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  • Shadow and Act
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    Alfre Woodard, Stephanie Allain Join 8-Member Academy Delegation On East African Outreach Program

    The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has launched what it calls an international outreach program, and heading to East Africa for 2 weeks, starting yesterday through the 24th, with its mission that states “Ccnnecting creative communities around the globe through the art and science of Film... as well as creating opportunities for creative conversations between emerging and established filmmakers from many nations.”

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: It All Ends at the Box Office

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: It All Ends at the Box Office

    As Warner Bros. brings the blockbuster franchise Harry Potter to an end, our in-house numbers cruncher, Anthony d'Alessandro, looks at what could be some astronomical numbers for the ultimate Harry Potter movie, Deathly Hallows Part 2. This comes as no surprise, but according to studio box office bean counters and early U.S. tracking, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is expected to ring up the best domestic three-day opening of the franchise, out-whizzing the $125-million bow set last November by Part 1.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ralph Fiennes Looking To Get Russian Again For 'A Month In The Country'

    Ralph Fiennes has pretty much done it all. Two-time Oscar nominee for "Schindler's List" and "The English Patient" has taken his skills into tentpole films, notably as Lord Voldemort in the "Harry Potter" franchise and less respectably as Hades in "Clash Of The Titans." He's done comedy ("In Bruges"), family films ("Nanny McPhee") and worked with a staggering array of top shelf directors including Steven Spielberg, David Cronenberg, Kathryn Bigelow, Stephen Daldry, Fernando Meirelles, Neil Jordan, Anthony Minghella and Robert Redford (which reminds us, "Quiz Show" desperately needs a proper DVD/BluRay release). Hell, he's even set to make his name as a director as his feature debut "Coriolanus" is earning strong buzz in advance of its fall release. With a couple of decades in the biz under his belt, Fiennes has tried his hand at nearly everything, but it looks like he's ready to take another stab at a Russian classic.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Octavia Spencer On Criticism Of "The Help": "We've Gotten So PC..."

    We've read Viola Davis' take on the project... some of it anyway. Go HERE if you missed that post. Today, we've got her co-star, Octavia Spencer, who plays one of the film's lead characters, the bold and cantankerous maid Minnie.

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  • The Playlist
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    Spike Lee Reprises His Role As Mookie From 'Do The Right Thing' In New Film 'Red Hook Summer'

    "Wake Up. I been up since 430am. On the way to the set of THE NEW SPIKE LEE JOINT.Today is 1st Day of Shooting.Awwwwwwwwwwww Sheeeeeeeeeeeeet," Spike Lee tweeted very, very early this morning. And while it was only last week that Lee talked with The Hollywood Reporter about his inability to get funding for a new feature film, it looks like very chatty director had something hidden up his sleeve.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Love Crimes of Kabul Directed by Tanaz Eshaghian Premieres Tonight on HBO

    If you want to see the lack of progress the US investment in women in Afghanistan, check out the Love Crimes of Kabul. This is the true story of women (and some girls) being held in the Badam Bagh prison in Kabul for "moral crimes." Many of these so-called moral crimes are things that would astonish American audiences. Can you imagine going to jail for running away from your abusive parents and taking refuge in someone else's home? And then that person gets arrested too? Or for falling in love? Or for premarital sex? This is one of those movies that makes progressive people want to beat their heads against a pole because there is just no reason why women should be subjected to these types of affronts. I just kept thinking when I was watching this, weren't things supposed to be getting better for women?

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  • Hope for Film
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    The "No Endorsement" Mark - A Simple Solution For A Complex Problem

    "if there’s one thing the file-sharing wars have taught us, it’s that there’s more profit in figuring out how to let honest people do the right thing than there is in chasing down cheapskates who don’t want to pay up – especially when the anti-cheapskate measures make life miserable for the honest cits," so says Cory Doctorow, and he's come up with an interesting way to encourage fan merch of On Demand Objects (ODO), while making life simpler & better from those that inspire the action (generally the copyright holder).

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  • Eric Kohn
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    In Praise of Roman Polanski's "What?"

    Roman Polanski's "What?" is a pleasurably offbeat sex romp that deserves greater recognition among fans of his work. Made in 1972 (but released in the U.S., just barely, with an X rating in 1973; see a review here), the movie preceded "Chinatown," Polanski's universally acclaimed masterpiece, and a far more palatable expression of the director's talents than this twisted satire of free love and American innocence.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Sometimes Real Life is Even Better Than The Movie

    They couldn't have scripted it better. It was a storybook weekend for women's soccer. While most of the US press was focused on Derek Jeter's 3,000 hit (at least that's what it looks like from my vantage point in NYC), the real story for women's sports was the comeback of the US women's national soccer team who were literally moments from their earliest elimination in the Women's World Cup.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Al Pacino As Phil Spector In Forthcoming David Mamet Directed Biopic For HBO

    Though in the works for a while now, we didn't realize that the Al Pacino-starring, David Mamet-directed Phil Spector biopic had started rolling, but we're glad it has.

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