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    Watch: New 'The Hobbit' Video Production Blog Shows First Look At Andy Serkis As Gollum

    Overcoming numerous hurdles, "The Hobbit" is well underway and -- knock on wood -- the production has being moving along smoothly despite the many early bumps in the road to get it rolling. The production has been a pretty open book as far as most tentpole films go, with Peter Jackson actively engaging fans on Facebook, first look photos coming along very early and perhaps the best of the lot, some very well made and incredibly entertaining video production blogs allowing us a peek behind the scenes.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Does Anyone Remember "The Cosby Mysteries"? (Does Anyone Care?)

    Bill Cosby has been around for so long and has done so many things, that it's easy to forget just how many TV shows and films he has been involved with over the course of his career.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Hobbit Production Video 2 Hits Facebook: Jackson Scouts New Zealand Locations

    Having completed their second block of shooting, the cast and crew of The Hobbit are on a break until September 5. In their latest production video blog, filmmaker Peter Jackson and Co. share their vacation plans until they have to be back on set in New Zealand. Activities include getting drunk, visiting family, golf on Pebble Beach, and sleeping in. But first, for Jackson, there's location scouting around the glorious country. Check out some pictures from the video below and watch the video here.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Alfre Woodard, Stephanie Allain Join 8-Member Academy Delegation On East African Outreach Program

    The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has launched what it calls an international outreach program, and heading to East Africa for 2 weeks, starting yesterday through the 24th, with its mission that states “Ccnnecting creative communities around the globe through the art and science of Film... as well as creating opportunities for creative conversations between emerging and established filmmakers from many nations.”

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: It All Ends at the Box Office

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: It All Ends at the Box Office

    As Warner Bros. brings the blockbuster franchise Harry Potter to an end, our in-house numbers cruncher, Anthony d'Alessandro, looks at what could be some astronomical numbers for the ultimate Harry Potter movie, Deathly Hallows Part 2. This comes as no surprise, but according to studio box office bean counters and early U.S. tracking, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is expected to ring up the best domestic three-day opening of the franchise, out-whizzing the $125-million bow set last November by Part 1.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ralph Fiennes Looking To Get Russian Again For 'A Month In The Country'

    Ralph Fiennes has pretty much done it all. Two-time Oscar nominee for "Schindler's List" and "The English Patient" has taken his skills into tentpole films, notably as Lord Voldemort in the "Harry Potter" franchise and less respectably as Hades in "Clash Of The Titans." He's done comedy ("In Bruges"), family films ("Nanny McPhee") and worked with a staggering array of top shelf directors including Steven Spielberg, David Cronenberg, Kathryn Bigelow, Stephen Daldry, Fernando Meirelles, Neil Jordan, Anthony Minghella and Robert Redford (which reminds us, "Quiz Show" desperately needs a proper DVD/BluRay release). Hell, he's even set to make his name as a director as his feature debut "Coriolanus" is earning strong buzz in advance of its fall release. With a couple of decades in the biz under his belt, Fiennes has tried his hand at nearly everything, but it looks like he's ready to take another stab at a Russian classic.

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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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