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  • Shadow and Act
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    Preview French Guyanese Illegal Gold Mining Action Thriller 'Orpailleur'

    The short story goes... 18 years after leaving his homeland, Rod, a young Parisian of Guyanese descent, returns home following the disappearance of his elder brother. After his arrival, the revelation of a painful family secret sends Rod on a relentless quest for truth, and he gets drawn into the hostile world of illegal gold mining.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Battle Royale' Might Get Turned Into A TV Show For CW

    Last fall, it was with a small amount of irony that producer Roy Lee revealed that the long-gestating Hollywood remake of the Japanese cult hit "Battle Royale" was essentially put on the back burner due to a similar film that has since become a massive hit. "'Hunger Games' definitely took a lot of wind out of the sails because it definitely has a very similar storyline and so I’m not actually sure if any studio…I’m not even sure if before 'Hunger Games' any studio would have been able to take the creative risks you need to make the movie right and now so [making the movie] would be even harder," Lee explained. But never say die, as the edgy, violent movie may find a home on a channel favored by tweens.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Preview Dominican Republic/Puerto Rico Co-production Drama 'La hija natural' ('Love Child')

    The Centerpiece film at the upcoming Caribbean Tales Film Showcase in Toronto, on September 5th, 10th, 12th, 14th and 15th, Leticia Tonos's La hija natural (Love Child) centers on María, young woman with the strange habit of putting ladybugs in her mouth, who, after her mother dies in an accident, decides to look for the father she has never met. She travels to a nearby town taking what few belongings she has. She finds her father, Joaquín, living in a dark, old house in the middle of an abandoned banana plantation, which the locals claim is haunted by spirits. He lives there with an enigmatic Haitian as his only companion. Having no one else in the world, she has no option but to stay with this drunken and recently widowed old man, and confront the ghosts of the past that haunt them both.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: ‘The Watch’ Is A Lifeless Sci-Fi Comedy With Moments Of Spirited Improv

    From the outside, 20th Century Fox's comedy "The Watch" seems to have its cup runneth over with the talent at its disposal. The film stars the quartet of Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and celebrated British director/writer/comedian Richard Ayoade (director of “Submarine”). It's directed by Akiva Schaffer, the talented young filmmaker behind SNL's Digital Shorts -- arguably the only thing keeping the show relevant for the last five years -- and the screenwriters are "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express" scribes Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. And with appearances by Will Forte, Billy Crudup, a quick Lonely Island group cameo and more, everything seems to be stacked in this comedy’s favor. But try as they might, this collective wattage of talented funny people are lost within a lifeless, tepid and uninspired comedy.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    50 Cent, Forest Whitaker Crime Drama 'Freelancers' Gets New Trailer + Theatrical Release Date

    50 Cent, Forest Whitaker Crime Drama 'Freelancers' Gets New Trailer + Theatrical Release Date

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Ruby Sparks' A Delightful Romantic Comedy That Tugs At The Heartstrings & Rings Of An Instant Classic

    It’s been six long years since Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ narrative feature debut, the much beloved “Little Miss Sunshine.” But the directing duo is back with a new film, “Ruby Sparks,” and with it, they prove that some things are worth the wait. With a script by its 28-year-old star, Zoe Kazan, and co-starring her real-life boyfriend Paul Dano, “Ruby Sparks” is a winning, charming yet bittersweet exploration of love and relationships, those that exist in both reality and fantasy.

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  • The Playlist
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    Lady Gaga Joins 'Machete Kills' & Gets A Character Poster

    If you thought the zany casting of Robert Rodriguez's "Machete Kills" started and ended with Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson, guess again. Robert Rodriguez hit Twitter today to announce: "I just finished working with @LadyGaga on @MacheteKills , she kicked SO MUCH ASS! Holy Smokes. Blown away!" And along with it, he added a character poster that reveals she, rather appropriately, plays a character named La Chameleon.

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  • The Playlist
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    Kimberly Peirce To Direct Remake Of 'With A Friend Like Harry' With Script By 'Stoker' Writer Wentworth Miller

    With Kimberly Peirce currently busy filming a remake of Brian De Palma's horror classic "Carrie," it looks like she's cast her eye on another redo, this time on something a bit more contemporary from across the pond. Variety reports that Peirce is now attached to direct a remake of the hit French thriller "With a Friend Like Harry."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Notes on 'The Dark Knight Rises,' from Sequels to Oscar Steakeaters

    One thing we know about "The Dark Knight Rises." That it is the last film of its kind makes it all the more imperative that people see it. And I predict the numbers will be very strong this coming weekend, as there was a predictable damper on last week's attendance, due to the Colorado tragedy.

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  • Criticwire
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    Nitpicking the 'Dark Knight Rises' Nitpickers

    Are critics using nitpicking pieces to avoid writing negative reviews?

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