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    Comic-Con '11: Charlize Theron Says She Runs Weyland-Yutani (aka The Company) In 'Prometheus'

    Damon Lindelof Admits The Title Might Be PretentiousThe puzzle of Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" is slowly, but surely beginning to take a hazy shape. Earlier today, we got our first official look at the film, and the surprises keep coming. The press conference brought out one of the film's stars, Charlize Theron and together with writer Damon Lindelof, they fielded questions about the upcoming "Alien" universe film and while we're still no closer to a full picture of what's to come, we did get a few more scraps.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Now: Teaser for New Web Series "Black Folk Don't"

    We've all heard it before. "Black folk don't [insert stereotype here]. Tip? Swim? Smoke any cigarette other than Newports?

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    Media Watch: AP to Link to Newspapers with Scoops, Hulu Worth Nothing without Exclusive Content

    The AP has decided to give some credit where it’s due; they will acknowledge (and maybe even direct traffic to) news organizations that break big stories. Starting August 1, when the AP uses a local story, they will link back to the original. Nieman Lab disclosed the AP staff memo and reports: “because the AP is a cooperative, it has no legal obligation to credit its members. But ‘that’s a legal point, not a journalistic one,’ said Mike Oreskes, AP’s senior managing editor.”

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    Watch Now: "The Roy Ayers Project" Trailer

    Back in April we reported that a documentary film on the life, music, and philosophy of funk, soul, and jazz composer Roy Ayers was in the works from directing team Haylow Overby and Ariel Nuñez.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    A Guide To Finding an Affordable Place to Stay During The Toronto Film Festival

    There seems to a bit of anxiety among the folks planning their trips up to Toronto now that the fest has mostly migrated south. Being nine years an on-and-off again Torontonian, I figured I should share some of the advice I've given a few folks already on here. There's plenty of routes to go - high end middle-range, budget... or renting out apartments from locals (a tricky thing to arrange, and technically illegal - but e-mail me at peter@indiewire.com if you're looking as I know a few Torontonians that are up for vacating for 10 days in September). Note that Toronto is getting more and more expensive by the minute and the Canadian dollar is 1.06 US and counting, which sucks any way you look at it... But you have about 7 weeks to figure out some way of getting around that. So below I offer a list of suggestions.

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Amazing Spider-Man' Teaser Poster Shows Off Spidey's Back

    Our man Kevin didn't take kindly to the teaser trailer that dropped earlier this week for "The Amazing Spider-Man," and while he's not penning this piece, several of our writers have expressed reservations, questioning whether "(500) Days of Summer" helmer Marc Webb (has anyone cracked wise about his last name yet?) can deliver an authentically new vision of an origin story that was well-worn when Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" opened nearly a decade ago.

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    Award Winning Nigerian Film "Anchor Baby" Gets A UK Theatrical Release

    We previously told you how this award winning film was traveling the festival circuit with great success and now, Anchor Baby, will be released in the UK on September 2. The film will be screened at select Odeon theaters.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Bloody Mary! It's The Trailer For 'Paranormal Activity 3'

    $193 million and $176 million worldwide. Those are box office hauls of "Paranormal Activity" and "Paranormal Activity 2," and those are the two primary reasons that "Paranormal Activity 3" is on the way and by the looks of the first trailer, the filmmakers are taking a "if -it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it" approach.

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  • Spout
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    "The Myth of the American Sleepover" is a Timeless Teen Movie for Grown Ups

    Advertisements for the new romantic comedy "Friends With Benefits" revel in the fact that it's from the director of "Easy A," as if that film is anything of achievement beyond a well-cast and excessively derivative diversion. It is certainly not the notable high school movie it wants to be, mostly because it tries too hard and samples so much. One thing I recall wondering about its relevance, too, is whether teens today actually care that much about fellow classmates' sexual activities. Maybe because it wasn't a big deal when I was in grade school two decades ago; maybe because the media makes it sound like the latest generation of young adults, and now even younger than them, are more casually carnal than ever. There is a similar avoidance of actual activity in David Robert Mitchell's distinctly chaste "The Myth of the American Sleepover." Is this ensemble drama true to the modern teenager? I have no clue, but at least it feels genuine to the young characters it follows over the course of one end-of-summer night.

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    First Look At Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Goes Into Deep Space

    No aliens, no real indication of who is actually in the space suit or even what the hell we're looking at, but that doesn't make the first look at Ridley Scott's guarded "Prometheus" any less exciting, and with a panel presentation coming up later on today at Comic-Con, more morsels of info are sure to be shared.

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