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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    VisitBritain Says, "Come See the UK Like You've Seen it in the Movies"

    Hollywood's always felt comfortable relying on British talent in its films and this year's awards round-up is no exception: It was a new British director that made the second half of the Harry Potter franchise so successful and British actor Gary Oldman's George Smiley is certainly one of 2011's roles to remember.

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    Video: Women and Hollywood Cites Women Directors Missing From the Oscars

    The Women and Hollywood blog has put together this video to remind the Academy (and the rest of us) of the inequities of the movie industry.

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  • Press Play
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    OSCARS DEATH RACE: BULLHEAD

    "Bullhead" isn't about what you think it's about at first. You start out with a voice-over about things from the past coming back; then you move into a plot about the Flemish "hormone mafia," and whether cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts) is going to involve himself in a deal to improve the weight of his cows. Or so you think. You also see a series of moody shots of Jacky in his bathroom, staring, sitting immobile in the shower, then injecting himself with testosterone, so then you think the movie is about that -- that perhaps he's preparing for a fight of some kind? Then Jacky attends a meeting set up by a smarmy vet (Frank Lamers), and recognizes the boss's flunky Diederik (Jeroen Perceval), although both men play it like they've never met. There is A Vibe between them, and you think, "Ohhh, okay. It's about that." And it is. And…it isn't.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Pariah" Coming Out On DVD In April

    For the record, let me say that Dee Rees' extraordinary film Pariah never got a fair shot from Focus Features. The film never broke open outside just a few cities and theaters, and, as a result A LOT of people who are constantly asking for intelligent and sensitive black films free of stereotypes and the oke doke, and who would have loved it, never got a chance to see it.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    EXCLUSIVE Video: Focus Features Celebrates Ten Years of Great Performances

    Focus Features is celebrating its tenth anniversary. This Universal specialty subsidiary, under the proud leadership of James Schamus, has a library of fab titles to flaunt.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Can't Knock The Hustle? Or Is He Hustling Backwards? (Revisiting U.K. Star Adrian Lester's Casting Choices In Short Film Directorial Debut "Of Mary")

    British actor Adrian Lester has been very vocal in recent months about the lack of professional opportunities afforded to black thespians in the U.K.  Here at S&A, we've followed the story and have repeatedly reported on the sentiment expressed by Lester and several other actors from that region of the world.  However . . .

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  • The Playlist
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    Official Logline For Terrence Malick's 'Lawless' Reveals Tale Of "Sexual Obsession And Betrayal"

    It looks like a layer from Terrence Malick's otherwise mysterious "Lawless" has been peeled back. The film, one of two the director will shoot this year, has been working under a veil of secrecy thus far, but it looks like that pre-production work last fall at the Austin City Limits music festival was a good practice round for the upcoming film. And a new logline for the film reveals another interesting thematic turn for the helmer.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Watch: Trailer for Abel Ferrara's Apocalyptic '4:44 Last Day on Earth'

    The end of the world has been a popular film topic over the last 18 months. See: "Melancholia,""Take Shelter," "Bellflower" and David Mackenzie's soon-to-be-released "Perfect Sense." Check out the new trailer for Abel Ferrara's entry, "4:44 Last Day on Earth," which debuted at the 2011 Venice Film Festival and stars Willem Dafoe.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Act Of Valor' Lives Out The Hopeless Nihilism Of The Modern Action Movie

    What have you done today? Probably nothing, says “Act Of Valor,” the new military recruitment film from directors 'Mouse' McCoy and Scott Waugh. A title card appears early explaining that the film is "based on real acts of valor,” which is a nice way of saying none of this is true, but it probably happened at some point in spirit, because you can’t snuff the spirit of heroism. Which is why “Act Of Valor” tries to trump all modern action pictures by claiming to be the real deal, down to the marketing-ready gimmick of casting actual Navy SEALs. Feeling inadequate yet?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Review: Leila Djansi's "Sinking Sands" (2011) - A Poignant Look At Spousal Victimization & Independence

    I finally caught Leila Djansi’s sophomore feature film effort Sinking Sands last night. Unfortunately, it wasn’t available through Netflix; I opted to rent it via Amazon on Demand.

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