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    'Expendables 2' Releases Promo Poster And Fake Synopsis, While JCVD Rumors Persist

    You asked for it: Sly and the gang are suiting up for "The Expendables 2." As the last film made a killing in international pre-sales, so will this one, as Nu Image is shopping the yet-to-be-shot actioner in Cannes with this brand new poster. Yes, it reeks of cheese, but it's also a mock-up probably done by one lowly intern on his lunch break, merely an announcement that "this movie exists." It does seem telling that, unlike last time, there isn't a giant list of names all over this thing, as shooting is very tenuously planned for the fall despite the likelihood that cast members from the first film may be busy.

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    Rose Byrne Talks 'Bridesmaids,' Her Admiration For Kristin Wiig & The Rest Of The Comic Ensemble

    There is no stopping Rose Byrne in 2011. Not only is the actress busy with the hit show "Damages," she's in three movies hitting theaters in three months and they couldn't be more different. Last month she starred in the low-budget horror sensation "Insidious" (one of the most financially successful films of the year, given its low budget), next month she'll be part of the massive ensemble featured in "X-Men: First Class" and this weekend, she's part of the troupe of actresses that lead Paul Feig's "Bridesmaids."

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    Jack White To Contribute To Soundtrack Of Bobcat Goldthwait's Kinks Musical 'Schoolboys In Disgrace'

    Update: A representative from William Morris Endeavor has told us that Screen Daily's report was incorrect, and that Jack White is in no way involved with the project. Well, there we go.

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    Screen Gems Wants You To See "Attack The Block" This Month Before Theatrical Release

    The image says it all I hope; the film doesn't have an official US release date, although it does have a distributor in Sony/Screen Gems. But you can see it this month, on the night of May 25th, if you leave in any of the above cities. You have to RSVP though, so CLICK HERE to do so.

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    Review: Yves Saint Laurent Doc 'L'Amour Fou' Is As Dazzling As a Runway Show (And Just as Hollow)

    As a conceptual exercise, Pierre Thoretton’s new documentary “L’Amour Fou” is feathered in a nest of intriguing and luxurious what-ifs. Instead of taking the straight-on biographical approach, as so many others would have, Thoretton instead decides to look at the life of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent through the art collection and antiqued knickknacks he left behind and were sold, en masse, by Christie’s auction house following his death. Interesting questions immediately arise – what can we learn about this man from his possessions? Would his artistic interests outweigh his cultural impact through fashion? And, most importantly, how fucking rich was this guy?

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    Soulja Boy Being Considered To Play Tupac Shakur In Antoine Fuqua's Biopic

    As reported on this site last month, director Antoine Fuqua and Morgan Creek, decided to cast an unknown for the lead role in the upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic; they even took their search to the web, by launching an online casting call in March!

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    Death by Numbers: Lu Chuan's "City of Life and Death"

    More than anything else in cinema, films about twentieth-century atrocity heighten our awareness of what’s ethically at stake in the representation and dramatization of suffering. Writers across a wide range of disciplines continue to discuss how such subject matter has held visual media—and indeed our entire image-saturated culture—in a moral and epistemological crisis. At times this strain of philosophizing has proven tiresome, particularly in the obvious ways it yokes a discourse of melodramatic extremes (with adjectives like “unfathomable” providing the routine description of the Holocaust) to film theory’s ever-shifting, ideologically charged attitudes toward realism. Still, the topic has the power to organize artists and critics along partisan lines, pitting self-conscious avant-garde practices against seamless traditional narrative, Godard against Spielberg. It’s no surprise then that Lu Chuan’s City of Life and Death has found itself embroiled in a controversy of increasingly global proportions. This big-budget epic about the Nanjing massacre has received a mixed reception not only in China, where its ambiguous political sympathies have periodically been attacked as unpatriotic, but also in the world of international cinephilia, where the atrocity film maintains its schizoid status as a prestige item, a bad object, and a testing ground for the capacities and inadequacies of art. Read the rest of Andrew Chan's take on City of Life and Death.

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    Steve Coogan & Robert Sheehan Join Michael Fassbender In Punk-Rock Biopic 'Good Vibrations'

    Bronagh Gallagher Also On Board; Liam Cunningham Exits?Steve Coogan and Robert Sheehan aren't exactly strangers to the exploration of real life musical figures on film, having both starred in "24 Hour Party People" and "Killing Bono" respectively, and it looks like they're set to go down a similar path once again. The two actors have joined "Cherrybomb" co-directors Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa's "Good Vibrations," the story of Northern Ireland's godfather of punk, Terri Hooley.

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    If You Missed It... Listen To The Shadow & Act Livecast Season 2, Episode 5

    If you missed last night's episode, you can listen to the entire hour+ now, via the player below. Host Monique was joined by myself, and Cynthia, with special guests Nicole Ari Parker and Keith Robinson from the upcoming ensemble comedy, 35 And Ticking.

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    Emile Hirsch Joins Penelope Cruz In Sergio Castellitto's 'Twice Born'

    Emile Hirsch kinda needs a comeback pic, doesn't he? After making a big splash in 2007 with Sean Penn's "Into The Wild," the failed experiment that was the Wachowski's "Speed Racer" left the actor trying to make his mark with small roles in films like "Taking Woodstock" and "Milk," and he's always turned in good performance, even if he hasn't yet become the A-lister he threatened to be.

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