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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Peter Parker Basically Runs Into The Doorman From 'Seinfeld' In Clip From 'Amazing Spider-Man'

    Oh, the doorman. Helpful, courteous, reliable and sometimes...kind of a pain in the ass. The first clip from The Mark Of The Spider-Man viral site has been revealed, and it seems to be a pretty good indication of the film's tone and certainly shows that the quippy dialogue Marc Webb handled in "(500) Days Of Summer" isn't too far behind.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Galaxy Quest' Helmer Dean Parisot To Direct Sequel To Bruce Willis/Helen Mirren Actioner 'Red'

    Considering he made one of the best comedies of the last twenty years, you'd have thought Dean Parisot would be a bigger name by now. After making his debut with the Drew Barrymore vehicle "Home Fries," the helmer was gifted a near-perfect script in the sci-fi comedy "Galaxy Quest," about the crew of a "Star Trek"-style TV series who find themselves thrust into a real-life space adventure, and went on to cast it impeccably, with Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and Sam Rockwell, and directing it with visual panache and a real flair for comedy.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Watch Jake Gyllenhaal Present Meryl Streep With Her Golden Bear in Berlin

    Earlier this week, Jake Gyllenhaal took the stage at the Berinale Palast for one of the main events of the Berlin International Film Festival: The feting of Meryl Streep. And its well worth 18 minutes of your time:

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  • Press Play
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    OSCARS DEATH RACE: ADVENTURES OF TINTIN

    Not to crap on two Steven Spielberg movies in a row here, because I do enjoy his work sometimes. Alas: enh. "The Adventures of Tintin"'s failure to land with me isn't entirely on the director; the source material seems like something I'd have loved as a child, but isn't something I knew before coming to the film, so I didn't get any reunion-y feelings, and motion capture may appeal to some, but is still creepy to me.

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    AARON ARADILLAS: 20 years later, a soundtrack that still has JUICE

    The first half of the 1990s may be considered by some as being ruled by grunge, but for more enlightened music fans that is simply not the case. Hip-hop and R&B, in particular the New Jack Swing sound of the early ‘90s, has had a profound impact in shaping pop music. Producers like Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Teddy Riley modernized the rather quaint sound of R&B with funk rhythms, piano, jazz and break beats, while guys like Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest and The Bomb Squad gave hip-hop a fuller sound – a bass-thumping thickness. Rap and R&B, two genres that had been segregated by class prejudice and musical temperament, were now fused together to create an at once looser and tighter sound. Songs like Johnny Kemp’s "Just Got Paid" or Tony! Toni! Tone!’s "If I Had No Loot" or Michael Jackson’s "Remember the Time" or Schoolly D’s "Am I Black Enough For You?" or Naughty By Nature’s "O.P.P." made you feel as if you were inside the song – as if the greatest block party was boiled down to four minutes of grooves, beats and samples.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Silent Films In The News

    It’s no longer news that the most acclaimed movie of the past year, well on its way to earning an Oscar or two, is a modern-day French silent picture called The Artist. But it’s not the only silent film making news. USA Today’s Susan Wloszczyna found other aspects of silence in contemporary cinema for a piece that ran in Friday’s paper, which you can read HERE. She even quoted yours truly.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Nonso Anozie Joins Viola Davis In "Ender's Game"

    British actor Nonso Anozie, who can currently be seen trying to keep from being eaten by rabid wolves in The Grey, and will soon appear in HBO's second season of Game of Thrones, will join the previously-announced Viola Davis in the sci-fi film Ender's Game, based on the popular book by Olson Scott Card.

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    More: casting
  • Shadow and Act
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    Dual Coast Screening of Van Peebles' "We The Party" in L.A. & Boston Tomorrow Night + Full Synopsis

    We haven't mentioned this project in a while since we posted the trailer and first synopsis, besides the fact that it's screening at the Pan African Film Festival this weekend. Well now, Mario Van Peebles' We The Party will also screen simultaneously on the east coast in Boston at the Roxbury International film festival. Although different time zones, both will screen tomorrow 2/19 at 7pm.

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    More: Festivals
  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer Watch: Brit Rising Star David Gyasi in BBC 2's Ambitious Drama Series "White Heat"

    Back in November of last year, Tambay posted THIS story on upcoming British rising star David Gyasi, who is starring in the upcoming BBC 2 ensemble TV Drama series White Heat. The new series, which is due out sometime soon this year, is said to be an updated version of an older BBC drama serial, Our Friends In The North.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Shadow and Act Filmmaker Diary Series w/ Matthew Cherry: "Film Festival Budgeting"

    Here's the latest in our still ongoing filmmaker diary series with The Last Fall writer/director Matthew Cherry. I last posted an entry three days ago regarding Cherry's efforts to raise funds via his Kickstarter campaign in order to cover SXSW Film Festival Premiere trip expenses and post-production costs.

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