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    L.A. Film Festival: Director Of 'Salaam Dunk' David Fine Talks Filming A Different Iraq

    Last week documentary film “Salaam Dunk” premiered at Los Angeles Film Festival. A colorful and eye-opening portrait of life in modern Iraq that focuses on the story of the woman’s basketball team at American University of Iraq Sulaimani, we thought it was well worth your time. But going to a dangerous area of the world to film a human interest story has its challenges, and we had the opportunity to sit down with ‘Dunk’ helmer David Fine, to talk more about making the film, the value of stopping for tea and the universality of the sports picture.

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    'Friends With Benefits' Soundtrack Features Rogue Wave, Janelle Monae, Kris Kross & More

    It's one thing for "No Strings Attached" and "Friends With Benefits" to feature carbon copy concepts, executed nearly exactly the same way, but it's downright eerie when those similarities cross over to the soundtrack as well.

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    Ziggy Marley Confirms Bob Marley Documentary Still In Production; Fall Release Date Expected

    "We are working on his documentary, which should be out in the fall. I am producing the documentary and Kevin McDonald will direct it. People are going to have not only the connection that you have now with the Bob Marley legend, but it will also show the emotional side of our father. The emotion of Bob throughout his life experiences is a pretty pertinent thing. It is not just about his music."

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    Guest Post: Brendan Fletcher "An Indie Process in a Conventional System?" Part 3

    Today, Brendan Fletcher continues his tales of being a MAD BASTARD as much as the civilized world permits.

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    Guillermo Del Toro "Not Giving Up" On Adaptation Of H.P. Lovecraft's 'At The Mountain Of Madness'

    The fall of Guillermo Del Toro's attempted James Cameron-produced adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's "At The Mountain Of Madness" has been somewhat redeemed by the helmer's gestating monster-flick "Pacific Rim," which now has Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day and Idris Elba all set to star, but if we got anything out of his interview with Deadline, it's probably the fact he's still not sure what went awry.

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    In Theaters This Weekend - “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest"

    Despite the behind-the-scenes brouhaha, whether manufactured or real, Michael Rapaport's documentary on legendary hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest, titled Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, will open in theaters this weekend, in a limited release, starting in New York and L.A. and then expanding to several other cities through the end of August.

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    Review: 'Project Nim' Is A Tragic Look At The Life Of The Ape That Was Raised As A Human

    It’s not often that a documentary can be called highly anticipated but “Project Nim,” the latest from the Oscar winning “Man On Wire” team (director James Marsh and producer Simon Chinn), certainly qualifies. The doc was a smash when it played at Sundance earlier this year and it sees the filmmakers returning to the 1970s to take on an entirely different incredible but true story. The film tells the tale of Nim Chimpsky, a chimpanzee who was the subject of a landmark experiment to see if an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. This study was the brainchild of Dr. Herbert Terrace, a Columbia University behavioral psychologist who hoped to teach Nim enough language that he could eventually express what he was thinking and feeling. This would refute Noam Chomsky's thesis that language is inherent only in humans, hence his moniker, a direct pun on the famous linguists' name.

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    Why Did Michael Bay Recycle "The Island" Footage for "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"?

    As we headed into the holiday weekend, I caught the video proving that "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" recycles two shots from "The Island." I was stunned that Michael Bay, who directed both movies, had the nerve to cheat us this way, even if the reused material is only about 1/2000th of the whole. Did he assume so few people had seen "The Island" it would pass unnoticed? Many people quickly joked how fitting this discovery is, given that -- as we saw with College Humor's recent one-minute summation of all of Bay's movies -- the blockbuster auteur is always repeating himself anyway. And it's nothing new to point out his consistency (with, say, a montage of his use of shots rotating around the hero) or his other known instance of reprocessed material (the aircraft carrier that appears in both "Pearl Harbor" and the first "Transformers"). Plus, if Disney can get away with something very similar in its animated classics (watch below), surely it's nothing for someone of lesser artistic prestige to recycle.

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    Still Alive? Hayley Atwell Says She's Eyeing A Role In Jimi Hendrix Biopic With Andre 3000 To Star

    There's probably no project more difficult to mount in Hollywood than a music biopic. Not only do you have to distill the life of a musician into a reasonable running time, there is also a web of music clearances, estate approval and other myriad legalities that need to be navigated before you can get a film off the ground. And no musician has faced a rockier ride to the big screen than Jimi Hendrix.

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    John Malkovich Is Getting A 'Siberian Education'

    John Malkovich is anything but predictable. Who would've thought that the two time Oscar nominee for "In The Line Of Fire" and "Places In The Heart," the memorable star of such films as "The Killing Fields," "Dangerous Liasons" and of course, "Being John Malkovich" would wind up as an eccentric throwaway bit player in Michael Bay's "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon"? (And wind up being the best thing about the movie in the process). Even though the actor has been taking some steps toward the mainstream lately with middling results -- "Red," "Jonah Hex," "Beowulf" -- and slumming it in C-pictures like "Eragon" and "Mutant Chronicles" (geez, who do you owe money to?) it looks like the thesp is lining up something worth his talent.

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