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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Shocker: Cars 2 Early Reviews Trend Rotten as Pixar's Magic Carpet Ride Touches Down

    Well folks, the worm has turned. Disney Animation and Pixar chief John Lasseter--he who can do no wrong--has finally turned out a Pixar movie (a sequel) that is earning mixed reviews. No! Say it ain't so! Pixar's magic carpet ride has finally come to earth with a thudding 44% Rotten on the Tomatomet...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Can A Serious Film Be Made About American Slavery?

    I've been meaning to get to this topic since it was bought up briefly on last Weds (June 15th) podcast and I thought right now I would throw it out there to hear what you say. But seriously could a serious film about slavery in the U.S. be made?

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Riding the Bridesmaids Wave

    Women in Hollywood are finally feeling a little love after the unexpected success of Bridesmaids. The film has now grossed $140 million and counting and for the first time in a long time women's films are getting out of neutral and into drive. Bridesmaids stepped into an abyss and showed the women...

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Jennifer Fox "PART 3: How MY REINCARNATION Broke All Kickstarter Records"

    Yesterday, the profoundly generous Jennifer Fox shared with us four more of the lessons she learned crowdfunding. This after a run two week's earlier where she shared a host of other (1st six here, next 14 here, next 9 here).

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Bad Teacher' Only Deserves A Mildly Passable Grade

    After the critical and commercial success of "Bridesmaids," and an escalation in the discussion of women's place in comedy both in the more niche-y blogosphere and in mainstream popular culture (illuminated most wonderfully earlier this year in a gonzo episode of "30 Rock"), "Bad Teacher," about a foul-mouthed, irresponsible, self-centered, drug-addled teacher (who also happens to be a woman) seems particularly well-timed. And while the comedy is periodically laugh-out-loud, shoot-soda-out-of-your-nose funny, it also ultimately feels like a missed opportunity; like a substitute that breezes out of your life a semester too soon without ever ma...

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For 'The Killer Elite' Is A Mashup Of Every Jason Statham Movie Ever Made

    There are so many things going wrong in this trailer we don't know where to begin. How about the non-ironic use of (a cover version of) the Scorpions "Rock You Like A Hurricane"? How about a moustache as an audience indicator that someone is a bad guy? Since when did Robert De Niro get relegated to ...

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  • SydneysBuzz
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  • The Playlist
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    Robin Williams To Join Cast Of Wedding Comedy 'Gently Down The Stream'?

    Film roles for Robin Williams have been few and far between over the past decade with the '90's box-office monster mostly limiting himself to independent fare or supporting roles (and we'll politely forget "Old Dogs" ever existed). While it's not exactly a major leading role or anything, the comedia...

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  • The Playlist
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    Paramount Releasing Specially-Brightened 3D Version Of 'Transformers 3' To Battle Format Nay-Sayers

    Film Will Still Suck, But Less DimlyThese are, excuse the pun, dark days for stereo cinema. The 3D novelty might have helped "Avatar" to become the biggest-grossing film of all time, causing everyone and their mums to jump on board, but the shine has come off this year: "Green Lantern" was barely he...

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: We Want More Female-Written Plays! by Katherine Bowman

    The Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative (LA FPI) recently conducted a study on the number of female-written plays produced in LA. The number is a disappointing yet unsurprising 20%.

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