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    James Franco & 'Kink' Director Christina Voros Teaming Up For Gucci Documentary

    We’re only in the second month of 2013 and while most of us have failed to meet our New Year’s resolutions, James Franco has already dropped two movies at Sundance -- the BDSM porn doc “Kink” and the “Cruising”-inspired “Interior. Leather Bar.” -- is i...

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    Julia Stiles Joins Jennifer DeLia's Mary Pickford Biopic 'The First' to Play Oscar Winner Frances Marion

    Julia Stiles, who re-emerged with a great supporting turn in "Silver Linings Playbook," has signed on to play screenwriter Frances Marion--the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay--in Jennifer DeLia's "The First," based on Eileen Whitfield's biography on Mary Pickford...

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    Special Screening Of 'Chameleon Street' At BFI Southbank; Q&A w/Wendell B. Harris After

    So you still haven't seen Wendell B. Harris' Chameleon Street, despite all the yapping we've done about it on this blog over the last 3 years? No? Why not? It's on DVD. It should also be on iTunes.

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    Why Indomina Abandoned Distribution UPDATED

    The problem with independent distribution is that it costs a lot of money to keep the machine running. The numbers of outsiders are legion who have jumped into distribution because they blanched at the money they think they're leaving on the floor with onerous releasing deals.

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    Benedict Cumberbatch Circling Role Of Alan Turing In Black-Listed Biopic 'The Imitation Game'

    It seems like Benedict Cumberbatch is starting to get a taste for biopics of socially awkward computer geniuses who change the world. The "Sherlock" star is currently filming "The Fifth Estate," in which he's playing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and now he's lining up another hot role, in the s...

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    'Royal Affair' Team and Shane Salerno Take on Winslow's Drug-War Epic 'Power of the Dog'

    Nikolaj Arcel, director of foreign Oscar nominatee "A Royal Affair," and Rasmus Heisterberg, who penned the script, are set to adapt Don Winslow's epic besteller "The Power of the Dog." The two previously collaborated on scripting the Swedish "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."

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    Pics From 'Fast & Furious 6' Plus Plot Synopsis Reveals The Plot Will Center Around Fast Cars

    I feel like I’ve heard this somewhere before. In a major world capital, a grudge match between rival gangs necessitates a street-level takedown involving the kind of guys one dreads running into in dark alleys, their thermodynamically dubious cars and an inexplicably low number of pedestrian c...

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    First Look: Hiddleston and Swinton Vamp It Up in Jarmusch's 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

    Check out this first new image of Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in Jim Jarmusch's vampire tale "Only Lovers Left Alive." The film also stars Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt and Anton Yelchin.

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    Disney Wants Kenneth Branagh to Take 'Cinderella' to the Ball

    Actor-directors are in demand right now.

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    TONIGHT: Rare Screening Of 'Venus Noire' (Controversial Hottentot Venus Film) In Oakland, CA

    It's been over 2 years since I saw Venus Noire (Black Venus) at the New York Film Festival in the fall of 2010, and it's never received a Stateside release; actually I'm not sure it got much of a release outside of the international film festival circuit and a few European territori...

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