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    Review: 'Hot Coffee' An Eye-Opening, Must-See Doc About A Legal Case You Thought You Knew

    In 1994, a decision in a seemingly innocuous legal case made waves around the country, becoming fodder for "Seinfeld," late night stand-up routines and editorials around the country, and you probably remember it. A woman in New Mexico was awarded a judgment of $2.86 million dollars after suing McDonald's because her coffee was too hot. "Isn't coffee supposed to be hot?" seemed to serve as a punchline to numerous jokes, while most just read the headlines in newspapers and assumed it was yet more evidence of a legal system gone out of control. But did you know that the plaintiff, Stella Liebeck, was 79 years old? Did you know that the burns were so severe she required skin grafts? Did you know that she required two years of medical treatment? Did you know that McDonald's had actually been quietly settling out of court for years after numerous, similar complaints? And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Infuriating, shocking, riveting and one of the best legal documentaries we've seen in a long time, Susan Saladoff 's "Hot Coffee" uses Liebeck's lawsuit as a springboard to investigate how the public spin on that case was slowly used to strip the rights of regular citizens, consumers and employees to sue big business.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson & Smith Kids Win At 2011 BET Awards

    Any of you watch last night? I didn't. No cable. Though I'm sure it was streaming on line somewhere. But no matter, I got all the info and entertainment I needed from my Twitter and Facebook feeds ;)

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  • The Playlist
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    Show Me The Money: Tom Hanks Says 'Toy Story 4' In The Works

    Welcome to the new Pixar. With "Cars 2" driving its way to nearly $70 million in ticket sales this weekend, with a strong foreign haul expected, the worst-reviewed film in Pixar's history is on track to become studio’s tenth $200 million domestic grosser and more importantly, will keep selling related merchandise, which has already soared into the billions of dollars. And while last year's "Toy Story 3" seemingly brought that franchise to a poignant close, it looks like Buzz and Woody are going to be gearing up for yet another adventure.

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    L.A. Film Fest: ‘Terri' A Genuine Slice Of The Awkward Life

    Also We Have Some Red Carpet Yuks Care Of The CastWe won’t write out a full review of "Terri" as, well, we already have (twice), though honestly, this writer liked it quite a bit more than some of our fellow Playlisters -- particularly Jacob Wysocki as the titular high school student, who brings to the character a roundness and enthusiasm that is unexpected.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Human Rights Int. Film Fest: Life Above All

    The devastating and beautiful Life, Above All closes The Human Rights International Film Festival Thursday night in NY. Details here. Director Oliver Schmitz and Lead Actress Khomotso Manyaka will participate in a Q and A following the screening.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Full 30-Minute Spike Jonze/Arcade Fire Collaboration 'Scenes From The Suburbs'

    A nice bit of good news to start your week: as long promised, MUBI has premiered the latest short film from Spike Jonze, the director of "Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation" and "Where The Wild Things Are," his long-awaited collaboration with one of the biggest bands in the world, Arcade Fire. The film, entitled "Scenes From The Suburbs," is inspired by the band's most recent album, the Grammy-winning "The Suburbs," and is co-written by frontman Win Butler, and his brother Will, following a group of kids in a world where suburbs are continually at war with one another.

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    Watch: New Trailer For 'Immortals' A Tidal Wave Of Yelling

    So, you want to premiere a trailer for a movie about a bunch of greased-up ripped dudes from mythology who do battle with mystical bows and arrows and can fly and stuff. Why not give it to...Ryan Seacrest?

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    This Will Go Over Well, We're Sure: Michael Bay Writes To Theater Projectionists

    We'd always assumed the humble projectionist had next-to-no contact with the people who actually made the movies, but recent weeks have shown that that's not true at all; the recent disclosure that Terrence Malick had personally written to theaters across the country with certain specifications for "The Tree of Life" has unleashed a sea of similar memos, including Stanley Kubrick on "Barry Lyndon" and David Lynch on "Mulholland Drive." And it's not surprising, considering that all filmmakers worth their salt would want their film to be displayed in the best possible manner. The latest to join them? Michael Bay.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Skin I Live In Gets October Date; Carnage Goes to November, Holiday Sked Shapes Up

    The earlier a high-prestige art house movie opens in the fall, the less likely that its distributor harbors serious Oscar hopes for it. In other words, if Sony Pictures Classics moves Pedro Almodovar's retitled Skin I Live In from November to October, and slates Roman Polanski's Carnage on November 18, it means the latter is being given the Oscar advantage. Almodovar's kinky thriller starring Antonio Banderas met a mixed reception in Cannes. "This is not a move," asserts SPC co-president Michael Barker. "We never set the date until now. We were always going in the Fall. It is a great date."

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Bad Teacher Box Office Report

    Cameron Diaz' film Bad Teacher took second place at the box office this weekend with a total of $31 million.

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