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  • Shadow and Act
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    Despite Hurricane Irene "Colombiana" Looks Headed For No. 2 B.O. Slot

    It's pretty obvious that Hurricane Irene (which is battering the East Coast at the very moment, from North Carolina to Cape Cod) is going to have a huge effect on this weekend's box office numbers. Some are predicting that studios and distribtutors will lose as much as $30 million because of the storm.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Focus Features Planning To Push "Pariah" Into 2012 Oscar Race; What Are Its Chances?

    I suspected as much, given how late in the year Focus Features plans to release the film, despite its Sundance Film Festival debut in January, 8 months ago. And it's obviously definitely a good look for the film (Pariah), its director (Dee Rees) and star (Adepero Oduye).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Exclusive! Nicole Beharie Talks Career Choices, Burden Of Representation, Being An "It" Girl & More

    Actress Nicole Beharie, 26, is a fan of Sci-Fi, especially Octavia Butler novels; which she wishes would be adapted to the screen. Beharie is “like in love” with Whoopi Goldberg, and she’s also fervent in professing the respect and admiration for the performances of Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in the controversial film The Help, in theaters now. Would she like to eventually follow the footsteps of Viola Davis and produce her own films? The answer of this wise beyond-her-years talented actor was the most certain and resounding one of this nonetheless candid phone interview, which lasted over an hour, “DEFINITELY, definitely.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Martin Scorsese To Direct Remake Of James Caan's 'The Gambler,' Leonardo DiCaprio To Star

    Update: Deadline reports that Leonardo DiCaprio will star. Damn.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Where The Tax Credits For Film Are In America These Days

    Tax credits and subsidies for the film business are job stimulus. As a producer asked to ALWAYS squeeze a buck, I simply won't shoot my films where the tax credits are not. Luckily I live in the wise and wonderful state of New York, that has one of the best tax subsidies for film and television any where in the world, not to mention the BEST talent pool in the universe too.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Photo: Jennifer Garner Carves A Car Out Of 'Butter'; Long-Form Synopsis Released

    One of the biggest question marks at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival slate is The Weinstein Company comedy, "Butter." It's a curious picture for several reasons. It's not entirely clear if it's a drama, dramedy or comedy, but the TIFF website firmly says comedy (with elements of "identity" and "politics"), so fine then, maybe it incorporates all those elements. The TIFF site isn't helping either, as one of the loglines say the principal cast is the family at the center of the picture that's played by Jennifer Garner and Ty Burrell, plus the African American girl Yara Shahidi, who ends up as a nemesis to Garner's character. Meanwhile, TIFF says the cast is lead by Olivia Wilde and Hugh Jackman, but all photos released so far are of Garner.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    NBA Star Kevin Durant To Make Film Debut In Warner Bros. Film?

    Despite the fact that he's a reigning two-time NBA scoring champ, with a strong following in the basketball world, Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is not the first name that comes to mind when most casual fans think of superstar players. That could soon change, with word that Durant is likely to sign on to star in a yet-to-be-named Warner Brothers Pictures film. Film production is expected to begin in mid-September, with a shooting location having been narrowed down to either Oklahoma City or Baton Rouge, LA.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life; Jazz, Pop, Babes

    Biopic Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life captures the compelling saga of one of France's great characters, the infamous, influential, and hugely talented Jewish singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosino). See the trailer (posted below); New York Vulture posts an enchanting exclusive clip of Brigitte Bardot and Gainsbourg singing the Bonny and Clyde theme.

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  • The Playlist
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    Taylor Lautner, Nicolas Cage & Christian Slater, Reportedly On 'The Expendables 2' Wishlist

    '80s Action Star Christopher Lambert Reportedly Sought For Sequel As WellSince nearly everyone and his mother was linked to casting rumors for the first installment of "The Expendables," it only makes sense that there would be a whole new list of potential recruits for the sequel. Moviehole confirms that previously suggested names like Chuck Norris, John Travolta and Donnie Yen are indeed being mentioned as possibilities, with Yen even receiving an offer But wait, there's more, as those names are just the tip of the iceberg because the folks at Nu Image, as well as director Simon West and star Sylvester Stallone, have reportedly drafted a pretty gaudy wishlist of potential players.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Interview with Circumstance Writer and Director Maryam Keshavarz

    Here's a piece I wrote for this summer's Human Right Campaign Magazine Equality on the film. You can tell from the piece how impressive a film it is. It is a change making film because it tells the most common story about two people in love and throws on a multitude of complex layers including a repressive political environment in such a profound and bold way.

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