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    Kevin Bacon Wants To Get 'R.I.P.D.'

    Kevin Bacon must be getting a thrill these days out of playing the baddie. We're only halfway through the year he's been on screen in three straight films where he's the villain: he was the drug dealing Jacques in "Super"; the twisted Sebastian Shaw in "X-Men: First Class" and the wife-stealing co-worker of Julianne Moore in this weekend's "Crazy, Stupid, Love." Well, people must like what they've been seeing because he's ready to make things difficult for the heroes in the forthcoming "R.I.P.D."

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Craig Johnson "True Adolescents and the 'Tweener' Indie Film"

    Is there a place in the Indie Film Eco-system for a good story well told? Artist strive for this goal, but can audiences unite around something not built around a big concept, big cast, or controversial element? Perhaps the bigger question is can a filmmaker even take the risk of trying to answer this question?TRUE ADOLESCENTS (starring Mark Duplass & Melissa Leo -- two of the most watchable folks out there) opens today in NYC and got a good NY Times Review to boost it. Writer/Director Craig Johnson guests today about why and how he took that dare.

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    Vincent Gallo Doesn't Plan On Releasing 'Promises Written In Water'

    Also Says He's Finished Another New Film Which He Won't Release EitherVincent Gallo has always been a filmmaker and artist who answered to one person only -- himself -- but now it seems the iconoclast is taking it to the next level: he's the only one who's going to be able to watch his movies. But let's go back in a time for a moment, shall we?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    First Look At Samuel Jackson & Angela Bassett In "The Mountaintop" + Behind-The-Scenes Conversation

    As we already know, Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett will soon star as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the mysterious Camae respectively, in the Broadway production of the new play, The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall, directed by Tony Award-nominee Kenny Leon (Fences, A Raisin in the Sun).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Toronto Sees Double: Two Films Each for Busy Clooney, Gosling, Fassbender, Mulligan and Butler

    Toronto Sees Double: Two Films Each for Busy Clooney, Gosling, Fassbender, Mulligan and Butler

    These five stars are working double time at the Toronto Film Festival this year: George Clooney (The Ides of March, The Descendants), Michael Fassbender (Shame, A Dangerous Method), Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March, Drive), Carey Mulligan (Shame, Drive) and Gerard Butler (Machine Gun Preacher, Coriolanus) are keeping busy, each with two films, at the September 8-18 fest. Which one will come out on top with some Oscar buzz? Easier said than done. Consider their Toronto track records:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Lucasfilm Announces Official Release Date For "Red Tails" - January 20, 2012

    A trailer for the film is supposed to debut tonight at the Airventure 2011 event in Wisconsin, so expect it'll turn up on the web soon thereafter, and we'll finally get to see our first look at the long-in-development film. By the way, if any of our readers will be at Airventure tonight for the screening, please let me know.

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  • Caryn James
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    Jon Stewart Decimates Republicans' Misuse of "The Town"

    When the Republicans used a clip from Ben Affleck’s heist movie The Town to urge Tea Party colleagues to back John Boehner’s debt-ceiling plan, the ploy was widely considered -- insane? ridiculous? the lame-brained idea of someone who never goes to movies? All of the above, but Jon Stewart deconstructs the episode best, pointing out why comparing the Tea Party to Jeremy Renner’s loose-cannon killer character was not exactly flattering, and why Sen. Chuck Schumer will never host a movie-review show.

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    Andrew Bujalski Crowd-Funding His Next Film, The 1980s-Set 'Computer Chess'

    Though he's cited as the "godfather" of the mumblecore movement, very rarely will you hear the films of Andrew Bujalski being discussed or written about. The Bostonian's three fantastic, cream-of-the-crop features unfortunately get the short straw when it comes to conversation and respect; instead, film critics spend time writing overwrought dissertations on third-rate mumblies or one of the twelve Joe Swanberg movies that are in production per season. In 2009, the filmmaker dropped "Beeswax," a quiet yet oddly tense story about twin sisters, one of which is getting wrapped up in legal troubles. Unlike his brood, Bujalski has the patience to let things slowly compile while also devising some very uncomfortable, awkward moments of humanity. Yes, there's quite a bit of talking, but there's always something more going on on his actors' faces, particularly in their eyes: he knows how to use the in-between still moments, something crucial that's often missing in the rest of these micro-indies.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    TCA HBO Day: Gloria Steinem Talks, True Blood's Alan Ball Stays Put, Final Entourage Season

    The annual Television Critics Association press tour is under way this week: Amy Dawes reports on HBO day:Gloria Steinem, focus of an HBO documentary premiering Aug. 15 titled Gloria: In Her Own Words, had consistent praise for the present generation of young women in remarks Thursday at her TCA panel, despite repeated inducements to disparage them based on their perceived looseness of dress and sexual behavior.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch "Innocence Abandoned: Street Kids of Haiti" Trailer

    Leapfrog Productions Innocence Abandoned: Street Kids of Haiti is directed by Young Man Kang and produced by Dennis James Lee and Tomiko Ok Lee. The documentary film, over 10 years in the making, chronicles the lives of street kids growing up in Haiti.

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