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    Doug Liman's 'Luna' Drops Out Of Orbit But Warner Bros. Want Brad Pitt For 'All You Need Is Kill'

    It's win some/lose some today for Doug Liman, who has been juggling a few potential projects for his next effort, following last year's political drama "Fair Game." But it looks like one long-gestating project is now dead, while another finds a studio courting one of the biggest actors in Hollywoodland.

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    Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr & The Importance Of The Success Of George Lucas' "Red Tails"

    Had second thoughts about posting this, given how fiery debates on these issues tend to get on S&A; also, what both actors say here is redundant, as we've heard this all before. But, what the hell, it's Friday. Bring it :)

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    Zhang Yimou's 'The Flowers Of War' Starring Christian Bale Is China's Official Oscar Entry

    Well, here's a new twist to this year's foreign film Oscar race: China has selected Zhang Yimou's "The Flowers of War" as their official entry.

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    Karl Urban & His Futuristic Haircut Are Apparently Returning For Vin Diesel's New 'Riddick' Movie

    So, has Vin Diesel been too eager to get his next "Riddick" movie off the ground? We'll leave that for you to decide, but just a few days after hitting his Facebook page with concept art, talk of an R-rating and a 2012 release, that entire post has been removed. Hmm. So just bear that in mind as we get to this next piece of news.

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    Today's Birthdays - 9/23/11 (Anthony Mackie, Chi McBride and LisaRaye)

    New Orleans native Anthony Mackie welcomes 32 today. The stage and screen actor has appeared in 8 Mile, Brother To Brother, She Hate Me, Law & Order, The Manchurian Candidate, Half Nelson, We Are Marshall, American Violet, The Hurt Locker, Notorious, Desert Flower, Night Catches Us and The Adjustment Bureau. He currently can be seen in What's Your Number?, Man On A Ledge and Real Steel.Chi McBride says "hello" to 50. The Chicago native's impressive list of film and tv credits include The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Revenge Of The Nerds 3, Married With Children, Gone In Sixty Seconds, The Practice, Max Steel, Undercover Brother, Boston Public, The Terminal, I, Robot, House M.D., Roll Bounce, First Sunday, Pushing Daisies, The Family Tree, Psych, Hawthorne and How I Met Your Mother among others.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    China Selects Zhang Yimou's Flowers of War, Starring Christian Bale, as Oscar Entry

    The backers of Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War, a tough period drama set during the horrific 1937 Nanking Massacre, are heaving sighs of relief. China has chosen the film as its official Oscar entry. It is due for December 16 release in Asia and was for sale at the recent Toronto Film Festival, where I saw a stunning 20 minutes of footage. This means that a buyer is now more likely to step up to qualify the film at year's end for a Christian Bale Oscar campaign, knowing that The Flowers of War may wind up a foreign Oscar nominee. (There's just enough Chinese in the English/Mandarin dialogue to qualify.)

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    Review Round-Up: Roger Ebert's Life Itself: "The best thing Mr. Ebert has ever written"

    Roger Ebert, the owner of arguably the most powerful thumbs in America, has published a memoir documenting his 69 years. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the only film critic to garner a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Ebert writes in Life Itself how he helped to change the way movies were reviewed. Especially in light of his recent struggles with cancer, film and book critics alike are lauding Ebert's introspective portrayal of his past, with some saying that Life Itself is the best writing the Ebert has ever penned. Read the reviews below.

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    Media Watch: Dish Network Unveils Blockbuster Movie Pass, Facebook's Push to the Past

    Today, the Dish Network revealed Blockbuster Movie Pass, its competitor to Netflix. Blockbuster Movie Pass will resemble the previous Netflix model, bundling DVD-by-mail rentals as well as online video streaming. However, its customers must sign up for the satellite provider for access to streaming. The new program, which will be available Oct. 1 and costs $10 a month, will offer 100,000 movies and TV programs to rent by mail, with another 4,000 movies available streaming. Read more at the Wrap.

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    Taylor Lautner: What Happens If Abduction Fails?

    Taylor Lautner, the Twilight teen idol, has been poised for movie stardom. But what if his first solo attempt, the upcoming action film Abduction, fails? Lautner's agents at William Morris have posed the ripped 19-year old at a big star, lining up multi-million dollar roles (he will receive $5 million for Abduction), but what if he can't move past Twilight? (Neither Kristen Stewart nor Rob Pattinson has scored in a big way on their own outside the Twilight franchise.)

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    Johnny Depp Visits The Set Of 'The Hangover' In New Poster For 'The Rum Diary'

    Back when the trailer dropped for "The Rum Diary," this writer (who has not read the book on which the film is based) got pilloried for daring to suggest that the boozy, Caribbean vacay vibe felt less adventurous than Terry Gilliam's "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas." "It’s way different than fear and loathing," our commenters said with folks arguing, "These stories are two different galaxies" and that "nothing really happens in the book other than him going to South America, trying to keep a paper from going under eating alot of cheesburgers and of course drinking alot of rum." Ok, we'll grant that the story is different and comparing "Withnail & I" director Bruce Robinson's film to Gilliam's isn't fair. But we will say this, no matter what is actually contained in the book, the marketing folks behind the movie want you to believe Johnny Depp is gonna get wrecked.

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