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    Career Update: George Clooney To Direct New Yorker Article-Turned-Movie, 'The Yankee Comandante'

    George Clooney's career continues to flourish. No surprises there. Focus Features is in negotiations for the rights to David Grann's epic New Yorker article "The Yankee Comandante" (which only published on May 28), with Clooney attached to direct. He will also serve as a producer on the film, with h...

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    Make A 3-Minute Film About Someone Changing The World, Win $100,000

    The Focus Forward Filmmaker Challenge offers the largest cash prizes ever for documentary shorts in their $200,000 Filmmaker Challenge. 

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    2012 Lineup For Encounters - South African International Documentary Festival

    A full lineup that looks promising; I'll go through the list eventually; for right now, the short story...

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    Multi-Tasker James Franco Reviews 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' Gives a Much-Maligned Kristen Stewart Her Due

    In an op-ed column and half-review of "Snow White and the Huntsman" for The Huffington Post, James Franco reveals his academic training as he writes about his hard-working Nana, looks at the emotional standards of live-action vs. animation, and sticks up for Kristen Stewart, whose Snow White many cr...

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    Will Warner Bros. 'Justice League' Be "Dark & Mature"? Pathological Exaggerator Mark Millar Says Yes

    If J.J Abrams, Christopher Nolan, Damon Lindelof and Ridley Scott are viewed as being on the secretive side about revealing plot details and information regarding their unreleased, often still-in-development movies, one then must consider comic book writer Mark Millar to be on the exact opposit...

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    Watch: Spanish Language Trailer For 'Everyone Has A Plan' Starring Viggo Mortensen

    Viggo Mortensen chooses his roles carefully and selectively. Before last year's "A Dangerous Method," he hadn't been seen on screen since 2009's "The Road." And indeed, we're not going to see to much of him in 2012. While his performance in Walter Salles' &quo...

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    Chapman University Launches a Production Arm, But Can Schools Produce Profitable Movies?

    Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, a private Orange County film school, is moving into film production with Chapman Filmed Entertainment. Launched a little over a year ago, the company will begin filming the thriller “Trigger” this summer with the goal of...

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    Maggie Gyllenhaal Gears Up To Help Defend The Oval Office In 'White House Down'

    Well, this is a bit curious. Maggie Gyllenhaal has never really been a tentpole/blockbuster kind of gal, and aside from Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight," she's mostly stuck to the indie/drama route. But it seems blowing up the White House with Roland Emmerich is just too good ...

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    Before 'Django Unchained' There Was 'Django': Watch Franco Nero's 1966 Spaghetti Western Right Now

    Well, the first trailer for "Django Unchained" dropped yesterday to much fanfare, but as most folks already know, Quentin Tarantino's films tend to be packed with references both overt and subtle to the movies that he loves or have had an influence on him. And when it comes to his late...

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    Buff, Oily & Raw: New Photos From Steven Soderbergh's Stripper Pic 'Magic Mike' With Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey & More

    We've run out of clever ways to introduce this, so let's get to the point of what "Magic Mike" is really all about: hot, buff, oily and raw dudes who take their clothes off. That's it. And if you need more proof, a huge batch of new images from the movie have dropped.

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