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    Kevin Smith Throws Himself A Pity Party On Twitter After 'Red State' Gets Shut Out Of Indie Spirit Award Nominations

    Dear Kevin Smith, how’s it going, buddy? We’ve been following you on Twitter and couldn’t help but notice you had a rough go of it yesterday with those Indie Spirit Award nominations. No love for Michael Parks, John Goodman or Melissa Leo for "Red State"? That’s tough. Melissa’s probably okay with her Oscar, but we know what you mean—she was good in “Red State.”

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Cross-Post: Name It, Change It, Flip It, Quip It

    In honor of the Women's Media Center Awards this evening (and I want to thank everyone who voted for me in the social media award category- I did not win), Nell Scovell and Gloria Steinem have put together a list of what the world might be like if the media were run by 97% women and 3% men. 

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    Hail the Conquering Hero

    As questions of morality, ethics and honor in our society become ever more ambiguous, it might be salutary to see an American comedy of the highest order dealing with these troubling issues, made while World War II was daily in a different way bringing them vividly to the fore. During 1944, the inimitable Preston Sturges wrote and directed one of his most enduring works with these themes: HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO (available on DVD). It was the seventh picture in that most extraordinary run of eight consecutive movies over four years, all brilliantly conceived, written and directed by Sturges (here’s the Link to a piece I did on this very special picturemaker years ago).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Sundance 2012 Predictions Continued... Sheldon Candis' "Learning Uncle Vincent" (Starring Common)

    So... my Sundance 2012 predictions list traveled quite a bit it seems, if the number of emails I received afterward alerting me to other potential *black films* that might get into the festival (a few even confirming with me that they were in, though I won't say which :))

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  • The Playlist
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    'Fright Night' & 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' Scribe Marti Noxon Takes Pen To 'Ouija'

    A little over a week after we sang the praises of screenwriter Marti Noxon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Fright Night,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”), news has come through that she’s gone over to the dark side, working with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes on that adaptation of the “Ouija” board game the world’s been clamoring for. It’s unclear if Noxon has taken on this project due to its “gender politics” potential, but we’d guess it has something to do with that Bay money.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ralph Fiennes Talks Shakespearean Adaptation 'Coriolanus' & Says He "Will Not Be Stroking A White Pussy" In 'Skyfall'

    Ralph Fiennes Talks Shakespearean Adaptation 'Coriolanus' & Says He "Will Not Be Stroking A White Pussy" In 'Skyfall'

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  • Shadow and Act
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    RIP Patrice O'Neal... Watch Clips Of The Man At Work

    I posted the news on Facebook and Twitter yesterday, when it was announced; but didn't do anything here.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Men In Black III' Gets 2 New Teaser Posters

    A couple of “Men In Black III” character one-sheet teaser posters have dropped, and they certainly get your attention, while also possibly causing a seizure if you scroll up and down the page too fast (that’s a serious warning).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Interview: Ralph Fiennes Talks Directing and Playing Coriolanus with Oscar-Contender Redgrave; Lands Skyfall

    Rookie feature director Ralph Fiennes and veteran screenwriter John Logan ("The Aviator") have crafted a strong modern adaptation of Shakespeare's bloody war tragedy "Coriolanus." Fiennes shines in the central role, which he played on the London stage in 2000 to raves. It plays to his strengths as an actor who doesn't seek to be liked. He plumbs the depths of a brilliant, ambitious, stubborn, ruthless, deadly, ramrod straight Roman general--with no talent for politics. "This man has no mercy in him," says Coriolanus's ally Menenius, well-played by Brian Cox. Fiennes is also getting some Oscar talk for his all-stops-out performance as Voldemort in the "Harry Potter" finale; at the Toronto Festival, he also played a corrupt British prime minister opposite Bill Nighy in David Hare's spy thriller "Page Eight." During Toronto (our flipcam interview is below) he took a brief hiatus from playing Shakespeare's Prospero in Trevor Nunn's London production of "The Tempest," and started Mike Newell's "Great Expectations" as Magwitch opposite Jeremy Irvine as Pip ("War Horse") in November. Since Toronto, Fiennes finally closed his long rumored deal to play a Bond villain opposite Daniel Craig in Sam Mendes' upcoming "Skyfall," written by his pal Logan.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Hollywood & Crime - New Book Says Tyler Perry's Success Tied To "Secret Backroom Deals, Illicit Cash, Backstabbing"

    Oh boy... what to make of this... file this one under "things that make you go hmm..." from the press release:

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