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    'Cowboys & Aliens' Makes Its Case For Movie Of The Summer With Ace New Trailer

    So, "Super 8" was pretty good, huh? With a couple of exceptions among The Playlist team (including this one, who hasn't seen it yet), it's getting very positive reactions, and from the looks of it better-than-expected box office, it's carrying over with general audiences as well, marking an almost u...

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    The Coen Brothers Sometimes Channel Tony Scott & 5 Other Things Learned From Chat With Noah Baumbach

    As we mentioned yesterday, this weekend is the opening of Film Society of Lincoln Center‘s beautiful new facility, the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, and opening night featured a candid conversation between the Joel and Ethan Coen and Noah Baumbach (note: the Coens revealed they are working on a new "music-based" film project). The event, called “Opening Shots,” saw all three filmmakers and mutual admirers examining the similarities and differences between the openings of their films. Clips were shown from Baumbach’s three most recent efforts “The Squid & The Whale,” “Margot At The Wedding,” and “Greenberg,” while the Coen’s filmography ran...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Super 8' Is A Super Performer For Paramount, 'Judy Moody' Has A Bummer Summer

    Call this one a victory for Paramount, and a big one at that. “Super 8,” which opened to $37 million, was advertised with only the slightest of peekaboos, an ad campaign that played less coy and more stubbornly mysterious. While the film was pitched on the name of Steven Spielberg, the filmmaker has...

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    2011 Tony Awards Airs Tonight; A Look At The African American Nominees

    The 2011 65th Annual Tony Awards celebration (essentially the stage equivalent of the Oscars - theater's highest honor) airs tonight at 8PM EST on CBS.

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    "From The Rough" Preview Screening At Essence Music Festival Next Month

    Any of you attending the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans next month? If you are, and you purchased a VIP pass, on July 1st there will be a preview screening of From The Rough, the Taraji P. Henson sports drama. She will be there, by the way, along with co-star LeToya Lucket. So, we should get...

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    Weekend Box Office (June 10-12)

    Super 8 (AKA How Come The Brother Always Has To Mess Things Up as I stated in an earlier post) did better than its projected $30 million, taking in $7 million more than that. But why do people insist on calling it an "original" movie when it copies everything from 1980's Steven Spielberg movies, and...

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    Weekend Box Office: Super 8 Pulls $38 Million, Beats X-Men: First Class for Number One Slot

    As Paramount labored to both downplay expectations and build up word-of-mouth via advance sneaks, Super 8 exceeded box office predictions and got off to a strong start. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:Super 8’s projector bulbs burned brighter than expected as Paramount’s sci-fi drama bested its lowest ...

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    Box Office: "The Trip" Tops Debuts; "Paris" and "Tree" Continue Their Success Stories

    While J.J. Abrams "Super 8" exceeded expectations at the studio box office, Michael Winterbottom's "The Trip" led debuts in the specialty market, taking in decent numbers for distributor IFC Films.

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    Judy Garland Plays Lincoln Center: 31 Musicals In All, Complete with Wizard of Oz Sing-along

    When it comes to celebrating Judy Garland’s birthday, the requisite song and blow-out-your-candles-now dance just doesn’t quite cut it.

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    "Writing in Color" With "Justified" Exec Producer, Writer & Co-Star (Video)

    Justified exec producer Graham Yost, writer/co-producer Wendy Calhoun, actress/series regular Erica Tazel talk with WGA, West Committee of Black Writers chair David Wyatt about writing characters of color, and more. Any of you watch the series?

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