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  • Shadow and Act
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    Holly Robinson-Peete To Star In CBS Sitcom 'Mike & Molly'

    So back in August I quite innocently posted an item about that loud and unfunny comedian (with the weirdest, jacked up, creepiest smile I've ever seen) Sheryl Underwood replacing Holly Robinson-Peete after she had been dumped from CBS' The View rip-off The Talk.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sixty-three Films Eligible for Foreign Language Oscar, Leading Contenders

    Of the final sixty-three countries that have submitted their official Oscar entries in the Foreign Language Film category, many have been seen on the festival circuit. Screenings will soon be scheduled for various foreign language committees, which will eventually narrow the list to the final five to be announced on January 24. The first committees see groups of films and must see a certain percentage to vote; branch chief Mark Johnson chooses an uber-committee to add three films to an initial list of six and then vote on the final five nominations. Thus high-brow movies that may not play to the bigger group can be added. The prime contenders based on previous nominations or and/or critical response so far are:

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  • The Playlist
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    New Pics Of Emma Watson & Logan Lerman In 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower'

    It's hard to believe, but after a decade of conquering our multiplexes and turning everybody including your Mom into an expert on the series, the "Harry Potter" franchise is over (until they figure out a way to reboot it). And thus, the young cast, who are now all grown up, will need to venture for the first time into the industry without the comfort of a franchise to fall back on. For Emma Watson, the actress has boldly taken steps into her post-'Potter' career, cutting her hair short, taking a supporting role in "My Week With Marilyn" and taking her first non-tentpole lead in "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival Returns this Weekend in New York

    Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series returns to New York this weekend with 25 films directed, produced or written by women of color from Brooklyn to Great Britain.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Marriage, Sex & Pregnancy in Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 TV Spots

    The latest in the Twilight Saga series, Breaking Dawn: Part 1, hits theaters November 18. Check out two new TV spots below. In this film continuation of Stephenie Meyer's vampire/human romance, Bella and Edward get married, enjoy a romantic honeymoon in Rio, and give birth to a very strange child. We can hear the teenagers screaming already.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: This Means War Means Potential Career Low for Hardy, Pine, Witherspoon?

    We should have known better than to get excited for McG's This Means War, despite an ensemble led by Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and the phenomenal Tom Hardy. McG (Charlies Angels, Terminator: Salvation) and the cast probably had a great time shooting but after watching the trailer, we're left wondering why these actors signed on (after a dramatic casting saga).

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  • The Playlist
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    Gerard Butler To Become 'Hunter Killer'; Sam Worthington Being Eyed To Co-Star

    Summit Relativity Media has been very aggressive with "Hunter Killer," earmarking the picture for a December 2012 release date for months as Phillip Noyce decided whether he was the right man for the director's chair. Though he left the project in August, Relativity continued to show faith in the adaptation of George Wallace's best-seller "Firing Point," bringing on Antoine Fuqua to direct. And with a winter start date being eyed, it looks like they have their leading men.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    NYFF: Santiago Mitre's "The Student"

    Since May, massive demonstrations led by both university and high school students demanding greater educational equality and a complete deprivatization of higher education have swept across Chile. Largely unreported in this part of the world, these protests have comprised marches, a two-day general strike, and occupations of high schools and universities. While gaining widespread national support, these demonstrations have also resulted in the death of at least one student, shot by a police sergeant firing into a crowd. The protests hint at a particular unified culture of student unrest rather unlike that in the United States, where the archetypal college student, long defined by Revenge of the Nerds and Animal House, spends more time binge drinking and contracting mono than engaging in politics. Glimmers of such a political movement can perhaps be seen in the involvement of students in Occupy Wall Street. Some may question what college kids, who enjoy the luxury of educational freedom and a lot of spare time on their hands, have to complain about, but, as the movement in Chile shows, student politics are related to politics at large.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Film Independent's November LACMA Film Series Lineup Adds Clooney, Fassbender

    Elvis Mitchell is booking movies with speakers for his weekly Film Independent at LACMA showings. He's basically doing the same thing any number of subscription film series are doing, he's just inviting the public to buy tickets to see many films that will be available at commercial cinemas or on Netflix followed by Q and As with the likes of George Clooney and Michael Fassbender. I have booked The Descendants for Sneak Previews, for example.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For Brit Drama 'Junkhearts' With Eddie Marsan & 'Attack The Block' Star John Boyega

    While "Attack The Block" didn't quite light up the box office this summer, the alien invasion flick firmly established itself as a new cult classic of the genre, and the film's star, John Boyega, emerged as a new talent to keep an eye on. Certainly, Spike Lee sat up and took notice, casting him in the lead of the HBO series he's producing. But before that, Boyega will have a small role in the upcoming British drama "Junkhearts" alongside Eddie Marsan, Tom Sturridge and Romola Garai, and it looks pretty promising.

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