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    'Ghost Rider' Helmer Mark Steven Johnson Somehow Still Getting Work, Attached To Direct 'Autobahn'

    There are many, many bad directors who keep somehow finding big movies to direct: McG, Brett Ratner, Scott Stewart. But one of the most baffling is Mark Steven Johnson. The rare example of a filmmaker who seems to get worse rather than better, he started off, after penning the likes of "Grumpy Old Men" and "Jack Frost," by directing the sickly "Simon Birch." He then landed the big job of helming Fox's "Daredevil" -- no great shakes, but "Hiroshima Mon Amour" compared to his next superhero flick, "Ghost Rider." Last year, he proved there was no genre that he couldn't suck at by being the man behind the joyless, lifeless Kristen Bell rom-com "When In Rome."

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    RIP Bubba Smith

    RIP Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith, the former NFL All-Pro player turned actor, whom most will likely remember as Moses Hightower in the Police Academy movie series, a role he has reprised in all but one of the Police Academy sequels (7 in total with one due next year).

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    Toronto Film Festival 2011: The Women Directed Docs

    TIFF unveiled its doc program and I have to say there are not too many female directed films. Usually there are way more women directed docs in film festivals because there are way more docs made by women. This year, not so much.

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    Commercial Helmer Michael Gracey To Direct Disney's Snow White Film 'The Order Of The Seven'

    Film Unsurprisingly Now Pretending Not To Be A Snow White FilmDisney has been developing their kung-fu take on "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" for nearly a decade now, with names like Michael Chabon, Natalie Portman and Francis Lawrence coming and going at various points, but their thunder looked to have been stolen in the last year or so by two more traditional takes on the fairy tale, which will go head to head at the box office next year: Tarsem's currently untitled comic take, which stars Lily Collins as the fairest in all the land and Julia Roberts as the wicked queen, and Universal's more action-heavy "Snow White and the Huntsman," which toplines Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron.

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    "Flame In The Streets" Coming Out On DVD Sept. 20

    I wrote about this 1961 British film exactly a year ago, July 2010, on the old S & A website, and now it's been announced that it's coming out for the first time on DVD on Sept. 20, through VCI Entertainment (in it's original 2:35 Scope aspect ratio). I thought I would go back and repost what I said about it a year ago, since I think it's a worthwhile, but largely overlooked and forgotten film that deserves to be seen.

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    Steve Mcqueen's "Shame" Gets a January 13th Release Date in the UK!

    Steve McQueen's sex addiction drama Shame, has an official UK release date of January 13, 2012, according to an Empire Online exclusive report.

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    'Bellflower' Director Evan Glodell Owes Adam Yauch A Flamethrower & Got $1,000 Bucks From P. Diddy

    And More From Our Chat With The Creator Behind The Flame-Spewing Sundance SensationThe Playlist crew has definitely taken a shine to director Evan Glodell's thunderous debut, "Bellflower", calling it "a film that interacts with the audience at every step of the way," "a roadmap to a mushroom cloud," and in this writer's review, "a turbo charged indictment of male adolescent fantasy and a biting critique of misplaced machismo."

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    Fantasia '11 Review: 'Kidnapped' Starts Smart, But Ends As A Sleazy & Cheap Exploitation Flick

    The single setting thriller is a tough trick to overcome as a director, as it constrains nearly every aspect of a production making it all the more difficult to elevate the film from its static surroundings. Last year saw a spate of single-setting flicks hit theaters, and while Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" and J Blakeson's underrated "The Disappearance Of Alice Creed" showed what inventive filmmaking and a smart screenplay can do in opening up the narrative in compelling ways, the Ryan Reynolds-led "Buried" was an example of what happens with a director can't get past the basic conceit of the picture. Which brings us to "Kidnapped," the first film in eight years from director Miguel Ángel Vivas and one that came to Montreal riding some decent buzz including Best Horror and Director prizes at last year's Fantastic Fest. We don't get the hype.

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    Producer Eli Roth Dishes On RZA's "The Man With The Iron Fist"

    Been awhile since there's been any news about this project - RZA's feature directorial debut, The Man With The Iron Fist. Principal photography ended earlier this year, but we haven't seen anything of it; no stills, no clips, no nothing. So, as of right now, I don't think anyone knows what this baby is going to look, sound and feel like. Even plot revelations have been slim, other than the official synopsis.

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    Kenneth Lonergan's Long-Awaited 'Margaret' With Matt Damon & Anna Paquin Hits September 30th

    Ten years after the tragic events of 9/11, that also serves as the backdrop to the film, Kenneth Lonergan's long-awaited and forever delayed "Margaret" will finally hit theaters on September 30th, according to Exhibitor Relations.

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