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  • Shadow and Act
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    Octavia Spencer On Criticism Of "The Help": "We've Gotten So PC..."

    We've read Viola Davis' take on the project... some of it anyway. Go HERE if you missed that post. Today, we've got her co-star, Octavia Spencer, who plays one of the film's lead characters, the bold and cantankerous maid Minnie.

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  • The Playlist
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    Spike Lee Reprises His Role As Mookie From 'Do The Right Thing' In New Film 'Red Hook Summer'

    "Wake Up. I been up since 430am. On the way to the set of THE NEW SPIKE LEE JOINT.Today is 1st Day of Shooting.Awwwwwwwwwwww Sheeeeeeeeeeeeet," Spike Lee tweeted very, very early this morning. And while it was only last week that Lee talked with The Hollywood Reporter about his inability to get funding for a new feature film, it looks like very chatty director had something hidden up his sleeve.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Love Crimes of Kabul Directed by Tanaz Eshaghian Premieres Tonight on HBO

    If you want to see the lack of progress the US investment in women in Afghanistan, check out the Love Crimes of Kabul. This is the true story of women (and some girls) being held in the Badam Bagh prison in Kabul for "moral crimes." Many of these so-called moral crimes are things that would astonish American audiences. Can you imagine going to jail for running away from your abusive parents and taking refuge in someone else's home? And then that person gets arrested too? Or for falling in love? Or for premarital sex? This is one of those movies that makes progressive people want to beat their heads against a pole because there is just no reason why women should be subjected to these types of affronts. I just kept thinking when I was watching this, weren't things supposed to be getting better for women?

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  • Hope for Film
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    The "No Endorsement" Mark - A Simple Solution For A Complex Problem

    "if there’s one thing the file-sharing wars have taught us, it’s that there’s more profit in figuring out how to let honest people do the right thing than there is in chasing down cheapskates who don’t want to pay up – especially when the anti-cheapskate measures make life miserable for the honest cits," so says Cory Doctorow, and he's come up with an interesting way to encourage fan merch of On Demand Objects (ODO), while making life simpler & better from those that inspire the action (generally the copyright holder).

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  • Eric Kohn
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    In Praise of Roman Polanski's "What?"

    Roman Polanski's "What?" is a pleasurably offbeat sex romp that deserves greater recognition among fans of his work. Made in 1972 (but released in the U.S., just barely, with an X rating in 1973; see a review here), the movie preceded "Chinatown," Polanski's universally acclaimed masterpiece, and a far more palatable expression of the director's talents than this twisted satire of free love and American innocence.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Sometimes Real Life is Even Better Than The Movie

    They couldn't have scripted it better. It was a storybook weekend for women's soccer. While most of the US press was focused on Derek Jeter's 3,000 hit (at least that's what it looks like from my vantage point in NYC), the real story for women's sports was the comeback of the US women's national soccer team who were literally moments from their earliest elimination in the Women's World Cup.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Al Pacino As Phil Spector In Forthcoming David Mamet Directed Biopic For HBO

    Though in the works for a while now, we didn't realize that the Al Pacino-starring, David Mamet-directed Phil Spector biopic had started rolling, but we're glad it has.

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  • Spout
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    Short Starts: Watch the Charming and Trippy "Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day"

    It’s hard not to think fondly of Winnie the Pooh. The honey-loving bear has touched generations of children, all over the world, from the 1920s England of A. A. Milne’s original books to Soviet Russia. Yet no one has taken advantage of Winnie and his friends more thoroughly than Disney. Since the original 1966 featurette, the company has produced four short films, eight direct-to-video movies, four television series, five TV specials, seven video games and five theatrically released feature films, including this week’s “Winnie the Pooh.” It’s been quite the moneymaker for Walt’s heirs, but the originality and creativity that made Winnie a classic are most obvious at the source: the three theatrical featurettes that set everything in motion.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    UPDATE: Spike Lee's "New Joint" Begins Shooting Today; Revisiting "Mookie" In "Red Hook"

    UPDATE: Just lifted the following from Wilson Morales' site:

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  • The Playlist
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    Contest Giveaway: 'Tabloid' Poster Signed By Errol Morris & Official Soundtrack

    A film we put up on our list of Most Anticipated Films From 2011 We’ve Already Seen as well as on our rundown of Alternative Summer Movie Highlights, Errol Morris' "Taboid" is truly unlike any documentary you will see this year. And as it gears up to roll into theaters this Friday, we have a great prize for a very lucky reader.

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