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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Host Lisa Kudrow Promos 15th Annual Webby Awards

    Lisa Kudrow is hosting the 15th Annual Webby Awards June 13 (which will be broadcast live on Facebook). Check out the promo videos (parts 1 and 2 of 3) below:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Attack The Block" (The British "Aliens Attack Da Hood" Movie) Finally Get's USA Theatrical Date!

    I don't think this movie needs much of an intro around here. We've written and talked about it enough times. But if you're just joining us, and you've never heard of it, I'd recommend you search the current (and old) site for previous posts on it.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Parks And Recreation' Star Adam Scott Joins Seth Rogen & Barbra Streisand In 'My Mother's Curse'

    Actor Also Signs On To Indie 'See Girl Run,' Is AwesomeIt didn't happen overnight by any means, but the world is finally starting to take notice of Adam Scott. The 38-year-old actor has been working for over 15 years now (he was in "Boy Meets World" and "Murder One"!), but finally started to grab people's attention in the first half of the last decade, with roles in "High Crimes," "Torque" and "The Aviator." And things have only gotten better since then: he stole the show from Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in "Step Brothers" (see below for evidence), put in a terrific pair of indie performances in "The Vicious Kind" and "Passenger Side," led the already-legendary sitcom "Party Down" and even proved to be a viable action hero in last summer's "Piranha 3D."

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Chuck Wendig "25 Things You Should Know About Storytelling"

    A couple of weekends back I was checking out Chuck Wendig's blog terrible minds. I was blown away -- and I know Chuck already. He's the co-writer on Lance Weiler's "H.i.M. (Hope is Missing)" that I am producing. That said, the humor, wisdom, and outright generosity of his posts were even more than I had anticipated.

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  • The Playlist
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    Summer Just Got A Whole Lot Better: 'Attack The Block' Begins Rollout In Theaters July 29th

    About six weeks in, and the report card for Summer 2011 isn't doing too badly: one instant near-classic in Paul Feig's "Bridesmaids," J.J. Abrams' mostly well-received "Super 8," a thoroughly decent animated sequel in "Kung-Fu Panda 2," two superhero entries that landed somewhere between better than expected ("Thor") and much better than expected ("X-Men: First Class") and a beguiling new Terrence Malick picture, plus a pair of excellent indies in the shape of "Beginners" and "Submarine." Sure there have been stinkers, like "The Hangover Part II" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," but overall the success rate is much higher than in the last few summers.

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  • The Playlist
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    A Genuine Tragedy: Jeffrey Katzenberg Calls 3D Box Office Dip "Heartbreaking"

    Dear Zillionaire Jeffrey Katzenberg, let it be known before we begin our article that our heart bleeds for you and your stock holders. In December 2010 2009, just a few short weeks after James Cameron's latest opus had proven to be a runaway smash hit, 3D was heralded as the next the savior of cinema by the industry, many of whom had just received the best Christmas bonus ever. The technology, and more importantly, the resounding reception audiences met it with, had apparently revitalized, rejuvenated and revolutionized the film industry. In 2010, "Avatar" (which was released at the tail end of 2009) grossed $2.7 billion worldwide (highest grossing film of all time, worldwide), "Toy Story 3" nabbed $1.06 billion (4th highest of all time worldwide), "Alice In Wonderland" hauled in $1.02 billion (6th highest film of all time worldwide) and the the world was 3D's oyster.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Larry Crowne' Media Onslaught Continues With Second Trailer

    Hopes To Corner Fickle Trekkie Crowd With George Takei Cameo "I told my agents that I wasn't going to play pussies anymore," Tom Hanks declared in a recent interview with W Magazine, and if this second trailer for "Larry Crowne" is anything to go by, we are in for a gritty, bone-crunching career makeover. Just kidding. It's a sweet, gentle romantic comedy co-starring Julia Roberts, with America's sweethearts backed up by an absurd coalition of talent, including Peter Scolari, Bryan Cranston, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wilmer Valderrama, Jon Seda, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Rami Malek, Malcolm Barrett, Maria Canals Barrera, Holmes Osborne, Pam Grier, Grace Gummer, Rita Wilson, Dale Dye, Bob Stephenson and...George Takei, though this writer would bet we've seen 75% of the performance of the latter in the trailer.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jody Hill & Irvine Welsh Teaming For HBO Version Of Hit Sundance Doc 'Knuckle'

    Network Also Planning Miniseries Version Of 'I, Claudius'Every so often, a documentary comes along that seems ripe for feature adaptation, and, as usual, it's snapped up speedily by studio executives. But for the most part ("Dogtown & Z-Boys" becoming "Lords of Dogtown" being the only exception we can really think of), the remakes never quite make it on to screens -- feature version of "The King of Kong," "Racing Dreams" and many others languish in development hell.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Emmy Watch: Shameless Cast Talks Candid Approach to Drunkenness and Sex

    Executive producer John Wells and cast members of Showtime’s Shameless convened recently for an Emmy season event in which the show’s frankness with regard to nudity and alcoholism were much-discussed. But there’s more than that to this adventurous new series, as Amy Dawes has discovered.“These are people who would be easy to look down on, except that they don’t look down on themselves,” said Wells at a panel following an L.A. Times-sponsored screening of Shameless last week. “They go out into the world and are shameless about who they are. In a similar way, we know no bounds about what we’ll do to get you to laugh or cry when you watch this show.”

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Gugu Mbatha-Raw Joining Danny Glover In New TV Series From "Heroes" Creator

    When this new series was announced yesterday, the news was that Danny Glover had signed on to co-star, alongside Kiefer Sutherland and David Mazouz, in the Fox TV drama pilot titled Touch, which is being written and produced by the creator of the once popular sci-fi TV series Heroes, Tim Kring.

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