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    Sexist Jackass of the Day: Writer VS Naipaul

    Here's what this jackass said at the Hay Festival in Britain:

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  • The Playlist
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    Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser & Craig Robinson Join 'Freaky Deaky'

    Slowly coming together over the last 10 months or so, it looks like the Elmore Leonard adaptation, "Freaky Dreaky," is finally moving full steam ahead. The project first started picking up steam during TIFF last year when William H. Macy signed to the film. A number of names then followed, rumored t...

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Chimps Go Ape In 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Trailer

    BRAAAAAAAAAHM! BRAAAAAAAAAHM! BRAAAAAAAAAHM! BRAAAAAAAAAHM! You hear that? Nope, it's not the trailer for "Inception," it's the copycat sound design used by every tentpole film now -- yeah, we're looking at you "Battle: Los Angeles" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" -- and that appears right in t...

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  • The Bin
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    Martin Scorsese & Friends Living "La Dolce Vita" in NYC

    Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Zoe Kravitz & Edi Gathegi In New Clip From "X-Men: First Class"

    It's in theaters tomorrow, so, I'm not sure this clip will do much to encourage to or discourage you from seeing it if you haven't already made up your mind either way. Nothing special; although I should add that just about every review I've read of the film thus far has been stellar! It seems like ...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Debut Of Queen Latifah's "Single Ladies" Attracts 1.8 Million Viewers; Big Night For VH1!

    The 90-minute pilot episode of the new Queen Latifah-produced original scripted VH1 series called Single Ladies that serves as an introduction to what will be a weekly series to follow later, in July, debuted earlier this week, and if the reviews I read were of any indication, it didn't go over well...

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    Watch New Clip From Prison Drama "Screwed" Starring Noel Clarke & James D'Arcy

    We've seen a trailer and poster for Screwed - the British prison drama that stars Mr Noel Clarke and James D’Arcy (Master And Commander), which is an adaptation of a novel called Screwed: The Truth About Life as a Prison Officer, a bestselling work, both acclaimed and controversial, by British ex-pr...

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Rejoice And Shout' Attempts To Cover A Century Of Gospel In 2 Hours

    It always seemed like music was the only art where the subject didn't matter. If there's a good beat, a catchy hook, some sort of inventiveness, and/or intensified drive, most don't care what the hell the singer is spewing, even if it's about their specific belief system. Throw a bunch of hard-ass atheists on the dance floor and throw on "Jesus Walks"; see how many stomp their feet and protest (actually, don't, keep reading). There's numerous other examples (how many trendy God-hating teens like Christian-Metalcore band Underoath? Quick answer, too many), but for other mediums, it's not the case. Religious imagery feels too pushy, and while b...

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    Website For Samuel L Jackson's MLK Play "The Mountaintop" Launches

    As well as a look at some artwork for Katori Hall's award-winning play, The Mountaintop, which we've written about a lot on this site, making its Broadway debut this fall, with Samuel L. Jackson starring as Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • Spout
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    "X-Men: First Class" and the Pros and Cons of Today's Ensemble Action Movie

    On my way to the press screening of "X-Men: First Class" this week, I was reading Claude Brodesser-Akner's article on "Blockbuster Economics" in the new issue of New York magazine. It's pretty basic stuff if you know today's film industry in the slightest, but it was appropriate to peruse and think about ahead of and during such an ensemble-dependent action movie. More than a decade ago, in what I'm certain was my first paid assignment as a film critic, I wrote (rather amateurish and naively, I admit) about the death of the traditional action-hero movie star in a piece for READ magazine (r.i.p.) reviewing the first "X-Men" film, "Mission: Imp...

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