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  • Shadow and Act
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    First Look At Jeremiah Trotter As Escaped Slave Ben Jones, Keith David As Frederick Douglass In 'North Star'

    Here's your first look at NFL free agent Jeremiah Trotter as escaped slave Big Ben Jones, and Keith David as Frederick Douglass, in writer/director Thomas K. Phillips' upcoming indie feature film, The North Star, which we first alerted you to last month.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry & More Spread New 'Butter' Trailer

    At one time kicked around as a potential awards contender last fall, when it emerged that the politically charged, quirky indie comedy "Butter" didn't quite have the same juice as something like "Little Miss Sunshine," The Weinstein Company pushed the movie to their 2012 calendar. And now, almost a full year since it debuted on the festival circuit, it's headed to theaters and the first trailer has dropped. And you know what? It looks pretty delightful.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Image From 'Monsters University,' Billy Crystal Reveals Mike Wazowski Wears Retainer In College Set Prequel

    With all the talk about “Finding Nemo 2,” people have quieted down about Pixar’s other upcoming, wholly unnecessary follow-up, “Monsters University,” a prequel to 2001’s mischievous and heartwarming “Monsters, Inc.,” which illuminates the collegiate background of monsters James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman) and Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal). Yes, it is the story we were all dying for. While talking to Entertainment Weekly about some movie we’ve never heard of, Crystal gave some tantalizing details about what to expect from the prequel (due in theaters next summer).

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Piling on Kristen Stewart

    It's been a couple of weeks (in fact almost a month) since the world learned that Kristen Stewart made out with her Snow White and the Huntsman director and caused a total gigantic meltdown in the Twisphere.  The initial piece I wrote The Public Shaming of Kristen Stewart got more comments than any other piece I've ever written.  Clearly, people are interested in this. 

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  • The Playlist
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    Plush's Liam Hayes Scoring Roman Coppola's 'A Glimpse Into The Mind Of Charlie Swan III'

    With the fall film festival line-ups now pretty much all revealed, it seems we may have to wait until 2013 to see the sophomore directorial effort of Roman Coppola. It's been over ten years since the deliciously twisted "CQ," but Coppola has now brought together a great cast that includes Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Aubrey Plaza and Mary Elizabeth Winstead for what he describes as "a guy's point of a view of a break-up" in "A Glimpse Into The Mind Of Charlie Swan III." In an interview with GQ, however, Coppola provided a little update on the pic regarding music, noting that he "used exclusively the music of Liam Hayes" having been "absorbed" by his tunes.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    French Premium Pay TV Channel Canal Plus Picks Up 'Scandal' (Season 1 & 2)

    It's certainly not news that American TV shows travel, and air in other countries, whether dubbed or subtitled in each individualy country's national language (if it's not English).

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Artist' Star Bérénice Bejo Replaces Marion Cotillard In 'A Separation' Director Asghar Farhadi's Next Film

    It seems "A Separation" director Asghar Farhadi won't have to sweat it in terms of talent for his next film, and first French-language feature. Earlier this year, it was reported he had rounded up "A Prophet" star Tahar Rahim and the luminous Marion Cotillard to topline his picture, but alas the latter has fallen out, but her replacement is nothing to sneeze at.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Preview 'South Sudan Emerging' (The Birth Of A Nation, Told Through The Eyes Of Three Friends)

    Director Jonathan Shuler is a multimedia journalist, specializing in trauma, economics, and technology in developing nations. His work (which has been seen seen on CNN, PBS, and BBC) has taken him to many parts of the world, including Kosovo, Sri Lanka, the DRC, Uganda, Tanzania, the Philippines, Bangladesh, and most recently, Kenya and Sudan.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Sleepwalk With Me' Observes The Life Of A Comedian & Commitmentphobe

    Yes, everything that follows is true, our narrator assures us from the start after asking everyone to go ahead and turn off their cell phones. The validity of it all has been questioned before, and he simply wants to cut our skepticism off at the pass. However, since this is Mike Birbiglia playing a version of himself (named in the film as “Matt Pandamiglio”), replicating stories of his own life in a film based on his one-man show and identically titled book, "Sleepwalk With Me," there remains an inevitable degree of distance between seeing Matt go through the travails of becoming a stand-up comedian and a suitable boyfriend, and laughing at Mike’s actual experiences. Don’t worry: it’s a bit less through-the-looking-glass than it reads on paper.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    TIFF Trailer Watch: 'Passion,' De Palma's Bid to Escape Movie Jail

    "Passion," Brian De Palma's remake of Alain Corneau's 2010 French flick "Love Crime" (starring Kristin Scott-Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier), scored actresses Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace in the starring roles.

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