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    Documentary Classics: "The Last Waltz" is a Perfectly Overproduced Concert Film of Its Time

    Back in February I got in a Twitter argument with another film critic while defending "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never." This person stated that if I (or anyone else) can't tell the difference between "Never Say Never" and "The Last Waltz," I am unfit to write. I replied that I can tell the difference, but the truth was I had never seen "Waltz" and couldn't genuinely claim more than a basic understanding of what he was getting at. Now that I've finally watched the 1978 concert film, which is considered by many to be one of the best docs of its kind, I can agree to some very clear distinctions, but mostly in their purpose. For one thing, the Bieber movie is not really a concert film. It also consists of a more straightforward narrative. There is a certain kinship between the two docs, though, and that's that they are both overproduced records of their time.

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  • The Playlist
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    Chris Evans Might Take A Trip To 'Motor City' With Albert Hughes

    So let's clear up a bit of confusion. Yesterday it was reported that Mark Wahlberg was bailing on David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook" due to a scheduling conflict that Deadline speculated might be Allen Hughes' "Broken City." That still may be the case, but another Hughes brother is prepping a different 'City' movie.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Albert Hughes Attached To Direct Revenge Thriller "Motor City"

    When I first read this, I confused it with the project his twin brother Allen Hughes is developing, which we reported in June. That project (Allen's) is called Broken City, and you can read my post announcing it HERE; this project (Albert's) is called Motor City! Both are based on scripts that were on the Blacklist.

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    Watch 5 Clips From "The Help"

    The marketing campaign for The Help continues with these recently released clips from the film, which stars Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and many others.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    This is What Money Looks Like II: Hollywood's Best-Paid Actors; DiCaprio King of World

    This is What Money Looks Like II: Hollywood's Best-Paid Actors; DiCaprio King of World

    In the last year (May 2010 through May 2011) the top-earning actors (and sometime producers) were Leonardo DiCaprio ($77 million), Johnny Depp ($50 million), Adam Sandler ($40 million), Will Smith ($36 Million), Tom Hanks ($35 million), Ben Stiller ($34 Million), Robert Downey Jr. ($31 million), Mark Wahlberg ($28 million), Tim Allen ($22 million), Tom Cruise ($22 million), Jim Carrey ($20 million), Daniel Craig ($20 million), Robert Pattinson ($20 million), Brad Pitt ($20 million) and Matt Damon ($18 million).

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Darkly Comic First Footage From Todd Solondz's 'Dark Horse'

    While Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow and Selma Blair, the starry trio of Todd Solondz's latest effort "Dark Horse," will likely be the focus of photogs in Toronto next month, the film's lead is the much more low key name of Jordan Gelber, a relatively-unknown character actor who has appeared on shows like “Boardwalk Empire,” “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Well, the rollout of TIFF promo material continues as the first footage of "Dark Horse" has hit and it shows that Gelber has no problem delivering the wry, dark and hilarious dialogue Solondz is known for.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Am I Being Just Mr. Sensitive Again?

    You should well aware know by now how we roll on S & A. Always questioning and stirring up stuff,especially when it comes to the never ending and vexing problem of black images in films and TV.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Francis Ford Coppola's TWIXT

    As Francis Ford Coppola promised at Comic-Con's Hall H panel on TWIXT, which stars Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning, Bruce Dern and Ben Chaplin as yet another Edgar Allen Poe, the filmmaker has posted a trailer on the web for his digital 3-D horror film, which will debut at Toronto. (Here's my Comic-Con coverage and Coppola interview.) This is much the same footage he showed at Comic-Con.

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  • The Playlist
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    Futuristic Robin Hood Movie Getting Rewrite By 'Turistas' Scribe Michael Ross

    Not To Be Confused With The Wachowskis 'Hood'So yeah, in case you haven't realized, fairy tales are a big deal these days. Next year alone will see two Snow White movies, "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" and "Jack the Giant Killer" all arriving at a multiplex near you, and yes, Hollywood has more on the way.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Gosling Front and Center on New Drive Poster, More Violence Due in Refn's Next, Only God Forgives

    When you've got it, flaunt it. In Nicolas Winding Refn's indie-financed, $13-million Drive, Ryan Gosling scores in his first Steve McQueen-style action role as a stuntman and getaway driver who is in complete control: until he allows himself to be entrapped by a young neighbor (Carey Mulligan) and her son. Gosling is Drive's primary selling point. Why not show what you got? He's never looked better.

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