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    Mo'Nique Gets 'Bumped' Into Indie Dramedy

    If you had told us a few years ago that Mo'Nique -- best known at the time for starring in the sitcom "The Parkers" -- would deliver a breathtaking dramatic performance that would land her an Oscar, we would have said you were crazy. But as much we had our issues with "Precious," there was no denying that the actress was a revelation. In the lead up to the Oscars in 2010, we said she was "a beast in this picture; a force of nature" that "saves this exploitative and garish movie from being a total waste of time." However, following all the awards season recognition and the career changing praise, the actress hasn't been quick to sign on to anything but now, more than two years after "Precious" first premiered at Sundance, it looks like she's ready for the big screen again.

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    Watch: 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Trailer Presents A Not So Amazing Origin Story & Wonky POV Web Work

    Granted, when "The Amazing Spider-Man" hits theaters next year, it will be a full decade since Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man movie and there will be a whole new generation of kids growing up with Peter Parker for the first time. But for the rest of us, the origins of the young photographer's crime fighting abilities have been elaborated not only in Raimi's films, but on the long-running cartoon show and in the comics. We've been down that road multiple times with very little variation in the myth, but it looks like director Marc Webb is going to tell us that familiar tale all over again. Or maybe, it won't be as familiar as we think.

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    Watch: Deeply Unnerving Full Trailer For Ben Wheatley's 'Kill List'

    Plus Trailer For Takashi Shimizu & Christopher Doyle's Mad-Looking 'Rabbit Horror 3D'One of our favorite films at SXSW this year was "Kill List." The follow-up to Ben Wheatley's terrific, but woefully underseen gangster film "Down Terrace," it's a domestic drama, blended with a hitman thriller, mixed with a pastoral horror flick, that's not really like anything you've ever seen, and its basically guaranteed to leave you shaking for hours after: without saying too much, the film left one senior member of The Playlist team physically ill. In a good way. It was picked up by IFC Midnight, who'll release it later in the year, but a U.K. opening is more imminent, and a couple of trailers have arrived ahead of it.

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    Guest Post: A Woman at the Typewriter by Susan Bernofsky

    If you’ve ever seen a movie about a writer, chances are the writer was a man. Think the maniac with writer’s block in The Shining, or the novelist in Misery who is held prisoner by a fan from hell. Woody Allen’s latest, Midnight in Paris, stars Owen Wilson as a first-time novelist who can’t finish his book without time-traveling for inspiration. I think there’s certainly a need for more movies about women-of-letters, and if you agree, you’ll want to check out the beautiful art-house movie The Woman with the 5 Elephants which opens on today at the Film Forum in New York.

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    'Tree Of Life' Star Jessica Chastain To Star In Guillermo Del Toro-Produced Horror 'Mama'

    It feels like Jessica Chastain is a name that we've been hearing about for years now, without much evidence to go by in terms of released movies. But now that we've seen her in a leading role in Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," we understand why she's such a hot property: she's a terrific, luminous actress. And 2011 will continue to be a massive year for her, as she has another seven films on the way: playing the young Helen Mirren in "The Debt"; starring in the acclaimed Sundance drama "Take Shelter"; popping up Ralph Fiennes' "Coriolanus," teaming with Al Pacino in "Wilde Salome," featuring alongside Emma Stone in "The Help," taking a part in John Hillcoat's "The Wettest County In The World," and appearing with Sam Worthington and Chloe Moretz in cop drama "Texas Killing Fields." Whew. As for 2012, she's got a small role in Malick's next picture (presuming it comes out next year), and she's just signed on to something that sounds very different, a film with a rising Spanish director, and produced by one of the biggest names in the genre world.

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    Obviously: Director Confirms That Bruce Campbell Will Cameo In 'The Evil Dead' Remake

    It's hard to believe that after so much chatter and so many promises, the remake of "The Evil Dead" is actually happening. Indeed, the project is set up at Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures, with on-the-rise director Fede Alvarez (“Panic Attack!”) at the helm with none other than Oscar winning screenwriter Diablo Cody doing some final touchups on the script. This won't quite be the 'Evil Dead' we all know and love, rather, something promisingly different, but there will be one very, very familiar chin popping up in what is a pretty no-brainer cameo.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Rev Al Might Be Getting His Own Show on MSNBC

    For the past two weeks Rev. Al Sharpton (or Rev. Perm as I always like to call him) has been subbing on MSNBC'S 6PM time slot for the network's regular host, Cenk Uyger, who has been on an extended vacation and is scheduled to come back next Monday.

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    Tinker Tailor Poster Spy: One-Sheet Arrives For Eagerly Anticipated Spy Flick

    Every time we have to see something like "The Smurfs" or "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie" we get through it (other than by self-medicating) by remembering that it's only a few months before "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" hits theaters. The English-language debut of "Let The Right One In" director Tomas Alfredson, and the first big-screen version of the John le Carré spy novel already memorably adapted for television in the 1970s, the film's long been one of our most anticipated, considering its impeccably-pedigreed cast, and the teaser trailer that landed a few weeks back did absolutely nothing to change that, being one of the most mouth-watering clips we've seen in some time.

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    First Look At Justin Timberlake & Amanda Seyfried In 'In Time' Arrives Right On Schedule

    Formerly titled "I'm.mortal" then "Now" before settling on "In Time," director Andrew Niccol has stepped behind the camera again for the time in six years, returning to the sci-fi genre that served him so well the first time out with "Gattaca." And he's got a helluva story to tell.

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    Mo'Nique Considering First Post-"Precious" Feature - Indie Dramedy "Bumped"

    Well... it took over 2 years, but it looks like comedienne/actress/host Mo'Nique has found a project she's ready to tackle as her next feature film (the long-in-gestation Hattie McDaniel biopic she's attached to aside).

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