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    Thoughts On Common In AMC's New Post-Civil War Drama "Hell On Wheels"?

    AMC's post-Civil War drama series titled Hell On Wheels, one of 7 or so Civil War-themed projects (TV and film) currently in development at various studios, premiered last night, Sunday, November 6 at 10/9c on the network. This one co-stars rapper-turned-actor Common, who plays a character named Elam - a freed, bi-racial slave who heads west to find work, while also hoping to find his place in society, as he doesn’t feel that he fits squarely into either the “black world” or the “white world.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Rufus Sewell To Play Samael In 'Paradise Lost'

    Even though he once said, "[I] don't want to play a baddie again," Rufus Sewell seems to have accepted his fate as the go to villain. He's known for playing a string of bad guys in movies ranging from "A Knight's Tale," "Legend Of Zorro" and "The Illusionist" and he's already signed to be one of the main vampire villains in next summer's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." But now, he's set to literally hang with the devil.

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  • The Playlist
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    Holly Hunter & Peter Mullan Join Jane Campion's 'Top Of The Lake'

    As we're in the thick of the awards season, here's a gentle reminder (as if you already didn't know) that it's not really about "the best" of anything, but mostly about who has the most efficient campaign. If the right people get nominated and win along the way, that's almost a happy accident. But just as often, great, deserving films get overlooked. Let's take Jane Campion's "Bright Star" for example, an utterly gorgeous, affecting, aching film powered by a beautiful turn by Abbie Cornish, breathtaking cinematography and a tone and tenor unlike any film that year. That is received only a paltry Costume Design nomination is a crime, but at least Campion is still solidering on and her next effort sounds absolutely great.

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    Special Screening of Ghanaian Drama “Ties That Bind” with Kimberly Elise In Toronto on Nov 17

    A film we've covered a couple of times in the past. From the press release:

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  • The Playlist
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    More Class: Brett Ratner Apologizes For Saying “Rehearsal’s For Fags”

    Oh boy, out of the mouths of babes. Or in this case, douches. Barely after escaping headlines about his appearance on "Attack Of The Show" where he confirmed that he "banged" Olivia Munn a few times, forgot who she was and bizarrely got her ethnicity mixed up, Brett Ratner's big mouth has again landed him in some hot water.

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    U.S. Distributors A-Z and What They’re Buying

    This U.S. distributor list is a work in progress which invites comments, latest news, etc.  Please help us with your comments! 

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "West Side Story" And The Puerto Rican Thing

    From TCM's Movie Morlock's blog (a site I highly recommend to all you classic movie geeks):

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  • The Playlist
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    Werner Herzog Says He's Making Four Films On Death Row Inmates; 'Queen Of The Desert' Still Needs Financing

    Nearing seventy years old, Werner Herzog shows no sign of slowing down. In his sixth decade of filmmaking, he’s managed to cross-over with an appearance on “The Simpsons,” an Oscar nomination for "Encounters At The End Of The World," and soon he'll pop up in your local multiplex as a villain opposite Tom Cruise action picture. In addition, he’s got two documentaries released this year. The first, “Cave Of Forgotten Dreams,” has grossed an unprecedented $6 million, and a phenomenal that see it about to enter its eighteenth weekend of release. And this Friday will will bring to theaters “Into The Abyss,” an elegiac doc about a young man on death row for a horrific triple murder.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Tyler Perry's Fans Angry At Casting Of Kim Kardashian In "Marriage Counselor;" Vow To Boycott Movie

    Hah! One thing we could say has helped contribute to Tyler Perry's immense success is that he communicates directly with his fans via his frequent personal messages to them posted on his website, as well as the open forum he created for his fans to share with him.

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    AFI '11 Review: Steven Soderbergh's Action Vacation 'Haywire' Has Style, Smarts & Kicks To The Face

    At the AFI Festival L.A. "Secret Screening" -- blown, and blown up, several hours before as the world premiere of Steven Soderbergh's action-thriller "Haywire" -- the director explained how he found leading lady Gina Carano. He'd just been fired off a film -- "Which happens," he dryly noted -- and he was watching mixed martial arts on TV and saw Gina Carano in action and was struck by a thought: "She's a natural beauty and she beats people up in a cage; how could you not build a movie around her?"

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