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    Benedict Cumberbatch To Play Beatles Manager Brian Epstein In Tom Hanks-Produced Biopic

    There might be unlikelier potential megastars around than Benedict Cumberbatch, but we're not sure we can think of any. The 36-year-old British actor had been slogging away in film and TV roles for a decade, mostly in a series of stuffed-shirt roles. He impressed those who took notice (particularly ...

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    Drafthouse Picks Up Harrowing Genocide Reenactment Doc 'The Act of Killing'

    Drafthouse Films has acquired US rights to Joshua Oppenheimer's breakout Danish doc "The Act of Killing." The film, described by Errol Morris as "a non-fiction film unlike anything else," is a series of portraits of Indonesian death squad leaders, challenged to reenact their real-life mass killings ...

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    Why Scott Foundas Ditched Lincoln Center Programming to Go Back Where He Belongs UPDATED

    Three years ago, when Scott Foundas left the Village Voice Media's LA Weekly to join the Film Society of Lincoln Center as associate programmer, I was disheartened. Why? Because he is one of the most gifted critics of his generation. I took Foundas leaving his clear avocation as a sign of the contin...

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    FilmNation Picks Up Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska,' Breaking Glass Buys Xavier Dolan's 'Laurence Anyways'

    After 2011’s Oscar-winning “The Descendants,” Alexander Payne is looking for a little extra help in getting his follow-up feature “Nebraska” to the screen. The road trip flick starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte is seeking a supplement to its financing by shopping its international distribution right...

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    Ice Cube's Resuscitated 'Ride Along' w/ Kevin Hart, Gets MLK Holiday 2014 Release Date

    Speaking of Ride Along, which I wrote about this morning, revealing new cast members...

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    Quote of the Day: I Wanted to Show People That Pregnancy is Not a Disability, And a Pregnant Lady Can Be in a Position of Power and Crazy Shit Won't Happen - Diablo Cody

    Diablo Cody just had her second child.  She directed her first film Lamb of God while pregnant. She spoke with David Zax at Fast Company about the sexism in the media especially surrounding pregnant women.

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    One Explanation To Consider For All The Recent Slave-themed Movies...

    With just about every post on this site announcing the production of a movie centered around stories of slavery in the United States, the inevitable question is asked by a few readers, that comes in the form of something like: what's the deal with all these recent slave movies and TV shows?

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    Provocative Documentary 'The Act of Killing' Grabbed by Drafthouse Films for 2013 Awards Run

    Drafthouse Films has acquired U.S. rights to the provocative documentary “The Act Of Killing,” directed by Joshua Oppenheimer. With the crowded late-fall release schedule and an overabundance of strong docs in 2012, Drafthouse plans to hold “Killing” for a 30-market theatrica...

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    Exclusive: Listen To The Soundtrack For 'A Late Quartet' Featuring The Score By Angelo Badalamenti

    For this writer, one of the underappreciated gems at this year's TIFF was undoubtedly Yaron Zilberman's feature debut "A Late Quartet." The finely tuned drama focuses on a world reknowned string quartet (Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken and Mark Ivanir) about to enter the...

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    Watch: More Minions In First Trailer For 'Despicable Me 2'

    After somewhat oddly announcing "Despicable Me 2" by having the minions "sing" The Beach Boys earlier this year, Universal has returned with the first official trailer for the sequel to their hit 2010 movie. And they are keeping those yellow creatures -- arguably, the key to the success of the whole...

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