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    "Fright Night" - Ranked Against Other Remakes, a Defense of the 3D Work, Views on Teen Sexuality

    If you ignored Craig Gillespie's "Fright Night" over the weekend, letting it pretty much die in sixth place, I forgive you. It's an entertaining and much-improved version of Tom Holland's 1985 original, but it's not an immediate must-see title for theater viewing only. And with a lackluster use of 3D, you're better off saving your money anyway if that's your only option. Hopefully you'll catch it at some point down the line. Just bookmark this roundup until you've seen it, if you're worried about spoilers.

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  • Press Play
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    NOBODY'S BUSINESS BUT THE TURK'S #1: Of Booze, Sex and Monkeys

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Please join Press Play in welcoming the unique and fearless voice of writer-critic Ali Arikan. Ali is based in Istanbul, Turkey.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Higher Ground' Revels In Its Callow, Low Blows To Catholicism

    Everyone's got something to say about religion. Each book that serves as the foundation for a theology forges our behavior in some shape or form, and while structuring your life on what each book preaches can lead to catharsis, kindness, and healing, it can also be the birth of intolerance and destruction. That's not to say people aren't ultimately to blame; though certain things are good or bad no matter how you spin them, we do tend to interpret things how we see fit. This odd mixed bag of morals often leads to serious backlash, manifested in outright intense debates or scathing art pieces. "Up In The Air" actress Vera Farmiga sets her target using the latter weapon, questioning her own faith in directorial debut "Higher Ground." Sadly, the film feels more like the voice of a junior high student going through a phase of atheism rather than the thoughts of a mature, rational adult.

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  • The Playlist
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    Caleb Landry Jones (aka Banshee) Joins Neil Jordan's Vampire Film 'Byzantium'

    No, "Byzantium" is not a sequel or something to Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" but it's the name of ancient Greek city which just happens to also be the title of Neil Jordan's next film, and the director has just settled on his male lead for.

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  • The Playlist
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    Djimon Hounsou Is Abdiel The Angel Of Death In 'Paradise Lost'

    Actors don't come as talented or respected as Djimon Hounsou. The thesp has come a long way from popping up in Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" video, breaking out in Jim Sheridan's "In America," and lining up a diverse array of projects from blockbusters like "The Island" and "Constantine" to more dramatic fare like "Blood Diamond" and "The Tempest" and in the process, he's snagged himself two Academy Award nominations. While his most recent efforts seem to be in dodgy looking international pics like "White Elephant" and "Special Forces," the actor is ready to take on a pretty intriguing role in what is set to be a pretty ambitious literary adaptation.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Brit Nonso Anozie Cast In Season 2 Of HBO's "Game Of Thrones"

    I have to admit that I haven't watched a single episode of Game Of Thrones, despite how much praise it's received; it's been near-universal! And I'm a fantasy enthusiast, so you'd think I'd be all over it; nope, I haven't been. I also haven't read the literary work by George R. R. Martin that the TV series is based on either (A Song of Ice and Fire which comprises of 7 books - 2 that have yet to be published).

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  • Press Play
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    VIDEO ESSAY: CHAOS CINEMA: The decline and fall of action filmmaking

    Chaos Cinema Part 1 from Matthias Stork on Vimeo.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For Martin Scorsese's Doc ‘George Harrison: Living In The Material World’

    Now four years on since it was first announced way back in 2007, Martin Scorsese's appropriately expansive documentary "George Harrison: Living In The Material World" is now ready to be shown to the world, and if this trailer is any indication, it's going to be a must see.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Sumptuous Short Film "If I Leap" (Starring "Pariah's" Adepero Oduye)

    This short shout comes from NYU alum, Ms J.J. Stone, featuring the talents of names you should be familiar with, given that we've written about them previously on this site - Adepero Oduye (Pariah), Anslem Richardson (Five Deep Breaths, The Locksmith); and cinematographer extraordinaire Bradford Young (Pariah, Restless City, Middle Of Nowhere).

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  • The Playlist
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    Eric Stonestreet To Play Fatty Arbuckle In Barry Levinson Directed 'The Day The Laughter Stopped'

    In the history of salacious Hollywood trials, none have matched the infamy of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's battle against charges that he raped actress Virgina Rappe at a boisterous Hollywood party (who died shortly afterward of peritonitis caused a ruptured bladder). It was essentially the first showbiz trial, one that found Arbuckle prosecuted in the press -- and later in court -- thanks to the relentless tabloid journalism of William Randolph Hearst's chain of newspapers, which painted the silent comedian as a lecher who used his girth to overpower women sexually. After three trials -- in which it became apparent that evidence was being manufactured and witnesses were being told to lie in an overzealous pursuit to find him guilty -- Arbuckle was eventually acquitted, though his career was in ruins and fearing government intervention in the industry, most of Hollywood refused to work with him. However, in the dawn of the talkies, Warner Bros. signed up him for some two reel shorts and their success led the studio to sign Arbuckle for a feature film. Unfortunately, he would suffer a heart attack and die before he could start work on the project.

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