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  • Shadow and Act
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    New On DVD: Otto Preminger’s “Hurry Sundown”, Starring Diahann Carroll, Robert Hooks

    Quietly released on DVD this past spring, Viennese director Otto Preminger’s (Carmen Jones, Porgy and Bess) 1967 film, Hurry Sundown, has been called "one of the worst films of all-time."

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  • The Playlist
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    Interview: Joel Edgerton Talks Playing A Nice Tough Guy In 'Warrior'

    Also Has No Reservations About Tackling Tom Buchanan In Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'Swinging and punching its way into theaters this weekend is “Warrior,” a tale of two estranged brothers who find themselves reunited in the MMA (that is, Mixed Martial Arts) ring. As to be expected, much of the screentime of the two leads, Joel Edgerton (playing the older brother, Brendan) and Tom Hardy (as the younger, Tommy), involves skillfully busting their co-stars up as they make their way through the ranks of a championship tournament to eventually face one another for the ultimate prize: a very large check both could use. We recently had the chance to sit down with Edgerton and talk about playing a big guy with a big heart, as well as the preparation it took to go up against his co-stars, who (besides himself and Hardy) were all MMA fighters professionally.

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  • Press Play
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    After 90 years, "Fatty" Arbuckle's rarely-screened LEAP YEAR returns to public view

    By Brian DarrPress Play Contributor

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Now: Teen Web Series "The Girls' Bathroom"

    Chapter 3 TV, a collaboration of writer/producer Darralynn Hutson and co-producer Michael Negri, has recently launched its first web series, The Girls' Bathroom.

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    More: Watch Now
  • Shadow and Act
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    It's Official! Eddie Murphy Will Host 2012 Oscars

    When I reported the news a few days ago I stated that talks were still going on. But now those talks are over and now it's official - Eddie Murphy will host the 2012 Academy Awards show, with the official announcement from the Academy coming any minute now.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    So Is This Basically a Preview of the Academy Awards?

    I'm sorry, but Eddie Murphy?? This would have been an inspired choice in 1997 or, more over, 1987. Now it just seems kind of desperate (and reeking of simply promoting Oscar producer Brett Ratner's Murphy vehicle "Tower Heist"). Eddie's also not that funny when he's not being dirty, and clearly the Oscars can't be "Delirious" or "Raw." But hey, the bar's been set pretty low thanks to Anne & James, so maybe a variation of the clip below won't make for the worst Oscars ever:

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  • Press Play
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    RECAP: BREAKING BAD, Season 4, Episode 8: "Hermanos"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: In a powerful Breaking Bad, Gustavo "Gus" Fring, bold businessman and master liar, is "explained" -- sort of. The following recap of contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    All This And George Clooney, Too!

    George Clooney poses with his director, Alexander Payne, at the world premiere of The Descendants.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Simply the Worst: Ingmar Bergman's "The Touch"

    In November 1971, Ingmar Bergman married his fifth—and final—wife, Ingrid Karlebo, to whom he would stay married until her death in 1995. Released only a few months earlier, The Touch, with its themes of infidelity and stifling bourgeois domesticity, seems a strange way to mark the occasion, but then surely the new Mrs. Bergman must have had a good idea of what she was getting herself into. Less could be said for Bergman himself on that particular film, which found him working outside of his usual discomfort zone in more ways than one.

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  • The Playlist
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    Venice '11 Review: Mary Harron's 'The Moth Diaries' Is A Teen Vampire Tale Without Any Fangs

    It's remarkably tough to get any film financed, at least one that doesn't have 3D talking animals from a popular cartoon series. So it's no surprise that some filmmakers, for all their best efforts, can go three, four, five or more years between pictures. Worryingly, it seems to be doubly true for female directors. Look at Kimberley Pierce, who's only made one film in the twelve years since "Boys Don't Cry," or Tamara Jenkins, for whom nearly a decade separated "Slums of Beverley Hills" and "The Savages," or even Kathryn Bigelow, who might be an Oscar-winner now, but had a six-year break before "The Hurt Locker." One of the key examples here is Mary Harron, who since her 1996 debut "I Shot Andy Warhol" had only made two other films: "American Psycho," and the biopic "The Notorious Bettie Page," the latter of which was five whole years ago. None of her films to date have been stellar, but she's always displayed more than enough filmmaking nous to make an upcoming Harron picture something to look forward to.

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