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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer Watch: Brit Rising Star David Gyasi in BBC 2's Ambitious Drama Series "White Heat"

    Back in November of last year, Tambay posted THIS story on upcoming British rising star David Gyasi, who is starring in the upcoming BBC 2 ensemble TV Drama series White Heat. The new series, which is due out sometime soon this year, is said to be an updated version of an older BBC drama serial, Our Friends In The North.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Shadow and Act Filmmaker Diary Series w/ Matthew Cherry: "Film Festival Budgeting"

    Here's the latest in our still ongoing filmmaker diary series with The Last Fall writer/director Matthew Cherry. I last posted an entry three days ago regarding Cherry's efforts to raise funds via his Kickstarter campaign in order to cover SXSW Film Festival Premiere trip expenses and post-production costs.

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  • The Playlist
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    Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, 'Kill Bin Laden': Kyle Chandler Joins Kathryn Bigelow's Film; Is The Movie A Procedural?

    With the male leading cast of Kathryn Bigelow's untitled project aka "Kill Bin Laden" featuring two Aussies (Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke), one Brit (Mark Strong) and a Venezuelan (Edgar Ramirez) it's about time another American came aboard to join Chris Pratt. And you don't get much more heartland flavor than you do with "Friday Night Lights" and "Super 8" star Kyle Chandler.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Gangster Squad' Moves Up One Week, Presumably To Avoid 'Paranormal Activity 4'

    A slight update on the release date front via Warner Bros. The studio has decided to move up its period, L.A. noir drama, "The Gangster Squad," one week from October 19th to October 12th. A minor adjustment perhaps, but worth noting: the picture has likely moved to avoid going face to face with Paramount's unrivaled found-footage horror flick, "Paranormal Activity 4." While the films cater to two distinctly different fans (drama vs. horror), "Paranormal Activity 3" was the biggest film in the franchise's history thus far, grossing $205 million worldwide, so it's likely WB hoped to avoid losing any of their audience. 

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  • The Playlist
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    McG Discusses The Alternate Endings To 'This Means War' & The (Jokey) "Homoerotic Finish" You'll Get On DVD

    This weekend, Fox's ambitious blend of action, comedy and romance, "This Means War," rolls into theaters starring Chris Pine and Tom Hardy as warring CIA agents at each others' throats vying for the attentions of Reese Witherspoon. With the picture now finished and screenings beginning to roll out across the country, we got a chance to catch up with director McG and talk about the film. What intrigued us most was the end of 'War,' with the helmer telling Movieline that initially he thought about doing a "Clue"-style ending. The 1985 film had three different endings shot, and shipped to theaters, with audiences never knowing what they would get. While McG abandoned that idea, without spoiling anything, we'll say the version of "This Mean's War" that moviegoers see in theaters wasn't the only one under consideration.

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  • The Playlist
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    Andrew Stanton Says Rumors That 'John Carter' Cost $300 Million Is A "Complete And Utter Lie"

    To say that the development of Disney's "John Carter" has been scrutinzed would be an understatement. The project itself has been in the works for years with a handful of directors (Jon Favreau and Robert Rodriguez among them) working on it, but never quite cracking the sci-fi space epic. However, it was Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton ("Wall-E," "Finding Nemo") who finally got the ball rolling and for his live action debut, he couldn't have asked for a bigger challenge. And indeed he's been closely watched every step of the way, with rumors growing loud as the film shifted release dates, dropped "Of Mars" from its initial title and slowly started earning concerned buzz, with reports showing up in the trades suggesting that his inexperience led to reshoots that pushed the budget to a staggering $300 million (a figure most recently tossed around in The Hollywood Reporter), but Stanton is now fighting back.

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  • Spout
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    The Doc Option: Instead of "Bullhead" Watch "Bigger Stronger Faster"

    Usually I aim this column at a mainstream studio release, but sadly there are no documentaries about antihero motorcyclists with flaming skull heads or tiny people who live under the floorboards or spies involved in love triangles (That I know of anyway. If I've missed them, please let me know, because those sound like great doc topics). Instad this week I have an alternative to the Oscar-nominated foreign film "Bullhead," which opens in limited release today. If you're wondering if you should see this slow and terribly unsatisfying Belgian crime drama, I have a Doc Option for you.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Janet Jackson In Early Talks To Join "The X Factor"

    It was exactly last Saturday morning when I posted an item from The Hollywood Reporter that revealed that Fox TV and the producers of The X Factor were going to start negotiatons with Whitney Houston to join the show as a judge next season.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Terry George Talks Oscar-Winning Short 'The Shore,' Michael Mann's 'Luck'

    Last week in New York, Irish writer-director Terry George and I met at the fabled Monkey Bar off Fifth Avenue to talk about his Oscar-nominated short, "The Shore." The Irish filmmaker was nominated for writing "In the Name of the Father" and "Hotel Rwanda" and directed Don Cheadle to an acting nomination in that film.

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  • The Playlist
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    In Theaters: 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' Declares 'This Means War'

    YEAH! Are you ready for some Cage's Festival of Wigs (TM)??? A wig made of FIRE perhaps? That is right, people. Nicolas Cage is BACK as that motorcycle madman from hell (nope this is not "Drive Angry 2") as the GHOST RIDER in "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance." And that's it, no other movies to see this week. KIDDING, there's like some Oscar nominated documentaries and foreign films and shit. And Tom Hardy debasing himself in "This Means War" with Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine. But really, it's all about the Cage this week. When is it not?

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