "X-Men: First Class" tossed around potential settings for a follow up; while much of any casting news regarding Ryan Reynolds over the past year seemed to be contingent on how quickly Warner Bros. would want a "Green Lantern 2" (judging by the numbers? Probably not so fast). And, "Captain America: The First Avenger" has already been talking sequel too. Earlier this spring Chris Evans dropped a little nugget that a second film would find Steve Rogers in the "modern world" and now, it looks like Marvel is committing to that direction.

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  • JUMP CUTS by James Israel
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    Zola Jesus Brings Her Dark Currents to Pasadena

    Zola Jesus, (stage name for Nika Roza Danilova ) was mesmerizing to watch as she performed at the Pasadena Music Festival this past weekend. Her deep, dark voice was well accompanied by her garb - white robes and strikingly blonde hair - like she was playing a cult leader a David Lynch movie. In the picture below she brings her magic to the crowd.

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