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    About Spout

    Spout is neither a news nor a review site. Both news and reviews are prone to appear here, but this movie blog is primarily a place for discussion of trends, buzz, themes and other topics of interest to the film fan who isn't always looking for assisted marketing, conventional criticism or Hollywood reportage. We let the variety of other websites and blogs cover that beat. Here, we like to spout opinion, comment on the current zeitgeist and overanalyze pop culture and mainstream movies. Whether in the form of lists, survey questions or straight editorials, we hope to make thinking deeply about film a fun and stimulating activity for al...

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  • Press Play
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    About PressPlay

    Greetings and salutations, readers, and welcome to PressPlay.

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  • The Playlist
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    Elizabeth Banks Producing A Capella Comedy 'Pitch Perfect'

    In the world of "Glee" and "High School Musical," of comedies about spelling bees and debate teams and cheerleaders and frat houses, it's almost staggering that we've managed to go through the history of cinema without a film focusing on college a capella groups. But fret no longer! Nature abhors a ...

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  • Hope for Film
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    A Public Discussion On THE FUTURE OF FILM With You, Me (Ted Hope), & Brian Newman

    Brian Newman and I are headed towards the Czech Republic this holiday weekend in order to have a very public discussion on The Future Of Film with the filmmakers and audiences at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Yet, you too can join in even if you can't make your way to this wonderful festival. Neither Brian nor I are great fans of panel discussions these days; they fail to mine the great knowledge or passions of the community. So in contemplating how to get something done in the time we have allotted, Brian and I decided it would be good to get the conversation started a bit early. Below, Brian and I put together a focus on what we think...

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  • The Playlist
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    Spike Jonze Directing Video For New Beastie Boys Single... With Action Figures

    We might be a couple of years away from Spike Jonze's last feature, the tremendous "Where the Wild Things Are," with only the loosest of movements towards his next, a reunion with writer Charlie Kaufman, but the director hasn't been idle. He's helmed a terrific short film, "I'm Here," as well as col...

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    If You Attended Preview Screening At Essence Music Festival, Thoughts On "From The Rough"?

    As I posted 2 weeks ago, a preview screening of From The Rough, the Taraji P. Henson sports drama no distributor nor release date yet), was scheduled to take place at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, today, July 1st - the first commercial, public screening as far as I know.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    The Starman Who Fell to Earth.

    Random question: Has anyone ever pointed out the relationship between these two films?

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    Revival Of "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" w/ Gender & Race Twist Coming To Broadway

    A revival of the musical On A Clear Day You Can See Forever is coming to Broadway this fall, although this one will be with a major twist.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Official Prometheus Synopsis Still Vague: Foster Joins Rapace, Theron, Elba, Pearce, Fassbender

    Arriving in theaters in less than a year, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus has been shrouded in mystery, plot details and the big-picture concept behind the grand-scale epic have been non-existent. The film was first reported in 2009, and named as an untitled prequel to Scott’s 1979 Alien.

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    Disney Hires 'Horrible Bosses' Writer For Long-Gestating Animation 'King of the Elves'

    Philip K. Dick adaptations have come in many forms over the years, starting with the stone-cold classic "Blade Runner." There have been blockbusters loosely based on his work ("Minority Report," "Total Recall"), horrors ("Screamers"), dramatic romances (this year's "The Adjustment Bureau") and once,...

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