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  • Shadow and Act
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    The "Variety And Volume" Problem - Does That Sum It All Up... Or Is There More?

    Slow news day today folks; lots of Cannes Film Festival/Market activity, but very, very little for us to write about. C'est la vie...

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    Listen To Tom Cruise Cover 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' In First Cut From 'Rock Of Ages' Soundtrack

    Confession time: certain members of staff, and by 'certain,' we mean 'one,' and by 'members of staff,' we mean, uh, me, are secretly quite excited about summer musical "Rock of Ages." It's either going to be a knowing guilty pleasure, or a unintentionally funny ...

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    First Look: Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins In Sex-Addiction Comedy-Drama ‘Thanks For Sharing'

    All it takes is one little film to bust down a taboo, and so it's seemingly been done with Steve McQueen's "Shame." The critically-acclaimed drama was a rare picture to tackle the question of sex addiction, and while it hasn't quite opened the floodgates, it's made it easier for other filmmakers to ...

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    Cannes Watch: Why We Need Films Directed By Women AND Films About Women

    Cannes is kicking off right now.  I've spent the last two days putting together a petition that will be sent to the festival about the lack of female directors in competition.  You can sign the petition here.  (Just so you know every signature generates an email to the Cannes offi...

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    First Look: Shia LaBeouf In 'The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman'

    Now that he's exited the "Transformers" franchise, Shia LaBeouf is trying to carve out a new reputation as a respectable, adult lead. He's had hits outside the toy-based series with films like "Disturbia," but the actor's clearly after a little more respect, and he...

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    Wes Anderson Halfway Done With His Next Screenplay; Will Be Set In Europe

    Wes Anderson's latest picture, "Moonrise Kingdom," is being described by some as a "charming evocation of childhood," a "tender triumph of design, decor and rich emotion" by us (read our review here), and a return to live-action form by some after a few ye...

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    First Look At Edi Gathegi, Danielle Nicolet In New ABC Series "Family Tools" (Previously "White Van Man")

    Edi Gathegi and Danielle Nicolet both co-star in ABC’s new comedy series titled Family Tools (previously called White Van Man).

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    The Top 10 Critics to Follow on Twitter During Cannes

    The Cannes Film Festival starts in mere hours. Here's who to follow on Twitter to stay tuned in to it all.

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    The Depressing Commentary on Stardom in 'Smash'

    From the beginning, NBC's "Smash" has set itself up as a show about dichotomy, not just with its two actresses vying for the same lead role, newcomer Karen (Katharine McPhee) and experienced chorus girl Ivy (Megan Hilty), but with its very theme and format. It wants to focus on process, to showcase ...

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    'Shame' Star James Badge Dale In Talks To Play Villain In 'Iron Man 3'

    The success of "The Avengers" doesn't seem to have made Marvel complacent when it comes to landing top-flight talent for their upcoming projects, even if it's presumably at their usual cut-price rate. The company, flush from their first billion-dollar hit, are gearing up to shoot &...

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