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    Casting Watch: Robin Williams Hits the 'Boulevard'

    Robin Williams is set to star in "Boulevard," directed by Dito Montiel ("A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints"). The film centers on Nolan Mack (Williams), a faithful husband in a marriage of convenience who is forced to face his inner secrets when he has a run-in with a younger man (Roberto Aguire).

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  • The Playlist
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    Wes Anderson Confirms He's Reuniting With Bob Balaban For 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

    With the one-two punch of the animated “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and last year’s “Moonrise Kingdom,” Wes Anderson has reinvigorated his career and is already hard at work on his next film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” While little is known about the film, other tha...

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    Filmmaker Ayoka Chenzira Launches HERadventure Sci-Fi Multimedia Project To Empower Women

    As the conversation continues on the dearth of black representation in sci-fi cinema, I receive an email with this announcement.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Images From Steven Soderbergh's 'Side Effects,' Scott Z. Burns Calls Film "His Attempt At Modern Noir"

    “Gangster Squad” may have earned the title of First Major DisappointmentOof 2013, but new movies from both Park Chan-Wook and Steven Soderbergh around the corner, are enough to keep morale high. Park is of course taking a gamble with his first English-language film “Stoker,” ...

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    With Oscar Nom, Will Palestinian Doc "5 Broken Cameras" Enter Mainstream Debate?

    I've been advocating on behalf of "5 Broken Cameras," Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi's engrossing and intimate doc chronicle of Burnat and his village's struggles for self-determination in Occupied Palestine, for nearly a year now. I first wrote about in March, then championed it ...

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    'Beasts' Director Wants Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry For Next Film On Wacky Aging (Details)

    In light of today's Oscar news, with Beasts Of The Southern Wild contending in major Academy Award categories (Best Actress, Best Director, Best Picture), I thought this was worthy of a repost/reminder, as it seems like the news (first reported last September) went somewhat unnoticed. There...

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    The Academy Snubs Kathryn Bigelow for History Making Second Best Director Nomination

    I sit here ruminating, fulminating and seething, thinking about how Kathryn Bigelow could have been overlooked for a second best director nomination.  I'm pretty sure the people who thought Ben Affleck was also a sure thing are wondering how this could have happened to him.

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    Finally, Movement On 'Y: The Last Man.' Director Hired. Again, Who Should Play Agent 355?

    A big screen adaptation of this popular graphic novel has been "in the works" since 2008 when I first wrote about it on my old blog, although little progress has been made since then, so it's anyone's guess whether it'll eventually happen.

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    Watch The Oscar Nominations: The Good, The Bad, The What Were They Thinking?

    What a relief! It looks like the Oscar show might actually be fun, thanks to Seth MacFarlane. When he and Emma Stone announced the nominees, MacFarlane commented with barbed lines that were as edgy as anything Ricky Gervais did during his controversial Golden Globes gigs. After announcing the B...

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    Michael Fassbender Gets A Makeover In First Image From 'Frank' With Maggie Gyllenhaal & Domhnall Gleeson

    Over the last few years, we've seen Michael Fassbender in a number of different guises; British agent disguised as a Nazi, Roman warrior, Gothic romantic lead, metal-bending Holocaust-surviving mutant, repressed psychotherapist, rampant sex addict, treacherous secret agent, and Peter O'Toole-ish and...

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