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    Powerful Short Film 'Karim' Available For Download On The Shorts Movie Channel

    Well over a year ago, back on May 2011, I profiled the powerful and dramatic short film titled Karim, written and directed by L.A. based filmmaker Carl Seaton, a Chicago native, who was inspired to make the film after being profoundly affected by the violent summer in his hometown the previous year.

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    'Walking Dead' Showrunner Says Expect Major Character Deaths Throughout Season 3 (T-Dog?)

    If you're not already psyched for this (we've talked about it enough), or at least curious to see what happens on the series this season, maybe today's piece of news will do something for ya...

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    Beyonce Knowles Drops Out Of 'A Star Is Born' Remake; Esperanza Spalding May Replace

    This will likely be music to the ears of many of you, if your reactions to the news that she was to star in Clint Eastwood's remake, are any indication.

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    Figures: 'Taken 2' Screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen Says Fox Wants A 'Taken 3'

    Well, that was fast. Last week, while speaking to the press, actor turned action star Liam Neeson (essentially) said thanks but no thanks to the possibility of a "Taken 3" film. Then "Taken 2" was released on Friday and came up with a impressive $50 million in its opening weekend (double the opening figure of the original), proving that audiences still love aging dads that will find you, kill you and then fuck you up if you mess with their wives and daughters.

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    New 'Toy Story Of Terror' Halloween Special Coming To TV in 2013

    While technically speaking, Lee Unkrich's soulful "Toy Story 3" was the last entry in the hugely successful franchise, Disney and Pixar have kept the brand alive and well. There's the popular Toy Story Midway Mania ride operating on either coasts at both Disney California Adventure and Disney's Hollywood Studio and the series of "Toy Story Toons" short films that have appeared in front of "The Muppets," "Cars 2" and the 3D re-release of "Finding Nemo" (each of them beautiful and emotionally complex trifles). Taking the 'Toons' one step further will be a brand new holiday special, timed for Halloween next year, called "Toy Story of Terror," which will air on Disney-owned networks in time for the witching season.

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    First Look At Angela Bassett & Mary J. Blige In 'Betty And Coretta' On-Set Photo

    First Look At Angela Bassett & Mary J. Blige In 'Betty And Coretta' On-Set Photo

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    HIFF Review: Charming 'Sin Bin' Heavily Indebted To The Work Of Wes Anderson

    Young filmmakers often reference their heroes outright. This isn't a phenomenon exclusive to creatively wayward directors; look at the early films of genuine auteur Paul Thomas Anderson to see wholesale theft from Martin Scorsese and Robert Altman (to name a few). But when the references are a distraction to the point of actively taking away from the enjoyment of the movie, that's when things become a problem. And it's a problem that plagues the otherwise wonderful "Sin Bin," a charming little comedy about a high school kid (Michael Seater) who rents his beat-up van out to his fellow students for sexual liaisons, which owes such a stylistic debt to the films of Wes Anderson that it makes you think somewhat less of the movie.

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    Charles Parnell, Christina Elmore Sign Up For Michael Bay's 'The Last Ship' For TNT

    Charles Parnell (Pariah) and Christina Elmore, will join Michaela McManus, Travis Van Winkle, and Sam Spruell to co-star in Michael Bay's TNT action drama pilot The Last Ship, which is based on a 1988 post-apocalyptic fiction novel of the same name by William Brinkley.

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    Ben Affleck Reveals How Kevin Smith’s 'Red State' Inspired 'Argo' & More

    “The movie was fake. The mission was real,” is a tagline you’ll see printed across a blue-hued photo of Ben Affleck that’s gracing movie theaters and city streets across America this week for "Argo." The film tells the true story set against the backdrop of the Iranian revolution that follows CIA "exfiltration" specialist Tony Mendez, who develops a dangerous plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador – all under the guise of a film crew shooting a B-Level sci-fi picture. Thankfully the film that they’ve made about the events surrounding the fake film isn’t as flimsy as the one in the latest from multi-hyphenate actor and director Ben Affleck, with our man on the scene at Telluride calling the film “a terrifically suspenseful and entertaining thriller."

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    RZA Will Next Direct Adaptation Of Graphic Novel 'Happy!' w/ Reggie Hudlin Producing

    Recall July's announcement that Reginald Hudlin and RZA had reached an agreement that would see them working together on a series of projects, with specific interest in producing a series of comic-related projects, some likely to be directed by RZA himself, who's making his directorial debut this year with The Man With The Iron Fists.

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