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    Michael Jai White Talks "Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown"; New On DVD/Blu-ray This Week

    It's now available on DVD, UNRATED (released yesterday September 13th, by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment).

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    Magnet Acquire Bobcat Godthwaite's 'God Bless' America,' Cohen Media Group Take 'The Awakening'

    Plus Sony Pictures Classics Buy Jonathan Demme's 'Neil Young Life' While TIFF continues for a few more days in The Great White North, acquisitions of films are now heating up what was being called a slow buying season for studios, with a steady drip of purchases continuing in the last 24 hours.

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    Meet Lakisha R. Lemons - Black Female Director Of Upcoming Horror/Thriller "Border Break"

    Lakisha R. Lemons is her name, and I'm only just now learning about her - a director who, as you can clearly see, happens to be young, black and female, and, by the way, has 3 features on her resume; none of which I've heard of, and thus, not seen. But maybe some of you have. If so, feel free to chime in with your thoughts on her work.

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    TIFF '11 Review: 'Page Eight' A Talky Spy Pic Pitting Old School Sensibilities Against New Realities

    Johnny Worricker likes jazz, collects art, drinks whiskey and wears a suit better than man could ever dream of but in the modern era of the MI5, he is quickly becoming a relic. Played with suave, unflappable assuredness by Bill Nighy, "Page Eight," written with great flair by David Hare -- also directing his first film in fourteen years -- investigates the troubling intersection of politics and intelligence gathering in the contemporary war on terror and pitches it against a twisty mystery. And while it's structurally accomplished and delivers a movie that has clearly benefitted from a nearly perfectly honed and built script, its clinical coldness makes it a pictures easy to admire but hard to like.

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    British Helmer Julian Gilbey To Direct Sci-Fi 'Offworld' For 'Watchmen' Producer Lloyd Levin

    We were, to put it politely, less than enamored of British director Julian Gilbey's first two films, the thuggish, seen-it-all-before gangster pictures "Rise of the Footsoldier" and "Rollin' With The Nines." But the helmer's third film, the Melissa George-starring, mountaineering genre tale "A Lonely Place To Die," has been relatively well received since its release in the U.K. on Friday (although we confess to enjoying Ultra Culture's take down of the film; the review read, simply, and in full "Five c***s go up a mountain. Far too many come down").

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    Aretha Franklin On Casting Biopic: “I Think Halle Berry’s Gonna Get It”

    Aretha Franklin's talking about her biopic again... I'm sure you all are getting tired of hearing about it, but don't shoot the messenger. I come bearing gifts :)

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    First Poster & Trailer For Jonathan Teplitzky's 'Burning Man' Starring Matthew Goode

    Here's an interesting TIFF title: Jonathan Teplitzky's semi-autobiographical "The Burning Man," which stars Matthew Goode as a successful chef at a Bondi Beach restaurant who reacts to personal tragedy with reckless behavior and an inability to connect with his 8-year-old son as a number of women in his life try to save him.

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    TIFF '11 Review: Chloe Moretz Is Trapped In The Unclean, Clammy Coming-Of-Age Indie 'Hick'

    Later, there will be a brief discussion of how literature is not film and how some actions and themes do not survive translation from the page to the big screen because our mind can better deal with envisioning them than it can with actually seeing them Before that, though I feel I have to pause and note that "Hick," adapting Andrea Portes' novel for the screen under the direction of Derick Martini ("Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire," "Lymelife"), is one of the most unclean and clammy films I've ever had to endure at a film festival. Not because it was incompetent and not because it deals with violent and sexual material but, rather, because it is both incompetent in general and even more incompetent specifically when it is concerned with violent and sexual material. We're supposed to be watching the cross-country adventures of 13-year-old Luli (Chloe Moretz, who clearly needs to fire both her management and her parents) as she sets out for Las Vegas and leaves her drunkard parents behind in Nebraska. What we get is a chronicle of physical abuse, drug abuse, murder and sexual assault all involving a minor, which then tries to lighten the mood with cutaways to Luli's sketches and a jaunty score with pedal steel guitar accents.

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    Naturi Naughton Addresses Rumors Of Her Casting In Upcoming "Wolverine" Reboot

    Well, there's still some loose ends to tie up. I'm grateful just for the interest and the talk about it. I can't really go into it in a deep way right now, but I can say that it's exciting to have so many possible opportunities on the forefront. I'm excited to continue with my movie career, but I have to see where it all lands. But God willing, I can do a film like that and we'll see what happens. As of right now, I'm just focused on my show

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    Ashley Greene To Lead Ultramodern, Gender-Bending Take On 'Oliver Twist'

    With new takes on literary classics all the rage at the moment (see: Cary Fukunaga and Andrea Arnold's revisioning of the Bronte sisters' "Jane Eyre" and "Wuthering Heights"), Michael De Luca is set to produce a contemporary, gender-bending take of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" with 'Twilight' star Ashley Greene toplining.

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