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  • Shadow and Act
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    Steve Martin Has Some Oscar Advice For Eddie Murphy

    Steve Martin, who, of course, has hosted the Oscar Awards program a few times in the past, and who has been one of the better hosts, has written an open letter on his website to Eddie Murphy offering him some sage advice for his upcoming Oscar hosting gig.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    New "Scarface" Movie In The Works... Tony Montana Is Coming Back To A Screen Near You

    Maybe we can thank rappers for this :)

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Dolphin Tale' Is A Thoroughly Average, Squeaky Clean Family Movie

    In the new, squeaky clean family film "Dolphin Tale," based on the true story of an injured dolphin that is outfitted with a cutting edge prosthetic tail, there are enough civic and spiritual virtues levelled at you to fill several Sunday school classes. The importance of family, friendship, never leaving someone behind, accepting those with disabilities, respecting the ocean, and studying hard in class, are reiterated repeatedly, so much so that you suspect this may be a sly "Christian values" movie dressed up like an eco-friendly Saturday afternoon romp (it does come from the same people who made "The Blind Side" so keep that in mind). But the movie is set in Clearwater, Florida, which many will recognize as the cuddly epicenter of Scientology in the United States, and scanning the background of any particular scene you can see the monolithic Scientology center (the Flag Building, as large as a city block) looming against the pale blue sky.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Good News: Many Films Directed by Women are Being Submitted for Academy Awards for Foreign Films

    Something good is going on this year and I've been watching it for the last couple of weeks. The news is that many countries have submitted films directed by women for Academy Award consideration for best foreign film. Only two women -- both Europeans -- have won the foreign film Oscar, one was just last year, Susanne Bier for In a Different World and the other was Agnieszka Holland for Europa Europa. Last year a total of eight films directed by women were submitted.

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  • The Playlist
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    Where Did This Come From? Trailer & Pics For 'Justice' Starring Nicolas Cage & January Jones

    Well, this is a weird surprise. We have to admit, we had pretty much entirely forgotten about "The Hungry Rabbit Jumps." First announced way back in September 2009, the film stars the pretty promising trio of Nicolas Cage, January Jones and Guy Pearce in the Tobey Maguire-produced film about a man (Cage) who becomes involved with an underground vigilante organization after a brutal attack on his wife (Jones). And with Roger Donaldson ("The Bank Job," "Thirteen Days," "No Way Out") -- who is no stranger to making genre fare classier than it should be -- directing, and with comparisons to "The Game" and "Strangers on a Train" being tossed around, it seemed like it could be something potentially interesting. But somewhere along the journey, the movie seems to have lost its way. Though a first look at the film popped up last summer, it has since been mysteriously scrubbed from the EW page where it originated perhaps pointing to distributor woes stateside. However, the movie is unspooling overseas, hitting the U.K. this fall and The Sun has the first trailer. It won't take you too long to realize why this one has been collecting dust.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Hot Trailer: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

    Now this is more like what I was expecting. Mara actually looks and sounds quite good as Lisbeth. Thoughts?

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  • The Playlist
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    Danny McBride & Craig Robinson Part Of Swelling Cast Of 'Jay & Seth Versus The Apocalypse'

    But It Looks Like Daniel Radcliffe Is OutWe've never liked the term The Frat Pack (for all their potty mouths, the particular comedies that those to whom the term is applied make aren't actually that fratty; Todd Phillips' output is a better fit), but there's no denying that the ever-expanding family tree of actors and comics who've risen up in the last few years, mostly thanks to the patronage of Judd Apatow, are an incestuous lot. Clearly great friends in real life, they like nothing better than cameoing in each other's work, teaming up for buddy pictures, and generally getting paid to hang out on screen.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer for Docu "Sarabah" About Senegalese Rapper/Singer/Activist Sister Fa

    The film Documentary Sarabah will be featured at the 2011 Heartland Film Festival, which runs from Oct 13th through Oct 22nd. The 60-min documentary by Gloria Bremer and Maria Luisa Gambale centers around Senegalese rapper/singer/activist Fatou Mandiang Diatta AKA Sister Fa and her music and activism against "Female Genital Cutting" of girls in Senegal.

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  • The Playlist
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    Don Cheadle & Bruce Greenwood Take 'Flight' With Robert Zemeckis & Denzel Washington

    Steven Soderbergh says something on the "Out of Sight" DVD commentary that few would disagree with: "If you can put Don Cheadle in your movie, you should put Don Cheadle in your movie." He's been true to his word, going on to cast the great actor in "Traffic" and three "Ocean's Eleven" movies, and Cheadle's livened up plenty of other projects as well, from his Oscar-nominated turn in "Hotel Rwanda" to, most recently, playing straight man to Brendan Gleeson in "The Guard." Hell, he was even brilliant as Captain Planet. Now, Robert Zemeckis has taken the tip, as Cheadle, along with another stalwart character actor, seems to have come on board the latest from the "Back to the Future" director.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Doc Filmmakers Enter Death Penalty Politics; Michael Moore Declares Boycott of Georgia

    Doc Filmmakers Enter Death Penalty Politics; Michael Moore Declares Boycott of Georgia

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