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    Review: 'Snow White & the Huntsman' Is A Beautiful Slog

    2012 has already delivered one big-budget movie based on the classic Grimm Brothers' fairy tale "Snow White." Earlier this spring arrived Tarsem's fizzy, Bollywood-ish "Mirror Mirror," which saw Julia Roberts vamping it up as the evil queen, surrounded by the most cheesily phony-looking sets this side of a Hammer horror movie -- if the movie had been any lighter it would have blown off the screen. And this week lands another: "Snow White & the Huntsman," an oppressively grim (pun very much intended) take on the fairy tale that instead favors mood, menace, and a kind of earthy grittiness, over the airier "Mirror Mirror." The problem is, that for all its frequently jaw-dropping visual panache, in narrative terms it sputters and stalls, sagging under the weight of its visual opulence.

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    5 Surprising & Controversial Cannes Film Festival Winners From Years Gone By

    As much as people have quibbles with (much more democratically voted on) awards like the Oscars, the decisions by juries at film festivals tend to be even more contentious. Usually drawn from practitioners, actors, with a few other curious participants in there as well, jurors often come in with their own likes, dislikes and agendas, and in the absence of a unanimous choice, often end up settling for compromises.

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    Moussa Touré’s Acclaimed Immigrant Survival Tale 'La Pirogue' Gets An Official Poster + Clips

    A film that's high on my to-see list, assuming it comes my way this year, or soon thereafter; screening in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival, Senegalese filmmaker Moussa Touré’s La Pirogue (The Pirogue), left Cannes without any distribution, which I'm not terribly shocked by. The filmmaker isn't exactly a household name on the international film scene, even though he's been making films for over 20 years; and the subject matter and POV the film takes are likely of little interest to audiences outside of continental Africa.

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    'Red Tails" Tops The DVD Sales List

    Red Tails wasn't the burst-out box office hit as was hoped for, but it's doing extremely well on the home media front.

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    Mekhi Phifer Talks Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee As Influence In New Clip From Doc In Development

    When I first profiled this doc and its fundraiser, it was one of the most *liked* posts that week, and was shared countless times on Facebook, retweeted on Twitter, talked about, etc; and yet, despite ALL THAT excitement over it, and the idea of it actually becoming a completed reality, the campaign has only raised 10% of its goal, with less than 30 days to go.

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    Boxing Comedy 'Grudge Match' With Sylvester Stallone & Robert De Niro Surfaces Again, Aiming For 2013 Shoot

    2012 has already delivered one big-budget movie based on the classic Grimm Brothers' fairy tale "Snow White." Earlier this spring arrived Tarsem's fizzy, Bollywood-ish "Mirror Mirror," which saw Julia Roberts vamping it up as the evil queen, surrounded by the most cheesily phony-looking sets this side of a Hammer horror movie -- if the movie had been any lighter it would have blown off the screen. And this week lands another: "Snow White & the Huntsman," an oppressively grim (pun very much intended) take on the fairy tale that instead favors mood, menace, and a kind of earthy grittiness, over the airier "Mirror Mirror." The problem is, that for all its frequently jaw-dropping visual panache, in narrative terms it sputters and stalls, sagging under the weight of its visual opulence.

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    Hold Onto Your Mullets, A Discography Of New Pics From 'Rock Of Ages' Turn It To 11

    If you still have Def Leppard’s Pyromania album on heavy rotation and prefer Jefferson Starship to Jefferson Airplane, then there’s a pretty good chance you’re excited for the upcoming musical adaptation, “Rock Of Ages.” An ode to the days of hair metal and tight leather pants, “Hairspray” helmer Adam Shankman has cooked up a tale of a small town girl (livin’ in a lonely world) and a city boy who fall for one another on the Sunset Strip, all while in pursuit of their Hollywood dreams. Some of us here at The Playlist have secretly been anticipating the film’s June release, and with a cast consisting of Russell Brand, Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin, Malin Akerman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary J. Blige, Bryan Cranston, Will Forte, and of course Tom Cruise doing his best Tim Cappelo interpretation, who can blame us?

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    What It Means To Be Black - Acclaimed Feature Doc 'Colour Me' Now Available On DVD

    It's been traveling the film festival circuit for about a year now, and it's been almost a year since we profiled it.

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    Bow Wow Military Drama/Thriller 'Recalled' To Make World Premiere At Seattle International Film Fest

    Bow Wow Military Drama/Thriller 'Recalled' To Make World Premiere At Seattle International Film Fest

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    Matthew Vaughn Lands Rights To Max Barry's Upcoming 'Lexicon'

    Director Matthew Vaughn has been trafficking almost exclusively in comic book adaptations over the past few years, establishing franchises with 2010's "Kick-Ass" and last year's "X-Men: First Class." While Fox has Vaughn returning to direct the 'First Class' sequel, he'll still be involved in producing "Kick-Ass 2," and has optioned the rights to a couple of 'Kick-Ass' co-creator Mark Millar's other comic book properties, namely "The Secret Service" and "Superior." But it looks like Vaughn has aspirations outside of the comic book milieu, purchasing the rights to the upcoming novel "Lexicon" from author Max Barry with his own money.

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