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    Review: Julia Roberts-Produced 'Jesus Henry Christ' Is Blasphemously Joyless

    There's a moment in "Jesus Henry Christ" when a character is said to be in poor health. When asked what happened to him, the answer is "The Bulls won the championship." We flash back to 1998, where a lisping ethnic caricature sits on a couch; his shoulders slumped, defeated as the television blares news of the Bulls' championship triumph. The joke, we're meant to assume, is that there were serious repercussions to Chicago winning that championship, though we never exactly see what happens to our doomed, ultimately irrelevant character. Later, we learn in another cutaway occurring a half hour later for no apparent reason, that the man left the house to take out the garbage, only to absorb a bullet to the head, ostensibly fired in the air by an overzealous Bulls fan. So the joke...yeah.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Naomi Campbell To Join Oxygen TV Reality Show "The Face"

    The volatile supermodel must be on her very best behavior now that she's officially signed up to be one of three judges/coaches for the upcoming new reality competition series, The Face, for the Oxygen cable network.

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    Watch: U.S. Trailer & Poster Debut For The Aussie Horror Hit 'The Loved Ones'

    For horror aficionados real gems can be few and far between. For every "Kill List" there are a dozen or so forgettable sequels to "Saw" and "Paranormal Activity," so it's not too often you come across a fright film worth spreading the word for. One such film that fans have already been going rabid for is the Australian horror hit "The Loved Ones," which has been picking up raves at festivals around the world including TIFF (where it won the Midnight Madness Audience Award), SXSW (twice!) and FilmLinc's "Scary Movies" series where this writer saw it back on Halloween back in 2010. Paramount picked up the film (through their Insurge shingle) and have finally prepared it for a Stateside limited release on June 1st through Tugg.com where you can request a screening in your city. Described as "Sixteen Candles" meets "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," the film centers on Lola (Robin McLeavy, in a gleefully insane breakout performance), a quiet teen who decides to kidnap her crush Brent ("Twilight: Eclipse"'s Xavier Samuel) after he turns her down for prom.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Interview with Anne Renton - Director of The Perfect Family

    The Perfect Family written by Paula Goldberg and Claire V. Reily and directed by Anne Renton and produced by Cora Olson and Jen Dubin hits theatres and VOD today. It tells the story of Eileen Cleary played by Kathleen Turner, a very religious Catholic woman whose life falls apart when she gets nominated for Catholic Woman of the Year. She walk the walk of the church and is desperately struggling with the fact that both her children are not "perfect" in the church's eyes -- her daughter played by Emily Deschanel is a lesbian having a baby and getting married to her partner, and her son played by Jason Ritter is getting divorced and seeing an older woman.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    New In Theaters: "Restless City" Expands; "A Beautiful Soul" & "Meeting Evil" Open In Limited Release

    New In Theaters: "Restless City" Expands; "A Beautiful Soul" & "Meeting Evil" Open In Limited Release

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    'Fifty Shades of Grey': What Kind of Movie Could It Be, With What Cast?

    The only way EL James' notoriously erotic "Fifty Shades of Grey" will ever wind up a half-way decent movie will be if the filmmakers take the high road. Going with Focus Features was a step in the right direction.

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    Watch: New Clips From 'Safety Not Guaranteed,' 'Hick' With Blake Lively & 'Bel Ami' Starring Robert Pattinson

    We know this is a long shot, but there’s a chance that people are going to be interested in discussing movies other than “The Avengers” this weekend, right? Right? Well, we hope so, because we’ve got a few new clips from some upcoming movies that you might want to take a look at.

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    The Brooklyn Arts Council's Short Film Showcase 'Brooklyn In Brief' An Enjoyable, Varied Collection Of Work

    With Tribeca’s doors already closed, what are New York cinephiles to do in the long stretch of time between the next iteration of the Brooklyn or New York Film Festival? Well, they can certainly wet their whistle at Scene:Brooklyn, an independent film and media arts series put on by the Brooklyn Arts Council. Containing dozens of shorts, features (including "The Iran Job" by Till Schauder and Sara Nodjoumi and "Redlegs" by Brandon Harris), and other presentations/master classes, there's plenty to chew on if you can’t let the festival party stop. Running from May 2-6 (check out the events here), the series kicked off with "Brooklyn In Brief," a collection of over fifteen shorts broken up into two sets: 8 narrative and 7 documentaries.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Beast of the Southern Wild

    This is the film that won the top narrative prize at Sundance.  It stars newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis.  I don't think I've ever seen a trailer quite like this.  I am looking forward to this one.  It will also play in Cannes this month.

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    Samuel L. Jackson Attacks New York Times Critic A.O. Scott Over His 'Avengers' Review

    The actor has had it with these mother effing critics and their mother effing negative reviews.

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