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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SnagFilms Launches 150 Free Documentaries on Roku

    SnagFilms announces its launch on Roku. A collection of 150 of Snag's award-winning docs are available to stream on the internet TV platform. Snag CEO Rick Allen says that SnagFilms is continuing to fulfill their "mission of creating virtual movie theaters wherever film fans have high-speed connections, and making the best independent films available to the widest possible audience.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Interview: Director Radu Muntean Talks 'Tuesday, After Christmas' & Prison-Set Documentary

    If you’re looking for a quiet, meditative, occasionally sexy adult drama (that doesn’t involve the creation of life as we know it or dinosaurs), then you should really seek out “Tuesday, After Christmas,” which is the first truly must-see Romanian New Wave movie since “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.” It’s a love triangle that, instead of played out in vignettes meant to shock or titillate, is captured in long, unbroken shots that linger uncomfortably as you literally watch a marriage decompose before your very eyes. It’s absolutely riveting stuff, and the kind of small scale movie that too easily slips through the cracks amidst the pirates and kung-fu pandas bombarding cinemas nationwide. We spoke to the film’s director, Radu Muntean, on the Wednesday, Before Memorial Day, about the film’s intentions, its unflinching sense of reality, his place on the Romanian New Wave, and what’s coming next.

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  • The Playlist
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    Donald Sutherland Joins 'The Hunger Games' As A Ruthless President

    Just when you thought "The Hunger Games" cast couldn't get any bigger, the Lionsgate picture adds one more, while production is already underway.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Dark Shadows Update: Tim Burton Confirms "Weird Tone," Not in 3-D; Director's Exhibit Opens at LACMA

    Tim Burton fans in Los Angeles can rejoice now that his LACMA exhibit is open (more details below, and here's a slideshow). The Wrap took the chance to chat with the director at the exhibition's opening. Of his Dark Shadows adaptation (currently in production), Burton says, "we’re sort of getting right in there." He confirms the project has a "weird tone," and will be somewhat soap-opera-esque (like the 1960s TV show that precedes it), but adds:

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Teaser Trailer For Historical Epic '1911' Starring & "Generally Directed" By Jackie Chan

    What better way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Chinese revolution than with a big budget blockbuster epic? So, here comes "1911" starring Jackie Chan. Wait, what?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Episode 8 Of New “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” Web Series Starring Michael Jai White

    Here’s episode 8 of the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series that was commissioned by Warner Bros. Jax (Michael Jai White), Striker (Tamoh Pennikett), Sonya Blade (Jeri Ryan) and Kano (Darren Shahlavi) all feature.

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  • Spout
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    Short Starts: Watch "X-Men: First Class" Star Michael Fassbender in "Blind Pilots"

    A music video is essentially a short film, though we don’t usually think of them as such. We watch them a lot more regularly than theatrically-released shorts, and they’re even more popular than those novelty cute cats/babies videos on YouTube. Nine out of the top ten videos of all time on the site are music videos, with the exception of “Charlie Bit My Finger” (which has inspired some great short films of its own, watch here). So in the interest of getting more people to think about music videos as short films I’ll talk about a video Michael Fassbender did back in 2003.

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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Andrews To Score Jason Segel & Emily Blunt Romance 'Five Year Engagement'

    He may not be a familiar name like Mark Mothersbaugh or Jon Brion, but Michael Andrews is quickly rising into a similar status. He has composed for a number of notable films including “Donnie Darko,” Miranda July's “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," “Cyrus,” “Funny People” and most recently, "Bridesmaids." He most certainly got to know both Judd Apatow and Paul Feig back in the day when he lent his skills to both “Undeclared” and “Freaks and Geeks,” and he's set to reteam with the Apatow fold on yet another project.

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  • The Playlist
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    Spy Thriller 'Page 8' Starring Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy & More Hits PBS This Fall

    Is 2011 the year the top tier spy film makes a comeback? Tomas Alfredson's hotly anticipated "Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy" -- starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke -- will hit theaters this fall and if it lives up to even half of its promise, it should be a knockout. But you won't have to necessarily go to the multiplex to get all of your secret agent kicks as PBS has landed a project on their slate that boasts an equally first class cast.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Remember This Name - Whitney Cummings

    So the TV lineups for next season are set and the writers and producers are getting to work trying to make their shows the ones that stick. One of the interesting things to note from the upfronts this year is that there is a new rising star -- Whitney Cummings. Cummings is the star and creator of the Whitney which will air on NBC, and the second is 2 Broke Girls starring the awesome Kat Dennings which Cummings created with Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City).

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