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  • Shadow and Act
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    My Interview With "Attack The Block" John Boyega And Director Joe Cornish

    As I promised a reader earlier this week, below is the link to my interview with actor John Boyega, and writer/director Joe Cornish for Ebony.com. Because of space restrictions I wasn't able to print all they had to say, but take it from me, they're both terrific and down to earth guys with lots of interesting things to say.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Strategic Partners Deadline Approaches as Keynotes and Panels Announced

    Producers, financiers, broadcasters, distributors and sales agents now have less than a week to apply to Strategic Partners, the dynamic international co-production market of the Atlantic Film Festival – the ideal place to co-produce/co-venture with Canadians.Deadline for producer applications and industry registrations is Monday, July 11. Apply online at www.atlanticfilm.com/spDelegates of this unique event – taking place Sept. 15-18 – will benefit from unparalleled access to international co-production/co-venturing opportunities with industry leaders and financiers via Strategic Partners’ effective 1-2-1 meetings. Nearly 1,000 pre-arranged business meetings will take place during the event, one of the world’s pre-eminent co-production markets focusing on feature film, television fiction, and multi-platform projects. Delegates also enjoy access to the screenings and galas at the Atlantic Film Festival and the popular Film Nova Scotia Lobster Dinner By The Sea.“With our spotlight on Australia, South Africa and the US, our applications have already exceeded the numbers from last year. It’s going to be a stellar line-up for 2011, including our panels and keynotes.” said Jan Miller, Director of Strategic Partners.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Stealth' Director Rob Cohen Entrusted To Helm '1950,' Korea's Most Expensive Film To Date

    Director Rob Cohen, whose last journey behind the camera was the abysmally unambitious “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” is hardly known for feminist cinematic screeds, unless you count all the bits where Jessica Biel opens her mouth in “Stealth.” Added to this his other, self-consciously none-more-macho films -- “xXx” and the first “Fast the Furious” picture -- while spawning a clutch of sequels between them, aren’t exactly heralded as action genre classics in the way, say, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Predator” are. So he’s probably not the first person you’d think of if you were a hot-shot producer looking for a director to helm a project about the Korean War. Enough people clearly felt differently, though, as THR notes that Cohen’s signed on to direct “1950,” a film based on the reportage of Marguerite Higgins – a Pulitzer Prize winning war correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune – who covered some of the conflict’s most important historical events, blazing a trail for females in her profession as she went. Her journey across the Korean peninsula with an American platoon, which culminated in the bulk evacuation of nearly 200,000 South Koreans from the advancing armies of the Chinese and North Koreans on Christmas Eve, is set to form the backbone of the film.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ex-'The Hobbit' Actor Rob Kazinsky Joins Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim,' Willem Dafoe In Talks

    If you're cast in a major blockbuster, only to be replaced publicly, it can be hard to get your career back on track again. Stuart Townsend, for instance, shot scenes as Aragorn in "Lord of the Rings," before Peter Jackson decided he was too young, and replaced him with Viggo Mortensen. Townsend's heat remained for a little while -- he was the lead in "Queen of the Damned," and one of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," but, well, we know what happened to those, and Townsend hasn't had much luck in recent years. Dougray Scott, meanwhile, was meant to play Wolverine in Bryan Singer's "X-Men," but had to bow out when "Mission Impossible 2" ran over, and was last seen starring in British rom-com "Love's Kitchen," which took a whopping £121 on its opening weekend in the U.K (although, in fairness, he's playing Arthur Miller in "My Week With Marilyn," which could start a comeback).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Director Antoine Fuqua Is "Storming Las Vegas"

    Summit Entertainment and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Red, Tranformers 1 and 2, Salt, Shooter) have made a deal with director Antoine Fuqua to direct their upcoming crime action thriller project Storming Las Vegas

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    All She Can - Co-Written and Directed by Amy Wendel

    Luz wants to get the hell out of Benavides, Texas. The way she can get out is either through the Army or through a weight lifting scholarship to college. Her brother is in the Army and she has seen his dream of college disappearing and that's not for her. So she's going to lift her way out. Problem is she can't always make weight and the pressure to succeed for herself and her family is overwhelming at times. Luz doesn't get everything right. She screws up, she loses her scholarship, she disappoints, but she refuses to give up and fights for herself and her future.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Small Screen: Patricia Clarkson Awesomely Cast As Ron Swanson's First Ex-Wife In 'Parks & Rec'

    To fill in for those of you who haven't watched "Parks and Recreation" (and really, you're running out of excuses at this point -- we did call it the best thing on television earlier in the year), the show's break-out character is Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), the libertarian, meat-loving head of the titular government department in Pawnee, Indiana. The character has two ex-wives, both named Tammy (also the name of his mother), but, to date, we've only met the second, a fearsome librarian played by Offerman's real life spouse Megan Mullally, whose presence has caused some of the show's greatest moments to date.

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  • The Playlist
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    Antoine Fuqua Is 'Storming Las Vegas'

    It would seem that Antoine Fuqua is doing anything but shooting the long-gestating Tupac Shakur biopic. After some drama earlier this year in which he left the project, and then was lured back in a lucrative pay-or-play deal, the wheels on that picture still seem to be at a halt and the director is still attaching himself to more options.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Update On Release Date Of Jazz Film "Bolden" Starring Anthony Mackie

    It's a movie we've patiently waited for since hearing about it more than a year ago and now it seems Bolden!, a mythical account of the life of Buddy Bolden--the first Cornet King of New Orleans--could possibly be on the festival circuit the end of the year.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Are Non-Partisan Political Docs Possible? Previewing "Patriocracy" and "Fear of a Black Republican"

    Are Non-Partisan Political Docs Possible? Previewing "Patriocracy" and "Fear of a Black Republican"

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