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    The South Park Creators' Earlier "Book of Mormon" Musical

    Last night I saw a critics’ preview of The Book of Mormon, the new, already-sold-out Broadway musical from South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and Robert Lopez, co-creator of Avenue Q. I’m sworn to secrecy until the review embargo lifts at 10 P.M. Thursday, but I can tell you this isn’t...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Working Man's Comedy Larry Crowne Stars Hanks and Roberts

    Tom Hanks directs himself and Julia Roberts in blue-collar romantic comedy Larry Crowne (July 1). The script by Hanks and Nia Vardalos starts off with him getting fired, then taking a public speaking class at a local college taught by an uninspired Roberts. Yes, somehow, he wins her over.

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    Streisand/Hooper Gypsy Movie Remake is Dead, and Sondheim Killed It

    Blame Stephen Sondheim. For those of you who missed the news, Barbra Streisand's planned remake of the musical Gypsy has bit the dust, at least for now. And it reportedly had Oscar-winning The King's Speech director Tom Hooper attached.

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  • The Playlist
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    Taylor Kitsch, Salma Hayek & Olivia Wilde Circle Oliver Stone's 'Savages'; Jennifer Lawrence Out

    The allure of the tentpole has snatched Oscar-nominee Jennifer Lawrence into tween fandom and out of a much more interesting (though less lucrative) project. Deadline reveals -- and recent reports have hinted -- that Jennifer Lawrence has dropped out of Oliver Stone's drug cartel thriller "Savages."...

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    The First Films

    Today is the 116th anniversary of the first day ever a film was shot: March 19, 1895, in Lyon, France. Louis Lumière, aided by his older brother Auguste—-their family name, with startling appropriateness, in French means “light”—-had invented a machine (and patented it a month before) that photogr...

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    FP-Gate. League Responds, and a Red-Band Trailer Arrives.

    One of the more amusing evenings for me at SXSW this year arrived at the world premiere of "The FP," a bat-shit insane homage to crappy '80s movies with a modern twist, focused on warring gangs competing in a bastardized form of Dance Dance Revolution. Here's my review, and a snapshot from the after...

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    SXSW REVIEW: Why "Natural Selection" Swept the SXSW Awards

    At the closing-night party following the SXSW Film Festival awards ceremony Tuesday night, one filmmaker -- whose movie didn't win -- tossed back a Lone Star and sighed. "'Natural Selection' got snubbed," he groaned.

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    Jon Favreau & Michael Chabon Looking To Team On Script For 'Magic Kingdom'

    With the "Iron Man" franchise now firmly behind him, director Jon Favreau can focus on his next mega-tentpole, the Disney pic "Magic Kingdom." Yes, it's a movie based on the theme park attraction, and as was noted last year when he signed on, a writer was being sought to pen a new draft of the scrip...

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    SXSW Panels: Productivity and Distraction, Blogger Ethics in the Online Movie Community

    Warning: walking while reading one's smart phone can be hazardous to your health. Tuesday night on my way home from the SXSW Awards party on Austin's dark and crowded 6th Street, I tripped and split my lip on the sidewalk, gushing blood. My BlackBerry was unharmed. I hailed a pedicab to the local ER...

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  • Hope for Film
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    Building Our Home: Is It Possible To Make A Living As A FIlmmaker?

    You know what? As important as this question is, and as dedicated as I am to making sure we all learn the practical things that will allow us to both earn a living & build a new system that allows for artists to sustain a career in the arts, I also think that if we try too hard to answer that questi...

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