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    REVIEW: TABLOID, Directed by Errol Morris

    "MY DEEP UNCERTAINTIES ABOUT THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS. King Harold either got stuck in the eye with an arrow or something else happened."-- @errolmorris, Twitter, July 9, 2011

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  • The Playlist
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    Chris Pine Reportedly Tops Wish List For 'Robocop' & Guy Ritchie Once Again Linked To 'Sgt. Rock'

    So is this where we're headed? It wasn't that long ago that the blogosphere collectively tired of constant wish list reports that usually amounted to nothing, but the usually excellent Twitch seem to have rebooted the trend hard today. Earlier they reported Josh Brolin was topping the list for "Oldboy" but we have to remind everyone that wishes are just that and they don't often turn into reality. And while you may have a good source perhaps privy to these kinds of conversations, milking them hard and fast early prevents developing more concrete info or simply creates news out of something that was never news to begin with. It's a chicken/egg which-came-first rumor scenario that often winds up with no egg or chicken at all. Considering it was only this morning that Twitch was bemoaning more "unsubstantiated" "Evil Dead" stories, it seems odd they would follow this afternoon with all the speculation.

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  • The Playlist
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    Paul Rudd To Star In Errol Morris' Adaptation Of 'We Froze The First Man'

    Steve Zaillian's Film Rites Producing; 'Stranger Than Fiction' Writer Zach Helm PenningNo sooner than we post about a new Errol Morris movie, "The Demon In The Freezer," than another big update comes in for one of the handful of other projects he's got brewing. The famed documentarian is currently doing the press rounds for his forthcoming film "Tabloid" and it looks like he's parceling out new info about some of his upcoming movies.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Should Black Filmmakers Tackle Issues Regarding The Black Church More?

    I'm sure most of you are familiar with the scandal surrounding Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Georgia. If you've been under a rock, basically, Bishop Long was accused of coercing young male church members into having sex with him and was being sued. In an effort to avoid a court case, Bishop Long settled with his accusers to the tune of $15 million, allegedly.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    The 2011 ABFF Honors Awards Winners

    I had the pleasure of interviewing Jeff Friday, the co-founder and director of the American Black Film Festival earlier this morning, in a enlightening conversation; the topic of black film festivals is almost always something of a tinderbox, with criticism after criticism being leveled at these festivals from filmmakers and audiences alike, whether fairly or not.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Picton Picturefest In Pictures, Part 1

    This will be a post in 3 parts... The first batch all care of the great talents of Ian Lefebvre:

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  • The Playlist
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    Josh Brolin Rumored For Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' That Will Draw On Original Manga For Adaptation

    That's funny. We were just chatting around The Playlist water color about who might take the lead role in Spike Lee's adaptation of "Oldboy" and while our immediate thought was that this might go out to some of the hot young thesps around town (i.e. Michael Fassbender) we were quickly reminded that the movie is called "Oldboy" for a reason -- it deals with a man who is suddenly freed after being being held captive in a hotel room for fifteen years (and there are some other elements that we won't spoil for those who haven't seen the film that also skew to an older actor). Well, just as we were pulling together our list of possible candidates Twitch reports that none other than Josh Brolin is topping Mandate Pictures' wish list of actors to take on the lead role in the film.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer For Kevin Hart's "Laugh At My Pain" + Fall Theatrical Release Planned

    Kevin Hart's 90-city concert tour, said to be one of the most successful in history, with over $15 million in ticket sales, is now a feature-length film with a theatrical release schedule planned.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Google+ Update: 20 Million Users Projected by This Weekend, User Tips, Will It Survive?

    Will Google+ take off? According to this report from Paul Allen, Google+ will reach 10 million users today--thanks to the increasingly popular invitation button--and 20 million by this weekend. Google+ turns two weeks old today (here's Wired's must-read history), and Allen's statistics give evidence that there is in fact a demand for Google+, despite Facebook already having 750 million users. Moreover, Google is not doomed even if this social-networking attempt fails. Google+ has posted this message (pictured) for those not adequately connected to receive an invite.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Athena Film Festival, 2012: Call for Submissions

    For the second year, Barnard College will present the Athena Film Festival from February 9-12, 2012. The fest aims to "expand the definition of what it means to be a female leader, highlighting the many ways that women can and do make a difference," and will feature top tier features, Oscar nominated films, documentaries and shorts, of which there are US and whorl premieres.

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