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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Direct from Broadway: Four Filmed Musicals Heading to Cinemas in Europe and North America

    A common lament in the New York theater world is that the business has become increasing Hollywood-ized. Especially on Broadway, the prevailing trend for some time has been toward spectacles with big name stars (often from the film world) and elaborate feats of technical theater, both of which may or may not spell success—witness the not-so-stellar reception afforded 2010's The Addams Family or last year's spectacular hit/failure Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    S & A's Own MsWOO In Conversation At Cannes

    You will recall that our own London based contributor Wendy Okoi-Obuli (AKA MS WOO - Get it?) traveled to the Cannes Film Festival this past May to report on the event for us. Well, while she was there, she did a video interview for Hyphenation Nation Productions about the festival, and tips for filmmakers, so we thought we'd share it with our readers.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: First Clip From Fernando Meirelles’ '360' Starring Anthony Hopkins

    Unfortunately, Fernando Meirelles’ "360" had a rough premiere at TIFF just a couple of weeks back. Technical glitches delayed the single press screening by more than an hour, which caused scheduling problems for many people, who had to bail on seeing the picture. And at the splashy red carpet event for the movie, screenwriter Peter Morgan reportedly bailed on the Q&A, infuriated by the sound problems during the screening. When the reviews finally came back, the response from both critics and audiences were muted at best. Well, here's hoping things go a bit more smoothly for the film when it opens the BFI London Film Festival next month, and for those of you who will be attending, here's small taste of "360," courtesy of the fest.

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  • Press Play
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    SLIDE SHOW: The overacting hall of fame

    Sometimes an actor has to go over the top to sell a performance. Here are some of the most memorable

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Official Poster For Jennifer Hudson's Winnie Mandela Biopic

    Jennifer Hudson's long-awaited Winnie Mandela biopic, Winnie, co-starring Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela premiered at TIFF to mixed reviews as I already noted in a previous post.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Millennium Acquires Moverman's Rampart, Starring Harrelson

    Avi Lerner's Millennium Entertainment is not known for giving its films an aggressive theatrical release. That's because CEO Avi Lerner believes, conservatively, in the numbers. Less spending on theatrical is more. He prefers VOD and DVD. And who's to say he's wrong, unless you are dealing with a movie that needs careful handling, and with the right nurturing could thrive in art houses around the country? That Millennium will not do, unless they radically change their current M.O. New Millennium player Mark Gill is capable of orchestrating an effective release strategy for Oren Moverman's 90s period Rampart, starring Woody Harrelson as an out-of-control L.A. cop who think that he is in control.. If Lerner lets him.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Simply the Worst: Disney's "Song of the South"

    Whether or not you’ve seen the 1946 Disney film Song of the South—and if you have, you probably haven’t seen it since at least 1986, the last time it was released to theaters—you’ve almost certainly been touched by it through some form of cultural osmosis. Perhaps, while at Disneyland, Disney World, or Tokyo Disneyland, you rode Splash Mountain, populated by the movie’s animated characters, Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear. Maybe you’ve seen a clip of James Baskett performing the movie’s Oscar-winning song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.” Or if Baskett’s version is unfamiliar to you, you might have heard the Muppet bunnies sing it, or Paula Abdul, or Miley Cyrus. Or it’s possible you received a “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Tip for the Day” during one of your trips to a Disney resort.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Sherri Shepherd & Daniel Sunjata In Trailer For "One For The Money"

    I couldn't tell you much about this; we've probably written about it, likely when Sherri Shepherd & Daniel Sunjata were added to the cast. Other than that, nada. But I'm trying to stick to the "knee-jerk 2011" agreement I made with myself, so I'll say nothing instead :)

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Too Meta 'Human Centipede Part 2' Almost Reaches The All-Time Gross-Out Pantheon

    Is Tom Six a filmmaker? Is Tom Six a storyteller? No, at this point, you’ll have to conclude he is neither of these things. What he is represents something maybe more honest, more pure: he’s a provocateur. In making “The Human Centipede: First Sequence,” Six took a memorably deranged subject of medical dubiousness and turned it into a taut, often surprisingly funny shock fest, notable for its actual restraint considering the risible content. Lambasted for being a one-joke (one-gag?) premise, Six took advantage of a memorably deranged turn by Dieter Laser to produce a sterile, cold minor classic within the horror genre.

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  • Caryn James
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    "'Moneyball" Review: Brad Pitt, Please Stop Spitting; Otherwise Love Your Film

    Every now and then while watching Moneyball, two words would pop into my mind: “Stop spitting!” Brad Pitt spits into a paper cup, players spit on the field – less than in real baseball, but enough.

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