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    Cannes Review: 'The Tree Of Life' Is Terrence Malick's Universe-Spanning Search For God

    It's a bit unfair, after years of waiting and anticipation and with a world of expectation weighing on the film, to begin writing a review of Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" just minutes after leaving the screening this morning. With nearly as much time spent in line waiting to get in as watching the actual film, we would have preferred a bit more of a chance to let it linger and marinate (and perhaps more thoughts will follow in the coming days). But let's get a couple of things out of the way to start with. Firstly, "The Tree Of Life" is not the cinema-changing, soul-shattering masterpiece it has been built up into. That said, it's a h...

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    Cannes Review: Tree of Life Lures Packed House, Oscar-Worthy Pitt Speaks for Missing Director Malick

    In all my years coming to Cannes, I've never seen the 8:30 AM Palais press screening fill up so fast. Guards were turning people away by 8 AM, who literally ran across the grass to queue for the back-up 9 AM screening at the Soixantieme. I decided not to wrestle my way in and took the path of least ...

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    First Full Trailer For "The Playboy Club" Gives Us A Little More Naturi Naughton

    We saw just a glimpse of Ms Naturi Naughton in the clip posted over the weekend; we see a little more (or less depending on your POV) of her in the series' first full preview trailer below, which clocks in at about 4 minutes.

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    Stanley Tucci & Cloris Leachman Join Colin Firth & Cameron Diaz In Caper Comedy 'Gambit'

    Plus Earth-Shattering, Game-Changing First Look At The FilmAre you a young filmmaker, slowly coming to the realization that the film you've been sweating over for months, if not years, isn't quite going to be what you hoped, even before you start filming. There's one simple solution. Cast Stanley Tu...

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    BET Wants To Reboot "Showtime At The Apollo" w/ Jamie Foxx

    BET plans to reboot Showtime At the Apollo!

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    Matt Dillon Joins Malin Akerman In Linda Lovelace Biopic 'Inferno'

    Blowjobs: the new being-the-author-of-"In Cold Blood." Last time we had two dueling biographical accounts of a figure's life, we had the two Truman Capote pictures, "Capote" and "Infamous." This time, the subject is Linda Lovelace, the tragic star of the most successful pornographic film of all tim...

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    Gaspar Noé May Direct Bret Easton Ellis Script 'The Golden Suicides'

    Considering the horrors that some authors get put through with film adaptations of their work, literary enfant terrible Bret Easton Ellis has been fairly lucky. "Less Than Zero" is fairly decent, while Mary Harron turned out a terrific adaptation of "American Psycho," and even "The Rules of Attracti...

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    What Does "Bridesmaids" Mean for Women - If Anything?

    Is "Bridesmaids" really a game changer for women, on both sides of the film screen? And is 2011 the year we fight more about depictions of females in film than anything else? The debate over "Sucker Punch" was interesting enough, especially once "Hanna" came in as its supposed answer -- as was to me the odd feminism of "Hall Pass" -- but now we have a comedy that should be more clearly respectful to and of women, and people are still arguing against its significance to gender politics. Because it shouldn't matter. Because angles like Rebecca Traister's claim at Salon last week that seeing the movie is a "social responsibility" for women. Yest...

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    Check Out These New Images Of Zoe Kravitz In "X-Men: First Class"

    20th Century Fox has released a bunch of new pics from X-Men: First Class. The Matthew Vaughn-directed movie will be in theaters on June 1. A few of those images above and below - notably Zoe Kravitz, who barely features in the trailer. Also, none of Edi Gathegi as Darwin.

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    The First-Ever Academy Awards Were Handed Out Today... How Have Blacks Fared Since Then?

    Today in history... May 16th, 1929... the first Academy Awards, the Oscars, were presented at Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel; Wings won the award for Best Picture; Emil Jannings for Best Actor; and Janet Gaynor for Best Actress.

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