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    Too Much Madness To Explain In One Text: On The U.K. Riots And 'Attack The Block'

    Joe Cornish's directorial debut "Attack the Block" has now been in U.S. theaters for about 10 days, having been rolling out in its native U.K. and elsewhere since May. We're sure you're fed up of the hype at this point, but it's a very, very good film: a nifty, witty, extremely well-executed little genre picture. It's also one that, like the best genre movies, has a socio-political backbone to it that in the last few days has suddenly struck a vein that few were expecting with the explosion of violence and looting that's taken place in London since Saturday night.

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    Tyler Perry Gives "The Help" His Stamp Of Approval! Reviews Are Coming In...

    I saw a movie called, THE HELP that opens this Friday. I must say, I really enjoyed it! I love looking back and seeing how far we've come. And the performances in this film are stellar. Ms. Cicely Tyson was exceptionally Cicely. Viola Davis, this woman is remarkable. Octavia Spencer, she was like watching joy rise on the screen. You know I don't recommend a lot of movies, so this one has to be special, right? Well it is! Go see it if you can this weekend. THE HELP! I really enjoyed it.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    30 Minutes or Less Box Office Will Get Unexpected Boost from Real-Life Controversy

    30 Minutes or Less Box Office Will Get Unexpected Boost from Real-Life Controversy

    What was Sony thinking? Like predecessors Superbad ($121.5 million domestic B.O.) and Pineapple Express ($87.3 million), raunchy comedy 30 Minutes or Less, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari and Danny McBride, looked to be building some summer bad-boy buzz until online needles rattled over a potentially devastating controversy. Anthony D'Alessandro has more:Instantly, the set-up of 30 Minutes, which looked like a heightened version of Neil Simon’s Seems Like Old Times, took on a new light when the family of Brian Wells, a late Pennsylvania pizza man who met his fate after being coerced to rob a bank as a bomb hostage, revealed that the 30 Minutes filmmakers were satirizing their real tragedy. Who knew that the film was even remotely associated with actual events? Director Ruben Fleischer insists that there's no connection between Well’s death and 30 Minutes, while Sony’s defense is that the screenwriters were only “vaguely” familiar with the tragedy. “You don’t look to make trouble with your core audience,” says one distribution executive of studio efforts to sidestep controversial properties. “That’s stupid. You look to make money.”

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    Don't Talk To Anyone, Don't Touch Anyone: New Posters & Pics From Steven Soderbergh's 'Contagion'

    Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion" is just a couple of weeks away from strutting its stuff down the red carpet in Venice and one month from opening in a theater near you, so get ready to be infected by Warner Bros.' marketing department.

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    'The Killing' Star Mirielle Enos Will Have Josh Brolin's Baby In 'Gangster Squad'

    ...and it just keeps getting better and better.

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    Watch Episode 1 & 2 Of New Web Series "Black Folks Don't"

    Anyone been keeping up with documentary filmmaker Angela Tucker's Black Folk Don't documentary web series? We profiled it a couple of weeks ago, before its premiere, and, well, it's premiered... now on episode 2 titled Black Folk Don't: Go to Therapy.

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    Exclusive: Robert Rodriguez Talks Rebooting ‘Spy Kids’ & Says He Has An Idea For "5D Version"

    Robert Rodriguez has been really, really busy. But that’s nothing new for the writer/director/producer, and that seems to be the way he likes it. In addition to the 11 features he’s directed since first turning heads with his low budget classic “El Mariachi” (financed largely by Rodriguez’ willingness to submit himself to medical experimentations), Rodriguez has generally had his hands in just about every other area of filmmaking imaginable: writing, editing, producing, doing DP work, composing music and, we’re betting, handling grip and best boy duties at some point too.

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    Director's Spotlight: Ty Hodges Gives New Meaning To Urban Films

    It's a tune we're familiar with hearing at S&A...Actor or actress can't find work or they're unhappy with what's being offered so they create their own films. Actor Ty Hodges is now a part of that special club and boldly hopes to carve his own new genre of films.

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    'The Smurfs' Saga Will Continue, Sequel Dated For August 2, 2013

    Did you leave a screening of "The Smurfs" with a vacant hole in your soul, a yearning for where the next adventure for everyone's favorite polygamist communists would take them? Well, your prayers and incense burning have paid off. Sony has dated the sequel for August 2, 2013.

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    'The Lincoln Lawyer' Being Developed Into A TV Series

    There's been a steady stream of television-related news trickling out over the past few days (thank you, TCAs), but none as surprising as this: apparently ABC has tasked Lionsgate with producing a screenplay that could possibly become a television program based on "The Lincoln Lawyer." Yes, that movie that gave audiences a rare glimpse of Matthew McConaughey with a shirt on and became a sleeper hit this spring, exceeding expectations to take $75 million worldwide and some decent critical praise to go with it. Not bad.

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