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    David Goyer Penning 'Da Vinci's Demons' For Starz

    While we're not exactly fans of the conspiracy-minded franchises like "The Da Vinci Code" or "National Treasure" -- movies that attempt to decipher historic characters via ludicrous false histories -- the trend is not going away, and now thanks to “The Dark Knight” co-writer David Goyer, another such project is coming.

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    McG To Direct David Guggenheim Penned Thriller 'Puzzle Palace'

    With the cinematic visionary McG having already tackled a TV adaptation (the "Charlie's Angels" movies), a weepy sports drama ("We Are Marshall"), an unnecessary sequel ("Terminator Salvation"), and right around the corner, a romantic action/comedy ("This Means War") it looks like the man with three letters for a name wants to try his hand at something different.

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    Watch Preview Trailer For Doc “Black Girl In Suburbia”

    Check out the trailer for an upcoming independent feature documentary titled Black Girl In Suburbia, directed by Melissa Lowery; the film centers on the "shared experiences between African American women and girls raised in predominately white communities."

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    Brian Grazer Shoots Down Rumors Of Meta 'Arrested Development' Movie Storyline

    Weeks before the big announcement at the New Yorker Festival earlier this month, a rumor had leaked about potential details of a "Arrested Development" film, noting that it would center on “Ron Howard [as he] is making a movie about the Bluths using an A-List cast. But Dr. Tobias plays himself because nobody wants to play him in the movie. The Bluths decide to make their own movie in contention with Ron Howard’s.”

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    “The First Grader” Wins At World Soundtrack Academy Awards; Gets UK DVD Release

    The Justin Chadwick directed, The First Grader, starring Naomie Harris, is a film that has been covered a good deal on this site. At the World Soundtrack Academy Awards this past weekend, music composer Alex Heffes took home the Discovery of The Year award for his work on the film.

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    Casey Affleck To Play “The Corrupt Midget” In Whitey Bulger Biopic From Ben Affleck & Matt Damon

    How ironic that the casting of Casey Affleck was buried amongst all the reports that his brother Ben would be re-teaming with Matt Damon on Warner Bros' Whitey Bulger film. The severely underrated and underutilized thespian has carved out his own brand of success in the shadow of Ben and Matt, which was exemplified by his Best Supporting Actor nom at the 2007 Oscars for his performance as the titular Robert Ford in Andrew Dominik's 'The Assassination Of Jesse James.'

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    Dorian Missick Will Be Regina King's New Partner In TNT's Cop Drama "Southland"

    Dorian Missick has joined the cast of TNT’s cop drama Southland in a recurring role as "Ruben Robinson," new partner to Detective Lydia Adams (played by Regina King).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    KCET To Air Corwin Doc

    KCET is airing a special broadcast of Les Guthman's must-see 1996 feature docu, Corwin on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m., followed by a show about the 1938 radio drama The Plot to Overthrow Christmas, in tribute to the late great radio pioneer Norman Corwin, who passed away last week at 101. Corwin left radio in 1955 during the McCarthy era and wrote Hollywood screenplays, including Lust for Life, which earned him an Oscar nomination. Thanks to documentary filmmaker Jeff Kaufman, I got to meet Corwin, who was still dazzling as he neared his centennial.

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    Video: Octavia Spencer Talks About New Opportunities To Play 'Roles' Since Success of "The Help"

    Octavia Spencer spoke to the LATimes after accepting a best ensemble award for The Help Monday night at the Hollywood Awards.

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    Karl Urban & Ben Barnes Replace Matthew Goode & Alex Pettyfer In Automobile Actioner 'Overdrive'

    'Game Of Thrones' Star Emilia Clarke Circling Female LeadThanks to "Leon" director Luc Besson, the French have proved in recent years that they're able to produce English-language action-movies just as slam-bang and stupid as anything that Hollywood can come up with. Kicking off with the Jet Li vehicle "Kiss of the Dragon" and the Jason Statham series "The Transporter," Besson and co. have nailed the art of making a cheap, quick actioner, chucking in a few B-list American names, financing it through pre-sales, and making a tidy sum of money, helping to launch the careers of directors Louis Leterrier and Pierre Morel, and putting Liam Neeson firmly on the A-list with international smash "Taken."

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