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    "Holler If Ya Hear Me" - Musical Based On The Music Of Tupac Shakur In Development By Kenny Leon

    A film based on the late rapper/actor's life is still in Limbo (Antoine Fuqua was to direct it, and even began the casting process last spring, but nothing came from that, and Fuqua left the project; John Singleton then was said to have taken over for Fuqua, but then he left the project as well); but a Tupac Shakur stage musical is apparently in the works with Kenny Leon (maybe the most popular black director working on Broadway right now; although there aren't exactly many of them).

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  • The Playlist
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    'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' Sequel Gets Title, New Look At 'Smurfs 2' Gives Away Film's Setting

    Well, we guess they had to call it something. We already reported that Sony is moving full-steam ahead on a sequel to their 2009 adaptation of Judi and Ron Barrett's children's book "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," but would not utilize the storyline from the book's sequel, "Pickles to Pittsburgh." Hot shit "Horrible Bosses" writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were hired to write the script and while original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have moved on to live action (they directed next month's terrifically cartoony "21 Jump Street"), Sony substituted them with two story artists from the first film – Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. What it was going to be called remained a mystery… Until now. Thanks to a promo image provided to Coming Soon, everyone can now say hello to "Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers." Evocative.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Mike Tyson Says He'll Be In "The Hangover 3" + His New 1-Man Show ("Tyson: The Raw Truth") Debuts

    Chatting with Dan Patrick on his radio show on Tuesday, Mike Tyson confirmed he'll be part of the cast of The Hangover 3 - the completely unnecessary 3rd installment in that particular franchise of films, which is currently in development and expected in 2013.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Interview with Carice van Houten - Star of Black Butterflies

    Here is a reposting of the interview I did a little less than a year ago with Carice before she took the Tribeca Film Festival by storm.

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  • The Playlist
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    William Friedkin's 'Killer Joe' Starring Matthew McConaughey & Emile Hirsch Gets NC-17 Rating

    It seems the MPAA is still getting under everyone's skin. With controvery over the R-rating for The Weinstein Company's documentary "Bully" still brewing, the ratings board has dropped another eyebrow raising decision, stamping William Friedkin's deliciously dark "Killer Joe" with the dreaded NC-17 rating. 

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Promo/Poster Art For Vin Diesel's Upcoming Bouncer Web Series "The Ropes"

    Haven't heard much on this since my last post in November... Vin Diesel's new web series (he's producing) with Fox Digital Entertainment, titled The Ropes - an original series about the lives of bouncers; something Vin himself was in a former life.

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  • Press Play
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    SIMON SAYS: SNOWTOWN MURDERS and a Guided Tour Through Serial Killer Movies

    The Snowtown Murders comes out in theaters this week. Based loosely on a series of real-life murders that took place in Snowtown, Australia, the film serves as a great reminder of why serial killers in particular are interesting: they’re pathologically disturbed.

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    'Napolean Dynamite' Helmer Jared Hess To Direct 'The Pet' For Producer Scott Rudin

    Jared Hess, remember him? Well back in 2004 he was one of the hottest young directors on the block after the success of “Napoleon Dynamite,” which achieved almost instantaneous cult status and spawned a generation of kids who became inseperable from their "Vote For Pedro" t-shirts. His next project looked set to be a sure fire hit – a similarly quirky comedy, “Nacho Libre” -- only instead of the unknown Jon Heder, he had comedy titan Jack Black still riding the crest of the wave of success from “School of Rock” and “King Kong.” But the film opened to poor reviews, and despite a solid enough showing at the domestic box office, it flopped internationally. Following that up with “Gentleman Broncos” did him no good at all, and eventually Hess found himself back where he started – creating “Napoleon Dynamite – The Animated Series.”

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Official Teaser Trailer For Chinonye Chukwu's "Alaskaland" Surfaces

    Here's the first official trailer for writer/director Chinonye Chukwu's feature film debut Alaskaland - a film previously profiled on this blog.

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    "Sparkle" Possibly Being Moved Up To A May Release

    According to Bill Zwecker of the Chicago Sun-Times and a few other media sources, Sony Pictures is working double time on post-production to complete the upcoming Sparkle remake with Whitney Houston.

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