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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Paramount Boasts Top Domestic and Global Market Share with Record $5.17 Billion Worldwide Gross

    As expected, with all the grosses tallied for 2011, Paramount came out on top, outpacing all studio rivals with a worldwide box office total of $5.17 billion.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Brit Noel Clarke Has Sights Set On Hollywood With Upcoming Projects

    Brit renaissance man (director, writer, actor, producer, playwright, and who knows what else) Noel Clarke, who we've given a lot of pixels to on this site since it was started in 2009, is one really busy fellow, doing just about everything it seems; and as I noted in a pervious post, I'd say he's maybe the most prominent black British movie talent who's still relatively unknown outside the UK - specifically here in the USA.

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  • The Playlist
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    Martin Scorsese Says He's Considering Making 'Silence' & Frank Sinatra Biopic In 3D

    Despite James Cameron's best intentions, for the most part, the 3D format has primarly been utilized as a cash grab by studios looking to pad out the bottom line in an era when box office receipts appear to be on the decline. However, 2011 marked a bit of a change. At the arthouse, Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders embraced 3D for their unique documentaries "Cave Of Forgotten Dreams" and "Pina" while Martin Scorsese brought true artistry to the format with "Hugo." One of the director's most visually dazzling efforts of his career, "Hugo" found Scorsese delivering a truly immersive 3D world, one that engaged the viewer without the need to make sure stuff is constantly flying at their face. And he may not yet be done working in three dimensions.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Ving Rhames Got $7.7 Million For His Cameo Appearance In "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"

    Well... that's what the trivia section of the IMDB page for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol says. Not banking solely on IMDB, I did some digging and found a few other sites saying the same thing, but most significantly was this quote from Ving Rhames while on the press tour for Death Race 2 in the fall of 2010:

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  • The Playlist
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    Storyboards From 'The Tree Of Life' Reveal Abandoned Early Life Sequence With Adam, Eve, Cain & Abel, Plus Photos From Missing Scenes In The Film

    It was quite a 2011 for Terrence Malick. Not only did the director return with his long awaited, Palme d'Or winning "The Tree Of Life," he's got four films in various stages of development including the IMAX documentary "Voyage Of Time," the untitled Ben Affleck/Rachel McAdams romance and two pictures set to shoot this year, "Lawless" and "Knight Of Cups." And yet, with all that going on, people are still talking about "The Tree Of Life" (which has placed on many year end, Best Of lists) and it's not hard to see why. The ambitious film's extended creation and early life sequence is still one of the most discussed of last year, and as you might expect, there was even more that was eventually abandoned by the director in the decades long development of the project.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Sundance 2012 - Meet The Artists: Sheldon Candis Talks His Feature Debut "LUV"

    Sheldon Candis' feature film debut, LUV, which stars Common and Michael Rainey Jr, will make its debut at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, in the dramatic competition section, and it's on my short list of films to see while I'm there, starting in less than 3 weeks.

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  • The Playlist
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    Don Cheadle Says His Miles Davis Movie Is A "Gangster Pic" Set In 1979

    It was a year ago that we last heard about Don Cheadle’s proposed Miles Davis biopic, but despite a rival Davis biopic, it looks as if the wheels are still in motion for the ambitious actor who still seems ready to tackle the life story of the jazz legend.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Best Docs Of ADIFF 2011 Screening Series This Month (The Lineup)

    The basics: Screenings of the Best Docs Of ADIFF 2011, from January 13 - 15, at Teachers college, Columbia Univesity, 525 West 120th Street – Room 263 Macy (take the 1 Train to 116th Street; FREE PARKING on Saturday and Sunday; Picture ID required to enter the building). Tickets are $11 general; $9 for seniors and students. For more info, call (212) 864-1760 or visits: http://www.NYADIFF.org.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Out with the Old, In with the New

    A look backward: The old year, seen as a decrepit old man, limps off and the new baby 2012 approaches. The newest addition to my own family, my sister's granddaughter Zelia was born January 1, 2012 at 10:25 am in Paris. This puts me into a perfect state of mind for the coming year. As I myself "age", I begin to understand my place in history as a segment on a continuum of time and space in which we are living, not only in our own country (through its various upheavals) but that of other countries and (cliché) of the planet itself. I begin to perceive a role I am playing historically as I live through my own different stages of this transitory human experience.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Piranha 3DD' Swims Straight-TO-DVD In The U.K.

    Update: "Piranha 3DD" writer Patrick Melton updated Daily Dead telling them a U.S. theatrical release is still on track, as the movie recently test screened to good results, and Dimension Films have given the film additional funding to spruce up the special effects. You can read his full comments at Daily Dead.

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