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  • Women and Hollywood
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    John Stewart Tries to do a Wambach

    Just one more awesome post World Cup appearance by the team. I love how men have been behind this team. And by the way I literally ran into team player Heather O'Reilly last night in NYC and I'm sure to her I was a bit of a stalker fan peppering her with questions.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: 'Elysium' Is Already Looking For Recruits As Viral Campaign Launches

    Viral campaigns are a tricky business. They can either be a well-executed and enjoyable way to tease information and set up the world of a forthcoming film that catches on in a big way as the carefully planned campaign for Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" displayed. Or, they can be so obtuse and uninteresting that only the most devoted the core fanbase wind up playing along, which is pretty much what happened to the "Super 8" online presence, or it's simply not developed enough to make a real impact like those fake drug ads for "Limitless." That's not to mention that there is also a very real danger of starting things way too early, but for Sony who is behind Neill Blomkamp's ambitious, R-rated and mysterious "Elysium" they will need all the help to get the word out early and they are not wasting a moment as with nearly two years to go until it hits theaters, they've already kicked off the campaign.

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  • The Playlist
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    Macau, Hong Kong, London, Munich...The 'Contagion' Poster Goes Worldwide

    When you have big names like Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne, plus acclaimed figures like Emmy-winner Bryan Cranston and Oscar-nominee John Hawkes in your film, most studios would plaster their faces all over the one-sheet. Warner Bros has, as yet, not taken that approach with "Contagion" (though we're sure its coming), the latest film from Steven Soderbergh, a dark, realistic look at the global spread of a bird-flu-like virus.

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  • The Playlist
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    Alex Proyas & Bradley Cooper's 'Paradise Lost' Set For Late 2013 Release; Film Will Be Mo-Capped

    The idea of adapting Milton's 17th century classic work "Paradise Lost" holds pretty much zero appeal for us, particularly when the script seems have been cobbled together by a committee of writers with Stuart Hazeldine, Byron Willinger, Philip de Blasi, Lawrence Kasdan and Ryan Condal all having taken their pens to the screenplay throughout the development process. However, it will have Bradley Cooper playing the devil which should be interesting at least. First announced last fall and moving slowly but steadily ever since, with Cooper talking to Charlie Rose about how he was cast in the movie back in May, everything is now officially moving forward.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Indie Film: A Strange, Droll, Witty Bunch

    Filmmaker Magazine announces 2011 “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Among those acknowledged are the pair Andrew S. Allen and Jason Sondhi, who were curators of Short of the Week; their curious short film The Thomas Beale Cipher (posted below and pictured to the right) amalgamates an array of animation techniques for a living scrap-book feel.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Photos: Channing Tatum & Gina Carano In Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire'

    Following the first official look at star Gina Carano firing a machine gun in Steven Soderbergh's long-awaited spy thriller "Haywire," two new images from the film have now arrived featuring the MMA star in action alongside co-star Channing Tatum.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Amazing Spider-Man Trailer Hits on Eve of Comic-Con; Not So Amazing

    The Amazing Spider-Man trailer has leaked all over the web just in time for Sony's presentation at Comic-Con and a full year before its July 3, 2012 release. Rather than show us something new, the official version below shows us what's already been done before, but this time with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and 3-D. (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb weaves a seemingly familiar story with new faces. Check out Sam Raimi's 2002 Spider-Man trailer, also below.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    "Captain America" review: Old-fashioned propaganda or just old-fashioned?

    "Captain America" review: Old-fashioned propaganda or just old-fashioned?

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  • Spout
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    "Sarah's Key" Tries Way too Hard to Make You Care about the Holocaust

    Does Hollywood have Holocaust fatigue? It’s been said that there’s a notion in the film industry that there are simply too many movies about the destruction of Europe’s Jewish community and that people are liable to stop caring. Gilles Paquet-Brenner, director of “Sarah’s Key,” doesn’t understand this mentality one bit. Yet while watching his new film one can’t shake the impression that even if he doesn’t ascribe to the idea himself, he strongly believes that this fatigue does exist in his audience and needs to be overcome.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Rev Al One Step Closer To Getting His MSNBC Show (UPDATE - see below)

    DAMN THAT WAS FAST! Just last night I posted an item that there were rumors afloat that MSNBC was reportedly considering giving Rev. Al Sharpton his own show on MSNBC after network honchos were impressed with The Rev's performance and ratings while subbing during the 6PM time slot for the regular host at that time Cenk Uyger who was on an extended vacation.

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