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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Feminist Pussy Riot Band on Trial in Russia

    Something horrific is going on in Moscow that needs a lot more attention.  Three women who are members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot were jailed several months ago for "hooliganism" and "inciding religious hatred" for staging an peaceful protest action at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. 

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  • The Playlist
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    Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Next Film Seems Like Subtler, Stranger, Artier Cousin To 'Inception'

    Many filmmakers strive for their work to tap into a certain dream-like narrative, unbound by traditional logic and driven by subconscious desire, but while David Lynch and Christopher Nolan dazzle equally with their unique approaches, Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (“Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”) may best them both by adhering most to that elusive goal. His films are known for their tranquil, seemingly dissociative threads of imagery, which sometimes even threaten to isolate the viewer in the process, but recently the director has expressed other wishes for his particular brand of storytelling.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Lars Von Trier Invites You to Interpret Six Artworks for 'Gesamt' Film Project

    As part of the Copenhagen Art Festival, Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier is challenging people, as usual, with "Gesamt," an open invitation to folks around the globe to reinterpret six great works of art through a lens or recording sound. Trier sets the rules for the film project (see trailer below) and invites us all to create the content. Director Jenle Hallund will put everything together at the end.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Why Stop Now?' A Compelling, But Not Always Fulfilling Comedy

    There’s not a whole lot of forward momentum in “Why Stop Now?” which is a surprise considering the immediacy-baiting title. Though the film takes place within the span of one day, the narrative feels truncated, allowing for connections to form, and then sever, over the course of twenty-four hours. It's well-acted, certainly, though these performances belong in a film with sharper pacing, one that breathes easily. But, this directorial debut from Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner breathes like a frequent smoker: in fits and starts, peppered with coughs and dry heaves.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Thoughts On Debut Of Chris Rock-Produced 'Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell'?

    Thoughts On Debut Of Chris Rock-Produced 'Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell'?

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: New Trailers For Season 3 Of 'Treme' & 'Boardwalk Empire' With First Footage Of Bobby Cannavale

    As “Veep” and “Girls” led successful seasons this past summer with their well-drawn characters and storylines, HBO is ready to plunge viewers back into pure atmosphere with the third seasons of its reliable recent shows, and we've got two new trailers for you to whet your appetite as the fall TV season beckons in the distance.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Thank You Women Athletes for a Great Olympics

    Looking back on the last two weeks this was clearly the women's Olympics. Aside from Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt it was the women's stories that dominated the airwaves (at least here in the US.) This was the first year that the US sent more women athletes to the Olympics than men -- 268 to 255. The medal take for the US women showed dominance with them winning 29 gold medals. That number puts the US behind China which won 38 and tied with Great Britain. US men won 17 gold medals.

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  • The Playlist
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    Recap: 'Breaking Bad' Episode 5 'Dead Freight' Will Leave You Speechless

    The opening teaser on “Breaking Bad” has proved to be one of the most elastic and effective storytelling devices used on the show. First utilized in the pilot, the opening plunged viewers into what appeared to be Walter White’s desperate final moments before spending the rest of the episode going backward to find out exactly how we got there. During the second season, the show used the opening minutes to tease out a season long mystery and most recently, the Season 5 premiere introduced "Walt 52," perhaps the most intriguing glimpse into the future thus far. But there is something special about this week’s enigmatic opening, seemingly unconnected to anything else on the show, where you keep waiting for something to happen and it never does.

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  • The Playlist
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    Nic Cage On Board For 'The Expendables 3'; Clint Eastwood, Wesley Snipes & Harrison Ford Being Approached

    So, was 2010's over $270 million worldwide haul for "The Expendables" the indication of franchise starter, or just the result of a novelty concept doing well in the marketplace? We'll find out this Friday when the numbers roll in for the supersized "The Expendables 2," but it looks like producer Avi Lerner is feeling very confident, with an eye already on "The Expendables 3." And not only that, he has a name apparently already signed, and a wishlist of folks he wants (but probably won't get) for the third installment.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Nadia Tass Retrospective @ Aero Theatre August 16 & 17

    Nadia Tass is honoured to have a retrospective of her films play at the American Cinematheque (Aero Theatre) in August. If you've never seen them but always wanted to, or if you've seen them and remember them fondly, then now is your chance to catch these classic Australian films (MALCOLM, THE BIG STEAL, AMY and MATCHING JACK) on the big screen in Santa Monica.

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