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    Exclusive: Red Band Trailer For Porn World Drama 'About Cherry' Starring James Franco, Heather Graham & Ashley Hinshaw

    From Berlin to San Francisco, from Taipei to Champs-Elysees, Stephen Elliot's directorial debut "About Cherry" has been traveling the globe this year and now it's headed to a theater near you. While some folks have already caught up with movie on VOD, for those still looking to take in the film on the big screen, it opens in limited release this weekend and this new red band trailer will certain pique the interest and raise the eyebrows of those looking for something a little saucy.

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    Tyler Perry Cancels Anticipated Last Live Madea Tour, Blames Bootleggers & Impersonators

    About an hour ago, Tyler Perry posted the below message to his 8.1 million Facebook fans, reposted without comment:

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Mapping the Long Take: Béla Tarr and Miklós Jancsó

    Bela Tarr is considered one of the supreme directors of our generation and an all-time master of the long take. But he didn't come from out of nowhere. Here's a comparison of his technique with that of his mentor, Miklos Jancso, using maps to track their camera movements.

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    Trailers from Hell: 'Blood Simple,' The Arrival of The Coen Brothers

    It's the beginning of Coen Brothers Week at Trailers from Hell and Josh Olson is starting us off with the trailer for 1984's "Blood Simple."

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    Sean 'Diddy' Combs Is Heading To FX Series 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'

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    Sean "Diddy" Combs will appear in the upcoming season of the FX series, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

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    Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves' Faces Lawsuit Alleging It Ripped Off 'Monkey Wrench Gang'

    So is this a case of inspiration being a bit too strong on a screenplay or a producer looking to slow down the steam engine of a rival project? We'll soon find out as Kelly Reichardt's upcoming "Night Moves" is facing a lawsuit from Edward R. Pressman Film who are seeking damages and a halt to production and sales claiming the movie rips off novel "The Monkey Wrench Gang" which they are turning into a movie from "Catfish" directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    TIFF Review: The Stories We Tell - Sarah Polley's Effective New Documentary

    Toronto loves Sarah Polley. The display of that love was evident last week at the premiere of her first documentary Stories We Tell which held its Canadian premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. I was able to see the film with an audience rather than at a press screening, and the love they feel for her is palpable. It was really amazing to see. She is an incredibly talented filmmaker who takes a bold step by putting the lens on herself, her family and its secrets. It's not a conventional documentary by any means. She has reenactments of past events. She has written a whole narration which her father reads throughout the movie. As the two of them sit there him reading, her directing you see them reflecting on their whole lives and how they are both so affected by all that the film reveals. She sets the whole thing up as if she is willing the way the answers will turn out. Not to give too much away because it is just so good, the film is about secrets and family and the search for truth and how many version of the truth exist.

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    TIFF Winner Xavier Dolan Planning Six-Part Hexalogue 'Ordinary People'

    While we continue to remain truly puzzled as to why Xavier Dolan's gorgeous, sprawling and lovely "Laurence Anyways" is continously unable to secure a U.S. distribution deal, the young filmmaker left Toronto with a prize under his arm. His latest film took home the Best Canadian Feature Film from TIFF, and as usual, Dolan is plowing ahead on his next project. This spring it was announced he would tackling the adaptation of the play "Tom a la Ferme," but after that he's got some big plans. Very big plans.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    'In My Genes,' Feature Debut By Lupita Nyong'o ('12 Years A Slave') To Screen At Maysles, NYC

    The announcement that she'd been cast in quite a meaty role in Steve McQueen's Twelve Years A Slave naturally led some to wonder about her past work, given that, as I noted in that post, looking over her IMDB page, the Kenyan actress has primarily crew credits on a few projects, but little in the acting department. Although on her Twitter page, she lists herself as an actor first, a graduate of Yale School of Drama.

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    Oscars: 'The Master,' 'Silver Linings Playbook' & 'Argo' Lead Wide Open Awards Season Field

    Having covered the Oscar race in quite a bit of detail last year, it's fair to say that it wasn't the most exciting race in history. It became clear from early September onward that "The Artist" was set to be a juggernaut, and as the film swept the precursors in the run-up, it was clear that nothing else -- not "Hugo," not "The Descendants" had a chance at beating it out. And indeed, most of the acting races felt like foregone conclusions from the off. It was clear in the weeks before that Jean Dujardin was going to edge out George Clooney, while Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer had their awards locked up for months, making the Meryl Streep/Viola Davis head to head the only major race that felt up in the air.

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