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    Academy Reveals the Five Winning Writers for the 2012 Nicholl Fellowships

    Five lucky screenwriters received some great news today when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences revealed those selected as winners of the 2012 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Each writer will collect their $35,000 prize with the understanding that they will ea...

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    HBFF 2012 Preview: Dramedy 'The Great Divide' (Tichina Arnold, Richard T. Jones, Golden Brooks)

    Continuing our pre-festival highlights of the 2012 Hollywood Black Film Festival, here's a dramedy from director Ibrahim Yilla, titled The Great Divide, Yilla's second feature-lenght effort.

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    Paul Schrader's 'The Jesuit' Moves Ahead With Alfonso Pineda Ulloa Directing, Shannyn Sossamon To Star

    Originally slated to shoot in March 2011, with a promising cast including Paz Vega, Willem Dafoe and Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Schrader's long brewing "The Jesuit" never got off the ground. Instead, he moved to the micro-indie world and shot "The Canyons" with porn star James Deen and Lindsay Lohan, ...

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    In the Works: Theron's Viking Drama at ABC, Fogelman's Directorial Debut with Pacino, Renner & Moore

    Screenwriter Dan Fogelman ("Crazy, Stupid, Love," "Tangled") is set to make his directorial debut with his script "Imagine." Al Pacino, Jeremy Renner and Julianne Moore are talks to star. The familliar plot follows a rocker who finds a letter written to him by John Lennon that inspires him to change...

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    'Stand Up Guys' with Pacino, Walken, Arkin: Review, Trailer, Awards Run (VIDEO)

    Grabbing the boomer audience is like shooting fish in a barrel. They're starved for movies about them. So actor-director Fisher Stevens assembled three veterans at the top of their game--Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin--and let them run with the ball.

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    Challenging The Authenticity/Minstrelsy Lens: Jacqueline Stewart On Spencer Williams At BFC/A

    Courtesy of the Black Film Center/Archive (BFC/A)... news you can use, especially if you like in the Bloomington, IN area.

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    Shea Whigam Visits 'Wall Street,' Derek Jacobi Goes To 'Monaco,' David Paymer Meets 'Jack Ryan' & More

    A few bits and bobs of casting, so let's just dive right in....first up, the always excellent Shea Whigam ("Take Shelter," "Silver Linings Playbook") has taken a role in his "Boardwalk Empire" executive producer Martin Scorsese's new film "The Wolf Of Wall Street." Based on the memoir of the same na...

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    Trailer For Somali Pirate Thriller 'A Hijacking' (Claims To Consider Global Economic Disparities)

    Speaking of Somali pirate movies (see my David Oyelowo post from earlier this morning HERE)...

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    'Stand Up Guys' Goes For Gold With An Oscar-Qualifying Run

    You know what the Academy loves? Old people. You know who it's largely made up of? Old people. Give them an elderly person emoting and they'll hand out an Oscar nod, particularly if it's a legendary actor who is beloved and has been kicking around for a while. And when your movie stars Al Pacino, Ch...

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    The Alamo Drafthouse Wants to Offer You $1,000 for Making a 'No Talking, No Texting' PSA

    The Alamo Drafthouse is well known for its strict "No Talking, No Texting" policy (remember when they evicted someone for using her phone during a movie, then posted the customer's angry voicemail on YouTube for the world to mock?), so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that the...

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