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    "Pearl Jam Twenty" is an Engaging Music Doc That Has Appropriate Trouble Finding Its True Identity

    Before seeing Cameron Crowe's "Pearl Jam Twenty," I was all set on naming "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest" the best music documentary of 2011. But how do I weigh these two films against each other? My first thought for comparison has to do with something I read (and of course can no longer locate) of "Beats" director Michael Rapaport saying that he made the film about ATCQ, not for them. Sure he loves that group and didn't want to (nor did he) produce a negative portrait of them, but it features enough objective balance (including some unfavorable elements) to have brought it a controversial (initial) lack of support from Q-Tip. "PJ20" may not necessarily be for Pearl Jam more than about them, but it feels a lot more fine-tuned to be complimentary to the band and its twenty-year existence.

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    More: Home Video
  • Shadow and Act
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    Chris Brown, Laz Alonso To Star In Breakdancing Film "Planet B-Boy"

    Chris Brown, Laz Alonso, Josh Holloway and Caity Lotz will headline Screen Gems' dance film Planet B Boy, to be directed by Benson Lee.

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    More: casting
  • Shadow and Act
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    Kim Coles To Host 9th Annual Ivy Bethune Tri-Union Diversity Awards; Bill Cosby To Be Honored

    From Theater Mania:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SXSW 2012 Announces First Round of Panels; Drive Composer Cliff Martinez, Tambor's Acting Workshop

    SXSW 2012 Announces First Round of Panels; Drive Composer Cliff Martinez, Tambor's Acting Workshop

    The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival announces the first of its 2012 panels. The festival, in its 19th year, will be held March 9-17, 2012, in Austin, Texas. Among other highlights of SXSW including Jeffrey Tambor's returning Acting Workshop, the fest will feature the requisite DIY filmmaking, VOD, web cinema and scoring panels, plus a Conversation with Drive composer and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Cliff Martinez, whose other credits include many Steven Soderbergh films (sex, lies and videotape, Kafka, The Limey, Traffic, Solaris and Contagion).

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  • The Playlist
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    'This Is England' Helmer Shane Meadows To Direct Film About The Stone Roses Reunion

    The 1990s nostalgia train continues. While everyone who has snapped up tickets for Pavement, The Pixies, Blur, Soundgarden, The Jesus Lizard and countless others would have scoffed at such a proposition during their college years, there is some decent money to be had in coming back and playing for your fans who are now Dads with bigger wallets and more disposable cash to spend on reliving their late teens/early twenties. As long as it's over by 11 PM. (And don't let us get started on the trend of bands doing concerts of centered around playing albums front to back). Anyway, long story short, The Stone Roses are now back together, eager to make some retirement coin by embarking on a world tour starting next summer and recording a new album that will probably suck balls.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    London Film Fest Reviews of New Brit Flicks: Hunky Dory, The Awakening, Wild Bill Are Winners

    London critic Matt Mueller finds three winners among the smattering of new Brit films unspooling at the London Film Fest. This year’s London Film Festival has played host to more than a dozen new British features, several of them world premieres. Many fall under the banner of the grim and uncompromising but instantly forgettable social-statement tracts that too many British filmmakers seem in thrall to, as if making your feature an unpleasant ordeal is the ultimate arbiter of artistic success. This year’s entries include Sket, a tiresomely misogynistic urban gang drama, and Junkhearts, the bitter tale of an ex-British soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress (Eddie Marsan) who takes a homeless girl (Candese Reid) into his flat with punishing consequences. Far more effective despite its disturbing subject matter was Dreams Of A Life, Carol Morley’s fascinating drama-documentary about a young woman whose dead body lay undiscovered in her London flat for three years. It’s a heartbreaking work that poses profound questions about modern life.

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  • The Playlist
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    Tobey Maguire & Joel Edgerton Do Some Old Timey Boxing In Set Pics From 'The Great Gatsby'

    While there has only been one "official" photo thus far from Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," the paparazzi are in full effect on the set of the film that is now shooting in Sydney and they've brought back some interesting goods: old timey boxing!

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Shame Embraces NC-17 Rating; Will Oscar Voters Punish Fassbender?

    Shame Embraces NC-17 Rating; Will Oscar Voters Punish Fassbender?

    There is no shame in earning an NC-17 rating. Filmmaker Steve McQueen, when he made his deal for MPAA-signatory Fox Searchlight to release Shame (December 2), made it clear that he embraced the rating, which the ratings board officially gave the film this week. This is no surprise. Besides, Searchlight distributed 2004's NC-17 The Dreamers, whose director Bernardo Bertolucci praised Searchlight for being willing to release the film with the rating: "It's a victory. And not just for me -- it's a victory for freedom of expression." The erotic relationship drama starring Eva Green earned a respectable if modest $2.5 million stateside.

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    More: Awards, Oscars
  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Glenn Close to Receive Palm Springs' Career Achievement Award

    On the road to a would-be Oscar nomination, Glenn Close will accept her Career Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 7. Fest chairman Harold Matzner says Close "has the gift of mesmerizing an audience whenever she performs," and says of her performance in the upcoming Albert Nobbs (here's our interview and details): "She revives a previous stage role and brings it to gritty life in yet another bravura performance.”

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Shame," "Torture Porn" & The MPAA's System Of Rating Movies

    Some further thoughts on the heels of yesterday's expected announcement that Steve McQueen's sex addiction drama Shame would be released with an NC-17 rating; a move by the MPAA that, as I argued in my review of the film, reeks of hypocrisy for a number of reasons...

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