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  • The Lost Boys
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    R.I.P. My (Third) Blackberry Torch

    So last night my third Blackberry Torch is just over a year became no more. On my last night here in New York, I had the pleasure of being pickpocketed at a bar in the East Village (though thankfully only my phone fell victim, which I'll take over a wallet or a passport anyday). This marks my second stolen Torch (the other time I will only say that I was indeed at fault), and frankly the last one. I held out on the iPhone for years with lame excuses like "I like my smartphone simple... I don't need a computer in my hand I spend enough time on my laptop" or "I like supporting Canadian companies!" But it seems like the time has come. In the meantime, though, I'll remain phoneless. Which I've done before, once even for a few weeks... And I always find it to be an interesting experiment that makes it clear how addicted to it I've become. The first day or two I actually get anxious and intensely jealous at the sight of other people on their phones, and constantly check my pocket in case somehow I've overlooked a phone being there a few hundred times. But by day three or four, I feel pretty free and liberated. My hope is that when I finally get the nerve to quit smoking, the process will be similar.

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  • The Playlist
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    Paul Feig Has Better Things To Do Than Direct 'Bridget Jones 3'

    When news arrived this summer that Paul Feig, riding very high off the smash success of "Bridesmaids" was looking to take on "Bridget Jones 3," it didn't quite make sense to us. Given that the helmer had a world of opportunity open up for him, it seemed strange he would take on the third instalment of a pretty tepid franchise as his followup. We figured that maybe he had a unique approach that would put his stamp on the material, but whatever he was planning, that's now all in the past as Deadline report Feig has bailed on the movie.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Pam Grier Drops A Few "Man With The Iron Fist" Nuggets + Talks Film Adaptation Of Her Memoirs

    By now, I assume most are already well aware of RZA's upcoming feature directorial debut, The Man With The Iron Fist, which stars the man himself, Russell Crowe, Pam Grier and others; Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino are producers of the project.

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  • The Playlist
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    Billy Crudup Joins Ben Stiller & Vince Vaughn In 'Neighborhood Watch'

    Billy Crudup's always had a slightly uneasy relationship with celebrity. The stage star grabbed many with his film debut in Barry Levinson's "Sleepers," but ever since, he hasn't shown much desire to really jump on the A-list; every time he takes on a star-making turn like "Almost Famous," he returns to the stage, or makes a tiny little-seen indie, with his blockbuster performances tending towards supporting roles in the likes of "Mission: Impossible III" or "Public Enemies."

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  • The Playlist
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    Joel Schumacher Says He Wanted Nicolas Cage To Play Scarecrow In The Aborted 'Batman Triumphant'

    The career of Joel Schumacher is a colorful one, filled with unpredictable twists and turns, hits and misses, star vehicles and no-name indies. He’s been everywhere and done everything, and his latest, “Trespass,” which hits theaters next Friday, is his second collaboration with Nicolas Cage after “8MM.” However, it was almost his third.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Sarah Jessica Parker Unplugged

    Here's SJP talking with Bravo's Andy Cohen at an NBCU "Power of the Purse" breakfast.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Out In Africa Film Festival Lineup Announced ("Pariah" & Gun Hill Road" Make The Cut)

    The Out In Africa Film Festival (OIA) is scheduled to run from October 21st through the 30th, in South Africa, with screenings in both Cape Town and Johannesburg; and 2 films we've covered quite a bit on S&A will screen there: Dee Rees' Pariah and Rashaad Ernesto Green's Gun Hill Road.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Anthony Mackie Wants Jonathan Demme To Direct His Jesse Owens Biopic

    We already know that Anthony Mackie has expressed his desire to portray legendary Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens, and has in fact long been developing a film based on the man's life.

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: BAMcinématek's "Brooklyn Close-Up" Series Celebrates BAM's 150th Anniversary

    Brooklyn-Centric Film Series Kicks Off On Halloween With Walter Hill's 'The Warriors,' Includes Films By Spike Lee, Noah Baumbach & MoreHere's a pretty cool treat for those that live in Brooklyn -- like many of us on The Playlist team. Beginning on Halloween (October 31), the excellent BAMcinématek repertory house will be launching their "Brooklyn Close-Up" series; a year-long retrospective that marks BAM's 150th anniversary and celebrates the rich film history that has taken place in the borough.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    New On DVD/Blu-ray/VOD: "Fast Five," "Submarine," "African Cats," "Jackie Brown"

    It's raked in over $600 million in worldwide box office since its April release. Nice chunk of change! You can guarantee that another one will be made.

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