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  • ReelPolitik
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    Immigration Doc "Tony & Janina" Reunites Couple; Seeks Broadcaster

    Immigration Doc "Tony & Janina" Reunites Couple; Seeks Broadcaster

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  • The Playlist
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    Stephen Gaghan Developing Leif G.W. Persson's Swedish Crime Books For TV

    In the wake of the success of Swedish author Stieg Larsson's "Millenium" books and subsequent film series, which includes "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," many would have expected that his Scandinavian country would soon become a hotspot for Hollywood to dig deep for gritty crime novels ripe for adaptation. While it may not have happened as soon as many would have thought -- though Lasse Hallström is getting ready to get "The Hypnotist" with Mikael Persbrandt moving -- it looks as if 20th Century Fox are getting in on the action.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Character Posters For "Contagion" Instruct You Not To Touch Or Talk To Anyone

    The first trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s ensemble action-thriller Outbreak Contagion, about an international team of doctors hired by the CDC to prevent the global outbreak of a deadly virus, dropped about 3 weeks ago, and was met with mostly unimpressed reactions from you folks.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Video: New Dirty Dancing Director Ortega's Newsies with Singing, Dancing Christian Bale

    As we reported Monday, Lionsgate is giving Dirty Dancing (1987) a makeover, directed by original choreographer Kenny Ortega. Lionsgate is revamping the classic after unsuccessfully releasing sequel Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. The struggle here won't be to charge up teenage interest in the tale of teenage Baby’s forbidden romance with hip-swiveling Johnny Castle, packed with 60s classics from the original plus brand new compositions--just shove it down the willing throats of Glee, HSM and So You Think You Can Dance fans and the studio will make money. The struggle will be in creating a memorable film that has lasting powers of its own. Otherwise people will keep watching the original--nothing's stopping them so far. Do the math: Dirty Dancing was made for $6 million and brought in $213.95 million worldwide.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Michael Jai White's Directorial Debut "Never Back Down 2" Kick-Boxing To DVD September 13th

    My last post on this, back in May, included an announcement that the film would be released in theaters on June 10th; I don't believe that ever happened, unless it was some really small-scale release that I knew absolutely nothing about.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Dirty Dancing' Choreographer Kenny Ortega Returns To Direct Remake

    It really doesn't matter if you like the film or not; there is no denying that "Dirty Dancing" is an '80s classic and staple, an Oscar winner (Best Original Song for "(I've Had the) Time of My Life") and still a current pop culture reference point (a portion of Ryan Gosling's pick up routine in "Crazy Stupid Love" revolves entirely around the movie). But hey, why watch the original when you can have a second rate remake, right?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Salli Richardson-Whitfield on Lena Horne 'Dream Role' in Screen Biopic

    Salli Richardson-Whitfield expressed her desire to portray legendary singer, actress and activist Lena Horne in her latest eur web interview with Ricardo Hazell. Whitfield, whose show Eureka was just cancelled by SyFy (see post here), will be seen next in Mario Van Peebles' We the Party along Michael Jai White.

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    More: FYI, Quote
  • The Playlist
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    Ben Stiller & Disney Are Producing 'Quantum Hoops,' A Movie About Nerds Who Are Awful At Basketball

    In "Dodgeball," Ben Stiller's memorable White Goodman squared off against Vince Vaughn and a ragtag bunch of inept losers who rallied together to inconceivably become champions of the titular sport. The formula already worked one time, so why not try it with basketball instead?

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  • Spout
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    "Your Highness" Fails the Fantasy Fan, So Why Set It In That Genre?

    What a perfect week for "Your Highness" to arrive on home video and remind us what a failure it was. James Franco stars in this past weekend's box office champ ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes"), which grossed nearly six times as much, while Danny McBride has a new movie out Friday ("30 Minutes or Less") that's getting pretty decent first marks. Meanwhile, indie debut "Bellflower" is a greater heir to a throne once sat in by David Gordon Green. Evan Glodell's gorgeously shot romance-turned-thriller is like "All the Real Girls" with bigger balls and a much darker outlook. Cynically speaking, Glodell may one day be directing period-set pot comedies, too. For now, though, it's Green's turn to be asked, "what were you thinking?"

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    More: Home Video
  • Shadow and Act
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    "The Misadventures of AWKWARD Black Girl" Thanks to You... Close to $43,000 Raised & Counting...

    There's certainly something to be learned from the success of Issa Rae's web series The Misadventures of AWKWARD Black Girl, and the overwhelming amount of support its received - specifically, in its fundraising campaign, which, as of today, with about 2 days left until it ends, has attracted almost $43,000 in contributions! What's even more thrilling about that number is that she asked for $30,000. So, the additional $13,000 (thus far and counting) is the proverbial icing on the cake. Or maybe the cherry ontop of the icing on the cake.

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