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    'Shrek' Director Andrew Adamson To Helm 'Mister Pip' With Hugh Laurie

    Brit actor Hugh Laurie is best known on this side of the pond as the eternally cranky doctor on "House" who doesn't know a weirdo medical condition that he can't conquer. But the actor is now beginning to take strides into more prominent feature film roles. He's got the ensemble dramedy "The Oranges" coming up with Catherine Keener, Adam Brody, Leighton Meester, Alia Shawkat, Alison Janney and Oliver Platt, and now a leading man effort is getting off the ground and in front of cameras, though with some dubious talent.

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    Watch The Entire English-Language Canadian Federal Election Debate!

    Though at times frustrating, at times boring, and at times almost farcical... If you're a Canadian of voting age, watching our federal election debate is a very responsible exercise if you didn't catch it last night. And if you're not Canadian, witness one of the men running to become our country's leader use the phrase "hashtagfail" in our official election debate:

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    Sundance Institute Film Music Program ComposersLab Opens to L.A. Public May 21

    The Sundance Institute Film Music Program mounts its one-day ComposersLab: LA on May 21. It is open to the public at Los Angeles's Downtown Independent Theatre. The lab will feature film composers George S. Clinton, Edward Shearmur and Christopher Young. In an effort to expand their offerings, the Institute will also host ShortsLabs for aspiring filmmakers in Chicago (May 7),  New York (July 9) and Los Angeles (August 6).

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    Watch: John Stamos Is A Tragic Old Timey Movie Star In Video For Low's 'Try To Sleep'

    John Stamos is a lot of things to a lot of people: Uncle Jesse, drummer for the casino circuit version of the Beach Boys, Dr. Tony Gates and a song-and-dance man on Broadway. But a fan of Duluth, Minnesota slow-core giants of sadness Low? Who knew?

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    A Picton Picturefestian Update

    For those curious, advancements for this summer's Picton Picturefest - a DIY, not-for-profit film festival and "cinephile retreat" I'm currently planning with a group of folks - are coming fast and furious. On July 7th we'll kick off four days of screenings, workshops, parties and merriment amidst one of the most picturesque communities in Ontario (fyi to those unaware: Prince Edward County is roughly a 2 hour drive east of Toronto; and a 4 hour drive west of Montreal... some call it "Ontario's 'Provincetown'" by personally I'd peg it more as a Canadian version of Napa). An eclectic mix of venues have all been set, as has 9 of the 13 films that will screen at the fest (but we can't announce them just yet)... In keeping with our theme of community (in programming, organizing and execution), the majority of screenings at the festival – a mix of Canadian and international, new and old, narrative and documentary, feature and short – will be on a first-come, first-serve basis with a suggested donation of $10.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Dark Knight Rises Casting: What The Cast Looks Like So Far

    The Dark Knight Rises Casting: What The Cast Looks Like So Far

    Here's the rundown. Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises opens in theaters on July 20, 2012. The cast so far, pictured, is listed below, including newly announced Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Burn Gorman, Diego Klattenhoff, and Katie Holmes (says IMDb). ThePlaylist reminds us that this will be an old-fashioned 35 mm 2-D film shot at 24 frames per second. With faces like these, who can complain? Let the plot speculation continue.

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    Mickey Rourke Says 'Passion Play' & '13' Are "Terrible," Takes Back Nice Words About Megan Fox

    Did someone forget to butter Mickey Rourke's popcorn at the "Scream 4" premiere last night? Or was he as disappointed as we were in the lacklustre horror sequel? Who knows, but when chatting with Vulture at the after-party, the actor decided to dispense with Hollywood courtesies and drop some truth bombs all over the place. Charlie Sheen, eat your heart out.

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    Holding His Breath: Mahamet-Saleh Haroun's "A Screaming Man"

    African cinema is generally woefully overlooked by the West, and the filmmaking being done in Republic of Chad has been particularly invisible. The oversight is not entirely unreasonable; decades of civil war have left the local film industry all but nonexistent—for thirty years there was not even a single movie theater in the entire country. That changed in 2010 when Mahamet-Saleh Haroun won the Cannes Jury Prize for A Screaming Man. His film, the first from his country to screen in competition at the prestigious French festival, now has another distinction, having convinced a government in the midst of war the importance of investing a million dollars in building a movie theater specifically so that it could be shown.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Roger Ebert's TED Talk 2011: Finding His Voice Through The Internet

    This March, Roger Ebert presented at the TED 2011 Conference. Check out his Talk below, in which he tells the courageous story of finding his voice through the internet after battling cancer.

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    'X-Men: First Class' Sequel Talk Starts Already, Mutants To Get Down In The '70s & '80s?

    Beast with feathered hair? Emma Frost rocking neon tights? Magneto with a Flock of Seagulls haircut? Charles Xavier with some serious mutton chop sideburns? Thanks to "Mad Men," the '50s and '60s are en vogue, which couldn't be better for "X-Men: First Class" with a setting that studio types are likely hoping will help get more than just comic fans into the seats for the period-set origin story that traces the beginnings of the mutant crew. But, as this is a franchise, sequel talks are already bubbling forth but no decisions yet on what decade any potential followups will find our mutant heroes -- though it has been talked about.

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