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  • Shadow and Act
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    Your Most Anticipated Fall Movies? (Survey)

    Well... there goes another summer movie season; this one, in my opinion, has been one of the least interesting in recent years. Very little appealed to me. So very little... then again, maybe I'm just getting even grumpier in my *old age.*

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  • The Playlist
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    Chris Messina, Michael Parks & Richard Kind Round Out Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ As Filming Begins

    As production rolls on Ben Affleck's much-talked-about "Argo," the film has added three more supporting players to its already lengthy credit scroll.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Controversial Dutch Novel About Jewish Man In Search Of "Real Negro Women" Getting Film Treatment

    The book, titled Alleen Maar Nette Mensen (or Only Decent People) doesn't appear to have been translated to English yet, as I couldn't find an English-language version of it. But if anyone does, feel free to let the rest of us know.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Domestic Trailer For Tom Tykwer's '3' Is A Bit Revealing

    While "Run Lola Run" director Tom Tykwer's collaboration with the Wachowskis on "Cloud Atlas" is prepping for its forthcoming shoot, his romantic drama "3" has a trailer that's just hitting the net stateside.

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  • The Playlist
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    Lionsgate Spares Us Jason Statham Fatigue, Moves 'Safe' To March 2, 2012

    Also 2 More Clips From 'Killer Elite'While it isn't yet recognized by the American Medical Association, Jason Statham Syndrome is a unique condition that in which sufferers of the rare disease are suddenly prone to running over rooftops, driving recklessly and shaving their head all in the belief that they are suddenly living in a Jason Statham movie. The affliction comes about from exposure to too many Jason Statham movies in a short period of time, and the folks over at Lionsgate have wisely decided to move the action star's next effort (no, not "Killer Elite"), the action pic "Safe" to 2012.

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  • The Playlist
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    Anna Kendrick Is 'Pitch Perfect' For A Capella Rom-Com

    There is no denying that Anna Kendrick has ascended into the top ranks of young actresses in Hollywood. Already a staple of the "Twilight" franchise, outside the vampires-and-werewolves films she has quickly established herself as a strong supporting player in "Up In The Air," "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" and the forthcoming cancer dramedy "50/50." But that's not all, next year she already has two projects that couldn't be more different, with David Ayer's police pic "End Of Watch" and the ensemble comedy "What To Expect When You're Expecting" on her calendar. But the actress is ready to step into a leading lady role, and her first shot may some require some singing as well.

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  • The Playlist
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    Venice '11 Review: 'Un été brûlant' Is A Thundering Bore That Verges On Self-Parody

    There are certain cliches associated with European cinema -- they're not necessarily always accurate but they do exist. Ask a layman -- a well educated, smart, nice person who might not be quite as subtitle-happy as you or I -- what they imagine they might see in, say, an average French film, and a number of things might come up. Characters who are constantly having extra-marital affairs, for instance. A vaguely homoerotic relationship between two friends. Unbroken four-to-five minute takes. Dialogue talking about 'the revolution.' An actress, perhaps Monica Bellucci, taking her clothes off within the first 45 seconds.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Indie Feature Littlerock Is a Love Affair Gone Sour

    You could say that I had an on-again, off-again relationship with Littlerock (trailer below). Impressive yet exasperating, Mike Ott’s film about two Japanese tourists stranded in a California hamlet seduces, cheats, and comes halfway back to reconciliation, which is just another way of saying love hurts. And love it I did, at least at first. The camerawork is sensual and assured, whether capturing the low glimmer of fairy lights at a backyard kegger or a field of crispy, amber grass at dusk. While it’s just a slip of a film, more impression than narrative, the impression smacks of nostalgia — it’s a sweet reminder of afternoons drinking beer from brown bags and throwing rocks in abandoned lots.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ed Helms To Star In Remake Of French Comedy 'Le Mac'

    Besides Bradley Cooper, outside of the "The Hangover" movies, The Wolfpack -- namely Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis -- haven't yet proved their names alone can bring in decent box office receipts. Earlier this year, the Helms-led "Cedar Rapids" brought in a fairly underwhelming $6 million, though the picture did have some decent legs in limited release. Meanwhile, Galifianakis' dramedy "It's Kind Of A Funny Story" also petered out at $6 million last fall. Sure, he starred in "Due Date" as well, but that was mostly sold on its connection between Todd Phillips and "The Hangover," and it certainly didn't hurt that Robert Downey Jr. was the co-star in the movie. But the bottom line is both are very funny guys, and if leading man status isn't here just yet, it's undoubtedly around the corner, so it's no surprise that Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films is getting behind another Helms vehicle.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Top Ten Politically Effective Films: #3

    Top Ten Politically Effective Films: #3

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