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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    EXCLUSIVE: Morgan Spurlock's Greatest Movie Ever Sold on Blu-ray & DVD August 23

    Morgan Spurlock's Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold will debut on DVD and Blu-ray on August 23. Check out our interview with Spurlock and the trailer.

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  • The Playlist
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    Interview: John C. Reilly Talks The Hardships Of Being A Guidance Counselor In 'Terri'

    High school is painfully dull, incredibly awkward, and definitely not what teen-comedies make them out to be. Sure there are parties and sex, but as far as the day-to-day routine goes, it's less like "American Pie" and more in tune with the "Elephant" (well, at least the film's first two thirds…) Maybe some of us have fond memories of those later teen years, but honestly, Judd Apatow hit the nail on the head with this quote: “College is the reward for surviving high school. Most people have great fun stories from college and nightmare stories from high school.”

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  • Spout
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    Watch Every 2011 Action Movie at Once in This Awesome Mashup Montage

    First off, congrats to "Another Earth" and "Bellflower" for making the cut as two of the more obscure films to be featured in this primarily Hollywood blockbuster-centric mashup. More kudos to the former, actually, for kicking it off. Foreign martial arts flicks are to be expected, even those not well known at the multiplex, in a montage of the year's action movies (set to "This is War" by 30 Seconds to Mars), but these Sundance favorites should feel they've made it now that they're being spliced up against stuff like "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and "Fast Five." Of course, indie or studio, these films do pretty much come from similar influences. Don't be mislead negatively by their inclusion, though. While this montage pieces together a kind of generic blockbuster-friendly narrative from the parts of 45 similar-minded movies, reminding us how formulaic the genre currently is, neither "Another Earth" nor "Bellflower" is as familiar or predictable as the majority of these titles.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Stars Oldman, Firth, Hardy, Strong

    Trailer Watch: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Stars Oldman, Firth, Hardy, Strong

    Take one of John Le Carre's best Cold War international espionage thrillers--1974's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy--adapt it with strong writers (the late Bridget O’Connor and her husband and writing partner Peter Straughan) and cast a strong Brit ensemble (Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch) led by Gary Oldman as George Smiley, the one spy you can trust. Add Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson and you may have a winner. See the new trailer below.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Lena Horne Was Born Today... In 1964 Santiago Alvarez Directed "Now"

    “My identity is very clear to me now. I am a black woman. I’m free. I no longer have to be a ‘credit.’ I don’t have to be a symbol to anybody; I don’t have to be a first to anybody. I don’t have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood sort of hoped I’d become. I’m me, and I’m like nobody else.”

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: Selling MySpace for a Song, Tina Brown Defends Photoshopping Princess Diana

    For $35 million, mostly in stock, Specific Media acquired Myspace, for a "garage sale price," wrote The Wrap. Specific Media, an advertising network, used Justin Timberlake as their hook, said their CEO in an interview. The pop star, actor and modern fedora-wearer agreed to play a “major role” in fostering the creative direction for the company, which he prepped for playing a savvy internet mogul in The Social Network. Specific's new strategy for MySpace will be to organize users around their interests, like music, rather than their social life.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Proof That 'No Strings Attached' & 'Friends With Benefits' Are The Same Movie

    So, just how similar are Ivan Reitman's "No Strings Attached" and Will Gluck's "Friends With Benefits"? Well, at one time they were both titled "Friends With Benefits" and Screen Gems had to do some legal dancing to keep the title, forcing the Natalie Portman/Ashton Kutcher vehicle to change names.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Attack The Block" Star John Boyega Becomes Member Of Club Richard Ayoade Belongs To

    Congrats to Attack The Block star John Boyega for his listing on Screen International's annual list of the UK stars of tomorrow, highlighting the year's hottest new acting and filmmaking talent. I believe he's the only talent of African descent mentioned on the entire list (both actors and filmmakers) of 31. You UK folks can correct me if I'm wrong about that (you can see the full list HERE).

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  • The Playlist
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    Rumor: New Marvel Short Films To Appear On Upcoming 'Thor' & 'Captain America' DVDs

    'Captain America' Gets Terrible New PosterLet's rewind the clock a bit. Last summer, a rumor cropped up that Marvel had a plan to make live-action short films as a way to introduce the characters to audiences who may not be familiar with them — pretty much everyone who's not an avid comic book reader. The this bit info was notable, because just a few weeks earlier word was being knocked around that Marvel was planning to make lower budget movies centered around their second and their tier characters like Dr. Strange, Iron Fist, Ka-Zar, Power Pack & Luke Cage -- in essence, a short film introduction seemed like a good way to go to get mainstream crowds to know who they were.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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