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    'Catching Fire' Director Francis Lawrence Will Also Helm Both 'Mockingjay' Films

    When Gary Ross surprised many by exiting "The Hunger Games" franchise, Lionsgate was caught a bit adrift and began an intensive search to find a replacement. Francis Lawrence eventually nabbed the gig after a couple of harried weeks of rumor and speculation, and it seems everyone involved is very ha...

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    Exclusive: Listen To The Album Stream Of Fall On Your Sword's Soundtrack To '28 Hotel Rooms'

    Having composed moody and effervescent scores for "Another Earth," "Lola Versus," Ry Russo-Young's "You Won't Miss Me" and "Nobody Walks," and Keanu Reeves' upcoming indie "Generation Um…" Brooklyn-based electronic band Fall On Your Sword are quickly becoming the go-to outfit for indie film composin...

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    New Poster for 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' Reveals Wicked Witch -- Kunis or Weisz?

    A new poster for Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and Powerful," with the green-skinned Wicked Witch of the West making a full-body appearance, asks the question: Who plays the notorious Witch -- Mila Kunis or Rachel Weisz?

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    AFM News: Ella Thomas Cast As Lorraine Hansberry In 'Nina' + Promo Of 'Half Of A Yellow Sun'

    Ealing Metro, the production company behind Cynthia Mort's Nina Simone project will be on hand at the ongoing American Film Market (AFM), to generate buyer interest in its upcoming slate of films, which includes, in addition to Mort's film, the adaptation of Half Of A Yellow Sun, where ...

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    Casting Watch: Cumberbatch To Play Beatles Manager Brian Epstein, Helmed by 'Sherlock' Director Paul McGuigan

    Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to play Brian Epstein in a biopic about the Beatles' longtime manager. Paul McGuigan, who's directed Cumberbatch in a number of "Sherlock" episodes, will helm the Epstein project.

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    Watch: Scarlett Johansson, Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria Join Celebrity Pleas for Obama Reelection (VIDEO)

    tWith under a week to go before Election Day, many Hollywood figures have been coming out of the woodwork to provide their own spin on why America should reelect Barack Obama. Adding to the ranks are Scarlett Johansson, Kerry Washington, and Eva Longoria, whose colloborative video for MoveOn.org cut...

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    European Distributor Says 'Cloud Atlas' Was Too Intellectual For American Audiences

    To say that "Cloud Atlas" has been polarizing is an understatement. Critics seemed to either love it or loathe it, and even among The Playlist staff, some found it to be brilliant, and others a mess. This writer was certainly in the latter camp, but no matter what bloggers, fans or critics thought, ...

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    Lineup, Dates For 2012 Afrika Eye Film Festival In Bristol, UK ('La Pirogue' Opens)

    The 2012 installment of the Afrika Eye Film Festival in Bristol, UK, launches on Friday, November 9th, and will include in its lineup of film screenings, talks, and more, a celebration of 50 years of Jamaican independence.

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    Watch: 5 Minute Excerpt From Lynne Ramsay's Olympic Short 'The Swimmer' Plus Synopsis For 'Jane Got A Gun'

    Though fans waited a far too long nine years for Lynne Ramsay to follow up "Morvern Callar," she more than met expectations (and surpassed them) when she dropped "We Need To Talk About Kevin" last year. And she shows no sign of letting that long of a span go by between films...

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    Jill Scott Lands Roles In Fox's 'Fringe' And Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo'

    We're late on reporting this, but better late than never.

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