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    'Safety Not Guaranteed' Writing/Directing Duo Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow Team For 'The Ambassador'

    On paper, an indie comedy about someone who puts an ad in the classifieds, searching for a partner to go time traveling with seems pretty obvious and predictable. But writing and directing team Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow delivered something sharp, smart and surprising with "Safety Not Guaranteed." A low-key charmer that worms its way into your heart, the pair used the set up to explore (with a lot of laughs) the realities we construct for ourselves to make it through life, and what happens when they're broken. Anyway, it was a great feature debut for the filmmakers, and we're glad we don't have to wait long to hear what they're up to next.

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    20th Century Fox Digs Into Archives To Release 'The Foxes Of Harrow' On DVD For 1st Time Ever

    Maybe someone at 20th Century Fox reads S&A; specifically, maybe they read THIS April post titled The First Book By A Black Author Adapted To Film By A Hollywood Studio Was...?, in which I talked about the adaptation of a 1946 book by African American author, Frank Yerby, titled, The Foxes of Harrow, which was the answer to the post's title question.

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    Review: 'Kumaré' A Morally Questionable Docu-Comedy About Expensive Yoga Gurus

    Sick of spiritualists charging an arm and a leg just to spout incredibly vague musings designed to help you? Think they're all a bunch of scammers taking advantage of those who actually need real assistance? If so, you're in luck, because Vikram Gandhi is on your wavelength. This filmmaker has made a documentary not unlike "Borat" in which he pretends to be a native Indian guru (code name: Kumare), creating his own philosophy and gathering very dedicated followers. Unlike the Kazakh, the director will reveal himself to his peons at the end in an effort to prove that whatever change occurred was because of them and not him. Winner of the Audience Award and the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, "Kumare" is a tricky flick that makes a scary case on how easy it is to begin a cult, but it also (unsurprisingly) is a morally questionable film endeavor.

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    Tim Roth To Star In David Cronenberg's Medical Drama 'The Knifeman'

    Well, with "Eastern Promises 2" looking like his next feature film, David Cronenberg will take a quick break and move to the small screen first. He's already going to make a rare acting gig in the SyFy pilot "Rewind," and he's got his own TV show brewing in "The Knifeman" which has now found a lead star.

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    Another Somali Pirates Movie In The Works Titled 'High Value Target'

    The last one we wrote about (an adaptation of Wilbur Smith’s novel Those In Peril) was in March; today brings word of what is being described as a "Somali piracy actioner" titled High Value Target.

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    Trailer Watch: Joe Wright's Sumptuous 'Anna Karenina' Waltzes Between Stage and Location

    The trailer for Joe Wright's likely Oscar contender "Anna Karenina" has landed, and it looks like Wright's decision to give the film a sumptuous stage setting is delivering in spades. Watch below as the characters (Keira Knightley plays the title role) waltz between gilded, illuminated amphitheatres and actual locations.

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    Rob Reiner Is Leonardo DiCaprio's Dad In Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf Of Wall Street'

    Well, if Martin Scorsese is looking to throw off any expectations people might have about his upcoming "The Wolf Of Street," he's doing a pretty good job. It's been a bit of an odd bunch assembled for the movie thus far, but apparently, we ain't seen nothing yet.

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    Actors Against Acting Athletes w/ Gary Oldman (Hump Day Humor... But Not Really)

    I'm sure actors will love this; one could also target to video at other groups like... musicians.

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    Review: Controversial & Upsetting 'Compliance' Is Still Affecting & Real

    If there’s a thin line between presenting unpleasant material to an audience and openly antagonizing them with it, there are going to be a lot of people accusing “Compliance” of the latter, when really what it’s doing is the former. Craig Zobel, the promising writer-director who made “Great World of Sound” in 2007, returns to the big screening with his deeply unsettling second feature, the fictional account of a real incident in which a caller impersonating a police officer contacted a fast food restaurant manager and enlisted her in enacting a sexual assault under the pretense of a criminal investigation. After immediately provoking intense feelings both positive and negative among audience members at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, “Compliance” seems destined to become a lightning rod for controversy, but its success is so great in depicting the damage that can be done through complicity and inaction that the movie’s takeaway message may eventually be confused with the technique used in order to create it.

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    French Actress Jemima West Joins 'The Mortal Instruments'

    Oh yeah, "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones," We nearly forgot about you. It seems this movie has been spinning its wheels, moving from on again to off again to on again over the past little while. But it seems some casting is now beginning to happen, and a new face is joining the film.

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