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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer For "The Help-less" (Funny Or Die?)

    If you haven't seen the movie, or read the book, you probably won't get the references. Regardless... funny or die???

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  • The Playlist
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    Roman Coppola's Next Film Is Called 'A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III'

    'Beginners' & 'Tanner Hall' Composer Roger Neil Writing ScoreLate last year, during the press rounds for "Somewhere," we spoke to Sofia Coppola, who was tight-lipped, but gave us a little teaser bit of info and a bit of hope: her brother Roman Coppola was finally working on a new film. “He’s working on something new,” she told us coyly. Something he would writing and directing again we asked? “Yeah, he’s working on a script that he put together.”

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Time Warner Cable Offers Tyler Perry's Oeuvre On Movies On Demand This Month

    So this is almost like a Tyler Perry retrospective courtesy of TWC, right? :)

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Buenos Aires Film Industry Delivers Fuck You to Hollywood

    Buenos Aires Film Industry Delivers Fuck You to Hollywood

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    book review—Paul on Mazursky

    by Sam Wasson; foreword by Mel Brooks (Wesleyan University Press)

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  • Shadow and Act
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    TNT Cancels “HawthoRNe”

    From Deadline just minutes ago:

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  • The Playlist
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    Listen: Scarlett Johansson Covers "Bonnie & Clyde" With Lulu Gainsbourg

    In the annals of actors-turned-musicians, Scarlett Johansson is actually better (and more underrated) than most. Her album of Tom Waits covers, Anywhere I Lay My Head, produced by TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek, is actually pretty good and in the various compilations or soundtracks she has contributed to Johansson is keenly aware that while she doesn't have a particularly broad range, her strength lies in her woozy, sexy, husky delivery and with that, she does quite well with it.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Love Today: Maryam Keshavarz's "Circumstance"

    In a mid-nineties interview following the release of her film Fire (which ignited riots across India because of its depiction of a Hindu lesbian love affair), director Deepa Mehta said that had she been a Muslim director dealing with the topic of homosexuality, she “would have been lynched.” Now, some fifteen years later, Iranian-American director Maryam Keshavarz has made Circumstance, among the world’s first fiction films about Muslim lesbians. In fact, prior to Parvez Sharma’s 2007 documentary A Jihad for Love, the dearth of gay and lesbian characters in Iranian film would have had anyone using cinema as their barometer of the times credulously accepting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s statements in 2007 that homosexuality simply does not exist in Iran.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Abduction' Soundtrack Can't Steal A Good Song, Features Lenny Kravitz, Train & More

    Music supervision is a tricky business. It's a careful balance of working with a filmmaker in choosing songs that will be effective their movie, while in many cases, also ensuring it will be something that will appeal to the intended audience. It's a strange sort of curation but when it works well, everyone is happy. Say what you will about the "Twilight" soundtracks but they have been a savvy blend of tunes that courted both Twihards and those would couldn't care less about the franchise. All of which brings us to "Abduction," Taylor Lautner's first stab at a leading-man action role, and the music chosen for the movie is a pretty bizarre mix, to the say the least.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    In the No, Run-Up to Telluride: The Show from Swinton and Clooney to Veloso and Waters

    We have several folks covering festivals this year--David Gritten and The Playlist are in Venice while Meredith Brody and I are in Telluride--along with Eugene Hernandez, who's covering for indieWIRE. Here's Meredith's first missive:Part of the appeal and the mystique of the Telluride Film Festival, aka the Show, is that you’re buying a pig in a poke. Since the Festival doesn’t release any of its program, whether new titles, tributes, or revivals, in advance, you have to trust in its distinguished reputation -- as Roger Ebert has memorably written, “[It’s] like Cannes died and went to heaven…” -- and take a leap into the void.

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