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    Watch: Trailer For 'Putty Hill' Director Matt Porterfield's Sundance Entry 'I Used To Be Darker'

    Sprung from a five-page treatment and fashioned into a striking blend of drama and documentary, writer/director Matt Porterfield's “Putty Hill” took a community's reaction to a young death and explored it from a number of different angles. Now, with that film leading into a succe...

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    Chiwetel Ejiofor Adapting William Kamkwamba's 'The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind'

    I was reading THIS news item on Deadline this morning, announcing that Chiwetel Ejiofor has left ICM Partners and signed with CAA, and almost missed the blurb at the very end of it stating that the reverred thespian is currently adapting William Kamkwamba book The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind.

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    Good and Bad Surprises Come with 2013 Oscar Nominations

    Oscar nominations were announced this morning and per usual there were the surprises, both of the good and bad variety. Nine year old Quvenzhané Wallis becomes the youngest Best Actress nominee for Beasts of the Southern Wild, Kathryn Bigelow shockingly did not receive a Best Director nominat...

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    Watch: Mark Wahlberg Investigates The 'Broken City' In 3 New Clips

    Like Jason Statham, Mark Wahlberg reliably brings audiences out to the theaters, which is how we get something like last year’s mid-budgeted action thriller “Contraband” or the upcoming Allen Hughes-helmed “Broken City.” While the January release date suggests yet anoth...

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    Moussa Touré's Acclaimed 'La Pirogue' Getting 2-Week Theatrical Run At Film Forum (NYC)

    Moussa Touré's Acclaimed 'La Pirogue' Getting 2-Week Theatrical Run At Film Forum (NYC)

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    Casting Watch: Robin Williams Hits the 'Boulevard'

    Robin Williams is set to star in "Boulevard," directed by Dito Montiel ("A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints"). The film centers on Nolan Mack (Williams), a faithful husband in a marriage of convenience who is forced to face his inner secrets when he has a run-in with a younger man (Roberto Aguire).

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    Wes Anderson Confirms He's Reuniting With Bob Balaban For 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

    With the one-two punch of the animated “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and last year’s “Moonrise Kingdom,” Wes Anderson has reinvigorated his career and is already hard at work on his next film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” While little is known about the film, other tha...

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    Filmmaker Ayoka Chenzira Launches HERadventure Sci-Fi Multimedia Project To Empower Women

    As the conversation continues on the dearth of black representation in sci-fi cinema, I receive an email with this announcement.

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    New Images From Steven Soderbergh's 'Side Effects,' Scott Z. Burns Calls Film "His Attempt At Modern Noir"

    “Gangster Squad” may have earned the title of First Major DisappointmentOof 2013, but new movies from both Park Chan-Wook and Steven Soderbergh around the corner, are enough to keep morale high. Park is of course taking a gamble with his first English-language film “Stoker,” ...

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    With Oscar Nom, Will Palestinian Doc "5 Broken Cameras" Enter Mainstream Debate?

    I've been advocating on behalf of "5 Broken Cameras," Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi's engrossing and intimate doc chronicle of Burnat and his village's struggles for self-determination in Occupied Palestine, for nearly a year now. I first wrote about in March, then championed it ...

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