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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    'Avengers' Video Prep: A Super Mash-Up of 182 Super Hero Movies

    Before "Marvel's The Avengers" premieres May 4, here's a superior super-hero mash-up to remind you of its predecessors and help you to judge whether the upcoming genre-fest will be "the best super hero movie of all time."  Glossing over 182 films by our count, this Sleepy Skunk production also has a fantastically detailed roster in the description that catalogues the featured films. 

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  • The Playlist
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    Sam Raimi To Produce MGM's 'Poltergeist' Reboot

    Update: THR confirms that Raimi will produce MGM's "Poltergeist" reboot and help select a director. The film has a script from "Rabbit Hole" and "Oz The Great And Powerful" writer David Lindsay-Abaire.

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  • The Playlist
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    SFIFF: tUnE-yArDs Live Score For Buster Keaton & Fatty Arbuckle Films Did Not Disappoint

    One of the most anticipated annual events at the San Francisco International Film Festival is the live score performances held each year. While it would be hard to top last year’s Tindersticks live performance of their own Claire Denis scores, this year’s pairing of tUnE-yArDs (led by Merrill Garbus) and guitarist Ava Mendoza with a collection of Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle films did not disappoint.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Henry Simmons Joins Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson In "No Good Deed"

    Henry Simmons has joined the growing cast of producer Will Packer's thriller, No Good Deed, which stars Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, currently already in production in Atlanta, GA.

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  • The Playlist
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    So, 'Chronicle' Director Josh Trank Is Working On A 'Fantastic Four' Reboot After All; 'Chronicle 2' Moving Forward

    Tom Rothman has been dropping truth bombs all over CinemaCon. Already dishing out morsels about a possible New Mutants movie and revealing that, by hook or by crook, it will be Ridley Scott's version of "Prometheus" we see at the multiplex on June 8th, he delivered another interesting little nugget.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Payback' A Dense Dissection Of Debt Based On The Musings Of Margaret Atwood

    What is the essence of debt, and what is debt that doesn't have a money solution? Canadian essayist, novelist, activist, and general "ist" Margaret Atwood pontificates on the complex nature of this kind of liability in "Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth," a non-fiction book and the spring-board for Jennifer Baichwal's concisely titled"Payback." Atwood's deconstruction of the idea is incredibly deep, at times both frightening and amusing; Baichwal attempts to translate her lecture into a documentary/video essay and succeeds in creating something original yet still retaining the strength of the author's voice. The director manages to look at what various people owe to each other, from small scale (what convicts owe to both their victims and society) to all encompassing (how we, as humans, beholden to our planet).

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  • The Playlist
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    Kevin Feige Says 'Iron Man 3' Will Be The "Antidote" To 'The Avengers'; Says Tony Stark Could Be Replaced Bond Style In Future Movies

    With "The Avengers" currently flying high on unbelievable buzz and critical praise, it seems the game plan for Marvel and Kevin Feige is to do the complete opposite of everything in Joss Whedon's movie for "Iron Man 3." Wait, what?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Nollywood Starlet Genevieve Nnaji Joins Cast Of "Half Of A Yellow Sun" Film Adaptation

    If I recall correctly, her name was one of the few mentioned in our post alerting you to the petition that called for the recasting of the role Thandie Newton has been selected to play in the film adaptation; well, she won't be replacing Thandie Newton, however, Genevieve Nnaji (maybe the most internationally well-known Nollywood actress), has been cast in director Biyi Bandele's big screen adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Half Of A Yellow Sun.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Safe' Director Boaz Yakin On Fight Choreography, 'Batman Beyond,' And How Hard It Is To Make A Movie In The Current Climate

    Few directors have had careers as varied (and, quite frankly, bizarre) as Boaz Yakin's. He started out working on screenplays for big action movies like the Dolph Lundgren "Punisher" and Clint Eastwood's "The Rookie," before segueing into more personal material as a writer/director (1994's "Fresh," 1998's "A Price Above Rubies"). Yakin would have the biggest hit of his career with a script he didn't write, with the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced inspirational football movie "Remember the Titans." Since then he has bounced around between high profile screenwriting jobs ("Prince of Persia: Sands of Time," again for Bruckheimer), personal projects (2008's little-seen "Death and Love") and genuinely WTF-worthy choices (he directed the Britney Murphy romantic comedy "Uptown Girls"). This weekend, though, he's back and kicking ass with "Safe" – a sophisticated, New York-set action movie starring Jason Statham. We talked to Yakin about his weird career, what he wanted to accomplish with "Safe," and whatever happened to his "Batman Beyond" movie.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For Judd Apatow's 'This Is 40' Starring 'Knocked Up' Duo Paul Rudd & Leslie Mann

    This is 38? Middle age comes crashing down hard in "This Is 40," the sort-of-sequel to "Knocked Up," and the first trailer is here to give us a taste of Judd Apatow's latest turn behind the camera, one that finds him once again stretching into dramatic territory while still bringing his trademark laughs, driven by life's uncomfortable, real moments.

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