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    71 Countries Vie For 2012 Foreign Language Film Oscar (Kenya Is A First-Timer)

    We've already highlighted 2 of the submissions below that fall under the African Diaspora category: Said Ould-Khelifa's Zabana! representing Algeria, and David Tosh Gitonga's Nairobi Half Life, representing Kenya.

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    Front Runners of 71 Vying for Foreign Oscar, Arcane Rules

    Many of the films listed below have played film festivals and gained stateside distribution, but the voting rules for the Academy's foreign films require that Academy members, who come from all branches of the Academy, see a certain number of films--only in theaters. No screeners allowed.

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    Tell Your Mom: 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Movie Finds A Writer In Kelly Marcel

    There's a reason we put Kelly Marcel on our On The Rise feature for screenwriters this spring. The scribe was due to break out in a big way, and indeed she has, nabbing one of the most high-profile book adaptations kicking around Hollywood.

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    Disney Screenwriter Kelly Marcel to Write 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Adaptation

    Moving from "Mary Poppins" to erotic fiction overnight, screenwriter Kelly Marcel has been hired to write the adaptation of E.L. James' bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey." Universal and Focus Features have the rights to all three books. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti ("A Social Network") are produ...

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    New Photos Of Emmy Rossum In 'Beautiful Creatures,' First Footage To Screen At New York Comic Con

    We may not know much about "Beautiful Creatures" mostly because we're probably too old for the Young Adult demo the book series and movie are aiming for, but from what we've seen so far in both pictures and the first trailer, Emmy Rossum is looking to be one to watch. And another n...

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    'Die Hard,' 'The Rock,' 'Full Metal Jacket' & More: 5 Films Arnold Schwarzenegger Could Have Starred In

    The latest issue of Empire is simply overflowing with great material if you're a fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger. There's a major interview, "Working With Arnie"; a feature about his weapons of choice and one-liners; "Exploring Predator" an awesome in-depth play-by-play about his seminal alien-in-the-j...

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    'Mythbusters' Prove That Jack Could Have Lived In 'Titanic'

    "When Jack puts Rose on the raft, then he tries to get on the raft. He's not an idiot, he doesn't want to die. And the raft sinks and kind of flips. So it's clear that there's only enough buoyancy available for one person. So he makes a decision to let her be that person instead...

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    Lena Dunham Book Proposal 'Not That Kind of Girl' Sells To Random House for $3.7 Million UPDATE

    UPDATE: "Not That Kind of Girl" sells to Random House for $3.7 million.

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    Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart Won't Attend The 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Premiere At The Rome Film Festival

    It's a bit of good news/bad news for Italian Robsten fans. The good news: the epic conclusion to the vampire story of our time, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" will make its world premiere at the Rome Film Festival. The bad news? Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart won't be there. That...

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    A Candid Mila Kunis Covers 'Esquire' As the Sexiest Woman Alive

    The November issue of "Esquire", which names Mila Kunis as the sexist woman alive, begins with her recount of the odious pressure she received while promoting 2008 action film "Max Payne." When she refused to pose for the cover of a certain magazine, she explained that standing up to a few jerks wa...

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