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    'Limitless' Helmer Neil Burger Lands Director's Chair For Dennis Lehane's 'Animal Rescue'

    Word has been quiet on what Neil Burger will be up to next following his sleeper hit "Limitless." Over the past year or so he's become attached to the video game movie "Uncharted," and a riff on "Bonnie & Clyde" penned by "Up In The Air" scribe Sheldon Turner, and while both those projects seem to be quiet at the moment, he's landed another gig that had the studio chasing some big names.

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    Now and Then: Do Silent Movies Still Matter?

    In some quarters I'll be considered a heretic for even asking the question. But think about how many people you know — discounting film school types and critics, people pretty much required to do so — who have ever seen a silent, let alone watch them regularly. I'll bet the number is small. Should we care?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    'Fela!' The Musical Returning To Broadway For 4-Week Engagement Next Month

    Good news for you New Yorkers who never got to se the Tony Award-winning musical during its 14-month run on Broadway, before closing last year...

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    Disney Sets November 27, 2013 Date For Animated 'Frozen' With Kristen Bell

    2012 has been an interesting year for Disney. It has seen some very high highs (the record-smashing "The Avengers," which recently eclipsed "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" to become the studio's single most successful film of all time) and very low lows ("John Carter," Andrew Stanton's sci-fi western, poisoned by bad publicity and even worse marketing, will cost the studio least $200 million). In truth, the studio only has a handful of true Disney films left on the horizon - a pair of animated treats (Pixar's "Brave," which we liked but didn't love; and Thanksgiving's videogame-themed "Wreck-It Ralph," a movie that we've been told is just phenomenal, even in super unfinished form) and a weird fantasy drama "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," which opens late this summer and looks like a total snooze (the rest of the movies Disney is releasing will be DreamWorks co-ops.) So it's not such a stretch to imagine execs looking towards 2013, with the period western "Lone Ranger" and, now, a big animated movie that fits just outside (but still snuggled up next to) the Disney princess line.

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    Watch: Peter Parker Chats Up Curt Connors & Runs From The Police In Clips From 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

    Coming between "Prometheus" and "The Dark Knight Rises," and with "The Avengers" already setting a tremendously high bar for comic book films to reach, Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man" is in an unenviable position. Early buzz has been lukewarm, and certainly the excitement behind this reboot can't match anything approaching the anticipation for the aforementioned films. So with a few more weeks to go until it hits theaters, it looks like Sony is just gonna bombard everyone with stuff from the movie in the hopes that something sticks.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Exclusive Clip From Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee Doc, Featuring Danny Glover

    Here's an exclusive clip from the feature documentary on the lives of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee we previously told you about.

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    Chris Hemsworth To Topline Maritime Adventure 'In The Heart Of The Sea,' DreamWorks Circling

    Can Chris Hemsworth graduate from franchise star to leading man in dramatic fare? The question is wide open right now, but whether audiences warm to him without the hammer of Thor or riding shotgun with Kristen Stewart through fairy tales remains to be seen. His first test via the excellent meta-horror flick "The Cabin In The Woods" didn't really work, and he'll get another shot later this year when the "Red Dawn" remake finally hits theaters. But his first real test will be in Ron Howard's racing drama "Rush" and should that go well, this will likely follow.

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    Rapper/Actor Common To Star In Remake Of Francois Truffaut's 'The Man Who Loved Women'

    Perhaps we should all agree the term “urban update” should be kept as far away from studio pitches as possible? The descriptor -- besides sounding like a mandatory software patch -- just does not do the film it's touting any favors whatsoever. But, that hasn't stopped the latest remake to be deigned as such from picking up a charismatic leading man in rapper/actor Common, and worthy source material in Francois Truffaut's 1977 film “The Man Who Loved Women.”

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    Isaach De Bankolé To Star In First Feature Film Shot In Equatorial Guinea

    Isaach De Bankolé will headline along with Juilet Landau and Stelio Savante the first feature film to be shot in Equatorial Guinea, Where the Road Runs Out, this June and July, with other locations set in South Africa and the Netherlands.

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    'Taken 2' Director Olivier Megaton Returns To Revenge Genre With 'Land Of The Living'

    After recently wrapping the Liam Neeson sequel “Taken 2,” it appears the wonderfully-named director Olivier Megaton (“Transporter 3”) has been bitten by the abduction genre bug, and has quickly set up plans for another similar thriller, this time located on the streets of Los Angeles.

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