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    Review: 'The Future' Showcases A Vital Filmmaker Still Sowing Her Oats

    In “Another Earth,” Mike Cahill’s recent science fiction picture, a cataclysmic event provides the backdrop for a small-scale human story about tragedy and mourning. In the upcoming Evan Glodell-directed “Bellflower,” the characters plan for an oncoming apocalypse just as one of them deals with a devastating broken heart. And now we have “The Future,” where writer-director Miranda July ponders our every day roles within the framework of what tomorrow holds. Clearly, there’s a movement of indie directors concerned about What It All Means.

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    Watch 4 Clips From NAACP National Convention Screening Of "The Help" (Reactions, Q&A)

    As announced last week, in a likely effort to win over support from the historical organization and its followers, DreamWorks Studios held a special advanced screening of The Help at the 102nd NAACP National Convention just yesterday, July 27, at the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 in Downtown Los Angeles.

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    The Essentials: The 5 Best Harrison Ford Performances

    For a time in the 1980s and 1990s, Harrison Ford was untouchable, and basically the biggest movie star in the world. He'd cropped up in bits and pieces in the 1970s (most notably small roles in "American Graffiti" and "The Conversation,") but Han Solo turned him into an instant matinee screen idol: he was the beating human heart in George Lucas' "Star Wars," cynical and vulnerable at once, the figure that made all the cosmic silliness fly with audiences, and appropriately became the franchise's biggest break-out star. Only a few years later, lightning struck again, when he was made the last minute replacement for Tom Selleck in Lucas and Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark," a hall-of-fame action-adventure that would spawn three sequels.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Paramount Makes Jackass Films Available on Facebook

    The studios are all experimenting with how to compensate for declining DVD sales and rentals, which are plummeting at a rate no one anticipated. All over Hollywood, studio home video departments are constricting, and their formerly sidelined digital divisions are coming into prominence as they try to come up with innovative ways to sell their product.

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    First Look At Newcomer James Howson In Andrea Arnold's 'Wuthering Heights'

    Andrea Arnold seems to enjoy working with raw, unpolished talent. She directed the completely unknown Katie Jarvis to huge critical praise in "Fish Tank" and the director is hoping to repeat that success with James Howson, another newcomer who landed the lead role in the forthcoming adaptation of "Wuthering Heights."

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    REVIEW: ATTACK THE BLOCK has swagger and brains

    By Simon AbramsPress Play Contributor

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    Interview: 'The Guard' Star Brendan Gleeson Says The McDonagh Brothers Have a Friendly Rivalry

    Fueled by an Ennio Morricone-style score by Calexico, "The Guard" is essentially a classic Western set in Connemara, Ireland. If "The Guard" is "High Noon," then that makes star Brendan Gleeson the (much fouler) equivalent of Gary Cooper. Gleefully provoking with comments like, "Why don't you fuck off to America with your Barack O'Fucking Bama?" Gleeson's Gerry Boyle may say--and do--villainous things, but he's the good-hearted soul of this black comedy from director John Michael McDonagh, brother of Martin McDonagh of "In Bruges" fame. Surrounded by corruption, Sergeant Boyle is forced to pair up with a visiting FBI agent (Don Cheadle) to investigate murder and drug trafficking in his small Galway Country town.

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    L.A. Shorts Fest On Now

    LA Shorts Fest is going on now!!! This is a great place to find great shorts for the web, the mobile, films to motivate in business, school, social groups, social networking. It is quite a prestigious festival; the winners are sent to the Academy Award selection committee.

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    Watch: Ryan Gosling Tries To Find Integrity In Politics In Trailer For 'The Ides Of March'

    In this weekend's "Crazy, Stupid, Love." Ryan Gosling plays a super-confident, smooth-talking, charming ladies' man and it looks like he's reprising that role again only this time, his easy smile and perfect hair will only go so far.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    A December to Remember

    I know that December seems really far away, especially since most of the country is sweltering, and while I'm sure I will hate my winter coat and my boots by December, I sure won't hate the AMAZING women that are going to onscreen that month.

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