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  • Women and Hollywood
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    All She Can - Co-Written and Directed by Amy Wendel

    Luz wants to get the hell out of Benavides, Texas. The way she can get out is either through the Army or through a weight lifting scholarship to college. Her brother is in the Army and she has seen his dream of college disappearing and that's not for her. So she's going to lift her way out. Problem is she can't always make weight and the pressure to succeed for herself and her family is overwhelming at times. Luz doesn't get everything right. She screws up, she loses her scholarship, she disappoints, but she refuses to give up and fights for herself and her future.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Small Screen: Patricia Clarkson Awesomely Cast As Ron Swanson's First Ex-Wife In 'Parks & Rec'

    To fill in for those of you who haven't watched "Parks and Recreation" (and really, you're running out of excuses at this point -- we did call it the best thing on television earlier in the year), the show's break-out character is Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), the libertarian, meat-loving head of the titular government department in Pawnee, Indiana. The character has two ex-wives, both named Tammy (also the name of his mother), but, to date, we've only met the second, a fearsome librarian played by Offerman's real life spouse Megan Mullally, whose presence has caused some of the show's greatest moments to date.

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  • The Playlist
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    Antoine Fuqua Is 'Storming Las Vegas'

    It would seem that Antoine Fuqua is doing anything but shooting the long-gestating Tupac Shakur biopic. After some drama earlier this year in which he left the project, and then was lured back in a lucrative pay-or-play deal, the wheels on that picture still seem to be at a halt and the director is still attaching himself to more options.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Update On Release Date Of Jazz Film "Bolden" Starring Anthony Mackie

    It's a movie we've patiently waited for since hearing about it more than a year ago and now it seems Bolden!, a mythical account of the life of Buddy Bolden--the first Cornet King of New Orleans--could possibly be on the festival circuit the end of the year.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Are Non-Partisan Political Docs Possible? Previewing "Patriocracy" and "Fear of a Black Republican"

    Are Non-Partisan Political Docs Possible? Previewing "Patriocracy" and "Fear of a Black Republican"

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Now: "The Custom Mary" Trailer

    Directed by Matt Dunnerstick, The Custom Mary, stars Alicia Sixtos and James Jolly. The film, produced by Becky Wang, will be featured at the 2011 New York International Latino Film Festival, going on next month from August 15th through August 21st.

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  • The Playlist
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    Olivia Wilde Considers Playing Porn Star Linda Lovelace In Biopic By Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman

    It seems that a film about notorious "Deep Throat" porn star Linda Lovelace is something quite a few people in Hollywood want to get made. There are two currently competing projects: the first is Matthew Wilder's "Inferno" that was famously going to have Lindsay Lohan in the lead role, but now is toplined by Malin Akerman and Matt Dillon. Last we heard, filming was supposed to begin this month though it appears that hasn't really happened and word on the project has grown quiet once again. The other is by “Howl” and "The Celluloid Closet" directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman that at one point was courting Kate Hudson and James Franco, and while we haven't heard a peep out of that project since the beginning of the year, it's now earning some fresh buzz.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,' 'A Dangerous Method,' 'Carnage,' 'Shame,' 'Alps' Lead Venice Line-Up

    Todd Solondz's 'Dark Horse,' Sam Worthington Starrer 'Texas Killing Fields,' Persepolis Follow-Up 'Chicken With Plums' Also In Competition, Soderbergh's 'Contagion,' Madonna's 'W.E.' Out Of ItAfter a few months of rumors flying around, the line up for the 2011 Venice Film Festival has been unveiled, and to put it mildly, we're a little bit excited. The opening and closing films, George Clooney's "The Ides of March" and Whit Stillman's "Damsels In Distress," had been revealed over the past few weeks, and now, we've got the full selection. There'll be little new for anyone who spied the leaked line-up a few days ago, which seemed to get things about right, but even without the element of surprise, it's an incredibly tantalizing selection.

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  • The Playlist
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    Robert Patrick Replaces Bryan Cranston As Texan Law Enforcement In 'Gangster Squad'

    Trying to replace Bryan Cranston is kind of a no-win situation but Robert Patrick? Sure, we can dig that.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Horror! 'Scanners' & 'Tales From The Crypt' Headed To TV

    If the massive success of "The Walking Dead" on AMC has proven anything, it's that horror fare can be done right on the small screen and will find an audience, so perhaps it's no surprise that two more shows are in the works to try and capture that same lightning in a bottle.

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