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    Interview: 'Page One' Helmer Andrew Rossi Says David Carr Turned Down Solo Doc Opportunity & More

    Opening this weekend, Andrew Rossi's eye-opening and entertaining "Page One: Inside the New York Times" is a peek behind the curtain at the last bastion of serious news journalism, in an age as tumultuous and violent as anything conjured up in the Hollywood blockbusters storming the multiplexes. We saw the film back at SXSW and were taken with the amount of stories that the documentary covers – everything from the Times' evolving relationship with the internet (including the introduction of the pay wall, implemented this spring) to its coverage of similar media institutions (like the titanic Tribune Company) falling by the wayside. It will also introduce many to one of the year's great superheroes – journalist David Carr, whose gravelly voice and no-nonsense attitude (watch as he gives the hipsters at Vice Magazine a verbal smack-down!) makes him seem both heroically resolute as the tide shifts, and hopelessly anachronistic. Either way, you want to be his best friend (and as you'll see, we nearly got a standalone movie about the man himself).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Zoe Saldana In Talks To Star Opposite Mark Ruffalo In Marital Drama "Infinitely Polar Bear"

    And the beat goes on for Ms Zoe Saldana... Seems like she's signing up for a new project every month.

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    Mark Ruffalo & Zoe Saldana Will Get Depressed In J.J. Abrams-Produced 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

    With Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana getting set to flex their action chops in "The Avengers" and "Colombiana" respectively, don't worry about them leaving more serious fare behind as the duo are looking to team up on what sounds like a pretty grim drama.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Fox Searchlight Uses Director Cred to Sell The Tree of Life

    In the old days, testimonial spots were shot outside movie theaters, with moviegoers saying how much they like a picture, and put on TV. This is the first time I've seen two top Hollywood directors with huge film fan cred lend their support via online video for a movie. Fox Searchlight got David Fincher and Christopher Nolan--two directors at the top of the Hollywood food chain--to explain why they admire Terrence Malick and his The Tree of Life. The movie has to be a must-see for any film buff, but Searchlight is pushing to get smart cinephile fans of Inception and The Social Network to give it a whirl.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Blair Underwood To Make Broadway Debut In Revival Of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

    The rumor last year was that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith had been approached to play Stanley and Stella Kowalski, in a Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' landmark, Pulitzer Prize-winning play, A Streetcar Named Desire, which was supposedly set to open early this year. That obviously didn't happen, because, well, it simply wasn't true.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    News Wrap: Fincher, Aronofsky In Creative 50, Vudu Adds Mad Men, WB Demands China

    Power lists are always a must-read: Ad Age has published The Creative 50, which includes Hollywood directors Darren Aronofsky and David Fincher. Comedians dominate the list this year, including: Tina Fey, the Lonely Island boys (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone), Kristen Wiig, DumbDumb creators (backed by Will Arnett and Jason Bateman), and Tony-winner Book of Mormon writers Robert Lopez, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer For "My Girlfriend's Back" Starring Malik Yoba & Tangi Miller

    Screening at the upcoming Chicago African Diaspora Film Festival.... Malik Yoba and Tangi Miller in the romcom, My Girlfriend's Back. The story of a man who (seemingly) has everything until his ex girlfriend shows up.

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  • Caryn James
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    Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern: Big Bolts of Light, Teeny Imagination

    Just when you’re thinking how silly it is for anyone to expect a tiny green eye mask to disguise a superhero’s identity, a woman he has rescued looks adoringly into the Green Lantern’s eyes and says . . . “Hal?!” That recognition offers one of the rare sharp moments in Green Lantern. The film has Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, an underconfident fighter pilot who gets an energy-filled ring and gains superpowers, but mostly it has a lot of hyperactive, glowing green light.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Elvis Mitchell is New Film Independent/LACMA Film Curator

    Elvis Mitchell is New Film Independent/LACMA Film Curator

    Elvis Mitchell lands on his feet yet again. One thing about having been a film critic at the New York Times, visiting professor at Harvard, documentary filmmaker, and KCRW host of The Treatment: you get plenty of cred.

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    So How's Angela Bassett In "Green Lantern"?

    No doubt many of you are anxious to see how she does in the movie; having seen the film, I can tell you that's there's good news and bad news.

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