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    'Red Tails' Cast Talks The FX Heavy Shoot; Film Earned The Approval Of George H.W. Bush

    "Red Tails" is not your average studio release. Distributed by Fox, it was wholly produced and financed by Lucasfilms, the first property under that label in years that wasn't "Star Wars"-related. But instead of a Rebel Alliance fighting an intergalactic war against The Dark Side, it deals with an unsung part of history, the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American fighter pilots and their ascendance in the ranks. We recently caught up with the cast and producer as they spoke to press in New York City.

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    VIDEO: You're a Creep, Charlie Brown!

    The Great Round Head meats Radiohead. This is the kind of song-video mashup that seems so obvious in retrospect you wonder why it hadn't been thought of long ago. Using the a capella version is a great touch, makes it feel like it came straight out of "A Charlie Brown Christmas." HT to Ali Arikan.

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    'No Country For Old Men' Author Cormac McCarthy Sells First Spec Script 'The Counselor'

    Is Cormac McCarthy the greatest living American writer? We're sure cases could be made for many other authors, but show us one who's written something as undeniably great as "Blood Meridian," and we'll start to listen. Thanks to the Oscar-winning success of 2007's "No Country For Old Men," based on his novel, McCarthy has become quite the hot prospect in the film world in the last few years, with the Coen Brothers' film being swiftly followed by "The Road" and "The Sunset Limited," the latter an HBO take on his play, while several other adaptations have been percolating.

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    Trailer Watch: A Little Bit of Heaven Directed by Nicole Kassell

    Are we going to get to see a more mature Kate Hudson? One can only hope. This film will release on VOD on April 3 and in theatres on May 4. The premise is a cliche. Young woman gets cancer and falls in love with her doctor.

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    Will 'The Expendables 2' Be PG-13 Thanks To The Demands Of Chuck Norris?

    Rounding up a stable of old school action stars, "The Expendables" was touted as a macho return to old school action moviemaking, and came stamped with an R-rating, delivering all the explosions and cussing (though strangely, none of the gratuitous nudity) of classic shoot 'em ups. And so, for the "The Expendables 2," Sylvester Stallone raised the stakes. He rounded up even more faces (including Jean-Claude Van Damme) some young talent (Liam Hemsworth) and snagged Simon West, director of "Con Air" fame, to shoot the thing. But will the demands of Chuck Norris actually find the testosterone-filled movie holding itself back?

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    Writer Graham Yost Says 'Major Matt Mason' With Tom Hanks Will Be A Space Survival Tale Set On The Moon

    Last night brought excellent news for television fans, with the return of the Elmore Leonard-inspired series "Justified." Now in its third season, the show, which stars Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins, has gone from strength to strength, so much so that we named it our fourth favorite series of the last TV season. Graham Yost is the man behind it, but he's also a veteran screenwriter, with credits like "Speed" and "Broken Arrow" to his name, and he's working on making a return to the big screen for a fairly major project.

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    Why Filmmakers Must Stop SOPA

    For the past three months a couple of dangerous bills have been making their way through meetings on Capital Hill. The Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) have become famous for their dangerously reckless approach to combating online piracy. Worse yet, this legislation will do almost nothing to actually stop piracy but could cripple or crush online distribution.

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    SIMON SAYS: Top Five From the New Wave of French Horror

    If you want to see better Gallic horror movies than The Divide (opening this weekend), try these on for size.

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    VERTIGOED: A Press Play mash-up contest

    Press Play's first video mash-up contest, with a prize and everything.

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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: The engrossing, surprising SOUTHLAND returns

    Watching TNT’s cop series "Southland" (Tuesday 10 pm/9 c) puts knots in my stomach, and I mean that as praise. It’s the most engrossing cop series since season one of NBC’s "Homicide," and maybe the most raggedy and real. Chaos erupts out of nowhere, zooming in from off-screen, and then escalates into horror or takes a right turn into absurdity. There are several moments in the premiere that illustrate what I’m talking about. In one of them, Sgt. Cooper (Michael Cudlitz), who has just returned to active duty after last season’s personal disasters, and his new partner, Officer Jessica Tang (new castmember Lucy Liu), pull over a young black man for running a red light. The ingrained resentments assert themselves; the driver talks trash to the cops and refuses to get out of the car, Cooper threatens him with violence, the whole situation verges on hysteria, and then suddenly there’s a roar of gunning engines from off-screen. A black sport utility vehicle cuts across several lanes of traffic and screeches to a halt right in front of the pulled-over car, the terrified officers draw their guns … and out jumps the young man’s mother. She just happened to be driving by and saw her son’s car pulled over by police. She dresses her son down for texting behind the wheel and disrespecting police officers and tells him he’ll never drive that car again. “It’s gonna take Jesus and two more white folks to keep me from kicking your ass!” she shouts.

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