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  • Spout
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    "Green Lantern" is a Lousy, Lazy Success

    “Green Lantern” is not a particularly good movie, and it doesn’t look as if there is going to be much debate on that point. It’s been pretty uniformly regarded as second-rate superhero fare, the lazy and lousy product of too many writers and not enough inspiration. I don’t entirely disagree, either: it’s far from exciting or unique when compared to other recent superhero flicks, and there are some moments that fall embarrassingly flat. I doubt it’ll cross over to ¬audiences beyond those comic book fans already enamored of Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) and his magic green suit, and it’s going to be regarded almost universally as a failure. Perhaps problematically, however, it isn’t.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ Shamelessly Calculated Studio Fare

    Jim Carrey must have taken "I Love You Philip Morris" languishing on the shelf for two years while hankering for a release date to heart. Enter "Mr. Popper’s Penguins," a film that when set alongside the gay con man comedy can demonstrate the “one for me, one for them” philosophy with crystal clarity. ‘Penguins’ is lazy, calculated, overlong and most importantly, lacking even a bit of genuine fun.

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  • Caryn James
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    Kimmel and Fallon Sing the Weiner Scandal

    Both Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon set the Weiner scandal to music after his resignation yesterday. Kimmel did it best, offering a clever, supposedly educational cartoon primer, "The Pursuit of Happiness," about sex scandals involving presidents from Jefferson to Clinton.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jason Reitman To Rewrite Steve Carell Magician Comedy 'Burt Wonderstone'

    Considering how long it takes to actually get a movie made -- even the most hard-working of filmmakers can go three or four years between projects, through no fault of their own -- it's not surprising that many A-list screenwriters, or writer-directors, get through the lean years by taking script doctor gigs. It's fast, well-paid work, it rarely amounts to more than a dialogue polish, as the films are generally too close to production for major structural changes to take place, and, if the film turns out badly, it doesn't reflect badly on you, as any doctoring generally goes uncredited, which is why names from John Sayles to Joss Whedon have made hay from it over the years.

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  • The Playlist
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    R.I.P. Final 'Deathly Hallows' Trailer Marks The End Of Harry Potter Promos (2001-2011)

    Many of us will remember the first time we saw a trailer for the "Harry Potter" franchise. Settling down to the Warner Bros. family comedy, "See Spot Run," which the trailer was attached to, the first glimpse of what would become the biggest franchise of all time was sneaked out, and people left the theater with one overwhelming impression: '"See Spot Run" was a piece of shit. Since then, clips have emerged every six months or so for the eight movies in the series, and we've watched those children grow up in front of our eyes in a series of two-to-three-minute snippets, in the form of Quicktime files, YouTube videos and sometimes even on the big-screen.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: The Case for Watching Pretty Little Liars by Emilie Spiegel

    As someone who spends her time watching media portrayals of young women, I'm here to say... I LOVE Pretty Little Liars (Tuesdays, 8pm EST, ABC Family). This week was the second season's premiere, and if it's any indication of things to come, we're in for another season of smart, resourceful, funny, young women who don't take any crap (from parents, friends, or a psycho mystery stalker named "A" whose torment of the titular Liars informs the drama of the show).

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  • The Playlist
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    Too Much Of A Good Thing? Terrence Malick Apparently Preparing 6 Hour Cut Of 'The Tree Of Life'

    Terrence Malick may be done with "The Tree Of Life," but "The Tree Of Life" ain't done with him. Or something like that. With the film already stamped with the Palme d'Or and rolling out across the country adding a bunch of new cities this weekend it appears that Malick isn't through tinkering with the film just yet.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Tangi Miller Producing & Starring In Her Own Films; Premiering "Guardian Of Eden" This Weekend

    A double-shot of Tangi Miller today (see my earlier post on a romcom she stars in opposite Malik Yoba, titled My Girlfriend's Back). Remember her from Felicity many moons ago?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Preview "Black Hands - Trial of the Arsonist Slave" - Premiering In Chicago This Weekend!

    Intriguing docu-drama here, with an unfamiliar story, and one I'd very much like to see. Here's the story:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    J.J. Abrams On The Failure Of "Undercovers": "I F*cked Up!"

    Not sure if he's spoken publicly about the show since it was cancelled. At least, I haven't read or heard anything... until now. I wish Howard Stern would let him talk instead of constantly interrupting him here. I really wanted to hear Abrams get a little more into what he was going for with Undercovers, why he thinks he fucked up, etc... Ah well... if anyone has any links to articles in which he talks about the cancellation of the show, please share. This clip is only 40 seconds long, recorded 6/14:

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