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    'Pacific Rim' Will Arrive Two Months Earlier On May 10, 2013; 'Piranha 3DD' Bumped To 2012

    It seems no one wants to be a summer movie anymore, at least not in July 2013. Yesterday, "Thor 2" moved from its summer date to November 15, 2013 and now, another major movie is changing gears.

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    Anthony Mackie States The Obvious About Black Cinema

    In an interview in today's Chicago Tribune in advance of the Artistic Achievement Award he will receive this weekend at the Chicago International Film Festival’s Black Perspectives Tribute, Anthony Mackie states that black film today needs a "catalyst" and that filmmakers such as Spike Lee and Robert Townsend should be insprations to new black filmmakers today.

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    Oscar Isaac Scores The Lead In The Coen Brothers Folk Music Movie 'Inside Llewyn Davis’

    If you've been paying attention, you probably already know that Oscar Isaac is poised to be a major star. The actor has already logged time with folks like Steven Soderbergh ("Che"), Ridley Scott ("Body Of Lies," "Robin Hood") and Alejandro Amenábar ("Agora") but 2011 is proving to be banner year. Of course, we don't need to tell you that even in his small role in "Drive" his presence impressed, and he even managed to come out smelling like roses as one of the few pleasures in the otherwise dreadful "Sucker Punch." And later this year, he'll be seen in Madonna's awards season baiter "W.E." Tony Gilroy wanted him to take the lead role in "The Bourne Legacy," but when that went to Jeremy Renner, he found the actor a meaty co-starring role instead. But now, Isaac is lining up what may just be the biggest role of his career.

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    Dave Franco Joins Team Of Thieves In 'Now You See Me'

    Back in February, "The Incredible Hulk" and "Clash of the Titans" director Louis Leterrier came aboard Summit Entertainment's intriguing heist picture "Now You See Me." Written by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt, and produced by "Star Trek" and "Transformers" writing/producing powerhouse team Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the project has since assembled a star-studded ensemble which includes Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Melanie Laurent and Woody Harrelson.

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    The Sexual Politics of "Ides of March"

    The Sexual Politics of "Ides of March"

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    Watch Clips Of Zawe Ashton In PBS Masterpiece Mystery's "Case Histories", Airing Oct. 16

    Just in case you didn't know, PBS Masterpiece Mystery! will air the first of three two-hour episodes this weekend of BBC One's Case Histories.

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    Rade Sherbedgia Will Ruin Liam Neeson's Istanbul Vacation In 'Taken 2'

    Oh shit, Bryan Mills is back and once again, some vaguely foreign types are gonna make him mad, and he will look for them, and will find them, and then, he will kill them with his special set of skills.

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    Review: Birding Bro-mance 'The Big Year' With Steve Martin, Jack Black & Owen Wilson Is A Lame Duck

    It is, perhaps, too unkind to call "The Big Year" the perfect film to screen on a trans-oceanic plane flight whose compliment of passengers is made up solely of AARP Members. But we can think of no words of praise less slight and no words of condemnation more heated, so there it is. Inspired roughly by Mark Obmascik's non-fiction book of the same name, three fictional characters are our guides through the biggest event in American birdwatching, the annual competition to see the most North American birds in a year.

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    "Bombay Beach" Director Alma Har'el: "I'm Not a Documentarian, or a Filmmaker, or Anything."

    I sat down with "Bombay Beach" director Alma Har'el this week to talk about her hard-to-define new "documentary." Turns out she's hard to define as well, but the completion of her statement from the headline is this: "I’m just a person who likes to express herself and who is finding her way through it." She's a true artist, one who hopes you won't question her mixing of documentary and dance fantasy anymore than you'd judge a painter mixing two colors together. You can read the full interview over at the Doc Channel Blog, but here's a segment that I like, particularly because it proves most of the negative reviews are missing the point in complaining that it's not serious enough about its subjects.

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    Watch: Michael Fassbender Wants To Play In First Trailer For 'Shame'

    Sex, addiction, attraction, need, loneliness, fear, desire, connection, emptiness. There is so much to discover below the chilly surface of Steve McQueen's "Shame" that it's no wonder the film has been slaying critics and audiences during its fall festival run, which has seen the movie play Venice, Telluride, TIFF, NYFF, BFI London Film Festival and next the Festival Du Nouveau Cinema. Until now, unless you managed to catch one of those screenings, the only taste of the film has come from an array of stills and a couple of clips, but the first trailer, debuted at the Guardian, is a great sampler of what the movie has in store for viewers.

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