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    'Men In Black 3' Budget Apparently Up To $215 Million

    The production of "Men In Black 3" is approaching "Waterworld"-esque proportions. The problems have been well documented but here's the short version: production started on the film late last year in New York to take advantage of tax rebates. The problem was, there wasn't a finished script. No matter, filming got underway and the plan was to shoot the present day sequences first (which they did), take a hiatus to nail down the script, and then regroup to do all the time travel stuff. Well, the start date for the second half of the production was slightly pushed as they still continued to tinker with the script and to date, no less than four screenwriters tried to make the script work (David Koepp being enlisted twice in the whole process). And well, the film is still shooting in New York City as you might expect for a movie that has been dragging on forever, costs have risen.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: Facebook Feedback Council, Hulu to Sell, Tablet Users Double by 2012, Salon Chief Out

    -As Facebook looks to generate more ad revenues, the social networking hub is forming a twelve-member client council composed of leaders in the advertising world as well as Facebook’s largest clients, reports Ad Age. The group will rotate yearly, allowing a large mix of companies to participate. The first dozen include Nick Brien, CEO of McCann Worldgroup and Wendy Clark, Coca-Cola’s head of integrated marketing.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    David Alan Grier Talks "We The Peeples;" Drops Release Date!

    Well... as I said in my last post about the project, we haven't heard much of anything about it since early announcements last summer/fall; and suddenly, I've posted 2 items (including this one) about the film, in the last week! That tells me we're getting closer to seeing something of it - a poster, still images, clips, even a trailer. I'm anxious to see what this group of actors (Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, S. Epatha Merkerson, Melvin Van Peebles, Diahann Carroll and David Alan Grier), and first-time director (Tina Gordon Chism) have created. I should also note that the film is produced by Tyler Perry.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: New Voting Method Hurts Marginal Academy Ballots

    Steve Pond's mathematical appraisal of the change in Academy voting compares last year's method of voting for top ten best pictures and the new approach that forces each movie to meet a standard of popularity. (He's using a sample of critic votes to make his case.) Thus, if certain films don't grab a percentage of top-place votes, they won't make it into contention during one single elimination round. Pond is suggesting that with the new voting rules, Academy votes for movies such as Biutiful and even Oscar-contenders True Grit and The Kids Are All Right might not have even been considered last year. Departing Academy executive director Bruce Davis doesn't argue with him.

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    #Silverdocs: A Must-See Doc

    #Silverdocs: A Must-See Doc

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    Watch: New Trailer For 'One Day' Reveals Jim Sturgess Is Kind Of A Jerk

    Oh, romance. Sometimes you end up chasing your true love for decades even if he's kind of a rakish cad and insensitive jerk which seems to be the message in this new trailer for "One Day."

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    More: Films, One Day
  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer For Noel Clarke/Thandie Newton Dramedy "Huge" Arrives! Opens In Theaters Next Month

    Ok... so we finally get our first real look at the British drama/comedy starring Brit renaissance man Noel Clarke and Thandie Newton, amongst others, by way of a trailer which I embedded below.

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    Latino Time

    With LALIFF (Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival) coming up in July, a look at what's happening with Latino films worldwide is due. I will put together and moderate a panel on New Modes and Old of Distribution which will target Latino films. Meanwhile, Rotterdam FF's Hubert Bals Fund has financed 8 new Latino films and a call for entries for Films in Progress, the twice-yearly rendezvous at the San Sebastian Festival and the Rencontres Cinémas d’Amérique Latine in Toulouse, has opened the registration period for its coming edition and will close June 30! Films in Progress 20 will take place in San Sebastian on 20 and 21 September 2011 within the framework of the Festival’s 59th edition.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Don Cheadle Talks Miles Davis Project: "It’s Not Deep. It’s Not Serious Fare"

    "It’s still grinding. We’re talking about coming onto these films and trying to get the financing for stuff that’s not your standard, down the middle of the road studio movie fare. It’s tough. People think it’s niche, although our treatment of the script, it’s not a biopic. It’s not deep. It’s not serious fare. It’s not a cradle to grave sort of overview of his entire life. The movie takes place over a day and a half of his life — a very intense day and a half of his life but a lot of people haven’t even engaged because of what they perceive it’s going to be. They go “Oh, we don’t want to do a movie like that.” I say “Have you read it?” “No, I haven’t read it.” “Well read it and then say you don’t want to do a movie like that.” So it’s having to push through a lot of these things and confront people. Once they read it, they’re like “Oh, this is great.” So everyone’s really dying to be the second person to say yes and to invest in this film."

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    Kerry Washington In The Mix To Play Broomhilda In 'Django Unchained'

    While nothing is official on Quentin Tarantino's highly anticipated slave/western/vengeance flick "Django Unchained," this is the way it's shaping so far: Jamie Foxx would play the titular Django, who under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter played by Christoph Waltz, squares off against Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) the brutal owner of mixed race club and his top slave, the manipulative Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), in order to free his wife Broomhilda...which brings us to this latest bit of news.

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