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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 of talent.

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    Texas Forever! Peter Berg Wants To Bring 'Friday Night Lights' Back To The Big Screen

    It was a big week for football fans in Dillon, Texas, with Coach Eric Taylor leading the underdog East Dillon Lions to an emotional championship victory. Actually, it's been a big week for fans of one of TV's best dramas, "Friday Night Lights," as it just concluded its fifth and final season on NBC (that is, for anyone without DirecTV or a decent Internet connection where the show wrapped up a few months ago). But with the show coming to a close for the second time it's given fans and news outlets alike a chance to start memorializing the show. Grantland has a must-read oral history of the show by its cast and creators and a few days ago the series received Emmy nominations for Best Drama (its first) and Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama for Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton (their second).

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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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    Watch Accalimed 2010 Documentary Feature “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant” For FREE Now!

    Written about quite a bit on the old S&A site... Tamra Davis' 2010 Sundance selection, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, which, in short, centers on a rare interview that Davis shot with him 20+ years ago, chronicling the meteoric rise and fall of the young artist, with interviews (Julian Schnabel, Fab 5 Freddy, and countless others).

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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 opportunities: It's currently available on Amazon and making its way to other VOD platforms soon. In the meantime, I've asked my friend and current Columbia University doctorate candidate Ryan Hagen, who contributed some writing to "Our Time," for his brief thoughts on the project.

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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 Sciences, has been an incredible success. The public programs at the Academy are always impeccably curated, but screening the Photoplay Best Film award-winners from 1920 to 1928 was risky during a summer of 3-D Transformers and the last Harry Potter. Yet every Monday, around 1,000 people have filled the Goldwyn auditorium on Wilshire to be entranced by classics accompanied by music, usually live and always elevating. (A trove of music for silents was recently unearthed.)

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Winnie the Pooh vs. Harry Potter

    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, talks to the Disney animators behind this old-fashioned hand-drawn Pooh, which opened, despite rave reviews, in sixth place this weekend. Judging from its A- Cinemascore, strong WOM should bring more audiences to the picture in coming weeks: Oh, bother. What were they thinking at Disney, pitting the animated gang from the Hundred-Acre Wood against Harry's final confrontation with Voldemort this weekend?

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    Exclusive: Ruben Fleischer Says 'Zombieland 2' Script Is Done, But Casts Some Doubts

    Director Ruben Fleischer made a splash with his debut feature, the satirical genre film, "Zombieland." The surprise hit of summer 2009, the film grossed $102 million worldwide off a relatively low $23 million dollar budget. Not gangbusters numbers, but enough to jumpstart a career for Fleischer and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick who would go on to score coveted (or high-paying) writing assignments like "Deadpool" and "G.I. Joe 2."

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

    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 reports.No woe in the world -- neither national debt nor the closure of the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles -- crimped U.S. moviegoers from seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 this weekend as they made the final film based on J.K. Rowling’s book series the biggest domestic opening of all-time at $168.55 million, ripping the wings off of Dark Knight’s $158.4 million – a record the Christopher Nolan Batman film has held over the past three years.

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