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    Aspen Shortsfest Celebrates 20 Years; Festival Runs April 10-15

    The Aspen Shortsfest, celebrating its 20th year, runs in Colorado at the Wheeler Opera House April 10-15. Indiewire considers the fest one of the top 50 in the world, with its showcase of short drama, comedy, animation and documentary films. On March 14 the fest's full program will be announced ...

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    James Bobin & Nicholas Stoller Sign On For 'Muppets' Sequel, Jason Segel Too Busy To Co-Write This Time

    While the $153 million worldwide take for "The Muppets" probably was a bit below the numbers Disney were looking for with their franchise reboot, there are some things to note. Of all the Muppet movies so far, that film was the most financially successful at the box office, and on a purely...

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    Ozwald Boateng Doc "A Man's Story" Gets A Theatrical Release Trailer Ahead Of 3/9 UK Premiere

    As already announced 2 months ago, A Man's Story, the Ozwald Boateng documentary, will finally open in UK theaters on March 9th, which would be almost immediately followed by a DVD/Blu-ray release (also just in the UK) 10 days later, on March 19th, rather soon after its theat...

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    Reeves Joins Actor-Director Gang with Chinese-Language 'Man of Tai Chi'

    On February 28, Keanu Reeves began production in China on his directorial debut, "Man of Tai Chi." The Chinese-language film will shoot over six months in China and Hong Kong on a budget of $32 million. It is a contemporary action film; famed martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping will w...

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    Eddie Murphy Wants Another Shot At Oscars Host; Reveals Plans Ratner Had To Give "Much-Needed Boost" To Show

    Don't count Eddie Murphy out as Oscar host just yet; he just might get another shot; well, at least he's interested; whether or not he'll be given a second chance is another thing.

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    Watch: First Trailer For Tim Burton's Black & White Animated 'Frankenweenie'

    Well, this is a bit odd. If you're waiting for the first trailer for "Dark Shadows" -- due out in just a few short months -- today is not your lucky day, but not all is lost as Tim Burton fans do get a treat in the shape of a trailer for the director's Halloween offering, "Fra...

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    Plot Details Revealed For Will Smith/Denzel Washington "Uptown Saturday Night" Remake (Script Complete)

    Last I wrote about this was almost exactly a year ago... an update this morning (courtesy of MTV) says that writer Tim Dowling (This Means War) (who was hired last year to pen the script) has finished and turned it in, and that Will Smith and Denzel Washington are still very much attached ...

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    Paul Dano Explains His Process For 'Being Flynn,' Working With Robert De Niro & More

    Paul Dano certainly has been lacking in talented on screen sparring partners, and over the years he's impressively shared screen time with Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood"), Steve Carell ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Tom Cruise ("Knight And Day") and Harrison For...

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    Director Pierre Bagley Talks To S&A About "From The Rough" Release Problems + Reply From The Opposition

    Following up with my post last week Friday on director Pierre Bagley's interview with Roland Martin, revealing the reasons for the delays in his film's release (that film being From The Rough, which stars Taraji P. Henson)...

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    Spike Lee's Initially "X-Rated" Feature Film Debut ("She's Gotta Have It) Now Streaming On Netflix & In HD

    It's about damn time! Not that I haven't already seen the film enough, but I'm always shocked when I run into folks - black folks especially - who claim to be black film lovers, or specifically Spike Lee lovers, who tell me that they haven't seen She's Gotta Have It. 

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