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Mike Epps To Play Richard Pryor In Nina Simone Biopic Starring Zoe Saldana

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 15, 2012 5:52 PM
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Despite the fact that no one really seems to want see actress Zoe Saldana play Nina Simone in an upcoming film biopic (or so says the New York Times), the picture is not only going forward, it begins shooting this week. And some iconic names are joining the cast. Or at least, cast members that will play iconic African-American figures. Comedian Mike Epps ("Next Friday," "The Hangover") has signed up to play Richard Pryor in the biopic simply known as "Nina."

New Pics Of Brad Pitt Doing Business In America In 'Killing Them Softly'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2012 5:21 PM
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In case you haven't been able to tell by the pretty excellent posters for "Killing Them Softly," the film is as much about America and the price of doing business as it is about the "plot" (such as it is) about a high stakes poker game that gets jacked by two hapless would be criminals. There is a pretty pointed and sneering tenor to the picture that doesn't flinch from its politics, which expresses the belief that the trickle down theory is leaving everyone on the bottom with nothing.

'Silent Hill' Star Kit Harington Talks 'The Big Lebowski' Reunion On 'The Seventh Son' & The Fate Of 'Arthur And Lancelot'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 15, 2012 4:55 PM
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With “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D,” filmgoers are about to learn what TV fans have known for quite awhile now about “Games Of Thrones” actor Kit Harington. As the smoldering Jon Snow, Harington has earned himself quite the fan base, so few would be surprised to know that he’s hoping to branch out into film in a major way.

'Scouting Book For Boys' Helmer Tom Harper To Direct 'The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • October 15, 2012 4:42 PM
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A sequel to “The Woman in Black” must seem like a wonderful idea to an accountant somewhere out there. That’s despite the first film telling a very complete story. That’s despite the movie’s source material not having a sequel. That’s despite the fact that Daniel Radcliffe director James Watkins and screenwriter Jane Goldman will not be returning. No, it’s because the first film has grossed close to $130million worldwide from an estimated $15million budget, and those are the kind of numbers that are hard for the money men to ignore.

Watch: Javier Bardem Shows Off His Latest Toy To James Bond In A New Clip From 'Skyfall'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2012 4:11 PM
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"Skyfall" is hitting theaters soon which means Sony and MGM are ramping up the marketing effort, which means....more clips! Yet another brief snippet from the movie, and another moment from the trailer with a few more beats added on.

Watch: Over-Dramatic Threats Abound From Tyler Perry & Matthew Fox In 7 Clips From 'Alex Cross'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 15, 2012 3:39 PM
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While the prospect of multi-hyphenate Tyler Perry gearing up for a lead detective role in “Alex Cross” initially perked the interest of some, it was the first look at Matthew Fox playing the film's bulked-up burst of insanity that really showed some promise, and now a rush of seven clips from the crime franchise reboot have arrived to drum up anticipation further.

Criterion's January Line-Up Includes Hitchcock's 'The Man Who Knew Too Much,' Wim Wenders' 'Pina' & A Lot Of Blu

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2012 3:28 PM
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Once you've spent Grandma's Christmas money and overdosed on holiday turkey, January might be a rough month in more ways than one. So Criterion is going a bit easier on you to kick off the New Year, though there are still enough titles that will prove to be enticing for any money left on gift cards you might have kicking around.

Watch: Deleted Scenes From 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Offer Up Hints Of An Even More Cluttered Origin Narrative

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2012 2:49 PM
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As was documented earlier, there was a lot cut from "The Amazing Spider-Man" as Sony and director Marc Webb wrestled with the film prior to release. Among the many elements that were apparently jettisoned in the "the untold story" (which turned out be the story we already knew) was an element that Peter Parker's dad had secretly been involved in his son's transformation into Spider-Man. And some deleted scenes seem to be point out this was the case.

Watch: 'Uncle Boonme' Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Short Film 'Cactus River'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2012 2:22 PM
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While his next full length still seems to be a bit of a way off, director Apichatpong Weerasethakul -- best known for "Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall Past Lives," "Syndromes and a Century" and "Tropical Malady" -- continues to work at a feverish pace, delivering numerous shorts since his Palme d'Or win a couple of years back. In fact, he was back at Cannes earlier this year with "Mekong Hotel," which is still doing the festival rounds and now fans of the filmmaker have another work to take in.

NYCC: Emmy Rossum Talks The Making Of 'Beautiful Creatures' & Getting Flashed By Emma Thompson

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 15, 2012 1:56 PM
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Having dabbled in films both large and small, moving between television and film, Emmy Rossum has earned her place as an intriguing young actress who greatly enhances the material around her. The next logical step would be for her to finally play the villain, and in “Beautiful Creatures” she plays Ridley, cousin to young potential sorceress Lena Ducane, an over-the-top role that allowed Rossum to let her freak flag fly.

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