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    Ang Lee's 'Life Of Pi' Will Make World Premiere & Open The 50th New York Film Festival

    With Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" starring Denzel Washington announced to close the proceedings last week, the New York Film Festival has gone ahead and unveiled what film will be kicking things off. And it's a doozy.

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    A List of All 50 New York Film Festival Opening Films

    With the announcement of Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" opening this year's New York Film Festival (as a world premiere, no less... that that, TIFF and Venice), I figured I might as well offer up this list of each and every opening night film in the festival's now 50 year history for any nerds out there. Notably, the selection of 'Pi'  allows Lee to join Robert Altman, Pedro Almodóvar and François Truffaut as the only directors to have had more than one film chosen to open NYFF ('The Ice Storm' did so in 1997).

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    Sundance ShortsLab LA: 12 Filmmaking Lessons from Jonze, Groth, 'The Pact' and More

    This weekend's Sundance ShortsLab LA panels offered a wealth of useful gleanings. Held at Google's Venice offices, panels included Story Development (director Spike Jonze and longtime editor Eric Zumbrunnen), Collaboration (director Azazel Jacobs, cinematographer PJ Raval, editor Annette Davey, production designer KK Barrett, and moderator Matthew Harrison) and Working with Actors (Joshua Leonard, Nick Offerman, Gina Rodriguez, and moderator Matt Ross).

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    Jodie Foster Heads To Showtime To Direct Mob Drama 'Angie's Body'

    "I think I may spend some time on cable," Jodie Foster told the Oregon Herald at Comic-Con last month, about where she might be going next. "I think it's a good outlet for what I do. What I do are personal stories and, in some ways, usually involve family and they have equal amounts of comedy and drama, sometimes an absurdist twist, and they're very verbal. And I like constructing complex characters and hopefully seeing this sort of tapestry of how they interact with each other over time evolve. Well, TV's the place for that." And it looks like those words are coming true.

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    Wesley Snipes Wanted For 'Expendables 3' (What Else Is On His Post-Prison Slate?)

    “We’ve approached Clint Eastwood to be one of the guys, we’ve got a character in mind for him. We’re talking to Harrison Ford. [And we want] Wesley Snipes when he comes back from prison. I’ll give you one more name, we’ve got Nicolas Cage to play [one of the characters].”

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    4 New Images From 'Cloud Atlas'; Test Screening Reactions Hit The Web

    Of the many big-name films unspooling at TIFF in September, perhaps the crown jewel is the world premiere of The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas." The star-studded, sprawling, ambitious adaptation of David Mitchell's novel will be unveiled before hitting theaters in October, but it looks Warner Bros. is still gauging audience reactions to this thing.

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    Review: 'Almayer's Folly' Another Brilliant, Mesmerizing Film From Chantal Akerman

    At this point, the filmmaker responsible for the much adored "Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles" can do whatever the hell she wants and still retain an immense amount of respect. Thankfully Chantal Akerman is still firing on all cylinders; "Almayer's Folly" (a loose adaptation of Joseph Conrad's debut novel of the same name) is an astoundingly terrific work that continues the slow, observant nature she is generally known for while adding a relatively heavier narrative.

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    Maria Howell Cast As Seeder In 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

    She's the 3rd new actor of African descent to join the cast of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - E. Roger Mitchell has been cast as troublemaker Chaff, and Meta Golding has been cast as Enobaria.

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    Preview Dramedy 'Homecoming' - 5 College Friends Reunite For Homecoming Weekend

    From writer/director Eugene Ashe, comes Homecoming, a featue film that premiered at this year’s Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, which ended over the weekend.

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    'Breaking Bad' Star Aaron Paul Replaces Emile Hirsch In 'A Long Way Down'

    Sometimes as a project moves along, casting is changed for a variety of reasons, and sometimes filmmakers have to settle on someone who maybe isn't as enticing as their choice. However, for the upcoming adaptation of Nick Hornby's "A Long Way Down," that isn't the case.

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