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    Nigerian Director Christian Ashaiku On UK/Nollywood Collabs, "Nigerian Acting," Raising The Bar, More

    Worth-listening to conversation with British/Nigerian director Christian Ashaiku, whose pscho-drama/thriller Amina, is scheduled to open next week Wednesday, October 17th, at Empire Cinema in Leicester Square, London.

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    Set Pics Unveil First Look At James McAvoy & Jim Broadbent In 'Filth'

    We won't be seeing James McAvoy on the big screen in 2012, but by this time next year, he'll have been the centerpiece of quite a few promising films. His slate includes: the thriller "Welcome To The Punch"; the duo of films "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His" and &...

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    Set Pics Reveal First Look At Nicole Kidman As Grace Kelly In 'Grace Of Monaco'

    So, it would appear from these set pics that Nicole Kidman playing Grace Kelly looks a lot like Nicole Kidman. But if you're going to get someone to play the legendary actress and royal figure, Kidman is pretty damn good ace to have in the pocket.

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    Drafthouse Films Acquires Official South Korean Oscar Entry 'Pieta' (Video Clip)

    Tim League's Drafthouse Films has acquired "Pieta," South Korea's official entry in the 2013 Best Foreign Language Oscar race. From award-winning director Kim Ki-duk ("Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring"), the violent must-see drama, which I saw in Toronto, focuse...

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    RIP PR Pioneer Lois Smith: Tributes from Kingsley, Siegal, O'Donnell

    Lois Smith, who died last weekend from complications due to a fall, helped to define modern PR. Back in 1971, she founded, along with Pat Kingsley (who handled Tom Cruise for years), New York's Pickwick Public Relations, and went on to pursue production at Marble Arch and United Artists before retur...

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    Bertolucci is Busting Out All Over; AFI Guest Artistic Director, European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award

    The European Film Academy will honor Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci with the Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual awards show on December 1, held in Malta. Beginning his illustrious, controversial film career in 1961 as assistant director on Pasolini's "Accatone," and going on to helm erot...

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    EDITORIAL: Why Nikki Finke Got Variety (And It's a Happy Ending)

    It would be easy to position this as a David/Goliath narrative -- the scrappy blog that grew to take down the bible of show business -- but that's too reductive. And simplistic, to say nothing of flat-out boring.

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    'My Week With Marilyn' Helmer Simon Curtis To Direct Adaptation Of Edith Wharton's 'The Buccaneers'

    Simon Curtis is a filmmaker who doesn't stand out much. In fact, most people probably wouldn't know he directed "My Week With Marilyn," which got pushed into Oscar territory thanks to the tireless efforts of Harvey Weinstein, not becuase it was a particularly good film. And prior t...

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    Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone Out, Ben Affleck In For 'Focus'

    Sorry guys and gals, a third reteam for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone following "Crazy Stupid Love" and the upcoming "Gangster Squad" isn't in the cards. But Ben Affleck? That's a pretty nice consolation prize.

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    David Lynch Documentary 'Meditation, Creativity, Peace' to Premiere in New York City

    "Meditation, Creativity, Peace," a documentary that follows David Lynch on a 16-country tour throughout Europe, Israel and Brazil, will premiere on Oct. 13 and 18 in New York City. The film allows audiences an exclusive look at Lynch's craft through his lectures at top international fi...

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