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    'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Traces The Uncelebrated Backup Singers' History Through The Present-Day

    What a great idea for a documentary - one that I'd love to check out. 

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    Michel Gondry's Cannes Entry 'The We and the I' Coming to Theaters in March

    Michel Gondry's "The We and the I," which debuted at Cannes without making much noise (or receiving much praise), is still managing at 71% Fresh score on RottenTomatoes.

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    'Les Misérables' Star Samantha Barks Is 'Walking On Sunshine' With Kylie Minogue

    If you were purely going by the posters and trailers, you probably wouldn’t have even noticed that a young lady called Samantha Barks was starring in one of the lead roles in Tom Hooper’s “Les Misérables.” The 22-year-old English actress rose to prominence in the U.K. ...

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    George Lucas Once Envisioned Four 'Star Wars' Trilogies

    Ok, this is an odd one that no one seems to have noticed nor made much fuss about. In the latest issue of Empire magazine detailing the history leading up to "Star Wars: Episode VII," the publication says George Lucas originally envisioned four "Star Wars" trilogies and then drop...

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    'Sushi Girl' Director Kern Saxton Reasonably Confronts Pirates On Torrent Site Downloading His Movie

    The discourse around piracy thus far hasn't exactly been nuanced, with copyright holders pushing harder than ever to impose harsh penalities for anyone who downloads music or movies. All this while ignoring data that suggests that, in some instances, piracy can act as promotion for a film: with ...

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    Richard Pryor Retrospective At BAMcinématek, Brooklyn (10 Days, 20 Films, All in 35mm)

    Hey New Yorkers! While you're waiting for that Marlon Wayans, Chris Rock-produced Richard Pryor biopic to become a reality, here's some Richard Pryor news that I think many of you will greatly appreciate and cheer.

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    'I Need A Pump' - 1st Trailer For Michael Bay's 'Pain And Gain' (Wahlberg, The Rock, Mackie Star)

    'I Need A Pump' - 1st Trailer For Michael Bay's 'Pain And Gain' (Wahlberg, The Rock, Mackie Star)

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    Zac Efron Will Play The First Doctor To Look At JFK In Assassination Pic 'Parkland'

    Well, Zac Efron's first year questing for recognition in more adult roles was a bit of mixed bag. He is probably still best known at the end of 2012 for being peed on by Nicole Kidman in "The Paperboy," and his efforts in Ramin Bahrani's "At Any Price" seemed to be overlo...

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    New Yorker's David Denby Names 'Lincoln,' 'Zero Dark Thirty' & More As Best Movies Of 2012

    David Denby may think that cinema is dead (or dying), but maybe the dude needs to get out more. The New Yorker film critic has dropped his list essay on the Best Movies Of 2012, and for a guy has found a lot of fault for how the studios make movies, his list features lots of studio and studio indie ...

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    Christopher McQuarrie Says He Was In "Director Jail For 12 Years"; Talks Casting Tom Cruise & Werner Herzog In 'Jack Reacher'

    Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie has an Academy Award for writing "The Usual Suspects" and he’s kind of become Tom Cruise’s go-to scribe having penned “Valkyrie,” this week’s upcoming “Jack Reacher” and even tweaking several scripts that Cruise considered starring in (but not before McQuarrie tail...

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