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Is Justin Timberlake About to Release a New Album? Sources Say Yes

A late-night tweet by the singer-actor on Wednesday hinted at something big transpiring 24 hours later.

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Is Justin Timberlake about to release a new album?

Sources tell that a cryptic tweet posted by the singer-actor late on Wednesday night — which simply read: “Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 9:01 am PST…” — signifies the announcement and possibly instant arrival of new music.

And not just a song, but a full album produced by longtime collaborator Timbaland. Timberlake, who some might call the original Justin, is believed to have around 20 new tracks recorded.

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Timberlake’s last studio effort, the enduring , came out in 2006. It has been certified four-times platinum, marking domestic sales of over 4 million units.


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CTV Gives Full-Season Orders to ‘Played’ Cop Drama, ‘Satisfaction’ Comedy Pilot

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The latest commissions come as the Canadian broadcaster continues to bet on homegrown series like just-wrapped "Flashpoint" to complement popular U.S. shows.

TORONTO – CTV has given a full-season order to the homegrown undercover cop drama Played, from indie producers Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Film Productions.

And the Canadian broadcaster gave a greenlight to the single-camera comedy Satisfaction from Los Angeles-based Canadian TV scribe Tim McAuliffe (Up All Night, The Office), ordering 12 more half hour episodes after an earlier pilot.

CTV ordered 13 one hours of Played, a ensemble police procedural that follows the Covert Investigations Unit (CIU), a Toronto-based police unit that goes undercover to infiltrate criminal organizations.

Greg Nelson (Saving Hope) created the cop drama and will show-run the series with Adrienne Mitchell of Back Alley Film Productions.

Played, which CTV is betting will replace the just-wrapped Flashpoint drama…

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Oscars 2013: Records Broken for Oldest, Youngest Nominees

Quvenzhane Wallis and Emmanuelle Riva are the youngest and oldest to be nominated for the best actress Oscar.

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The excitement of Oscar nominations morning brought with it a little something for the record books: The 85th Academy Awards features both the youngest and oldest actresses ever to vie for best actress honors.

Quvenzhane Wallis, a complete unknown who dazzled audiences in Beasts of the Southern Wild, is just nine years old, making her the youngest best actress Oscar nominee in history. The record was previously held by Keisha Castle-Hughes, who was 13 when she was nominated for Whale Rider (2003).

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The only two people younger than Wallis to ever receive an acting Oscar nomination were Jackie Cooper, who was also nine  — but a few days younger than Wallis is…

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Magnolia Picks Up Big Star Documentary

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Oliva Mori’s ode to the beloved ’70s rock band is slated for a theatrical release later this year.

Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban‘s Magnolia Pictures have acquired North American rights to , Drew DeNicola and Oliva Mori‘s documentary about the beloved ’70s rock band Big Star.

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia senior VP of acquisitions Dori Begley with Josh Braun of Submarine. Magnolia, which released the Bob Marley documentary in the spring of 2012, plans a theatrical release later this year.

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Mori and Danielle McCarthy produced the film, which DeNicola and Mori directed. John Fry, founder of Memphis’ Ardent Studios, executive produced with Gill Holland and David Armillei.

The film premiered at last year’s SXSW. During the 2010 festival, Big Star front man Alex Chilton died in New Orleans days before he was scheduled to appear…

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Carrie Bradshaw’s Back! ‘Carrie Diaries’ Boss on Reintroducing an Icon and Tweaking Her Backstory (Q&A)

Though Carrie won’t be hanging out with younger versions of her "Sex and the City" BFFs on The CW drama, "I have some ideas about how I think each of them would come into the universe," executive producer Amy B. Harris revealed to THR.

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Ready for the ’80s?

The CW’s Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries is just days away from debuting, and already executive producer/showrunner Amy B. Harris is feeling the pressure. "Sometimes I want to bury my head under my bed sheets and not come out because I feel so lucky," she told The Hollywood Reporter.

Harris, who previously served as a producer on HBO’s Sarah Jessica Parker comedy, is well aware of the critics of how part of Carrie Bradshaw’s backstory was…

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‘Django’ to the Extreme: How Panic Attacks and DiCaprio’s Real Blood Made a Slavery Epic Better

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No one was safe from from harm on Quentin Tarantino’s intense and ill-fated shoot.



This story first appeared in the Jan. 10, 2013 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

In his climactic monologue as plantation owner Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino‘s , Leonardo DiCaprio grew concerned about co-star Kerry Washington, who plays Candie’s slave Broomhilda. In the scene, he grabs and threatens her at his dinner table while two bounty hunters (Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx as Django, who’s there to save Broomhilda, his wife) look on. "Am I hurting you?" he gently asks her.

In fact, Washington was hurting, and she wasn’t the only one on the set traumatized by a production whose grueling conditions were as epic as its themes of revenge and love triumphant over slavery. "We shot that film forever," says Samuel L. Jackson, who plays the head house slave…

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Review of The Hobbit


The Hobbit, Peter Jackson’s long-awaited prequel to his masterpiece Lord of the Rings trilogy, finally came out this weekend.

If you are not familiar with the story of the Hobbit: a small hairy-footed halfling named Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman,The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) leaves his quaint, quiet home in The Shire to help a band of dwarfs recover treasure stolen from their forefathers by a dragon named Smaug.

