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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Dark Knight Rises: Bale Covers EW, Felt 'Immense Pressure' But Owes it to The Films

    The year is crowded with hotly anticipated films, says EW, and none more so than "The Dark Knight Rises." Naturally, Christian Bale as Batman graces EW's Forecast issue, out January 13. All that anticipation means batcages full of pressure. Bale says; “I can tell you the truth because I’m done with it...

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: 'Friends With Kids' With Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Megan Fox & Jon Hamm Turns Up The Charm In New Trailer

    Though it was only about four months ago, TIFF feels like it was an entire lifetime away. A blur of movies, interviews and trying to find space in the schedule for a meal of actual food that wasn't a shame filled bag of popcorn, some M&Ms and a swimming pool of Coke, it's sometimes hard to recall what we saw or did. But there are always a few movies that stay in the memory, and Jennifer Westfeldt's "Friends With Kids" is one of them.

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  • The Playlist
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    James Badge Dale Gets Back In The Saddle For 'The Lone Ranger' As Dan Reid

    Before the whole budget crisis struck Gore Verbinski, Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp's "The Lone Ranger," a cast was being lined up that included James Badge Dale. Well, even with the delays and budget cuts and generally worrying over how many hundreds of millions need to be spent on this, everyone who was on board previously -- Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, Dwight Yoakam, Helena Bonham Carter, etc. -- are back, and that list includes Mr. Dale, according to Deadline.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    CBS Boss Says Taraji P Henson's "Person Of Interest" Role Marginalized; Significant Creative Changes Coming!

    Months later, after the rah-rah over her noticeable ommision from the series' early marketing materials, the TV Guide cover snub, and concern that all of that added up to a limited role for her on the program (all very-well covered here on S&A)... 

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  • Shadow and Act
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    BET's "The Game" Solidifies Its Status As A Mega-Hit For BET (Season 5 Premier Numbers)

    My Twitter feed was all abuzz last night with lots of chatter about the season 5 premier of BET's smash hit The Game.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    MoMA's (Still) Missing Film Stills? Not Exactly.

    In 2002, the Museum of Modern Art closed off its venerable Film Stills Achive--an essential resource for archivists and academics--and fired its chief staffers Mary Corliss and Terry Geesken, causing rancor among cinephiles everywhere. I covered the story for the Village Voice almost exactly ten years ago this week ("Freeze Frame"). Now Time Magazine critic (and Mary's husband) Richard Corliss has resurrected the issue of the Archive, and its relocation to MoMA's Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center in Hamlin, PA, also known as the "bunker." On Wednesday, he wrote a column, protesting the continuing "inaccessible" nature of the archive's some 4 million photographs.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Charles Burnett-Directed Stage Play "Mulatto: A Never Ending Saga" Getting Film Treatment

    Killer Of Sheep director Charles Burnett's 2010 stage directorial effort - a 1-woman show starring Juliette Fairley, titled Mulatto: A Never Ending Saga - might be becoming a feature film, with Fairley herself playing the lead role, and Michael Pinckney directing.

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  • The Playlist
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    J.J. Abrams & Matt Reeves Team For Bad Robot-Produced Action Film

    Apparently Brad Parker, who has just made his debut on the Orin Pelli-produced post-apocalyptic thriller "The Diary of Lawson Oxford," left quite an impression. Variety reports he'll soon graduate to a much larger-scale action movie for Bad Robot and producers J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves. (Parker, a visual effects vet, directed second unit on Reeves' underrated gem "Let Me In.") The untitled actioner will be released by Paramount Pictures, with a script by Michael Gilio (one of a thousand people who wrote a draft of "Carter Beats the Devil").

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Tuskegee University & LucasFilm Present "Red Tails" Tuskegee University Takeover 1/14 To 1/16

    All you need to know follows below in the press release... anyone attending??

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Out with the Old Part 2: Secrets of Spain

    Spain is a country full of secrets. Thirty-six years after the death of Generalisimo Francisco Franco, Spanish general and dictator of Spain from 1936 until his death in 1975, the secrets of Spain's history are just beginning to emerge from the shadows and merge with the flow of the Eurozone. From the outside, Seville seems flawless. The city is superb, its commodities, its amenities and its people could not be more comfortable and pleasant. I was invited by Margaret von Schiller, ex Berlinale Panorama programmer on behalf of Extenda, the export arm of the Andalusian government, to The Sevilla Festival of European Films to participate in their Industry Forum (Il Foro) on a panel, “Festivals: What is their use and at what moment in production?” and to speak one-on-one with filmmakers about the international film business, its players and the place of festivals as acquisitions and distribution mechanisms.

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