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    Paramount and 'Godfather' Author's Estate Going to Court

    Don Corleone might not want to be caught dead in a courtroom, but the "Godfather" franchise doesn't look like it'll be so lucky: the son of Mario Puzo, who wrote the original "Godfather" novel, filed papers with a federal court in Manhattan seeking to end Paramount Pictures' rights to produce any fu...

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    TIFF 2012 Preview - Ivorian Crime Drama 'Burn It Up Djassa' (Bringing Cinema Back To The Street)

    From Ivorian filmmaker Lonesome Solo (Bamba Souleymane) comes what is being described as "a raw, noir-tinged urban legend set to the cadence of slam poetry and the beat of street dance."

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    Exclusive: Poster For Eugene Jarecki's Sundance Award-Winning Documentary 'The House I Live In'

    With powerful and probing films like "The Trials of Henry Kissinger," "Why We Fight" and "Reagan," documentarian Eugene Jarecki has turned a critical eye to some of the most fundamental political and social issues on the American landscape, and he's done it again with his latest effort, "The House I...

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    A24 To Release Roman Coppola's Charlie Sheen-Starring 'Glimpse' In February 2013

    Roman Coppola's highly anticipated "A Glimpse Inside The Mind of Charles Swan III" will hit theaters in February 2013, it was announced today. A24, a new film company focused on distribution, financing and production with headquarters in New York City, will release film, which is ...

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    First Official Images From Roman Coppola's 'A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III,' Film Opens Feb. 2013

    One film we had hoped would make an appearance on the fall festival slate this year was Roman Coppola's first film in over a decade, "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III." And while that hasn't happened, we suppose the next best thing has come along -- the first official images from the '7...

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    Fantastic Fest's Bumper Contest Poses a 30-Second Short Film Challenge

    In an age of 140-character missives and abbreviated everything, brevity--it would seem--is the soul of communication. This year's Fantastic Fest's Bumper Contest is a challenge for those with a knack for (short) turns of phrases, a contest to take 30 seconds of video and make an audience cry with l...

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    New Documents Give Details Of Kathryn Bigelow & Mark Boal's Not-So-Nefarious Access To CIA Files For 'Zero Dark Thirty'

    “There's no political agenda in the film. Full stop. Period.” As much as screenwriter Mark Boal may wish his words would guide public knowledge about the Kathryn Bigelow-directed film, “Zero Dark Thirty” -- which details the U.S. government's raid on Osama bin Laden as depicted through Boal's script...

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    Trailer - Film Based On Ralph Ellison's 1994 Short Story, 'King Of The Bingo Game'

    I want to thank filmmaker Ken Wyatt, the director of Colored Confederates: Myth or Matter of Fact (which we profiled HERE back in June) who told me a few days about the trailer for this 30 minute short film, King of the Bingo Game.

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    Exclusive: 2 Spooky New Photos From Horror Flick 'Sinister' Starring Ethan Hawke

    In October, Lionsgate will release Scott Derickson's low-budget shocker, "Sinister," a super fun and occasionally very scary horror film starring Ethan Hawke as a true crime author desperate to recapture the fame he experienced as a young writer. So desperate, in fact, that he moves his entire famil...

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    Hurricane Isaac Shuts Down Production On 'The Butler'

    Hurricane Isaac, which is still currently ravaging the Delta Coast, and will have lingering effects all the way into the Midwest, has shut down production on Lee Daniel's big budget, all star production The Butler.

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