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    Seven Advertisers Drop Out Of "The Playboy Club" - The Beginning Of The End?

    Uh-oh... from The Hollywood Reporter:

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    YOU decide - What Are The WORST Black TV Shows Of All Time?

    Since EVERYBODY steals from us (such as Monique's Michael K. Williams and Django Unchained scoop from last week, which was reported on film and news blogs practically around the world), why not steal from someone else this time? So with that I came across this amusing recent item on Bossip.com (That's right Bossip. I makes no bones about it. I love it) in which they list, in their opinion, the WORST black TV shows ever.

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    Miles Davis Died Today... Who'll Get To Play Him First On Film? Don Cheadle Or Snoop Dogg?

    Today in history... September 28, 1991... Jazz legend Miles Davis died at age 65.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    The Cast Of The New "Sparkle" Get Together

    Of course, this new upcoming remake of Sparkle has been getting a lot of comments from our readers, especially those who love the original 1976 film. Personally, I'm not all that excited about it, but I understand why. Let me recall briefly what of one of my absolute closest female friends, who's my age, once told me.

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    Anthony Mackie Talks "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and "Gangster Squad"

    In a recent interview with Collider, Anthony Mackie discussed what attracted him to Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, currently in post-production, and his role in the Ruben Fleischer directed 1940's cop crime drama, Gangster Squad, which he's currently filming opposite Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone and others.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: The Couple From 'Once' Deal With Fame & Love In Trailer For 'The Swell Season'

    One of the truly amazing stories of the 2006 awards season belonged to the little indie film that could, "Once." Directed by John Carney and starring The Frames member Glen Hansard and his The Swell Season collaborator Markéta Irglová, the musical story centered on an Irish busker (Hansard) who strikes up a relationship with a Czech immigrant (Irglová). "Once" became an arthouse sensation, taking in over $20 million worldwide, on a microscopic budget of $150,000. And the Academy sat up and took notice as well, with the film winning a statue for Best Original Song for "Falling Slowly," leading to one of the most touching Oscar speeches in recent memory. Well, the story didn't end there for either Hansard or Irglová.

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  • The Playlist
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    Because 3D Doesn't Cost Enough, Sony May Make You Pay For Your Own Glasses In 2012

    Is This Really The Best Move When 3D Audiences Are Declining?It seems every month or so, a new trend or blip on the radar is hailed as the new box office savior at the multiplex. In the past couple of weeks, "The Lion King" has spurred conversations that studios may find new revenue streams by dusting off their catalog titles and bringing them back to the big screen. Earlier this year, backed by the surprise box office success of "The Adjustment Bureau," "The Lincoln Lawyer," "True Grit," "Black Swan" and later in the summer, "Midnight In Paris," the minor budget adult drama was seen an untapped and lucrative market. But before all of this, 3D was heralded as the game changer for the industry that kick new life into tanking ticket sales. The nearly $3 billion worldwide success of James Cameron's "Avatar" ushered in a wave of 3D movies that, early on, did indeed give studios a considerable revenue bump. While the actual quality of these (mostly converted) movies was wildly uneven, it seemed audiences were embracing the format. Theater owners who invested millions in buying digital projectors and upgrading their cinemas breathed a sigh of relief, but something strange happened in 2011. No one was rushing to 3D anymore.

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  • The Playlist
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    DreamWorks Hire 'E.T.' Scribe Melissa Mathison To Adapt Roald Dahl's 'The B.F.G.'

    Compared to other authors, Roald Dahl has had better luck than most with cinema adaptations. OK, so Tim Burton's gaudy, joyless "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is still fresh in the memory, but most of the film versions of Dahl's books -- the Gene Wilder-starring 1971 "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," Nicolas Roeg's "The Witches," Danny DeVito's "Matilda," Henry Selick's "James And The Giant Peach" and Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" -- have successfully captured the spirit of Dahl's work while also managing to stand on their own two feet on the big screen.

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    Simply the Worst: Robert Altman's "O.C. and Stiggs"

    Auteurism is a kind of romance. There’s the rush of recognition when you see that first film by a soon-to-be favorite director, the presence of a unique soul whose predilections and perspective radiate through the familiar confines of cinematic syntax and speak directly to you. The initial thrill deepens into something familiar yet rewarding over the next film or two. Their flaws become all too apparent over time, but perhaps you learned to forgive those. What keeps you up nights is something more fundamental: the possibility that the quirks and oddities and flights of fancy that initially drew you to them might not stand up to scrutiny after all. Watching a bad movie from a revered director is like watching your significant other get drunk at a party. Normally appealing eccentricities become shrill and sloppy. Purported charm and quick wit begin to look suspiciously like threadbare shtick. You can’t just walk away—but you wonder: is this what other people see in them all the time?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch New Teaser Trailer For "Soul Man" (The "Blade Runner" Meets Blaxploitation Animated Project)

    Nice! I think it's safe to say that many of you were just as excited as I was, when the 1st 1-minute teaser for the upcoming animated feature called Soul Man, was posted about 6 months ago on the old S&A site.

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