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    Weekend Box Office: Green Lantern Opens Soft, Will Lose Money

    The trick with any studio launch of a $200-million would-be franchise--especially one freighted by $100 million in marketing--is to open well enough to make your money back, and then some. At an estimated $52.7 million, Green Lantern opened soft: Anthony D'Alessandro explains why.The box-office stre...

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    Rewind: The Week In Movies, June 12th-18th

    It was an eclectic week over at The Playlist. Movement continues on "Django Unchained" while we featured news on the latest goings-on from Darren Aronofsky and Terrence Malick, with a bit of chatter about the careers of David Lynch and Kristen Wiig.

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    'Twilight' Star Xavier Samuel Joins Sam Worthington In Surfing Drama 'Drift'

    After a break out role as villain Riley in the 'Twilight' franchise, rising thespian Xavier Samuel is looking to establish himself: he already has a leading role in Roland Emmerich's period-conspiracy-drama "Anonymous" in the works but has now also joined the cast of Morgan O'Neill and Ben Nott's Au...

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    Weekend Box Office (June 17-19)

    On any other weekend an opening of $53 million, which is what The Green Lantern did, making it No. 1, would be great news. However, not in this case. With a production cost, including marketing, of $300 million , according to the New York Times recently, that's not good enough.

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    WME's Graham Taylor's Prescription For The Evolution Of Indie Film

    Thank you Graham for an inspiring keynote speech at the LAIFF yesterday. Very tweet-worthy. And a welcome reminder of what matters and how to keep going. With flair and style no less. Wish I could've been there. You definitely made a list for folks to put up on their wall by their desk (reprodu...

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    "Native Son" - A Really Lousy Film You Must See

    Richard Wright's seminal novel Native Son, first published in 1940, is one of the most important books ever written about racism and the black experience in America.

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    movie review: Page One: Inside The New York Times

    If you’re expecting a prosaic documentary spotlighting a group of editors in ties sitting around a conference table, debating what’s worth putting on the front page of the country’s leading newspaper, you’re in for a surprise. Andrew Rossi’s vibrant film hones in on ...

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    Sophie Okonedo Lands Role In New Sky1 Epic "Sinbad" Series

    Despite the article I linked to in a post a couple of days ago that lamented the lack of work for black British actors in the UK, and their emigration to the USA in order to find work, Sophie Okonedo is one of those near-universally acclaimed back British actresses who has been noticeably absent fro...

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    Watch P. Diddy Chase Down And Intimidate A Baddie I Clip From "Hawaii Five-0"

    I've never watched a single episode, but the show was renewed for a second season, so obviously, some people are watching.

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    Novelist Michael Chabon Confirmed To Pen Disney Tentpole 'Magic Kingdom' For Jon Favreau

    In theory, the idea that Disney are following up the momentous success of their "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise not just with potential ride-based films "Tiki," Guillermo Del Toro's "Haunted Mansion" and "Jungle Cruise," the latter of which may star Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, but with one based a...

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