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    Sundance '11: Final Acquisitions & The Sundance Promos The Festival Didn't Want You To See

    So Sundance is over. Weary buyers are returning home, harried critics are catching up on email and much-needed rest and the sleepy ski resort has finally been freed from the hordes until next year. But there are still a few more loose ends to tie up, including a few more acquisitions that were made as the festival headed to a close.

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    Stringer Bell Out, Madea In For 'Cross'; Rob Cohen Will Take Over Directing Duties From David Twohy

    Tyler Perry Is Also The Real Black SwanDr. Alex Cross, the character created by James Patterson in his best-selling books, is no stranger to the big screen. In 1997 and 2001, Morgan Freeman played the role of the crime busting psychologist in "Kiss The Girls" and "Along Came A Spider" and now the franchise (of sorts) is getting a reboot and moving in some interesting directions.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    ABC Family Goes All Girl

    Three new shows were given the green light yesterday and they all focus on young women. The good news is that the Jennifer Weiner (yes, the best-selling author) created show The Great State of Georgia starring Raven Symone (please don't lose any more weight) is included. Here's the log line from this show: "aspiring actress with a larger than life personality who, along with her science geek best friend (Majandra Delfino), try to make headway in New York City."

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    Sundance ‘11 Review: 'Submarine’ Is A Smart Coming-Of-Age Comedy & A Promising Debut

    One of the best films at this year's Sundance Film Festival was one that actually had its debut at last year’s TIFF. Richard Ayoade’s “Submarine” is a remarkably assured debut filled with dry humor, visual wit and great performances. Adapted by Ayoade from a 2008 novel by Joe Dunthorne, the film follows 15 year old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts), a somewhat delusional teenager who believes himself to be a literary genius, (he reads Nietzsche and searches the dictionary for new words), but in actuality is a social outcast who gets bullied at school and doesn’t know how to talk to girls. Oliver develops a crush on classmate Jordana (Yasmin Paige), an emotionally guarded pyromaniac, who initially agrees to go out with him only to make her ex-boyfriend jealous.

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    'Real Genius' Team Val Kilmer & Jon Gries Reunite For Drama 'Deep In The Heart'

    It's been twenty-five years since Chris Knight and Lazlo Hollyfield made us laugh and cry in "Real Genius," and just when we thought that alchemical pairing of Val Kilmer and Jon Gries was lightning in a bottle never to be repeated, it looks like our prayers for a rematch have been answered.

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    Warner Bros & CBS Films Team To Adapt Stephen King's 'The Stand'

    Regardless of his qualities as a writer (while he's extremely good at what he does, his most ardent admirers sometimes confuse 'prolific' with 'writer of capable prose'), there's little doubt that few novelists have had as many truly great films made from their work as Stephen King. "Carrie," "The Shining," "Stand By Me," "Misery," "The Shawshank Redemption" -- all classics, and all derived from novels or short stories by King. Recent years haven't been so kind, however, with films like "Dreamcatcher" and "Hearts in Atlantis" lining up alongside "Maximum Overdrive" as some of the worst King adaptations.

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  • Week of Wonders
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    Director Yousry Nasrallah in Cairo

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    Alex Pettyfer In Talks For 'The Last Apprentice'; Jeff Bridges & Jennifer Lawrence May Join Too

    Rising Star Turns Down 'Mortal Instruments' With his starring role in "I Am Number Four" in a few weeks, "Beastly" next month, and Andrew Niccol's "Now" later in the year Alex Pettyfer is swiftly becoming to the sub-genre of movies-that-Amazon-recommends-when-you-order-a-copy-of-"Twilight" what Tyler Perry is to films about African-American families. Among various projects the 20-year-old actor has percolating are a biopic of racing driver James Hunt, the young-adult-aimed "Jack the Giant Killer" and, as of a couple of weeks ago, Screen Gems' adaptation of the popular "Mortal Instruments" series by Cassandra Clare, in which Pettyfer was being aggressively courted to star in as a demon hunter, alongside "The Blind Side" star Lily Collins.

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  • Caryn James
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    On DVD: Never Let Me Go, 2010's Most Underappreciated Film

    Months ago, by sheer coincidence, I saw Never Let Me Go and Black Swan at back-to-back screenings – a lot of intensity for one day. (And between Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman the most anorexic-looking double bill ever, but that’s another story.) I left the screening room thinking it would be a great fall movie season and that both films would be in the mix for awards – so I was only half right.

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    Rumor: Kristen Stewart, Jessica Biel, Rachel McAdams & More In The Running For Lois Lane

    Malin Akerman, Dianna Agron, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Also Mentioned With one of the big casting questions of 2011 answered on Sunday, with the announcement that "The Tudors" veteran Henry Cavill will be playing Clark Kent/Superman in Zack Snyder's reboot of the iconic hero, questions immediately turn to who will be joining the British actor in the film, and specifically, who will play the Man Of Steel's better half, spunky reporter Lois Lane. Natalie Portman had been vaguely linked to the role before Christmas, but if there was ever any truth to the rumor, the recent announcement of her pregnancy surely puts paid to that, and otherwise, word has been fairly quiet. Until now.

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