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  • Shadow and Act
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    Make Your "Avatar" A Star! (pt 1)

    We've talked about many aspects of film, from actors to directors and even fashion. However, what about filmmaking that’s happening outside the norm? With the recent advances in technology, nearly anyone with a camera, computer and an idea can make a film of any genre and style; yet, with the influx of these novice indie filmmakers on Youtube, Vimeo and other video hosting websites, there’s still one segment of this movie-making movement that barely gets any mention in the media—that's Machinima, which has a massive audience (noted by the fact that the largest Machinima presence on the internet, Machinima.com gets 70 million unique hits per month).

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  • The Playlist
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    Dane DeHaan Joins Derek Cianfrance's 'Place Beyond The Pines' As The Son Of Gosling & Mendes

    A typically strong indicator of an inexperienced up-and-comer going places is landing a role in a high-profile film. It was something that happened with Mia Wasikowska a couple of years ago when the former "In Treatment" actress burst onto the scene with a trifecta of films, "Alice In Wonderland," "Restless" and "The Kids Are All Right."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Attack The Block" Gets USA-Cut Trailer + Watch Brand New Clip From The Film

    As already reported, it'll be out in the USA on July 29th!

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  • Hope for Film
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    What Are Your Favorite Film Quotes?

    Continuing on with my crowdsourcing of blog posts for you, I followed up my tweet of "What's the first best lesson you learned about the film business" with one about what was your favorite quote. I didn't get anywhere near as many suggestions, but the results are good. More suggestions are welcome.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Great Black TV Commercials From The Not-So-Distant Past

    Well O.K. I confess. I wouldn't call any of these commercials great or even good for that matter. But they're some fascinating viewing nonetheless.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: New Trailer & Clip From Joe Cornish's Inventive Alien Invasion Pic 'Attack The Block'

    Even if you've been only half paying attention, you should already know by now that Joe Cornish's feature film debut "Attack The Block" is already something of a cult classic and it hasn't even hit theaters in the U.S. yet. Making its world premiere and playing to rave reviews at SXSW (where we first caught up with it) the film has continued to build its buzz with numerous advance screenings and festival appearances (we recently saw it again at Fantasia) and in case you have any doubt, we're here to tell you: Yes, it is that good.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Looks At Literary 'The Raven,' Sepia-Toned 'Immortals' & Nature Channel Horror 'Shark Night 3D'

    Forgive the quips, but we're tired and Comic-Con hasn't even started yet. With San Diego -- a whale's vagina -- set to become nerd heaven for next few days, there will posters, pics and more. So pour some Red Bull into your eyeballs, because the first batch starts here with Relativity dropping some visual bombs to kick things off.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: Things You Should Know: 5 Lessons for Young Female Directors by Elena Rossini

    The movie business is just like a mafia family: incredibly powerful, for the most part inaccessible (unless you have family ties), it's a patriarchal system that keeps its status by enforcing omertà - a code of silence - about its inner workings. The few female directors who make it to the top are often born into influential show biz families or have a formidable protector driving them forward.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Dominic Cooper Talks Devil's Double: "Fast Cars, Sex, & Excitement"

    Dominic Cooper Talks Devil's Double: "Fast Cars, Sex, & Excitement"

    There's plenty wrong with Lee Tamahori's The Devil's Double, but what's right with it is Dominic Cooper. The British actor (The History Boys, The Dutchess, Mamma Mia!, An Education, Tamara Drewe) plays both Saddam Hussein's son Uday Hussein and Latif Lahia, the man forced to be his double. Based on Lahia's memoir, the film takes some loose facts and then runs wildly into male-fantasy land. This is the sexy-music-video-violent-video-game take on Hussein's regime and its byproduct: a psychotic son that rapes, kills and snorts copious amounts of coke without thinking twice.

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  • The Playlist
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    A Throughly Dull Teaser Poster For 'The Avengers' Is Assembled

    This weekend the thoroughly serviceable, enjoyable though not quite remarkable "Captain America: The First Avenger" will hit theaters and as usual Marvel will be promoting the next movie in the comic universe with a post-credits scene. But unlike previous films where Samuel L. Jackson or Clark Gregg show up for two seconds broadly winking at the audience, fans are in for a real treat this weekend as a teaser trailer for "The Avengers" will be unveiled and for those of you who managed a peek at the leaked footage, which features pretty much every member of the superhero team, it's a pretty nifty little spot.

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