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    Zachary Quinto Talks Wall Street Drama Margin Call, Star Trek, Comes Out

    Zachary Quinto Talks Wall Street Drama Margin Call, Star Trek, Comes Out

    This week Zachary Quinto came out in New York Magazine, as major studio production Star Trek 2 ramps up for a January start with him on board as Spock, who memorably romances Zoe Saldana in the film. Quinto has also launched indie production company Before the Door Pictures, which started off with film school dropout-turned-commercial director J.C. Chandor's $3.5 million Wall Street drama Margin Call, featuring a strong ensemble including Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci and Demi Moore. The film debuted at Sundance, where U.S. rights sold to Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions for $2 million (here's TOH's Sundance story). The movie couldn't be more timely, with the Occupy Wall Street movement building steam and dominating global headlines.

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    Morelia International Film Festival, Day One: Patzcuaro Proves Seductive

    The Morelia International Film Festival in Patzcuaro, Mexico proved alluring to intrepid TOH fest correspondent Meredith Brody:I’ve never had a more seductive, mysterious, and glamorous introduction to a film festival. Not the tedious travel from Northern California to Mexico City in a couple of cramped and airless metal tubes, not the long, long taxi ride in the rainy dark night to the boutique hotel cleverly built so one can hear noise in one’s room from both the interior patio on one side and the street on the other (churlish to complain, but there it is, a girl’s gotta sleep).

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  • The Playlist
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    James Mangold To Direct Remake Of Icelandic Thriller 'City State'

    Iceland, so hot right now? It would appear to be so. The upcoming Mark Wahlberg flick "Contraband" has its origins in the 2008 film "Reykjavik-Rotterdam," and now another thriller from the nation that gave us Bjork and Sigur Ros is getting the remake treatment.

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    Review: 'Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey' Is An Inspirational Doc About The Man Behind The Muppet

    Suddenly, it’s a good time to be a Muppet again. After a few decades of sub-par films, co-writers (and massive Muppet fans) Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller appear to be bringing some of the magic back with “The Muppets,” their attempt to revive creator Jim Henson's beloved characters for a new generation of kids. The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens has assembled a massive exhibit to the fuzzy creatures and their creator called “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World” which includes drawings, storyboards, props, and a puppet making workshop as well as screenings of the films. “Sesame Street” has been plugging along steadily on PBS since it’s debut in 1969 but some recent high profile guest stars like Katy Perry have really put the show back into the public consciousness. And now we have director Constance Marks and her feel-good documentary “Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey” about Kevin Clash, the man who brought Elmo to life.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Vices Versus Virtues - Representations Of Iconic Black Figures On Screen (Survey)

    Watched The Black Power Mixtape again recently which led me to further research on Stokely Carmichael, aka Kwame Ture (he's featured heavily enough in the movie)...

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Clark Gregg Kicks Ass In Marvel Short 'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thor's Hammer'

    Marvel Head Kevin Feige Says He Hopes ‘Dr. Strange’ Will Be Part Of Company’s “Phase 2” PlanThe one constant in the uneven world of Marvel universe films so far -- aside from the omnipresent Samuel L. Jackson -- has been Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson. Playing the character almost with a knowing wink to audience as if to acknowledge how silly these comic book movies kind of are, he's been consistently enjoyable even if the movies he's in don't always deliver. As has been talked about for a while, Marvel is continuing to build the on screen universe this time with short films that will make appearances on the DVD/BluRay releases of the movies (the first was "The Consultant" on the "Thor" DVD). And the second short, "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thor's Hammer," boasts a title that is almost as long as the actual movie itself.

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  • Press Play
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    RECAP: THE WALKING DEAD, Season 2, Episode 1: "What Lies Ahead"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: AMC's zombie series returns for season two tonight, already more powerful than the long-running comic it's based on. This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Marlon Wayans Returns To Network TV With New ABC Sitcom About Sibling Cops

    Deadline.com is reporting that actor/comedian Marlon Wayans is planning to make a return to the small screen in a new situational comedy for ABC Studios. Wayans wrote, will executive produce, and will star in the hybrid single/multi-camera comedy, which is in development at the network.

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    RECAP: DEXTER, Season 6, Episode 3: "Smokey and the Bandit"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This recap contains spoilers for "Dexter" season six, episode three; read at your own risk.

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  • Spout
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    Short Starts: Watch John Hawkes Go Nuts in a Very Strange 1988 Butthole Surfers Film by Alex Winter

    Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at an early performance by John Hawkes, star of “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” which opens in limited release this Friday.

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