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    Bill Cosby 2012 15-Week Intensive Writing Workshop Wants You To Apply Now!

    The Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Writing program established by Bill and Camille Cosby in 1993, at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, is taking applications for 2012.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'The Smurfs' Hopes Your Kids Like Aerosmith, Bodily Functions & Tim Gunn

    There’s nothing inherently wrong with movies, television and product for the younger, least discerning set. Overspecialization has flooded the market with the rise of the internet and 800-channel cable systems, but entertainment made solely for the least-challenged among us can lighten up the imagination of the tots and toddlers otherwise lost amidst mass media aimed at the older set.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Estevez's The Way Hits AMC Theatres October 7

    Writer-director Emilio Estevez launched his indie film The Way, starring his father Martin Sheen, at last year's Toronto Film Fest. And now, like so many other indie filmmakers these days, he's releasing it himself by cobbling together his own distribution and marketing team. After Toronto, Estevez and Elixir Films producer David Alexanian met with a number of distributors, says Alexanian, who selected John Sloss and Bart Walker’s Producers Distribution Agency (PDA) and Trevor Drinkwater’s ARC Entertainment to release The Way.

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  • The Playlist
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    Get Your Oscars Ready: Kathryn Bigelow's Seal Team 6/'Kill Bin Laden' Movie Hits On October 12, 2012

    Continuing to be developed well under the radar, almost to the point where we were wondering if it was still happening, Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" followup, her currently untitled Seal Team 6 flick now has a firm release date: October 12, 2012 -- right in the heart of awards season.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Glee' Star Darren Criss Joins Kristen Wiig In 'Imogene'

    Plus Some Details On Annette Bening's 'Jersey Shore'-Esque CharacterWith "Glee" a bonafide sensation, it's no surprise that the cast are trying to launch their careers from the small screen into the major league projects. Dianna Agron starred in "I Am Number Four" earlier this year; Chris Colfer already has his screenwriting debut "Struck By Lightning" headed to cameras with Christina Hendricks among the cast; Lea Michele will be one of the many faces popping up in "New Year's Eve" in December, while Matthew Morrison has a part in "What To Expect When You're Expecting," but it seems Darren Criss has landed the most promising project outside of their collective day job.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Life In A Day' A Thrillingly Personal YouTube Documentary

    Kevin Macdonald's gloriously free-form new documentary, "Life in a Day," hinges around the uncanny conceit that you – that is, the thousands of people who contributed footage on a single day last summer – have co-authored the film. In an audacious promotional stunt/joyfully new age-y technological experiment, and partially in honor of the fifth anniversary of user-generated giant YouTube, users from around the world were implored to send in videos of their lives. They received 80,000 submissions from 140 nations, which resulted in a whopping 4,500 hours worth of footage. That footage, whittled down and sequenced and set to music (under the saintly supervision of Macdonald and editor Joe Walker), is what constitutes “Life in a Day.”

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer/Poster Watch: Clooney's Ides of March Stars Gosling, Hoffman, Wood, Giamatti UPDATED

    Check out the poster (arresting original art for a change) and trailer (below) for The Ides of March, which opens the Venice Film Festival before its gala screening at the Toronto Fest. Columbia releases the film October 7.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Don't Make Dan Savage Angry: A Warning to Rick Santorum

    My politics line up with Dan Savage's. But I'm still relieved we share the same last name, just in case I ever get on his bad side:Dan Savage's New Threat to Rick Santorum from Dan Savage

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  • The Playlist
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    Val Kilmer Teaming Up With Harmony Korine For Nashville Set Experimental Motivational Speaker Film

    Say what you will about Harmony Korine, but there is probably no other contemporary American director who so steadfastly sticks to his vision without compromise. Even this lone attempt at more "mainstream" filmmaking "Mister Lonely" was imbued with Korine's signature moments of radiant brilliance: the nuns falling out of the plane to Aphex Twin? The lovely slo-mo opening? After last year's delightfully twisted "Trash Humpers," 2011 has seen Korine busier than ever. He hit SXSW this spring with his Die Antwoord starring short film "Umshini Wam" and he's also doing some kind of mysterious kids-in-bike-gangs project with James Franco. There hasn't been word on his next feature "Twinkle Twinkle" since Marlon Wayans signed on last fall (let's hope it's still happening) but the ever creative Korine is already at work on something else that's totally amazing and totally bizarre.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    TCM and Warner Launching New Classic Film Collections: Rooney, Garland, Astaire, Rogers, Thin Man

    As Hollywood threatens to remake The Thin Man, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Home Entertainment are releasing a Thin Man collection as one of three new classic film collections being added to their Greatest Classic Films and Legends lines (The Thin Man, After the Thin Man, Another Thin Man, Shadow of the Thin Man), all starring the iconic screen couple William Powell and Myrna Loy as happily tipsy sleuths Nick and Nora Charles.

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