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    'The Help' Director Tate Taylor To Helm James Brown Biopic

    Of the many long brewing biopics in Hollywood, a movie about James Brown is among them. Spike Lee was once on board the project, with Wesley Snipes as his choice to play the lead, but that iteration has long since been taken off table. Can a powerhouse trio that includes "The Help" directo...

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    Director Of 'The Help' In Talks To Direct James Brown Biopic; What Happened To Spike Lee's Film?

    Well... First Spike Lee spent years trying to get his Jackie Robinson project financed and produced (unsuccessfully), only to eventually watch Legendary Pictures and Brian Helgeland launch their own Jackie Robinson picture with Chadwick Boseman starring (scheduled to be released in 20...

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    Feature Film Version Of André Robert Lee's 'Prep School Negro' To Screen At DOC NYC

    The feature-length version of a film we first introduced you to way back in 2009, the first year of this site's existence, will be screened at the DOC NYC festival next month.

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    Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp Head to China in 'Gilbert Grape' Via YOU On Demand

    YOU On Demand, China's leading Pay-Per-View and VOD platform, has reached a licensing agreement with Screen Media Ventures to distribute the company's films via transactional VOD and subscription VOD.

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    Watch: Second Teaser For 'Iron Man 3' Reveals First Peek At Guy Pearce Plus New Pic Of Ben Kingsley As Mandarin

    Just when you thought trailers for trailers couldn't get any dumber, Marvel has decided to create two for what better be a helluva spot for "Iron Man 3" tomorrow because we're sick of posting about this movie already.

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    First Look: Michael Cera & Emily Browning In 'Magic Magic'

    While Michael Cera will return to your computer in his most beloved role as George-Michael Bluth in the next season of "Arrested Development," he's always been eager to break out of that mold. And while "Youth In Revolt" was a (half) attempt to do that, his next effort will c...

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    Watch: Kylie Minogue Sings In 2 New Clips From Leos Carax's 'Holy Motors'

    This is one on the tongues of cinephiles this fall -- Leos Carax's long-awaited feature film effort, "Holy Motors." While this writer had mixed feelings on the meta movie swirl, it seems to be a minority opinion, as most have been taken by the film's ambition and playfulness. ...

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    Sundance Institute Introduces the Tennessee Williams Award for Playwrights

    The Sundance Institute announces the Tennessee Williams Award. The first-of-its-kind award will honor emerging playwrights who have participated in the Institute's Theatre Program Labs.

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    Weekend Recap: Hollywood's Most Secretive Directors, Cinema's Future, Tina Brown, AMC vs. Dish

    Secretive directors: In a world where new posters, trailers, and spoilers are prized and rumors are updated minute-by-minute, remaining a "secretive" director takes willpower and determination. A select few directors manage to keep a tight lid on their projects, and Vulture's Kyle Buchanan posted a ...

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    David Banner Joins Cast Of Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' Playing Forest Whitaker's Father

    A late addition, David Banner has joined the cast of Lee Daniels' The Butler, which is currently shooting in New Orleans.

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