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    Short Starts: "The Ballad of Nessie" and Disney's Nostalgia Problem

    I had no idea that there was a new animated short attached to “Winnie the Pooh” before I walked into the theater, and I assume most of America didn’t know either. Imagine my delighted surprise when “The Ballad of Nessie” unfolded before me on the screen. Theatrical shorts are few and far between these days, with only Pixar consistently interested in producing this neglected cinematic form. Disney used to dominate the world of animated shorts but hasn’t produced them with any degree of regularity in decades. It’s a special treat to see a new one, especially attached to a film featuring Winnie the Pooh, a bear whose first appearance on screen w...

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    'The Mentalist' Star Amanda Righetti Joins 'The Avengers'

    We can't say we've really watched the CBS psychic police procedural "The Mentalist" but as it heads into its fourth season this fall, it's clear there is an audience for the show and it looks like the cast are beginning to capitalize on that popularity. Lead actor Simon Baker has logged time already...

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    Final Thoughts on the Women's World Cup

    If that game wasn't entertainment then nothing is. A nail biter and while I love the US women, the Japanese played yesterday like the US had been playing all tournament. Scrappy and coming from behind and poaching on mistakes and just digging deeper. The shorter women out muscled the taller US te...

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    David Oyelowo Lends His Thespian Skills To $40,000 Sci-Fi Dystopian Short Film "Rahab"

    Principal photography just wrapped last week Friday on Ava DuVernay's sophomore feature narrative effort Middle Of Nowhere, which co-stars David Oyelowo, who also just wrapped production on a short sci-fi film he stars in called Rahab, based on an idea that won the 2011 Enter The Pitch contest.

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    New Look At Karl Urban In 'Dredd'

    So, what's the deal with "Dredd"? The comic reboot has been flying way under the radar pretty much to the point of complete anonymity, which is a bit odd for a film that was tipped for release sometime this year (though with no release date set that's looking pretty unlikely). The film wrapped a ver...

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    QVC Bans Jane Fonda From Promoting Her New Book

    It's not like Jane Fonda was going to go on QVC to promote god-forbid feminist issues, she was going on QVC to promote her new book Prime Time: Love; Health; Sex; Fitness; Friendship; Spirit; Making the most of all of your life which comes out in early August.

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    VH1 Renews "Single Ladies" For Second Season After Averaging 3 Million Viewers Weekly

    On the heels of Monique's Fashion-In-Film review post on the show, comes word this morning that VH1 has renewed the Queen Latifah-produced series Single Ladies for a second season!

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    TCM Presents "Race & Hollywood: Arab Images in Film" In July + Watch "Reel Bad Arabs" Doc Now

    TCM continues its Race & Hollywood series... this time focusing on the range of portrayals of Arabs on screen.

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    This Has To Be It, Right? Richard Armitage Is Thorin Oakenshield In Final 'The Hobbit' Dwarf Reveal

    2011's major innovation in movie marketing has been the drip-feed: the regular reveal of first looks or casting announcement on high-profile projects. Of course, that's always been a technique, but it seems to have reached extremes in recent months, with "X-Men: First Class" releasing so many stills...

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    Ralph Fiennes Directing Charles Dickens Biopic 'The Invisible Woman'

    Carey Mulligan, Felicity Jones, Abbie Cornish & Imogen Poots In Contention For Female LeadHis Lord Voldemort might *spoiler* have finally met his end this weekend in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two," but Ralph Fiennes isn't hanging about: he's playing an unknown role in Sam Mendes' "Bond 23," and he's in rehearsal to play Prospero in "The Tempest" on stage in London. But the thespian isn't just sticking to acting: his directorial debut, "Coriolanus," picked up strong reviews at the Berlin Film Festival at the start of the year, and will hit theaters in the fall, and the actor's now planning another venture behind the camera tha...

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