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    Rewriting "Sparkle" - Whitney Houston's "Effie" Will Not Be A Maid

    The remake of “Sparkle” is on the road to starting next month. Whitney Houston, already announced, will play Jordin Sparks‘s mother. In this version, Whitney’s character will not be a maid but a former R&B star who’s gone back to the church. I am told that Whitney will sing two gospel songs in the film.

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    LIFE'S WORK: THE FILMS OF ROMAN POLANSKI - Chapter 2: Spaces

    Roman Polanski has been making films for five decades now. His latest film Carnage is yet another of his works that takes place within a single, confining location, the better to allow Polanski to explore social, political and sexual issues. From his student shorts at the National Film School in Łódź to his early features Knife in the Water and Repulsion through his more recent films The Pianist and The Ghost Writer, Polanski has consistently explored how a physical space can affect a character's mental state.

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    Philadelphia Film Festival Announces Lineup; "Shame," "Le Havre," "Being Elmo" & Others Make The Cut

    I don't think we've ever really covered the Philadelphia Film Festival, so this might be our first mention; maybe because, this year, they'll be showing a number of films we've highlighted on Shadow And Act; which means, if you live in the Philly area, you'll get your chance to see them all, before much of the rest of the country does.

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    New On DVD/Blu-ray/VOD Today - "Viva Riva!"

    In my review of Djo Tunda Wa Munga's crime drama, Viva Riva!, I highlighted the film's audacious depictions of the kind of orchestrated sexuality and violence rarely seen in African cinema (specifically cinema of the DRC - the Democratic Republic Of The Congo, where such scenes are taboo); a kind of "fuck-you" to the status quo in a country that hadn't seen a feature film produced in over 2 decades.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Rum Diary Hits a Film Festival: The Hamptons

    Things are looking up for the long-delayed literary adaptation The Rum Diary, Johnny Depp's second run at writer Hunter M. Thompson. Whenever a movie sits on the shelf for long, it starts to small a little. But while FilmDistrict did not take the film to early fall film fests, they have booked it as the opening of Elvis Mitchell's Film Independent series at LACMA and will play the upcoming Hamptons Film Festival.

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    Watch Trailer For New Season of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

    Here's the new season 4 trailer for The Real Housewives Of Atlanta, a Bravo network reality show that most people seem to hate or love.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For 'Sleepness Night' The French Midnight Madness Hit That's Getting A U.S. Remake

    Midnight Madness at TIFF this year certainly got Hollywood buzzing. Among the titles earning chatter among suits and audiences alike were "Kill List," "The Day," "You're Next," of course "The Raid," which is getting a Hollywood do-over, and French thriller "Sleepless Night" which yes, is also being remade (courtesy of Warner Bros). Hopefully someone will actually distribute the latter film on this side as, judging by the French trailer for the film uncovered by Twitch, it looks like a pretty exciting little genre flick.

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    Tamera Mowry to Guest Star with Twin Sister Tia on BET's "The Game"

    Twins Tamera Mowry [Housley] and Tia Mowry [Hardrict] will soon bring their "Sister, Sister" act to BET series The Game as Tamera guest stars in the upcoming season.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Poster Watch: Spielberg's War Horse is Everything You'd Expect

    Sight unseen, Steven Spielberg's War Horse, based only on the trailer, is clearly Oscar bait. The new poster (below) offers exactly what you'd expect for the PG-13 film based on Michael Morpurgo's novel about a boy, his horse and WWI. It has Spielberg and Christmastime-heart-tugging written all over it. "Separated by War. Tested by Battle. Bound by Friendship." Awww. And what a lovely sunset, too.

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    'Toy Story 3' Director Lee Unkrich Starts Work On New Pixar Movie & Will Blog About It

    First, let's get one thing out of the way: Lee Unkrich kind of looks like Ed Helms doesn't he? Okay, we just had to put that out there, but the real news is that the "Toy Story 3" director has announced on Twitter that he's starting work on a new movie and to stay updated you'll have to keep glued to his Tumblr page where he'll be tracking its progress. "Today is day one on my next project. Every day I'll post a new photo chronicling the journey," he tweeted. So what is it? Who knows.

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