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    Jennifer Lawrence To Sing "Rue's Lullaby" On 'The Hunger Games' Soundtrack

    "The Hunger Games" will be a test of sorts for Jennifer Lawrence. Expectations are running high for the franchise film -- which already has a sequel dated for November 22, 2013 -- and will also be the the first time the young actress is toplining a tentpole. The success of the brewing series will largely depend on if audiences outside the core fanbase will want to go along Katniss' adventures, and that largely rests on Lawrence's shoulders. So as if that pressure wasn't enough, now she's going to show off her singing voice too.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Are African Americans Capable Of Tolerating Cinema That Questions Our POV Of Ourselves As A Race?

    The Realist Tendency in African-American Film Aesthetics (Part one)

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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Gracey To Direct Hugh Jackman Musical 'The Greatest Showman On Earth'

    We just got some whiplash turning around to look in the archives, but it looks like a long-ago mooted Hugh Jackman musical -- that we figured was left buried in the sands of time -- is still very much alive.

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    Jonah Hill Going On A 'Neighborhood Watch'

    Updated: Reps for Jonah Hill confirm his involvement in this film.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    The Ultimate "Castor Oil" Movie "The Great Debaters" Finally Gets A U.K. Release

    No need to rehash by what I mean by a "Castor Oil" movie. You can read what I wrote (and so brilliantly if I do say so) about that right HERE; but the definitive example of that term will finally make its UK premiere, though not in theaters.

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    Bill Paxton Joins Kevin Costner In Kevin Reynolds-Directed 'Hatfield & McCoys'

    Remember back in 2010, we told you that "Crazy Heart" director Scott Cooper was looking to take on a classic story of American folklore known as "The Hatfields and The McCoys"? Brad Pitt was set to produce and star alongside Robert Duvall, and apparently Walker was bringing his "Crazy Heart" composer T-Bone Burnett along for the ride. Well, it didn't happen, but it looks like Kevin Reynolds, the director of the infamous "Waterworld," may beat them to the punch according to Deadline. Bill Paxton has been cast as Randall McCoy, along with the previously announced Kevin Costner as the rival “Devil” Anse Hatfield. This version of the historic rivalry of the Hatfield and McCoy families that almost brought about another Civil War is set to be a television miniseries on the History Channel instead of a sprawling film.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    E-Books Sell One Million Copies: Girl with Dragon Tattoo vs. The Help

    While Amazon is announcing that The Help, the 2009 novel by Kathryn Stockett, is the first e-book to sell over one million copies, Random House is reporting that The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo sold a million e-copies---back in the month of April. Quite a few authors, including Stieg Larsson, Nora Roberts, and James Patterson, have already sold over a million books, but Amazon reports that The Help is the first single title to rack up a million sales.

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    Latest 'Lone Ranger' Draft Ditches Supernatural Elements, But Set Pieces Will Need To Be Scaled Back

    Not long after the shocking announcement earlier this week that "The Lone Ranger" with Johnny Depp was being killed off by Disney, word circulated that part of the reason the western was budgeted at a staggering $250 million was due to the presence of supernatural creatures (not as reported, werewolves). The 2009 draft we read by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio featured supernatural wolves, a legion of coyotes and the Wendigo, a cannibalistic Native American spirit capable of possessing humans. However, in a update on the ongoing saga of the film THR reveals that according to their sources, those elements have been scrapped in the latest versions of the screenplay (the most recent rewrites were by Justin Haythe), but it's still not enough to bring the price tag down.

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    La Boheme

    If Audrey Hepburn was the last virgin goddess of American films, Lillian Gish was the first. Often referred to at the time as "The First Lady of the Silent Screen," she was indeed movies' first truly great actress. From her debut at age 19 in founding father D.W. Griffith's two-reel An Unseen Enemy (1912) in what I calculate as the initial year of film's golden age (plus 25 other Griffith films in less than 24 months), to her final starring masterpiece, at age 35, in Victor Sjostrom's The Wind (1928), Lillian Gish was the central player in many of the enduring treasures of cinema's earliest flowering, that essential cornerstone of the art in its purest form. She is the key figure in most of Griffith's major work, from The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Broken Blossoms (1919) to Way Down East (1920) and Orphans of the Storm (1922), not to mention such beautiful lesser-known gems as Hearts of the World (1918) and True Heart Susie (1919).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    When White Girls Rap... Anne Hathaway Is On The Mic (Diversions)

    Maybe this is in response to all those who've questioned her *hardness* since it was announced that she would play Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises? But seriously, she's not all that bad. She sounds harder than Will Smith who's reportedly planning a comeback album by the way :)

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