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  • Shadow and Act
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    Raven-Symoné To Take Over Starring Duties In Broadway Musical Adaptation Of "Sister Act"

    The recently slimmed-down diva, Ms Raven-Symoné is set to take over the lead role in the Broadway musical Sister Act (based on the hit 1992 movie of the same name), replacing Patina Miller (who originated the role from the start) as Deloris Van Cartier (the character Whoopi Goldberg played in the original film and its sequel).

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  • ReelPolitik
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    How Overrated is "Beasts of the Southern Wild"?

    One of the best films to play at Sundance in two decades? I don't think so. Admittedly, I'm no Manohla Dargis, who made such a pronounced vote of confidence for the rough-and-tumble fantastical indie feature, "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which was a triple threat at this year's Sundance, winning the Grand Jury Prize, a Fox Searchlight deal, and was ranked the number one film of the fest by many critics. Consider this the beginning of the backlash.

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  • The Playlist
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    Bryan Bertino Gears Up His Found Footage Flick 'Mockingbird' At Universal

    At the start of the summer of 2008, a modestly budgeted horror flick called “The Strangers” surprised many by holding its own at the box office with heavyweights like “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and the first “Sex and the City” movie, ultimately grossing $82 million on a $9 million dollar budget. Not exactly 'Indiana Jones'-style numbers, but enough to get sequels talk started and a little clout for the film’s helmer Bryan Bertino. While talk of further installments has been circling ever since, Bertino has yet to follow-up his directorial debut.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Keira Knightley, Jude Law & Aaron Johnson In Joe Wright's 'Anna Karenina'

    Yawn. Another stuffy costume drama and adaptation of "Anna Karenina," a story we've seen played out more than once on the big screen and small. Who cares, right? Wrong. While the latest from Joe Wright, which sees him reteam with his "Atonement" and "Pride & Prejudice" star Keira Knightley, might seem like an easy lay-up, in the director's typical fashion, he's raising the bar. As was recently revealed in an extended profile in Empire magazine, Wright choose to make the production nearly entirely on a single stage, in a take that has been described as experimental, taking place in an "elastic universe" that will include toy trains and dollhouses standing in for exterior locations.

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  • The Playlist
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    McG Feels 'Guilty' For Fox; Clip From 'This Means War' Arrives

    With a resume that boasts stuff like the forgettable “We Are Marshall” and the misguided “Terminator: Salvation,” McG doesn't exactly make for an auteur worth following, however, he has continued to make a living producing sub-Michael Bay shlock and proven himself to be just as bulletproof (critically, anyway) as Drew Barrymore in “Charlie’s Angels.”

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  • Shadow and Act
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    For The Absolute LAST Time...Gang of Roses 2 - The Trailer

    I made a promise that I wasn't going never ever write another post about this unholy mess, but damn it!  Just when you think you're finished with it, it pulls you back in!

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Sundance Deals 2012: The Women

    Here's the list of women directed and women written films that got picked up out of Sundance. I'm sure there will be more to come.

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  • The Playlist
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    Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement Co-Writing A Comedy About World War II & A Vampire Movie

    Actor-writer-director-comedian Taika Waititi has been rising quickly in certain circles. He followed his critically-acclaimed directorial debut "Eagle Vs. Shark" with the coming-of-age dramedy "Boy," the highest grossing film in New Zealand history, slated to make it's stateside debut this March. With all involved interested in forgetting his comic relief turn in front of the camera for "Green Lantern," Waititi is eager to return to the director's chair, and has two projects currently brewing. And for writing help, he's enlisted his somewhat more higher profile "Eagle Vs. Shark" leading man Jemaine Clement.

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  • The Playlist
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    Shirley MacLaine Heads To 'Downton Abbey'

    When Julian Fellowes isn’t busy trying to destroy the British film industry, you can find him writing one of the most successful British shows of the past decade, "Downton Abbey." The costume drama, set on a North Yorkshire abbey estate has proved supremely popular on both sides of the Atlantic; garnering critical acclaim, impressive viewing figures, and even a slew of Primetime Emmys and a Golden Globe for Best Miniseries.

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  • The Playlist
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    Hi-Ya! Kermit & Miss Piggy Smack Down Fox News After Accusations That 'The Muppets' Brainwashes Kids

    "The Muppets" is finally starting to roll out internationally, which means a number of things. Firstly, those of us who live outside the U.S. finally get to see the film. Hurrah! And secondly, it means that the stars of the film finally get to respond to some of the political criticism aimed at them during the film's U.S. release. 

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