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    Elijah Wood Latest To Join Rashida Jones/Andy Samberg Rom-Com 'Celeste And Jesse Forever'

    The cast members of "The Lord of the Rings" have had mixed success in the eight years since the franchise wrapped up. Viggo Mortensen and Orlando Bloom became fully-fledged movie stars (the latter less so in recent years), and Dominic Monaghan managed surprising longevity as a star of "Lost," but Sean Astin's mostly been stuck in Adam Sandler movies and one-off TV appearances, while we're pretty sure that Billy Boyd washed our windshield at a traffic light not so long ago.

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    Lionsgate Sets Release Date For Tyler Perry's "Good Deeds" + New Cast Photo

    Lionsgate has officially set a release date for Tyler Perry's next movie, Good Deeds; it'll open in theaters on February 24th, 2012. Not quite Valentine's Day, but close, for what looks like a romcom.

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    "I Told You It Would Fit In There": Watch 3 Minutes Of NSFW Outtakes From 'Bridesmaids'

    After a tough few years, 2011 has turned out pretty well for Universal so far: "Fast Five" is currently the top-grosser of the year, fairly impressive considering its the fifth entry in a franchise, with "Hop" not far behind, and even "Paul" and "The Adjustment Bureau" did better than expectations. On top of all that, there's "Bridesmaids," not only a film that's one of our collective favorites of the year, but also a genuine word-of-mouth hit, taking a minimal drop in its second week, and steaming towards at least $100 million.

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    Lance Reddick, Rosie Perez Join Viola Davis In Public School Drama "Still I Rise"

    Initially announced about 3 weeks ago... an upcoming film titled Still I Rise (unrelated to the Maya Angelou poem of the same name), which will star Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal as two frustrated mothers who team up to transform an inner-city public school in Pittsburgh, PA.

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    Exclusive Interview with Leila Djansi at Cannes Film Market, 2011

    Most activity for films from/by/about the diaspora at Cannes Film Festival takes place in the film market. With its vast array of booths set up by production companies and sales and distribution agents from around the world, Le Marché du Film compares with any market one visits on one's world travels – but instead of arromatic spices, exotic fruit and veg and and an assortment of local arts and craft, this contained sprawl of creative commerce offers up a cacaphony of cinematic intrigue and wonder, with TV monitors and posters promoting the bizarre, the beautiful, the bemusing and the baffling from around the world.

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    Michael Mann Looking To Direct Racing Pic, 'Go Like Hell' For 20th Century Fox

    So is Michael Mann going to make his "Days of Thunder" for 20th Century Fox?

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    First Look At Robert Pattinson In David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

    With the "Twilight" franchise now nearing an end, heartthrob Robert Pattinson has been eagerly looking to break away from the tween sensation that has made him a star. He valiantly tried to steer the ridiculously manipulative "Remember Me" but had better success this year with the period drama "Water For Elephants," with that film quietly climbing to nearly $100 million worldwide. Not bad. His next effort at creating cinema that won't just appeal to teenage girls and their Moms is David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis."

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    FREE Online Retrospective Of Cannes Film Fest Programming Celebrating 50 Years Of Critics’ Week

    Online cinematheque MUBI (formerly The Auteurs) has partnered up with La Semaine de la Critique (aka Critics’ Week) (the Cannes Film Festival section known for discovering new talent, showcasing the first and second feature films from directors all over the world), in celebration of 50 years in existence, by showing a retrospective of films from the festival’s history.

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    TV Vs. Film: Ten Shows Worth Skipping The Multiplex For

    The Playlist's brief flirtation with television continues... Yesterday, we dipped our toe into the murky waters of the debate around whether the quality of television has now surpassed that of contemporary film (conclusion: it's a silly question), and now, as the TV season wraps up this week, we're examining the evidence, the shows that keep The Playlist team going on weekends when movie theaters are bereft of anything that doesn't insult our intelligence.

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    "Kung Fu Panda 2" Promotes Fireworks Not Bombs in a Sequel That's as Good as the Original

    I find a lot of kids' movies set in the past to be oddly encouraging considering their historical contexts. For example, the villain in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" has that "Chinatown"-esque plot to shut down the trolley system and build freeways in Los Angeles. He is defeated in the film by the 'toon hero, yet even as a young moviegoer I knew the reality, and I left the theater feeling the bleak irony in the fact that eventually L.A. was indeed overrun by these apparently evil roadways. Now "Kung Fu Panda 2" is here with a similarly optimistic tale in which the invention of gunpowder in Ancient China is (only temporarily, of course) thwarted by a gang of martial arts-practicing super friends. Yes, I understand that these movies take place in other universes where either cartoon characters live among humans or the world is populated completely by anthropomorphic animals. That's beside the point.

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