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  • Shadow and Act
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    Tonight, See Films From Ghana and Senegal in Brooklyn

    Tonight, Kings County Cinema Society presents a night of new and old films representing Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal.

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  • The Playlist
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    It's Not 'The Last Exorcism' Because It's Getting A Sequel, Damien Chazelle Will Write It

    So here's an anecdote for you: this writer attended the Fantasia Film Festival screening of "The Last Exorcism" last year, and before it started, the audience was told that their reactions to the presumably scary movie were going to be filmed for a future ad campaign. Unfortunately, while the film boasted a pretty good concept -- a con artist exorcist who doesn't believe in all that supernatural mumbo jumbo comes up against a real deal possession -- it was a decidedly non-frightening movie with a couple of jump scares and not much else. Needless to say, the audience reaction advertising never materialized. But the film, produced on a micro-budget of less than $2 million, opened in the #2 slot with $20 million and quietly went on to earn over $65 million worldwide. Huh. So here we go again -- despite the title -- "The Last Exorcism" is getting a sequel.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Shonda Rhimes' Fourth Drama, "Gilded Lillys", Headed for ABC

    Via her Shondaland production company, Shonda Rhimes has sold her hour-long drama, Gilded Lillys, to ABC.

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  • Spout
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    "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" - Bay Area Ape Population is Small But They'll Still Outlast Humans

    I don't really think it's much of a spoiler that the apes in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" get loose and cause a riot on the Golden Gate Bridge. Even if this climax hadn't been shown in the trailers, it is called "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." Also, we're way beyond spoiling the ending of a plot point that originally occurred back in 1968, right? Anyway, there is a point in the film when evolved chimpanzee Caesar gives all his fellow imprisoned simians a cookie (yeah, even Rocket) and leads them to freedom by making a trail of Chips Ahoys for them to follow. Okay, the cookie trail doesn't happen, but he does lead what ends up looking like the quickly multiplying Gremlins pouring out of a burning movie theater. Why would there be so may apes incarcerated in an abusive San Bruno shelter?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Christian Bale Weighing Options w/Spike Lee in "Old Boy" and Beyonce in "A Star is Born"

    Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy and the Clint Eastwood-directed remake of A Star is Born starring Beyonce Knowles are among a handful of high-profile pictures of which Christian Bale may have his pick.

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    More: casting
  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Seth Rogen Goes Froggy Style In 2 Red Band Clips From '50/50'

    Are there laughs to be found in cancer? If there are, "50/50" is going to find them as the dramedy gears up for a release next month with two restricted clips from the movie hitting the interwebs.

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    More: Films, 50/50
  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    AFI Announces Awards Dates

    For the twelfth time, the AFI Awards 2011 will honor the teams that created the 10 most outstanding films and 10 most outstanding television programs of the year. The winners voted on by two juries comprised of scholars, critics, film and television artists and AFI Trustees will be invited to an intimate Beverly Hills lunch on on January 13, 2012, usually held at the Four Seasons.Television Submission Deadline October 28, 2011Film Submission Deadline November 4, 2011Honorees Announced December 11, 2011AFI AWARDS 2011 January 13, 2012

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Festival Updates: Latest NYFF, Toronto, London and Venice Adds

    The 49th New York Film Festival keeps adding to its line-up--with more venues, more is possible---from documentaries to special anniversary screenings. The 2011 NYFF will premiere the new ending to Joe Berlinger’s and Bruce Sinofsky’s Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, which will premiere on HBO in 2012 (Parts 1 and 2 will be rebroadcast and available for streaming in the wake of the release from prison of the West Memphis Three). Oliver Stone will host a sneak preview of the first three installments of his ten-part documentary project for Showtime, The Untold History of the United States, which focus on the events leading up to World War II. Special anniversary screenings include the 20th anniversary of James Ivory's Howard’s End, the 10th anniversary of Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums, and the 10th anniversary of Japanese animator Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning Spirited Away.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Pixar Geek Out: New Films, Up House Built in Utah, Alternate Titles for Toy Story

    After announcing two upcoming original projects—one envisioning a world with dinosaurs and one occurring entirely inside the human mind—Pixar’s creativity appears to be back on track, after sequels Toy Story 3, Cars 2 and the upcoming Planes and Monsters University.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Confessions of Conan the Barbarian Writer, Dark Knight Leaves Pittsburgh, Universal Drops Ouija

    Christopher Nolan has wrapped filming on The Dark Knight Rises in Pittsburgh; he still has more principal photography in New York and Los Angeles. The film opens July 20, 2012.

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