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Mamet brings mixed martial arts to the big screen

Famed writer and director David Mamet brings MMA action to the big screen in "Redbelt." Story

Updated: April 23, 2008, 10:02 AM ET
By Sam Alipour | Special to Page 2

As the Tribeca ESPN Sports Film Festival approaches, Media Blitz columnist Sam Alipour will be checking in periodically and throughout the festival.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- As men tussle on the mats inside this storefront Brazilian jiu-jitsu academy, David Mamet stands just inside the doorway, one hand on his silver-stubbled chin, the other pointing to a framed black-and-white photo hanging on the wall.

"Isn't it gorgeous?" he wonders, not pausing to hear an answer.

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