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    From the Wire: The Legacy of Stan Lee

    This is a really strange time to be a lifelong comic book fan. On the one hand, all your nerd dreams are coming true: geeks are cool and superheroes are mainstream. On the other hand, the success of comic book movies hasn't really trickled down to the comic book industry, which continues to struggle with flagging sales (up slightly this year, but down 13% from five years ago and 31% from fifteen years ago, according to Comichron.com). What's worse, many of the men who made these comics in the first place are seeing no financial reward from their remarkable success. "The Avengers" is now the fastest movie to gross $1 billion in history and exactly none of that goes to the estate of Jack Kirby, the man who co-created "The Avengers" with Stan Lee back in 1963. And while that's not legally wrong -- Kirby created "The Avengers" as a freelancer performing a work for hire for Marvel, which means all his artwork and concepts belong to the company and not the artist -- it sure doesn't feel too good.

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  • The Playlist
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    ‘Vincere’ Director Marco Bellocchio & Isabelle Huppert Have Teamed On The Right-To-Die Drama ‘Sleeping Beauty’

    After making his directorial debut four decades ago with “Fists in the Pocket,” Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio has tackled many genres and styles, but one consistent characteristic has been his savage socio-political themes and undertones. His 2010 film, “Vincere,” proved to be the most explosive yet, capturing disgraced Italian leader Benito Mussolini’s rise to power from his abandoned wife’s perspective, and now he plans to do it again, this time with one of the world’s most talented actresses in tow.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    2012 New Projects We're Excited About #7 - Julius Onah's "The Girl Is In Trouble"

    2012 New Projects We're Excited About #7 - Julius Onah's "The Girl Is In Trouble"

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Kevin Spacey In The Chinese Dramedy 'Inseparable'

    While actor Kevin Spacey has been hard at work assembling the new series “House of Cards” with fellow producer David Fincher at Netflix, he’s also finding time to join the ranks of A-Listers like Christian Bale in the recent “The Flowers of War” and Hugh Jackman in “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” by starring in a Chinese movie featuring both Mandarin and English languages.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Females Grossly Underrepresented and Misrepresented in Top Grossing Films of 2011

    New stats are out from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film.  This time the research takes a look at the amount of female characters onscreen in the top grossing 100 films of 2011.

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  • The Playlist
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    Afonso Poyart To Helm Supernatural 'Solace' Starring Anthony Hopkins

    It appears things are finally moving on the long gestating supernatural-crime thriller, "Solace," which Anthony Hopkins has been attached to since last fall. In case you need a refresher, the film will follow a psychic doctor, played by Hopkins, who works for the FBI and is on the trail of a serial killer. And this movie has been in the works forever with a batch of writers (Ted Griffin, Sean Bailey, James Vanderbilt), actors (Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis) and directors (Shekhar Kapur, Mark Pellington) coming and going at various points.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Cannes Film Festival 2012 Gets Underway Tomorrow. An S&A Preview...

    The 2012 installment of the most prestigious film festival in the world - the Cannes Film Festival - officially opens its doors tomorrow May 16, and will run until the 27th - not quite 2 weeks of films, parties, funs and sun in the South Of France.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weinstein Co. Dominates Cannes 2012 with Advance Pick-Ups UPDATED

    As the 65th Cannes Film Festival ramps up for yet another glitzy opening on the Riviera May 16, with Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," Harvey Weinstein is showing his muscle. The French have never more adored the indie powerhouse, who scored five Oscars for "The Artist" last year, including Best Picture and Actor.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Trailer, Poster & Images For Michel Gondry's 'The We And The I'; Wacky Set Photos From His Next Effort 'Mood Indigo'

    After dipping his toes in studio waters for "The Green Hornet," Michel Gondry is headed to Cannes to unveil his much more lo-fi/indie "The We & The I," a mysterious project that will follow a group of high school kids on the bus home on the last day of school. But the ever-busy helmer is also in the midst of shooting his next effort, "Mood Indigo, " which -- if the set photos are anything to go by -- will see Gondry firmly in his unique and creative wheelhouse.

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  • The Playlist
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    A Sequel To 'Ironclad' Is In The Works For Some Reason

    Did anyone catch the medieval action picture “Ironclad?” We said it was “made of flimsy fabric,” but with a cast consisting of Paul Giamatti, James Purefoy, Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi, Kate Mara, Jason Flemyng, Jamie Foreman and Aneurin Barnard on board, how could it be all bad? Well apparently the production of helmer Jonathan English’s film was steeped in difficulties and lost talent like Bob Hoskins, Robert Carlyle, Pete Postlethwaite, Richard Attenborough, William Moseley, Colm Meaney and Angus McFayden along the way.

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