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  • Spout
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    Who's Your Favorite Woody Allen Surrogate?

    While I was away last week, FilmDrunk posted yet another great montage by their video editor, Oliver Noble, this one involving Woody Allen surrogates. Specifically Noble has compiled a chapter-structured look at a handful of actors (and actress) who've filled in for the filmmaker portraying "the Woody Role," including Jason Biggs ("Anything Else"), John Cusack ("Bullets Over Broadway"), Larry David ("Whatever Works"), Rebecca Hall ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona"), Will Ferrell ("Melinda and Melinda") and Owen Wilson, who stars in Allen's latest, and most successful in years, "Midnight in Paris." I've still not seen that one, as it's been a busy couple of months for me, but I'm curious to see where Wilson ranks. The montage reminded me to re-publish an old SpoutBlog list of "10 Woody Allen Proxies," which features other favorite surrogates like Kenneth Branagh ("Celebrity"), Stanley Tucci ("Deconstructing Harry"), Seth Green ("Radio Days") and, umm, Burt Reynolds ("The End"). By the way, if anyone can find me a clip of Tucci's performance (the video included in the original post is gone), I'll be very grateful.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    More On The Black British Versus Black American Experience...

    Maybe I'm only just now starting to pay attention to these matters... but, as an addendum to my post last week on the supposed talent drain, as black British actors migrate to the USA where better opportunities to work are believed to be in far more abundance, when compared to England... here's another article lamenting the state of the African in the UK - specifically, the lack of "an educated ethnic middle class... to counter the black 'street’ stereotype," which in turn affects the quality of content produced for black British audiences.

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  • The Playlist
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    Schumacher's 'Trespass,' Niccol's 'The Host' & Hackford's 'Parker' All Find Homes

    It seems that these days, major studios aren't interested in making or distributing a movie unless it can be franchised or easily sold to the movie-buying public. So no surprise that three new projects with stars attached have found their way to smaller shingles.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    When It Comes To Superhero Movies, Great Minds Think Alike

    Well, sometimes they do, that is.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Michael Jai White & Director Ben Ramsey Discussion At "Fist & Sword" Screening Series

    A film I saw on VOD 2 years ago and reviewed on the old Shadow And Act site - Michael Jai White's Blood And Bone, which went straight to home video, and I'm not sure a lot of folks have actually seen. You can watch it on DVD right now if you want.

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    More: Watch Now
  • The Playlist
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    Michael Bay Loves 'West Side Story' & Scarlett Johansson Calls Him "Surprisingly Sensitive"?

    10 Things We Learned From The Recent GQ Profile About The Mega-DirectorIs solaris-sized blockbuster director Michael Bay the antichrist? This is sort of the posit brought up by GQ's most recent self-explanatory titled article "Blow Up: The Oral History Of Michael Bay." While whether he is a blight on cinema or not is something the Playlist is going to examine closer to the release of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," there are plenty of high-profile defenders of his style in said GQ piece (not all of it is online, but the new Megan Fox "controversy" naturally has appeared here).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Consider: Top Ten Actors, Actresses for Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton in Scorsese's Furious Love

    Consider: Top Ten Actors, Actresses for Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton in Scorsese's Furious Love

    Who could possibly play Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Furious Love? They are iconic roles and the field of thesps that could play them is limited by age, ability, celebrity and physicality. We've scoured the web for casting chatter. Many names have been thrown in the mix. Some we like, some we don't. We've added some of our own picks for who could pull off these roles.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Erotically Charged Trailer For David Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method'

    After a pretty crap bootleg briefly appeared on the web, the first proper trailer for David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" has arrived and yes, it looks pretty damn good.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Facebook Censorship and Me

    I logged into Facebook this morning to find this fun little message. Likely the result of a Facebook "friend" with no sense of humour reporting the photo (which was staged and taken by my friend Matt and I have no qualms announcing how brilliant I think it is), I quickly screenshot-up the notification and made it my profile picture. I'm playing with the fire of the Facebook gods, I realize, and could be headed for removal. But at least I'd be in good company, and frankly: Maybe it would be a serious blessing in disguise.

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    More: Annoyances
  • Shadow and Act
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    Naomie Harris On Her "Top secret" Audition For Next James Bond Film

    "All I can say is I've met the Bond team, I've met Sam Mendes, they're all wonderful. I've auditioned for Bond... My audition was really great actually because it's so top secret, the whole Bond thing. I hadn't realised how top secret it was... I've auditioned for a lot of things before but never for something where you can't see the script, it's that secret... I auditioned with a scene from Quantum of Solace... You don't know what role you're going up for either, so everybody gets given a scene from a previous Bond movie.. I don't know whether it's true or not that I'm going to be an intelligent Bond girl. I don't know at all but I'd like it!"

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