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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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    Luke Evans Will Play Bard The Bowman In 'The Hobbit'

    Benedict Cumberbatch To Voice Smaug The DragonOh hey there "The Hobbit," we nearly forgot about you. We don't mean to take the mega tentpole two-parter for granted, but with a production schedule that is stretching well over a year and with other things grabbing our attention from day to day, it's easy to forget sometimes that not only is this still moving, but that actors continue to board the project in roles as they are needed.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Rob Zombie Directed Ad For Woolite (Seriously)

    On paper it seems absurd, but when you think about it, given the amount of fake blood Rob Zombie has spilled over the years, he's probably a genius of getting those tough stains out of clothes. So much so, that he's directed an ad for Woolite. Seriously.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Itinerant Elvis Mitchell Is LA-Bound; Named Curator Of New Weekly Film Series

    Veteran movie critic Elvis Mitchell has been named curator of the new weekly film series that will be staged by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Film Independent. The organizations announced Mitchell's appointment Thursday morning, with LACMA director Michael Govan telling 24 Frames that he and other executives were "very impressed with [Mitchell's] approach to cross genres, [with] using the museum as a site and his interest in historic film." Govan also called Mitchell "agile, someone who sets no traditional mold." Mitchell will relocate to Los Angeles for the position, which is full-time. He will start in July, with the first programming scheduled to screen in the fall.

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  • The Playlist
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    Universal Looks To The Future: 'Savages' Gets 2012 Date, 'Oblivion' & 'Despicable Me 2' Land In 2013

    In this era of movies being rushed out of the gate (please see the Snow White movies, "The Hunger Games," "X-Men: First Class" and "Green Lantern," among others) to meet a release date, Universal has just dropped info on three titles in their roster and it's notable because they are far, far in the distant future.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "‘Talent Drain’ Warning As Black [British] Actors Head To The US"

    TV and theatre is suffering from a talent drain of black British actors, with many looking to the US for work because of the lack of opportunities in the UK, leading figures have warned. High-profile performers... have warned that home-grown stars are leaving the country due to its failure to fully embrace multicultural casting. They argue the UK does not offer enough lead roles to black performers or commission programmes reflecting the diversity of life in Britain today. By contrast, the US is considered more inclusive in its casting and as somewhere black actors can better progress their careers.

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  • The Playlist
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    Why Has Everyone From 'Bridesmaids' Landed Big New Gigs Except Its Leading Lady Kristen Wiig?

    Did The 'Game-Changing' Comedy Really Change Anything?As we've already discussed at length, "Bridesmaids" is not only one of the best films of the year so far, but also a big, giant hit. Already the third-biggest grosser in the Judd Apatow stable, it's had hugely impressive legs, dropping fractionally week-on-week and is heading to at least a $150 million domestic gross, and possibly even more. And, as is usual with hits, most of those involved have gotten big career boosts: Apatow is back on top after a string of under-performers, breakout star Melissa McCarthy has lined up two "Bridesmaids" reunions, one with writer Annie Mumolo, the other with director Paul Feig and star Jon Hamm, romantic lead Chris O'Dowd bagged a gig in the "Knocked Up" sequel/spin-off, and Ellie Kemper joined the cast of "21 Jump Street."

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    Michael Powell Realized The Awesomeness Of Martin Scorsese's 'Goodfellas' Before Anyone Else

    If the name Michael Powell doesn't mean anything to you, stop reading now and line up your Netflix queue with the some of the films he did with Emeric Pressburger, including "The Red Shoes," "I Know Where I'm Going!" and "A Matter of Life and Death," and then get back to us. But as Martin Scorsese fans already know, his connection with the filmmaker runs deep. He was a good friend of the legendary filmmaker, introducing him to editor Thelma Schoonmaker whom Powell would later marry. But Scorsese was a longtime admirer of the director and it turns out, he sent him an early draft of "Goodfellas" (back when it shared the title of the book it was based on "Wise Guys") to see what he thought. And likely before anyone else had their input, Powell knew it was a winner.

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive Sadness: John C. Reilly Won't Play Steve Brule In 'Tim And Eric's Billion Dollar Movie'

    'Hunger Games' And 'Oz: The Great And Powerful' Faker Than 'Green Hornet' EnthusiastsBetween the legion of "Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" fanatics and those merely acquainted with their bizarre Absolut Vodka videos with Zach Galifianakis, people seem to be intrigued across the board concerning what the duo's upcoming star-studded feature, "Tim And Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" will ultimately end up like. Sporting a cast of comedic favorites like Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Robert Loggia, Jeff Goldblum, Will Forte and William Atherton, directors Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim go meta with their characters/personalities, saying that it's about "literally getting a billion dollars to make a movie, and we make it, and things go awry, and Tim and I just decide to get out of Hollywood and become businessmen in an abandoned mall." Even though they're known for their short spurts of random, screwy humor, the premise sounds insane and loose enough for it to work in their favor.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Brad Pitt Stars in Moneyball, Which Could Be Oscar Contender

    Brad Pitt stars as manager Billy Beane in Sony's Moneyball (September 23), a baseball movie about the come-from-behind Oakland A's. Robin Wright, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman co-star in the drama adapted by Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List) from Michael Lewis's nonfiction bestseller. Bennett Miller, who had been looking for the right follow-up to Capote, took over the directing reins after Steven Soderbergh fell out of the Scott Rudin (The Social Network) production. Judging from this trailer, this movie looks like a winner, and an Oscar-contender to boot. With The Tree of Life giving Pitt extra cred with Academy voters, who are bound to be polarized on the film, Moneyball looks like a slow lob down-the-middle home run for Pitt.

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