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    Bigelow's Likely Oscar-Contender 'Zero Dark Thirty' Adds Unknown Ricky Sekhon as Osama bin Laden

    Though details on Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow's in-producton project "Zero Dark Thirty" have been scarce, one major piece of news broke today. Ricky Sekhon, a British actor with two IMDB credits to his name, has been cast in the role of mastermind terrorist Osama bin Laden.

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    Controversial Belgian Immigrant Parable 'The Invader' Gets First Full Trailer & Poster

    This is one film that I've been really curious about since we first profiled it last fall; I've been tracking it, hoping that it might eventually screen somewhere in my neck of the woods (NYC), but that hasn't happened yet. 

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    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Takes A Drive Down 'Fury Road'

    It was just a couple of weeks ago that eagle eyed tabloid types spotted model-turned-actress Rosie Huntington-Whitely flying in to meet director George Miller, and it looks like that conversation went well, as she's set to star in yet another blockbuster after Michael Bay debuted her in "Tr...

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    Brit Crime Drama 'Woolwich Boys' Gets A Trailer & Screening Dates

    You may recall UK-based filmmkaker Anthony Abuah's submission to the S&A What's Your Story? feature I started a few months ago, in which he discussed being fiercely independent in making of his feature film, Woolwich Boys - a film that's now ready t...

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    'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Put On Hold To Fix Script & Budget, Release Date Pushed Back To May 16, 2014

    It looks like Paramount has finally learned their lesson the very, very hard way. After scuttling three movies slated for a 2012 release into 2013 -- "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," "World War Z" and "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" -- it seems studio executives have decid...

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    Director Peter Weir on Directing, 'Witness,' the Birth of the Australian Film Industry and More

    Australian Peter Weir is one of our great living directors, having given us such primal and unsettling classics as "Picnic at Hanging Rock," "The Last Wave," "Witness," "The Truman Show" and "Master and Commander," to name only a few. In this excerpt...

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    Genevieve Nnaji Nollywood Starrer 'Tango With Me' Secures UK Distribution, Set For August Release

    Nollywood starlet Genevieve Nnaji (maybe the most internationally well-known Nollywood actress) is a name and face that I think those who are not at all Nollywood-conscious will soon start to hear more about, as she navigates her way further towards much wider, global recogn...

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    New Images Of Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Salma Hayek & More In 'Savages'

    While Universal's decision to move Oliver Stone's "Savages" from a fall release date to a prime summer slot on the same weekend that "The Amazing Spider-Man" hits theaters may seem like a strange choice, there's a certain logic to it from a counter-programming pe...

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    Ghetto Film School Brings Together Members of the Industry With Young Aspiring Filmmakers

    The Ghetto Film School's Eighth Annual Spring Benefit honored Robert De Niro's contributions to the program and featured appearances and presentations from several notable filmmakers, actors, and TV personalities. The non-profit, independent film organization seeks to provide young filmmaker...

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    'The Ring' Helmer Hideo Nakata To Direct 'The Suicide Forest'

    It may all be a little foggy now, but back in 2002 the success of Gore Verbinski’s remake of Hideo Nakata’s “The Ring” kicked off  what would quickly become a Japanese horror film remake frenzy. While limp entries into the subgenre like “Shutter” or “Th...

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