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    TIFF '11 Review: 'Machine Gun Preacher' Is Essentially A Botched 'Rambo'

    In 2008’s blitzkrieg actioner “Rambo,” writer-director Sylvester Stallone recognized the real-life struggles of the people of Myanmar, dramatizing the struggle in a blood-drenched exploitation film that, despite its inelegance, emboldened the people of that region while lionizing a fictional hero of guerilla warfare. The problem with “Machine Gun Preacher,” Marc Forster’s third world drama about a real-life would-be savior who ventured into the Sudan and attempted to build an orphanage with sheer will and a smidgen of gunpower, is that it’s afraid to be “Rambo.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Shirley Maclaine, Alan Arkin & Vera Farmiga Are 'The Locals' In Italian/Jewish Romeo & Juliet Riff

    For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo. It's not surprising that William Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers has provided the inspiration for dozens of films over the years, but there seems to be something in the water at the moment in particular: Disney had a surprise hit at the start of the year with their (very loose) animated take, "Gnomeo & Juliet," while Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth are gearing up for a more faithful version, while Keira Knightley and Lily Collins are supposedly competing for the lead in "Rosaline," which will focus on the titular girl, who Romeo is in love with before he gets all flustered by Juliet.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    New And Notable Film Books

    As always, there are more books being published than I can keep up with. While I haven’t had time to read most of these cover-to-cover, I’d like to call attention to some that clearly stand out.

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  • The Playlist
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    Gael Garcia Bernal To Team With Chilean Helmer Pablo Larrain For Political Satire 'No'

    Mexican thesp Gael Garcia Bernal is set to team with Chilean director Pablo Larrain ("Post Mortem," "Tony Manero") for a political satire which will see the actor play an advertising executive who "changes the course of history."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Beauty and the Mexican Drug Beast in Gerardo Naranjo's Miss Bala

    Check out the trailer for Gerardo Naranjo's Miss Bala, from exec producers Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. The film stars Stephanie Sigman in a breakout role, and has been gaining positive word of mouth since its debut at Cannes. ThePlaylist calls it "visceral and layered" in their stellar review. Fox will release the film in the US in January.

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    Michael Fassbender, Steve Coogan & Robert Sheehan Not Feeling The 'Good Vibrations'

    Irish Comedian Dylan Moran & Jodie Whittaker Now On BoardGlenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D'Sa, the husband and wife duo behind the Rupert Grint vehicle "Cherrybomb," pulled a major coup earlier this year when they managed to recruit Michael Fassbender, Steve Coogan and Robert Sheehan among others for "Good Vibrations," their biopic of Belfast music legend Terri Hooley.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Danai Gurira, Issach De Bankole, Yaya Dacosta, Angelique Kidjo Headline Andrew Dosunmu's Next

    So... we already alerted you to the fact that Andrew Dosunmu, director of the beautifully hypnotic Sundance 2011 selection Restless City (a film I hope will get some theatrical exposure soon), is currently in production on his next feature film, titled Ma'George - a project previously workshopped at the Sundance Labs in 2005, as well as a recipient of a major grant from the Ford Foundation.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    European Film Academy Names 45 Films for Awards Consideration: Artist, Melancholia, Le Havre & More

    Awards season is indeed upon us. The European Film Academy and EFA Productions announce forty-five films recommended for nominations into the 2011 European Film Awards, from Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, the Dardenne Brothers' The Kid with A Bike and Lars von Trier's Melancholia to Susanne Bier's In A Better World (Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language film, 2010), Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre and Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In. Twenty countries with the most EFA members voted one of their films onto the list and a selection committee brought in an additional twenty-five titles for consideration; thirty-two countries are represented. Members of the EFA will vote and nominations will be announced November 5 at Spain's Seville European Film Festival, followed by the 24th annual show on in Berlin, on December 3. The film are listed below; here's more:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Listen Now! Writers From "The Cleveland Show," "The Game" And "Late NIght With Jimmy Fallon"

    Every now and then, we like to pull pertinent material from our archives to share with new readers of S&A. Today, we're featuring a 2009 black television writers roundtable. Tambay had a chance to speak with Courtney Lilly (The Cleveland Show, Everybody Hates Chris, Arrested Development, I'm Through with White Girls), Kriss Turner (Something New, The Bernie Mac Show), Kenya Barris (Are We There Yet?, Soul Food, Girlfriends, The Game) and Bashir Salahuddin (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Chocolate News) on their experience and outlook of the industry.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Toronto Film Fest Day Four: Seen and Heard

    I think they should change the name of this festival to the Toronto Carb Fest because that it all there is to eat here.

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