Read the rest of my review of The Lord of the Rings at


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Black Movies 2012: The Best And Worst Of The Year

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2012 in black cinema can be best described as “For Us By Us.”  No longer depending on the Hollywood machine to greenlight their stories, a group of bold and visionary filmmakers took the lead in financing and producing their passion projects. Ava DuVernay’s historic win as Best Director for Middle of Nowhere at Sundance sent a clear and direct message: Black indie is here to stay.  While Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx held it down in the mainstream area with Flight and Django Unchained, black independent film is filling the gap for audiences who want to see themselves and their experiences reflected on the big screen.

The Urban Daily has rounded up some of the best and worst in black film for 2012.  Which was your favorite and/or least favorite Black film this year? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Sparkle (Tri-Star Pictures)

Starring: Jordin Sparks, Whitney…

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HD Trailer: “To The Wonder”

Bored American Tribune.

From The AV Club:

The remaining central cast of Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, and Olga Kurylenko barely have any lines between them. In fact, reactions to the movie so far have suggested that it’s some of Malick’s least narrative, most impressionistic work yet. And considering the director’s infamous fascination with the poetics of the natural world (i.e. wheat—lots and lots of wheat), that’s saying something.

The film focuses on Affleck’s love affairs, first with Kurylenko in Paris and then with McAdams in a Midwestern town. Bardem plays the town’s strangely exotic preacher. If there is more to the plot, aside from lots of hugging and glance-casting—and, yes, running through wheat—the trailer doesn’t let on.

“You shall sit through my extensive panoramic shots,” it seems to say, “whether you like it or not.”

Jackson Williams.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Family Movie Nights

LionWitchWardrobeWallpaper8001199778826I’m sorry it’s been so long since my last post. Having a newborn slows you down more than I thought! I’ve been keeping up with the movie nights and photo documenting them but I haven’t had time to write out the details. It was a choice between blogging and laundry and I chose clean socks for the kids. Things are starting to get a little better though and the baby is starting to sleep more so I thought I would do some today. We have done a Christmas movie a week for the month of December and I thought I would write about them all today in case anyone wanted some ideas for the holidays ahead!

IMG_8434_smThe first weekend of December was Narnia. We only watched The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe because my son has not read the other two books yet. And oh, how I wish they…

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And These Are My Confessions….

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Have you ever seen the movie “Almost Famous” and the scene where the plane is going down? All of the bandmates and passengers know that they are about to die and they start confessing their dirtiest deeds before their impending fiery deaths? Do you know that one? Well, being that today is December 20, 2012, only a few hours before the Mayans “predicted” that this plane is going down, I feel the need to make some Confessions of my own. So here goes…


Ha! Just kidding. I am not telling you guys anything. My secrets shall go with me to the Grave. Especially those hurtful ones. Who does that, by the way? In my last seconds I want to be burning with your goodness and love and happy memories – do not go telling me all the crappy things you ever did/said behind my back. You did them. You die with…

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I Want to See

Congruent Culture: Influencing Church Culture


A few nights ago, I saw Polar Express at my library’s free movie night. For some reason, it really hit me hard and spoke to my heart.

Maybe it was that I had to revise a post on joy and write a post on peace while addressing the tragedy of a shooting in an elementary school.

Maybe it was that I have been searching for meaning in this holiday rush.

Maybe it is a deeper issue, one I have hinted at and skirted around lately.

Hopefully, like me, your second grade teacher read the book to your class too and you know the story (heck, I’d even already watched the movie this season): a little boy finds himself doubting the existence of Santa Claus. It’s his “crucial year” as I think the train conductor says. The year of deciding whether he would believe or walk away from his old Christmas…

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Tom Hardy As Mad Max – First Pic!


Well, here it is – the first pic of Tom Hardy as Max in George Miller’s forthcoming road rage epic MadMax: Fury Road.

Signed photo of Tom Hardy as Max in Mad Max: Fury Road.

And here’s one of the Interceptor vehicles featured in Fury Road on display at Swakopmund, South Africa, in October this year. They sure don’t build ’em like     this anymore.



If the end of civilization is this freakin’ awesome – then bring it on!!!

(for more first-look pics of Fury Road vehicles, check out the August archives)

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CZ12: Film Review

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The Bottom Line

The alleged final action film from martial arts star Jackie Chan is a hideous cocktail of cynicism, sanctimony and pedestrian filmmaking.  



December 20 (Hong Kong)


Jackie Chan, Yao Xingtong, Kwong Sang-woo, Zhang Lanxin, Laura Weissbecker, Oliver Platt 


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The latest globetrotting romp from martial arts star Jackie Chan.

The latest globetrotting romp by martial arts action star Jackie Chan, opening Dec. 20 in Hong Kong, is the kind of mindless, silly romp the multi-hyphenate has become known for. (sometimes ) couldn’t be a more inauspicious swan song if he tried, if such rumors are to be believed. As a mercenary tomb raider looking for ancient Chinese sculptures Chan’s age is starting to show; with the exception of one key fight sequence he leaves the heavy lifting to his younger costars and resorts to either greenscreen for his big moments — or…

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Rita Ora

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Rita Ora shoots ‘Shine Ya Light’ in Pristina, Kosovo rooftop directed by Emil Nava.

Rita Ora travels to her native country Pristina, Kosovo to film her music video for her latest single Shine Ya Light from her debut LP Ora.Watch the Roc Nation-signee’s latest Emil Nava-directed visual in the player below.