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    Nelson Mandela Was Born Today... Watch "Madiba: The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela" Now

    Today in history... July 18th, 1918, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, anti-apartheid activist and later the first South African president to be elected in a fully democratic election, serving from 1994 to 1999, was born in Mvezo, a village in the district of Umtata, in Eastern Cape province of South Afric...

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    Rhys Ifans Joins 'James Bond 23'

    Longtime Welsh character actor Rhys Ifans is finally cashing in on decades of great work. Perhaps best known for roles in "Notting Hill" and "Enduring Love," you've probably seen Ifans lately in films like "Greenberg," "Mr. Nice" or "The Boat That Rocked." But lately, the thespian has been banking paychecks for blockbuster fare -- He played Xenophilius Lovegood in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1," popped up in "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang" and next summer he'll get tangled with Peter Parker as Dr. Curt Connors, aka The Lizard, in "The Amazing Spider-Man." But one more mega franchise can now add Ifans to its incredible roster o...

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    Watch The Micro-budgeted Short Film That Has All Of Hollywood Buzzing...

    Here's another one of those so-called career-making short films; this one is titled Plot Device, and it reportedly has Hollywood studio execs all excited about the filmmaker who made it - Seth Worley of Nashville, TN.

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    "Our Time," A Documentary About Today's American Youth.

    I've been really curious about "Our Time," a documentary directed by Matt Heineman and Matt Wiggins about four recent college grads traveling the country in a quest to understand it. I have yet to watch the movie, which premiered on the Documentary Channel last night, but there will be other opportu...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy Silents Series Draws Crowds

    What works in theater programming is creating events, whether it's talent Q & As (Errol Morris and Tabloid subject Joyce McKinney have been drawing crowds) or rarely-screened classics at LACMA, which drew good numbers for its French films The Earrings of Madame De last weekend followed by Saturday's double feature of Robert Bresson's Pickpocket and Jacques Demy's Bay of Angels starring a dazzling Jeanne Moreau as a bad girl gambling her way around the French Riviera. Even dusty silents can be a a draw, reports Cari Beauchamp:"The Summer of Silents," currently mid-way through its eight weeks series at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and S...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Winnie the Pooh vs. Harry Potter

    It's curiouser and curiouser. Why would Disney put poor old Winnie the Pooh up against the mightiest franchise finale ever? New TOH columnist Bill Desowitz, who covers the inside workings of animation, visual effects and below-the-line filmmaking in Hollywood at his new blog Immersed in Movies, talk...

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    Weekend Box Office: Harry Potter 8 Beats The Dark Knight's Opening Weekend Record UPDATED

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 smashed opening weekend records as moviegoers flocked to the ultimate event movie, the last in Warner Bros.' beloved eight-film series based on J.K. Rowling's global literary phenomenon. (See Richard Corliss's fine summation in Time.) Anthony D'Alessandro...

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    Marilyn Monroe Blows Up Big in Chicago

    Marilyn Monroe's dress in Seven Year Itch recently sold at auction for $4.6 million, and now her iconic image standing over a subway grate is on view as a giant sculpture in Chicago. Check out every angle of the 26-foot Seward Johnson sculpture in this full slide show and here.

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    Anthony Kaufman's MUST READ New Blog: Reel Politik

    I have long felt the indie film community has needed someone to write regularly and call attention the various issues that both effect our life as filmmakers, and how film, in all its various forms, effect our life as citizens, societies, and individuals. What an awesome gift for us all that Anthon...

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