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    Report: Senegal Anguishes Over 'Slow Death' Of Its Film Industry

    Senegal was once at the forefront of African cinema, with directors like Ousmane Sembene and Djibril Diop Mambety receiving international acclaim in the years after the country's independence from France in 1960.

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    TIFF Review: Manic & Meta 'Seven Psychopaths' Both Exhausts & Delights

    It would seem that following the success of "In Bruges," writer/director Martin McDonagh went to Hollywood -- and didn't like the experience. A meta riff on making movies "Seven Psychopaths" is a sneering send-up of the industry that also revels in its action movie clichés. But if there is one thing certain about McDonagh's sophomore feature film, it's that it's bigger in every sense than his debut. Boasting lots of gunplay, a big extended cast of stars willing to play along and a less witty, broader sense of humor, McDonagh tries to have it both ways by playing to the cheap seats while pointing out how absurd it is at the same time.

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    Idris Elba Is Fidgety In New 'Prometheus' Viral Clip, Ahead Of Digital HD Release

    The movie is behind most of us by now, some more disappointed than others, but that hasn't stopped the viral campaign. We suppose it could be as a lead-up-to the film's home video release.

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    Tobey Maguire And 'Ice Age' Director Chris Wedge Team On 'Cardboard'

    According to a Variety report, former Spider-Man Tobey Maguire is teaming with Fox Animation, WedgeWorks and graphic novelist Doug TenNapel to bring TenNapel's "Cardboard" graphic novel to the big screen, with WedgeWorks' Chris Wedge producing and directing. Maguire's production shingle Material Pictures, TenNapel and Gotham Group will executive produce. Maguire will most likely voice one of the main animated characters.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    TIFF Trailer: The Sapphires

    TIFF Trailer: The Sapphires

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Get Ready - New Bobby Brown Reality Series Set For BET

    I'm sure many of you still have sad memories of the 2005 Bravo reality series Being Bobby Brown. Two out-of-control people making fools of themselves in public and in private. And yet, as the old saying goes, it was like watching the aftermath of a car wreck - you just couldn't turn away.

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    Alfre Woodard Will Play Taye Diggs' Mother On 'Private Practice' This Fall

    Alfre Woodard

    After a recent recurring role on True Blood as Lafayette’s (Nelsan Ellis') mom Ruby Jean, Alfre Woodard will guest star on Private Practice during the fall season, playing Taye Diggs’ mother, in an episode that will air in November.

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    Al Pacino To Play Legendary/Disgraced Football Coach Joe Paterno

    According to an exclusive Deadline report, ICM Partners will start shopping around a project, starting next week, to which Al Pacino is attached to play late, controversial Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. The project is based on Sports Illustrated writer Joe Posnanski's biography, "Paterno," which is currently sitting atop the New York Times Bestsellers List for the second week in a row. Paterno was once a golden god amongst college football. Then, of course, it was discovered that he had been involved in a complicated cover-up of sexual misdeeds by his defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Paterno died after being fired but before the NCAA issued a heavy fine and sanctions against the school that included the removal of Paterno's wins going back to the time of the cover-up.

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    TIFF Review: 'The Gatekeepers' Tells Story Of Israeli Security Services Through The 'Truth Of Their Own Voices'

    "The Gatekeepers"

    It’s almost impossible to walk into "The Gatekeepers" without already feeling intrigued. Director Dror Moreh has taken care of that with the premise of his new documentary alone. Six ex-leaders of Israel’s top counterterrorism and security organization, Shin Bet, describe their experiences through a candid interview process. They answer (or at times cleverly avoid) tricky questions regarding their perspective on Shin Bet’s role, successes, failures and moral standing in the ongoing ravenous feud between Israel and Palestine. This is unprecedented stuff right here, on a topic that’s like a bus full of innocent people just waiting to explode. And as a film, it’s effective – for the most part.

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    New In USA Theaters: 'Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution' (Historical Fashion Showdown)

    Versailles '73: An American Revolution

    A film that's also opening this weekend, that we missed in our weekly compilation of noteworthy new films you should see in theaters...

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