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    Review: 'Super 8' Is A Summer Blockbuster Just Like You Always Remembered

    The first teaser for “Super 8” debuted in front of “Iron Man 2” way back in early May of 2010, featuring a single sequence of a violent train collision and a mystery car containing something ominous, large, strong and very scary. The helmer behind such box office hits as the “Star Trek” reboot as well as some of the more intriguing fare to show up on television in the last few years, throw the name J.J. Abrams onto a project and speculation – and excitement – begins to run rampant. Was it a monster movie? A sequel to “Cloverfield”? Some even broke down the ending shot of this first teaser, frame by frame, in hopes of some clue as to what was ...

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    Halle Berry Is Looking For Some 'Higher Learning' (On TV)

    In case you haven't heard, television is where it's at these days in terms of diverse, ambitious and complex material and we don't need to run down the myriad of stars and shows that have gravitated to the small screen format (in fact, we did a feature about it which you can read right here if you w...

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    My Man Godfrey

    The name for probably my favorite movie genre, screwball comedy—-essentially romantic farce—-was coined, it seems, from the original Variety review of Carole Lombard’s dizzy performance in the utterly delightful 1936 Depression-era comedy directed with consummate savoir faire by Gregory LaCava, MY MAN GODFREY (available on DVD). Said the trade paper’s critic, accurately: “Lombard has played screwball dames before, but none so screwy as this one.” Two years earlier, Howard Hawks had started Lombard as an out-there comedienne, with John Barrymore, in the backstage classic, Twentieth Century, but in My Man Godfrey she conclusively immortalize...

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    In the Works: Jackie Robinson, J. Edgar, Girlfriend Equation, Master, Baumbach, Great Expectations

    Several intriguing projects are getting off the ground and expanding their casts, from Legendary's Jackie Robinson biopic to Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master and Disney's The Girlfriend Equation. Updates on these projects and more are below:

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    Videodrome: 5 Music Video Directors Who Could Follow Richard Ayoade & Mike Mills To The Big Screen

    Once upon a time, back in the dim, dark Blogspot days of The Playlist, we had a feature called Videodrome, which looked at a selection of recent music videos by notable directors with big-name actors or just clips that were worth a watch. Once we moved to indieWire, it rather fell by the wayside, bu...

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    Trailer Watch: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Official Green Band Version, French Poster

    The fact that Sony left the "unofficial" red band trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo up so long over the Memorial Day weekend suggests that they went along with for the promo ride--and now the official green band trailer is up (below). No nudity, natch.

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    "Bridesmaids" and "Submarine" Herald Great Things for Stars and Fans of UK's "The IT Crowd"

    It may not be the monster hit that its male-counterpart cousin, "The Hangover Part II," is so far, but "Bridesmaids" has been a pretty steady success (its weekly box office declines are better/lower than most films') and at the end of the day/year it will be remembered as one of the best comedies of 2011. While many will continue thinking of how great "Bridesmaids" is for female roles, though, one gentleman in the movie also stands out: Chris O'Dowd. The Irish actor could possibly be recognized by those moviegoers who saw him in small parts in "Dinner for Schmucks" or "Gulliver's Travels," but to most people, playing Kristen Wiig's adorable, ...

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    As California Extends Filmmaker Tax Credits, Kansas Kills the Arts

    How was your Memorial Day weekend? If you're a California filmmaker, it was swell. And if you're a Kansas artist, it was beyond lousy.

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    It's A Web Series Bonanza! Help Sort Them Out...!

    Web series are all the rage these days it seems. I probably get 3 to 5 emails every week from producers informing me of their newly-created series, asking for coverage on S&A.

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    Do The Math: 'Hunger Games' Trilogy To Become Four Films?

    Can you smell that? It's money. And Lionsgate is already counting the bucks that have come in for their mega-franchise "The Hunger Games" just as cameras have started rolling on the picture.

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