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  • Shadow and Act
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    BET Bans Nicki Minaj Music Video

    Maybe it's a crisis of conscience realizing that there's a desperate need for better black images on TV; or maybe just because the song and video just suck big time (I've seen it and my ears and eyes are still bleeding), but it's being reported that BET is banning Nicki Minaj's latest video, Stupid Hoe, from the network.

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  • The Playlist
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    Marc Forster To Conjure Up 'The War Magician'

    "And for my next trick...I'm going to make the Suez Canal disappear!" While he may not have said that exactly, magician Jasper Maskelyne did accomplish that feat to stunned onlookers, one of his many amazing illusions during World War II which included hiding the port of Alexandria Harbor and fooling Rommel with a phantom army that didn't exist. "The War Magician" seems a story ripe for the big screen -- and indeed nearly 10 years ago it was a potential project for Peter Weir, and before that, a starring vehicle for Tom Cruise -- but Variety reports that the film is now in the hands of Marc Forster who plans to direct. Update: oops, maybe not. Variety now says he's not directing.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jane Goldman Adapting Eisner Award-Winning Comic 'Nonplayer' For Warner Bros.

    Beloved and beautiful geek scribe Jane Goldman has her hands full. In addition to penning this weekend's gothic Hammer horror story "The Woman In Black," she's lined up a number of big projects. And while there's a chance one of them may or may not be involved in the forthcoming "X-Men: First Class" sequel, she may have bigger fish to fry.

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  • The Playlist
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    Kate Hudson Reinvents Herself As An Action Star For 'Everly'

    To say that Kate Hudson hasn’t lived up to her fullest potential in the past decade is a bit of an understatement; while she was great as the heartbreaking band aide Penny Lane in Cameron Crowe’s classic “Almost Famous,” she’s been mostly reduced to fare like “My Best Friend’s Girl,” "The Skeleton Key,” and “How To Lose A Guy in Ten Days” over the past few years. We’ll try to remember her more recent work in “The Killer Inside Me” over the abysmal trailer for “A Little Bit of Heaven,” but all that may not matter now as it looks as if Hudson is about to dramatically revamp her blonde bombshell image.

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  • The Playlist
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    Kate Mara Joins Kevin Spacey & David Fincher's Netflix Series 'House Of Games'; Kristen Connolly Also On Board

    So it turns out, if you'd like to take a role in a David Fincher project, it really, really helps to have the surname Mara. After casting the actress in "The Social Network," David Fincher catapulted Rooney Mara to stardom and an Oscar nomination by giving her the lead role in "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." And for his next project, he's keeping it in the family.

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  • The Playlist
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    Russell Crowe Being Eyed For MGM's 'RoboCop' Reboot

    Oh, the trades. In their eternal pissing match to shout "first!" or "toldja!" some irritating practices have come into play of late which finds them making sure they toss every little morsel of info they have out there -- even it means burying it in other stories -- or hitting Twitter with their "news," all so they can trumpet that they were there before everyone else. At any rate, it seems Jeff Sneider at Variety was feeling a little burned that Deadline got the news that Liam Neeson and Russell Crowe were being eyed for Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" so late last night he tweeted that the latter was also in the mix for a big franchise reboot.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Nathan Stewart-Jarrett Stars In Philip Ridley's Stage Play "The Pitchfork Disney"

    British actor Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits) has a starring role as titular character Cosmo Disney in the Arcola Theatre's production of Philip Ridley's The Pitchfork Disney.

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  • The Playlist
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    Joe Carnahan To Direct 'Cross Brothers'; Ralph Fiennes & Bryan Singer Sought For 'Imitation Game' & David Yates Takes 'A Reliable Wife'

    Very occasionally, the trades do something known in the journalism trade as "burying the lede" -- dropping a hint of a separate story in a piece about something else entirely, which can often be passed over at first glance. As it turns out, there's been a couple of examples of this in the last few days: potential projects hinted at by some names who've been in the news a lot of late.

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  • Press Play
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    OSCARS DEATH RACE: REAL STEEL

    "Real Steel" is one of those trailers that makes you turn to your movie-going companion and say, "You know, I really like [above-the-title star who's talented, attractive, and doesn't take himself too seriously but apparently just hit some kind of alimony balloon payment]. He's a nice man. I want him to make lots of money. Are you telling me there's no better way for him to do that than to star in the robot-boxing version of that infernal arm-wrestling Stallone movie from the '80s?"

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  • Hope for Film
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    Bingham Ray On "How I Broke Into The Film Industry"

    Bingham Ray On "How I Broke Into The Film Industry"

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