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    Things are Not Going Exactly as Planned at OWN

    The CEO for Discovery Communications, David Zaslav, admitted this morning that the ratings for the Oprah Winfrey Network have been, to date, "below our expectations" and that Discovery will be forced to send more money than the initial $215 million it has already invested in OWN.

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    Video: Late Night Comics, The Birth Certificate and He Who Must Not Be Named

    He lives to see his name in print and splashed on buildings, so let’s not humor him by mentioning it (hint: silly hair, fake-running for president). Let’s just call him, after Voldemort, “He Who Must Not Be Named.”

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    Tribeca Review: 'The Guard' Is Ireland's Acidic Answer To The Buddy Cop Formula

    Sgt. Gerry Boyle is a man of simple pleasures. The unassuming, burly inspector works the unspectacular beat in his quiet, rainy hamlet of Galway, Ireland, wasting the days away alone with his Chet Baker record collection and his afternoons of illicit sex with the prostitutes of Dublin. His identification with police television shows is one of the very few ways he connects with the outside world of what he does, as his menial tasks seem far away from the pavement-slapping action of his colleagues. He's the rarest of movie cops: the one who seems almost offended at the possibility of interrupting his lifestyle for high speed chases or sexy gunf...

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    Lars Von Trier Invites You To The Most Depressing Wedding Ever In New Poster For 'Melancholia'

    The Cannes Film Festival is so close you practically smell it and with less than two weeks to go, we'll be getting more and more glimpses and previews of the films that will be walking the red carpet.

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Aretha Franklin Says Patina Miller From "Sister Act" Play Is In The Running For Biopic

    If you been keeping score of the Aretha Franklin biopic info, you're already aware that Ms. Franklin is on a serious hunt for the lead in her biopic that's in the works. She originally named Halle Berry as her desired pick but, after Halle's polite decline, has since moved on naming other prospects...

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    Lizzy Caplan Talks The Curious Link Between The Upcoming 'Frankie Go Boom' & 'Queens Of Country'

    It's only a matter of time before the talented and funny Lizzy Caplan finds the role that will finally break her out in a big way. We recently placed her on our 15 Actresses On The Rise list, saying that she's "a new spin on the Diane Keaton type." But for those who have been paying attention, they've already noticed her talents in "Cloverfield," "Mean Girls" and more recently on the two season run of "Party Down." Not content to sit and wait for Hollywood to come calling, Caplan has three low-budget, but high concepts flicks on her slate: the improv comedy "High Road" directed by Matt Walsh; the wacky music comedy "Queens Of Country" and the...

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    Guest Post: Getting Prom to the Big Screen by Katie Wech

    Like many opportunities in life, it happened so fast I could have easily missed it. I was sitting in an executive’s office at Disney, when suddenly he said, almost in passing, “I’ve been thinking about doing a movie about Prom.” That was it. And then the meeting was over.

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    Please Excuse Us While We Redecorate...

    Just a quickie to let you all know that I've been receiving all your emails, Facebook messages, and reading your comments expressing your, shall I say, "concerns," mostly about the setup of Shadow And Act's new home, as well as your inability to access content on the old site.

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    Gangster Flicks Are The New Fairy Tale Movies, Apparently: Duelling Capone Films In Development

    Once every six months or so, the Hollywood Elders, the shadowy collection of media moguls, Freemasons, Jewish lizardmen and Warren Beatty that control the film industry, don their robes, gather in their secret chamber under the Hollywood sign and plot out their agenda. Sometimes, it's elevating a particular actor or actress for no apparent reason -- Alex Pettyfer was a homeless 37-year-old drifter until they surgically re-sculpted him into the hottest young actor in Hollywood (though he's on his way to torpedoing that all by himself). Sometimes it's pushing technological breakthroughs -- 48 FPS cameras? Developed in their lair. And sometimes ...

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