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    'West Wing' Star Richard Schiff Is Dr. Hamilton In Zack Snyder's 'Man Of Steel'

    With lensing continuing in Vancouver and Chicago on Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel," one more actor has come aboard, and it may give some creedence to a rumor that has been kicking around. Or not.

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    Release Date For Eddie Murphy's "A Thousand Words" Gets Shifted Yet Again

    And it still might get shifted again... just release it on DVD I say; stick a fork in it.

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    Watch 7 Minutes Of "Red Tails" Now!

    Less than 2 weeks to go until what I suspect will be one of 2012's most polarizing *black films* (Red Tails), which we've talked enough about on this site that I'm sure everyone's well acquainted with it by now, opens wide across the country, with apparently a lot riding on its success; and not only just producer George Lucas' $93 million investment.

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    2011 Attendance Up at Indie Alamo and Landmark Chains; Top Ten Performers

    While the studios still chase after the increasingly fickle youth audience, indie theater chains successfully pulled filmgoers in 2011--without relying on 3-D premium ticket pricing. In fact, both the Alamo Drafthouse and Landmark indie chains announce that their national box office was up in 2011.

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    Catch a Free Screening of "The Black Power Mixtape" in Brooklyn for MLK Day

    We've covered The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 previously on this site, but in case you haven't yet seen it, BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn, NY, will offer a free screening of the feature length doc next week as part of their annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    New Line Cinema's "Police Academy" Remake Gets A Director

    It's been almost 2 years since this remake/revival/reimagining/re-whatever you want to call it, was first announced.

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    Ruh-Roh: 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' Pushed Ten Months To January 2013

    You could have called this one months ago. Paramount's "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" was supposed to be due in theaters on March 2nd, less than two months from now and we'd barely seen a peep from the film, not a trailer, a poster or anything other than this first-look photo that was revealed just a month ago. Never a good sign. In fact, that close to release and nothing substantial seen and you can almost guarantee a release date bump is on the way.

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    Universal Hires Writers For 'Bruce Almighty' Sequel, With Jim Carrey Eyed To Return

    You would have to go back to 2008's "Yes Man" for the last bona fide Jim Carrey hit. Since then he's starred in the underrated "I Love You Phillip Morris" (which nobody saw anyway), that ill-advised version of "A Christmas Carol" (which did good business, but isn't exactly a Jim Carrey Movie) and last summer's "Mr. Popper's Penguins," which made good coin overseas, but didn't quite register stateside. It looks like he may have a comeback project in the long-developing "Burt Wonderstone" with Steve Carell, which starts lensing soon, but if things go according to plan he'll pick up on a franchise that "The Office" star had taken over for him.

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    Dario Marianelli To Score Brian De Palma's 'Passion'

    Brian De Palma, whether you love him or hate him, always has a knack for choosing composers. Whether its the twinkly, sexy romanticism of Pino Donaggio in "Blow Out," "Body Double," and "Dressed to Kill;" the brooding eroticism of Bernard Herrmann in "Sisters" and "Obsession;" or the more off-kilter experimentalism of Ryuichi Sakamoto in "Snake Eyes," "Mission to Mars," and "Femme Fatale"; De Palma knows how to match the musician with the material, almost seamlessly. Even his big budget Hollywood job, "Mission: Impossible," which had a last minute replacement score cooked up by Danny Elfman, remains one of that composer's greatest, least heralded efforts. And that knack seems to have continued, with Film Music Reporter noting that the filmmaker has brought on Dario Marianelli, of "Atonement" and "Jane Eyre" fame, for his latest project, an erotic thriller called "Passion."

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    Exclusive: Joe Carnahan Says Long-Gestating ‘Killing Pablo’ Likely Next, Hopes ‘White Jazz' Will Follow

    It seems as though we’ve been waiting forever (a decade to be exact) for Joe Carnahan to deliver on the promise set forth with 2002’s “Narc.” It’s not that the two films he’s directed since (“Smokin’ Aces,” “The A-Team”) were necessarily bad, but rather that Carnahan seemed to demonstrate with “Narc” that he was capable of much, much more. Of course, the director also spent a fair amount of time developing “Mission: Impossible III,” which was later flipped to J.J. Abrams. It was an unpleasant learning experience Carnahan openly tells Playlist he quit before he could be fired. Although he says learned a lot from the ordeal and has no regrets, though it has possibly compelled the director to play things a little safer since.

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