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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer For Kenyan *Superhero* Feature Narrative "Leo"

    This reminds me of 2 Focus Features' Africa First Shorts film I saw at the New York African Film Festival earlier this year. The first, Umkhungo, a South African film, which I described as close to a superhero origin story, set in an African country, as I've seen, which centers on an orphaned child with uncontrollable supernatural powers, and those who'd rather see him expelled; the second, Mwansa The Great, made by Zambian Rungano Nyoni, that centers on an 8-year old, who, in an attempt to prove he is a hero just like his father who passed away, goes on a quest to find the "magical" substance necessary to fix his sister's broken doll, and finally prove that he is in fact destined for greatness.

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  • The Playlist
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    Empire Big Screen '11: Drew Pearce Says 'The Avengers' Put 'Runaways' On Hold, Hopes For 2012 Start

    Writer Drew Pearce has quickly moved up the ladder to become of the most sought after scribes for comic fare. Pearce broke out as the producer/writer of the British superhero comedy "No Heroics" and has since landed a couple of high profile gigs, co-writing "Iron Man 3" with director Shane Black and penning the DC Comic "The Mighty" for Paramount. But before both of these, Pearce had readied a script for "The Runaways," a Marvel movie that was gearing up to shoot last year with Peter Sollet ("Raising Victor Vargas,” “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist”) directing before being taken off the slate in the fall. It seems two superhero team-up movies were a bit much for Marvel to take on all at once.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: Apes Dominate For Second Week as The Help Rises

    Weekend Box Office: Apes Dominate For Second Week as The Help Rises

    August summer box office showed some breadth, as studios battled for weekend dominance with pictures appealing to a range of audience segments, from women (The Help) to tweens (Glee) and holdover prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes, reports Anthony D'Alessandro.Neither a 3-D bridge disaster, Gleek, nor bomb-strapped buffoon could topple Fox's Rise of the Planet of the Apes in its second session as it grossed $27.5 million. Meanwhile, Disney/DreamWorks' critically acclaimed chick-lit feature The Help posed a formidable foe, taking second place with $25.5 million from Friday to Sunday.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: New Clips & Pics From 'A Good Old Fashioned Orgy' With Jason Sudeikis

    Considering "Horrible Bosses" has turned into a respectable late summer hit for SNL star Jason Sudeikis, it's a little surprising to see his next film "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy" (due out September 2nd) still flying under the radar. The film made its debut back in April at the Tribeca Film Festival where our reviewer called it a good update of the classic slob comedies of the 70s and 80s like "Stripes" and "Animal House." This writer also got a chance to check the film out at the fest and while it's not in the league with those films, it had a nice rough-around-the-edges charm that recalls the general looseness of that era. It's pretty much the antidote to slick big budget comedies like "The Hangover" and more in line with the low key ensembles in David Wain's work ("Wet Hot American Summer," "Children's Hospital").

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  • The Playlist
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    Weekend Box Office: 'Apes' Dominates 'The Help'; One Franchise Reaches Its 'Final Destination'

    All is forgiven between the public and the “Planet Of The Apes” franchise. This relationship seemed on the outs as soon as Tim Burton gave us Apebraham Lincoln a decade ago, but “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes” has healed all wounds. While not keeping pace with that last Apeventure, 'Rise' has still taken only two weekends to cross $100 million at a much lower cost, a total no one at Fox was expecting. When the dust settles, this offering, which held well-enough to suggest strong word-of-mouth, will have outdistanced many of its genre companions from this summer, particularly those benefiting from the 3D price bump.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Maybe That "Skank Robbers" Movie Isn't Happening After All... (Things That Make You Go Hmm...)

    You wish, right? Don't get your hopes up yet though, until you read what I have to say.

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  • The Playlist
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    Empire Big Screen '11: Gareth Edwards Says Don't Believe Everything You Read About Secret Sci-Fi Pic

    Director Gareth Edwards could not be on a better run right now. With "Monsters" impressing folks on both sides of the ocean, the helmer is executive producing a sequel to the flick and he's landed the director's chair of the mother of all creature features, "Godzilla."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Footage Of Catwoman In Action On "The Dark Knight Rises" Set

    It's her stunt double though, not Anne Hathaway. So I'm wondering what exactly Hathaway is being asked to do; so far, the bulk of what we've seen of Catwoman in the upcoming 3rd film in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy has featured her double, and not her. So maybe her double should have been given the role in the first place :)

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look: Charlize Theron In Jason Reitman's 'Young Adult'

    Plus First Look Photos Of Daniel Radcliffe In 'The Woman In Black' & 'The Big Year' With Owen Wilson & Jack BlackWhile the adult drama is seemingly endangered thanks to the hegemony of brand-based franchises and tentpoles there are still a few directors managing to convince the studio system to work within these limits. Sure, you can probably count them on one hand, but Jason Reitman, the filmmaker behind "Up In The Air," and "Juno" is one of these directors. It probably helps that these budgets aren't extraneous, but we'll take what we can get. So here's a first look at one of The Playlist's most anticipated films of 2011, "Young Adult" starring Charlie Theron wearing a Hello Kitty T-Shirt, hip shades and carrying a little toy pooch accessory. Being released by Paramount on December 9th in limited release, likely vying for Oscar contention, the film reteams Reitman with "Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    What Can Hip Hop Teach Filmmakers Of The New Black Film Movement On The Horizon?

    I have to admit, I've been in a time warp when it comes to music lately (I'll take Sade and Public Enemy easily over Lil Wayne). However, when the Watch The Throne album by Jay-Z and Kanye West dropped recently, I had to stop and take notice.

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