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    Watch: Trailer For Martin Scorsese's Doc ‘George Harrison: Living In The Material World’

    Now four years on since it was first announced way back in 2007, Martin Scorsese's appropriately expansive documentary "George Harrison: Living In The Material World" is now ready to be shown to the world, and if this trailer is any indication, it's going to be a must see.

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    Watch Sumptuous Short Film "If I Leap" (Starring "Pariah's" Adepero Oduye)

    This short shout comes from NYU alum, Ms J.J. Stone, featuring the talents of names you should be familiar with, given that we've written about them previously on this site - Adepero Oduye (Pariah), Anslem Richardson (Five Deep Breaths, The Locksmith); and cinematographer extraordinaire Bradford Young (Pariah, Restless City, Middle Of Nowhere).

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    Eric Stonestreet To Play Fatty Arbuckle In Barry Levinson Directed 'The Day The Laughter Stopped'

    In the history of salacious Hollywood trials, none have matched the infamy of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's battle against charges that he raped actress Virgina Rappe at a boisterous Hollywood party (who died shortly afterward of peritonitis caused a ruptured bladder). It was essentially the first showbiz trial, one that found Arbuckle prosecuted in the press -- and later in court -- thanks to the relentless tabloid journalism of William Randolph Hearst's chain of newspapers, which painted the silent comedian as a lecher who used his girth to overpower women sexually. After three trials -- in which it became apparent that evidence was being manufactured and witnesses were being told to lie in an overzealous pursuit to find him guilty -- Arbuckle was eventually acquitted, though his career was in ruins and fearing government intervention in the industry, most of Hollywood refused to work with him. However, in the dawn of the talkies, Warner Bros. signed up him for some two reel shorts and their success led the studio to sign Arbuckle for a feature film. Unfortunately, he would suffer a heart attack and die before he could start work on the project.

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    Angus MacLane To Direct New 'Toy Story' Short 'Small Fry'; Clip From 'Air Mater' Debuts

    Well, D23 has come and gone, and with Disney's insistence on controlling the message suffocating any spontaneity and excitement -- coupled by a distinct lack of any real news other than some details about the new Pixar films -- the event was a bit of let down. However, Disney/Pixar did let a couple more morsels spill regarding the previously announced "Toy Story" short that will precede "The Muppets."

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    Aretha Franklin On Biopic: Will Focus On Early Years; Halle Berry Is Indeed Interested; Has Director

    Aretha Franklin's talking about her biopic again... although, in all fairness, she was asked! :)

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Anatomy of A High-Brow Art Debate: Sean Penn and the Bitch-Slapping of Malick's Tree of Life

    It goes like this. Sean Penn talks to Le Figaro and implies (Exhibit A) Terrence Malick underutilized him in The Tree of Life. The New Yorker's Richard Brody defends Malick and upholds the idea that actors are the equivalent of colors on a painter's brush ("Penn brings an acid yellow to the glass-and-metal grays of his scenes, and it adds something important to the film"), and that Penn's lack of understanding of his own performance doesn't undermine the power or purpose of it. InContention's Kris Tapley calls Penn's comments a bitch-slap, and while he doesn't exactly disagree ("The bookend nature of his role is the weaker element of the film"), he does imply that Penn is being a bit of a diva in the midst of Malick's well-known experimental and unpredictable directing style (both Javier Bardem and Jessica Chastain told TOH! they weren't even sure if they'll appear in Malick's latest project, though both were thrilled to work with him).

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    Celebrating Julie Dash's "Daughters Of The Dust" 20-Year Anniversary

    As we've already covered, Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It celebrates its 25th anniversary this year; another title also celebrating a pivotal release anniversary this year is Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust - her challenging seminal feature film, set in the very early 1900s, which takes a look at Gullah Geechee culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia; a film that, in 2004, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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    Watch: Two New Trailers For Sundance Sensation 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

    This writer is gonna be honest: I see QR codes everywhere but have never once scanned them with my phone. It usually seems like a lot of extra steps for little reward, but it seems Fox Searchlight wants to take the cult drama "Martha Marcy May Marlene" in a viral direction. Over the weekend, the studio unveiled two new trailers accessible once you scanned the giant QR thingies on the new posters for the film. Certainly an interesting marketing move to get people more involved in a film that doesn't boast any household names, but luckily, those who played along were treated to two different, but strong spots for the film.

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    Watch Interview with Real Tuskegee Airmen Pilot Daniel Keel

    Somewhat of a diversion, but since there's been so much talk lately about George Lucas' Red Tails, in theaters early next year, it's somewhat fitting. Real life pilot for the Tuskegee Airmen, Daniel Keel is interviewed here by Larry Blucher. Blucher is a New Media Journalism classmate of mine; I liked his video and thought I'd share. Keel talks about the racism he faced while serving in World War II. You can find the full article in his website Questionable Things. :-)

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    RECAP: BREAKING BAD, Season 4, Episode 6: "Cornered"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Matt Zoller Seitz recaps another episode of Breaking Bad. Last night's episode conjures The Godfather and suggests a possible ending for the grim, great series.

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