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    Luc Besson's The Lady To Open Rome Film Festival

    Luc Besson’s biopic of Burmese pacifist leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, The Lady, will open the Rome Film Festival on October 27, reports Variety.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer Watch: Rashida Jones and Sterling K. Brown in "Our Idiot Brother" (Opening Today)

    Released in theaters today, the Jesse Peretz-directed comedy Our Idiot Brother stars Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Rashida Jones and Sterling K. Brown (Army Wives, Detroit 187).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "The Interrupters" Breaks Box Office Records In Chicago

    Steve James' acclaimed new documentary The Interrupters about the Cease Fire community activist violence prevention volunteer organization in Chicago has been a genuine box office smash in its own city. The film, which officially concluded two week run at the Gene Siskel Film Center Thursday night is, according to today's Chicago Tribune, the biggest box office success in the 40 year history of the Center.

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: New Trailer For 'Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy'

    Irvine Welsh & Director Rob Heydon Talk About Bringing The Adaptation To LifeWhen Danny Boyle delivered the groundbreaking "Trainspotting" it proved that the unique language, tenor and prose of Scottish writer Irvine Welsh could be brought to the big screen with both style and substance. An adaptation of "The Acid House" soon followed and "Filth" is gearing up to shoot next year, and the next Welsh story to hit the big screen will be "Ecstasy." But it was no easy journey.

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  • The Playlist
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    In Theaters: 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark,' 'Our Idiot Brother,' or 'Colombiana'

    Ah, the dog days of August. Used to be that this month was just another typical dumping ground for films that withered on the vine, but it in recent years, it's expanded a bit to swallow up some of the summer blockbuster fare crowded out of May-June-July. But the last weekend in August? Yeesh. Kids are going back to school, college students are back on campus, and everyone's depressed because summer's ending. That psychological breakdown attempts to explain the box office offerings for this weekend. Katie Holmes gets scared in "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," Sundance comedy "Our Idiot Brother" takes advantage of the roomy playing field, and B-action flick "Colombiana" does the same. If you're not soaking up the last dregs of summer out of doors this weekend, or battening down the hatches on the East Coast with the arrival of Hurricane Irene, here are the releases available at your multiplex or art house.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Redemption Road" Starring Michael Clarke Duncan And Directed By Mario Van Peebles Opens Today!

    This film was originally profiled on S&A back in November. Nearly a year later and with a name change, Redemption Road finally hits theaters today.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Brighton Rock—movie review

    Sometimes one can admire a film without truly liking it; that’s how I feel about the ambitious British remake of Brighton Rock. Graham Greene’s 1938 novel, first filmed in the late 1940s, has been cleverly reworked to take place in 1964, at the time of the “mods and rockers” riots in Brighton, signifying a time of change in England. That is just one of many clever moves by writer-director Rowan Joffe, who is able to explore some of the seamier aspects of the novel that censorship (and matters of taste) made impossible in 1947.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For Mark Romanek's Canceled TV Pilot 'Locke & Key'

    Well, with so many directors dipping their toes in the water of television, not everything is going to make it, and unfortunately for Mark Romanek's "Locke & Key," the pilot episode of the mooted gothic horror/drama never even got to air. Those lucky enough to be in San Diego in July for Comic-Con were treated to a screening of the pilot, but if you weren't around to catch, this trailer will likely be the only peek you'll ever get at what Romanek cooked up.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Review - "Colombiana" (Well... It's Better Than "Transporter 3")

    Reposting my review since the movie officially opens today, and all the discussion that follows in the comment section. Feel free to jump in...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Today's Birthdays - 8/26/11 (Evan Ross and Keke Palmer)

    Evan Ross welcomes 23 today. His list of film credits include ATL, Life Support, Pride, Life Is Hot In Cracktown, Moozlum, Case 219 and 96 Minutes in which he won the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival. The Family Tree, a comedic indie flick he also appears in, will hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles today.

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