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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Fassbender Talks Six Films in 20 Months: Exposing Shame, Healing Jung and Rochester, Ridley Scott's Android, Giving 110%

    Michael Fassbender has been so busy that it's tough for him to keep up with all the talking that goes with movie openings. He's up for awards consideration for all the performances he gave in the 2011--from "X-Men: First Class" and "Jane Eyre" to "A Dangerous Method" and "Shame." But it's the latter, a Fox Searchlight acquisition from Telluride, that is most likely to yield awards attention during Oscar season. The Academy steakeaters may not catch up with a romantic women's picture like "Jane Eyre"; voters tend to look down their noses at a big-budget genre prequel like "X-Men"; and Fassbender's performance as the uptight analyst Carl Jung--who winds up spanking one of his patients because he loves her--is not as literally exposed and vulnerable as his conflicted sex-addict in the NC-17-rated "Shame." 

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  • The Playlist
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    Working For The Clampdown: Julie Delpy To Direct Joe Strummer Biopic 'The Right Profile'

    Julie Delpy's become quite the renaissance woman in recent years. The French actress, discovered by Godard at the age of 14 before going into international stardom in "Europa Europa" and "Three Colors White," has worked principally in U.S. fare in the last decade-and-a-half, in films from "Broken Flowers" to, um, "An American Werewolf in Paris," but it's her behind-the-scenes achievements that are the most impressive.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Theatrical Release Dates and Cities For Steve McQueen's "Shame" Next Month

    Fox Searchlight has just released the list of theater screening dates in various cities for Steve McQueen's Shame next month. I'm glad it's heading over to my neck of the woods 12/16! Although still limited due to it's NC-17 rating, the film seems to have a slightly wider theater release than I expected. More dates and cities to be revealed soon. If you haven't, check out the film's official website HERE.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Pt.1 of "Negro: A Docu-Series About Latino Identity" Now Fundraising

    Negro: A Docu-Series About Latino Identity, a documentary by Dash Harris, is currently raising funds through gofundme. Through donations from family and friends, Harris has been able to produce the first part of the series; in which he travels to the Dominican Republic and Colombia to speak to African descendants of various towns in both countries. Having seen the compelling first part, which I embedded below, the documentary also speaks about the Hispanic/Latino communities in general, and the racism, colorism and classism unfortunately prominent in Latin America.

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  • The Playlist
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    Another Goddamn Found Footage Movie In The Works Thanks To Universal And 'The Strangers' Director Bryan Bertino

    The idea of 'found footage' -- taking a well-worn genre, usually horror, and giving it a mock-documentary spin, to make the terror and thrills that much closer to reality -- has been having a real kick of energy for cinema of late, pushing filmmakers to fascinating new places in a bid to do something different, with fascinating results that will provide food for thought in film studies classes for years to come.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Documentary "9 Lives" Pays Tribute To Victims Of Dec 1991 NYC Sean Combs-Promoted Concert

    The short story goes... On December 28, 1991, Sean "P Diddy" Combs promoted a concert, headlined by the late Heavy D, at the City College of New York gymnasium, following an AIDS charity basketball game. The event was overcrowded since it was oversold to almost twice capacity, while thousands without tickets were outside. To keep them out, Combs' people shut the only door to a stairwell and put a table behind it, though the crowd jammed inside was pounding on the door and pleading for help. When the crowd outside broke several glass doors in an attempt to get in, a stampede ensued inside the gymnasium in which nine people died.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    On The New Crowdfunding Legislation...

    With very little fanfare, the House of Representatives passed legislation earlier this month that could very well transform how filmmakers finance their films.

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  • The Playlist
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    Air's Soundtrack For Georges Méliès 'A Trip To The Moon' Getting A Release

    Air's Soundtrack For Georges Méliès 'A Trip To The Moon' Getting A Release

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  • The Playlist
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    Diablo Cody Says She's "Indebted" To Steven Spielberg For The Rest Of Her Life, Talks 'Girly Style,' 'Time And A Half' & More

    The career boost an Oscar gives you is known to anyone whose had the fortune of standing on stage at the Kodak Theater, but for copy-writer-turned-stripper-turned-author-turned-screenwriter Diablo Cody, little did she know that one of the most famous directors in Hollywood would be an early supporter. Even before she was nominated and eventually won her Oscar for "Juno," Spielberg hired her to write the pilot episode of "The United States Of Tara," a show he executive produced. A little while later he hired her to write an adaptation of William Shakespeare's "The Taming Of The Shrew," another project he was going to executive produce. And that support from Spielberg isn't lost on Cody, and when The Playlist correspondent Drew Taylor caught up with her during press rounds for "Young Adult" she was effusive in what his early support meant to her.

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  • The Playlist
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    Marti Noxon Re-Writing Elizabeth Banks' ‘Tink,’ Talks Troubled ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’

    Marti Noxon Re-Writing Elizabeth Banks' ‘Tink,’ Talks Troubled ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’

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