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    Tyler Perry To Do Some 'Good Deeds'

    Yeah, we know. Tyler Perry doesn't usually fall under our radar of coverage, but as one of the most successful actor/writer/producer/director threats in Hollywood, he can't be ignored. Say what you will about the quality of his films, but he's speaking directly to a segment of the moviegoing public that Hollywood routinely ignores and he's making mad bank doing it. It's not exactly shocking that Lionsgate has re-upped their first-look deal with Perry for another two years; he delivers big box office on relatively small budgets and his Madea series is a bonafide franchise.

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    Film Society's Lincoln Center Cinema Adds Bingham Ray as Program Consultant

    New Yorkers can celebrate the imminent arrival of two new art-house cinemas in a city that has long been underserved by movie theaters. Here are reports by indieWIRE and the the NYT on the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunn Munroe Film Center, which opens June 17 with Andrew Rossi’s film circuit doc Page One: Inside The New York Times (Magnolia).

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    Post Office Issues 17th Legends of Hollywood Stamp: Gregory Peck

    Presented by the Motion Picture Academy and the United States Postal Service, the First Day of Issue ceremony for the Gregory Peck Commemorative Stamp, the 17th in the USPS's Legends of Hollywood series, will take place on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater, the stamp's first day of issue. Laura Dern, Morgan Freeman and singer Natalie Maines will join host Sharon Stone in honoring the late Oscar-winner (1916 - 2003), who appears on the stamp as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). The Academy will screen film clips and will interview Peck's family and friends.Tickets are available online at Oscars.org and stamps will be available for purchase in the Academy lobby the day of the ceremony.

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    Pixar Bumps Bumps 'Monsters University,' Moves Up 'Reboot Ralph'

    Oh yeah, all excited for "Monsters University" that has been riding a wave of buzz thanks to the official title and director getting announced last week? Well, get ready to wait. Disney has moved the film from a fall 2012 bow to June 21, 2013 where it will square off against...well, nobody just yet. 2013 is just a twinkle in the eye for many studios at this point. But don't fret! Another movie has replaced "Monsters University" on the calendar to make sure you get your animation fill.

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    Overexposed James Franco Abandons Twitter

    James Franco's mother may still be tweeting, but her Oscar-host son, in dire danger of overexposure, has abandoned the practice. @FrancosMom tweets: "I wouldn't hold my breath for @jamesfranco to comeback to twitter. Fun while it lasted. Follow @JamesFrancoNews instead."

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    Russell Brand & Diego Boneta Ready To Sing In 'Rock Of Ages'

    So, the "Rock Of Ages" train continues to roll, bringing on more passengers as it gears up to start filming very soon.

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    Eddie Murphy & Usher Approached To Play James Brown In Long Gestating Biopic

    Dr. Yanna Brown Also Likes Chris Brown For The PartA James Brown biopic isn't new, in fact, it's quite old. Way back in 2006, Paramount and Imagine Entertainment brought on Spike Lee to direct the film that he would also rewrite, adding another pen to a draft that had already been through a number of hands including Steve Baigelman ("Feeling Minnesota") who got it rolling and Jezz and John Henry Butterworth ("Fair Game") who did the most "recent" draft. Word on the project has pretty much been quiet since but it appears that movement is still happening sort of.

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    Paste Magazine's 13 Great Musical Moments in Wes Anderson Movies, with Royal Tenenbaums & More

    We recommend checking out all 13 of Paste Magazine's Great Musical Moments in Wes Anderson Movies. Here's their #2, featuring Nico's "These Days," and The Royal Tenenbaums's Gwyneth Paltrow and Luke Wilson.

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    San Francisco Film Fest Preview: Christine Vachon's Keynote, Frank Pierson's Master Class

    Meredith Brody will be covering the upcoming San Francisco International Film Fest from April 21 to May 5. Here's a preview of things to come: What wasn’t announced at the SFIFF 54 press conference – the names of the tributees for the Founder’s Directing Award and the Peter J. Owens award, aka the acting award – was almost as newsworthy as the many other highlights of the 15-day, 189-films-from-over-40 countries program, taking place April 21 – May 5 2011.

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    Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church, Allison Janney & Alec Baldwin To Star In 'Lucky Them'

    While "The Last Exorcism" couldn't muster up a decent scare and "The Virginity Hit" was a non-starter, Huck Botko -- who wrote the former and wrote/directed the latter -- seems to be making a step into feature films that have a budget that requires more than running around with a handheld camera.

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