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    Review: Understated & Powerful Documentary 'Knuckle' Is A Knockout

    Given the recent explosion of mixed martial arts in the last several years, it seems like a no-brainer that someone would make a documentary about real-life pugilists who don’t just fight but have a real, deep-rooted beef with one another. But Ian Palmer’s documentary “Knuckle” isn’t a celebration of competition, or even the chronicle of a journey some ambitious hopeful makes en route to victory, or even defeat; rather, it takes a long and in many ways tragic look at two warring Irish clans who have engaged in a rivalry for so long that they keep it going without ever knowing why, and certainly without considering stopping it. A chronicle of two intertwined family histories whose ongoing conflict is as raw and unrefined as the fists of the men who fight, “Knuckle” is an understated but powerful look at a world people know little about, in a way they’ve never seen before.

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    Ben Kingsley Will Play 'Ender's Game' With 'Hugo' Co-Star Asa Butterfield

    Working with a young actor isn't always the easiest thing for established thesps like Ben Kingsley. Younger talent sometimes need more attention, and patience on set, as they are still cultivating the craft that veterans have honed into a finely turned art. But it seems that Kingsley got along smashingly with Asa Butterfield on the set of "Hugo," as he's now lined up a project to work with him again.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    T.I. and Tiny's Reality Show Pulls In Big Numbers for VH-1

    VH-1's new reality series T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle pulled in some really big ratings and a whole lot of viewers for the network.

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    Bounce TV Acquires "Fat Albert," "The Cosby Kids" Series + Hits 72% Penetration Of African American Households

    Anyone of you been watching the new black TV network, Bounce TV? And if so, thoughts on programming thus far? It's still a little early in the game I suppose, but I'm sure some of you have already started forming your opinions of it, based on its current offerings.

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    New Images Of Kirsten Dusnt & Jim Sturgess In 'Upside Down'

    It was almost a year ago that we showed you the first images from the sci-fi romance “Upside Down,” a film we’re particularly interested in starring Kirsten Dunst and “One Day” actor Jim Sturgess, and a project which Dunst recently referred to as "kind of like an accessible 'Brazil.’” Now, some more images have surfaced of the bright and cheery Sturgess courtesy of the fansite Jim Sturgess Online.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Interview with Diablo Cody

    Diablo Cody

    Diablo Cody was kindly able to take a few minutes to talk Young Adult and feminism in the film business on the eve of the opening of her new film.  It's good to know that we have a strong feminist voice out there unafraid to own up to her convictions.

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    CONFIRMED! Eddie Murphy To Star In Marion Barry Biopic Directed By Spike Lee For HBO

    UPDATE Friday morning, 12/9: It's not a question mark anymore folks; this is very real and is indeed happening, as has been confirmed by some of the industry trades, like The Hollywood Reporter. So, wow! This should be very interesting... VERY interesting. It just came out of nowhere. I'm waiting to hear all the backstory on this, like how it all came together, how long those involved had been chatting about doing it, etc. I also look forward to finding out how they plan to attack it.

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    Review: 'Catch .44' Is Fully Loaded With '90s Crime Movie Clich├ęs

    "In The Tradition Of The Usual Suspects And Reservoir Dogs" proclaims the back of BluRay box of the copy we received. If only. The spirit may be willing, but the movie from writer and director Aaron Harvey is weak. Seemingly cobbled together out of leftover ideas from every movie that came in the wake of those aforementioned films, with a big debt owed to Quentin Tarantino, "Catch .44" is a bunch of stylistic choices looking for something resembling a movie to hang on to.

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    Neil Marshall To Direct Horror Flick 'Hellfest'

    For some of us, including many of The Playlist’s own writing staff, “The Descent” director Neil Marshall is a purely hype-fueled helmer that never quite delivers on the promise of the former film or his chilling debut werewolf picture “Dog Soldiers.” For others, he’s a talent who has made two great genre pictures in the previously mentioned titles, then decided to step outside his comfort zone with the unofficial “Mad Max” homage “Doomsday,” along with the Michael Fassbender-starring Roman war flick “Centurion,” with both achieving varying degrees of success. Regardless of which camp you fall into, Marshall’s name has been floating around a handful of projects, from the Sam Raimi-produced 3D body horror film “Burst” to an ambitious foodie genre flick.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    UPDATED: Is San Francisco's Castro Theatre Finished as a Movie Venue? Not So Fast?

    Earlier this week, it was reported the famous Castro Theatre, long a cinematic home for the queer community, art-house gems and one of San Francisco's classic movie palaces (built in 1922), was finished as a movie theatre, according to the blog, the Petrelis Files. Many staffers were fired, it was suggested, and next year, it would no longer regularly book films. But according to a new report at BayCitizen.org, the Castro isn't fading to black. Or is it?

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