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    In Theaters: 'Super 8,' 'Trollhunter,' 'The Trip'

    Greetings, loyal readers. How is your summer 2011 going? Hot and humid enough for ya? Seek solace this weekend in the icy cold climes of your local multiplex, or even your arthouse, they too have air conditioning! This weekend make it a double feature with a little taste for everyone's palate. Blockbusters and art cinema go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Which one is the peanut butter and which one is the chocolate? I don't know! Leave your theories in the comments. For those of you who like your summer movies big and meaty, we've got the lens flare fest, excuse me, I mean nostalgic Spielbergian homage "Super 8" from JJ Abrams. If...

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    Ray Charles Died Today... Then Jamie Foxx Won An Oscar

    Today in history, June 10th, 2004... singer and pianist Ray Charles died of liver disease in his Beverly Hills home at age 73.

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    Anthony Mackie Joins Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin In 'Gangster Squad'

    Update: Jamie Foxx & Tom Hanks Courted For Project, Although Unlikely To End Up In FilmGod damn if Ruben Fleischer doesn't keep finding new ways to makes us excited about "Gangster Squad." The "Zombieland" director is moving into more serious territory with Warner Brothers' big-budget period actione...

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    The Shadow & Act Filmmaker Diary Series (w/ Matthew Cherry) Episode 5: "ATTACHING TALENT"

    Continuing on with the series. I don't think any introduction is necessary at this point, so I'll just let you dive in. But if you're just joining us, click HERE to go back to the beginning, find out what this is all about, and catch up!

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    Watch: Trailer For Sundance Pick, 'Pariah' -- Is This 'Precious' For 2011?

    We're really not sure what's up with the Indigo Girls meets Sarah McLachlan acoustic song that's going on in the beginning of this trailer (ok, we do, but really?), but "Pariah," a 2011 drama that was shown at Sundance 2011 to major acclaim, subsequently picked up by Focus Features, looks pretty dam...

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    Anthony Mackie Officially Joins Cast Of 1940s Cop Crime Drama "Gangser Squad"

    I guess it's official. He was rumored to be joining the cast of the film, but there's our first official confirmation of it, courtesy of Variety, earlier today.

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    New In Theaters – Review Of “Viva Riva” (A Pulsating Look At A Post-War City)

    It opens in limited release today, specifically in New York and Los Angeles. I saw it earlier this year, and reviewed it back then. I figured I'd share my review again, since it's opening weekend. Also, worth noting, I interviewed director Djo Tunda Wa Munga a little bit ago; you can read that inter...

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    Alamo Responds to Viral PSA Reaction

    Here's Alamo Drafthouse Chief Tim League's classy video response to the way media and internet reacted to their viral YouTube PSA decrying texting in movie theaters:

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    Review, "Super 8": Who Is This Movie For?

    All the way through J.J. Abrams’ perfectly congenial Super 8, I kept wondering: who is this film for? Child-friendly though it is, it’s obviously not aimed at kids, who expect something less nostalgic than the story of middle-school students in a 70’s suburb riding bikes and making a zombie movie. A...

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    Ice-T Locks In Deal To Stay On "Law & Order: SVU: For At Least 2 More Seasons

    Fans of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit may be pleased to know that one of its co-stars, Ice-T (who recently jumped into the reality TV show game) has signed a new deal that will see him remain on the series for at least 2 more years.

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