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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Kathleen Kennedy Joins Lucasfilm as Co-Chair, In Line to Take Over When Lucas Moves On

    George Lucas has been running his Bay area Lucasfilm empire, which includes not only his production company but VFX house Industrial Light and Magic, post-production facility Skywalker Sound, LucasArts Games and all the various publishing and television/video spin-offs that the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" franchises have spawned, for some 30 years. In other words it's a huge enterprise to manage, and finally, Lucas has come up with an exit strategy.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: It's Raining Men For Channing Tatum In 'Magic Mike' Clip Plus New Poster For The Film

    Can a movie about male stripping become the sleeper hit of the summer? Warner Bros. is certainly hoping so, and with Channing Tatum already 2/2 with "The Vow" and "21 Jump Street," the odds are looking very good that "Magic Mike" -- which also boasts Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello among the hunktacular cast -- could cap off a helluva 2012 for the actor.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'A Cat In Paris' Is A Visually Distinctive Animated Trifle

    This year, the Best Animated Feature Oscar nominees were a wild bunch indeed – in addition to the big budget studio fare (things like “Puss in Boots” and eventual winner “Rango”), there were two independent, foreign language films (and nothing from powerhouse Pixar). One of those animated films was “A Cat in Paris,” originally released in France way back in 2010, and it’s a charming, darkly hued trifle that offers some truly gorgeous, wholly unique visuals and reasonably emotional storytelling.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    This Week In Black Television: Summertime Shows... And Of Course, 'The Game'

    The bulk of this week’s column focuses on what television shows with Black talent that you should be watching this summer, when you’re not out at rooftop parties, BBQ’s, picnics, outdoor concerts and the like, as well as other shows that are just too good to miss.   Yet since it has its season finale this coming Tuesday I’d be remiss if I didn’t review this past week’s episode of The Game.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    They Shoot Black Movies... Don't They? (The Realization Of A Hustlerz Ambition)

    At the dawn of the Black Hollywood Renaissance of the '90s, the sodality of filmmakers like Spike Lee, F. Gary Gray, The Hudlin Brothers, Bill Duke, Stan Lathan, John Singleton, The Hughes Brothers, George Jackson, Doug McHenry, Mario Van Peebles, Robert Townsend, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Kevin Hooks, Fred "Fab Five Freddy" Braithwaite, Charles Stone III, Nelson George and this writer, to name a few, felt like the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

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  • The Playlist
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    So Much For A Sequel? Universal Manages Expectations On 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

    Today marks the release of “Snow White and The Huntsman,” and for those on the Universal lot, the occasion is one filled with quiet anticipation as the audience numbers come trickling back. Only two weeks after “Battleship” fell alongside that cinematic punching bag “John Carter” as one of this year's box office failures, the studio is now looking at its Kristen Stewart vehicle in a new light, basically pulling an about-face after so confidently exploring a vast future for it in the past few weeks.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Which Fall Films Will Land at Venice? Michael Mann President of Jury; Fest Directors On the Move

    One Cannes hot topic: which fall films will show at Venice, Telluride, New York or Toronto on the fest circuit that kicks off award season? Harvey Weinstein showed footage from two key titles, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, and David O. Russell's comedy "The Silver Linings Playbook," starring Bradley Cooper.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Preview: Slim Pickings Ahead

    There aren't many fresh choices at the box office this weekend. Critics deem "Snow White and The Huntsman," "For Greater Glory" and "High School" misfires, while first-person Israel/Palestine documentary and SXSW breakout "5 Broken Cameras" is the weekend standout. Oscar-nominated French animation "A Cat in Paris" lands (with a new English-language voice cast) for families to enjoy and the underappreciated Josh Lucas returns with "Hide Away." Check out trailers and reviews below:

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  • The Playlist
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    'Leprechaun' Remake With WWE Wrestler Hornswoggle Moves Forward With New Writer

    While many would like to throw slasher films back into the very annals of film history, it comes as no surprise to horror fans that titles like “Friday the 13th” and “Nightmare on Elm Street” generate big business over countless sequels – and now remakes. The franchise of slasher films under the “Leprechaun” moniker – slasher films being probably the only genre you could comfortably group it into – has been a curious one from the start. Perhaps best known for an early career performance by Jennifer Aniston in the 1993 original, along with the always bonkers performance of “Willow” actor Warwick Davis as the titular monster, the franchise has seen the green-tinged one go from the suburbs to space and even 'Back 2 Da Hood' over six entries.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Review: Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Offers Eye-Popping 'Alien' Origin Myth

    Ridley Scott’s return to the genre that forged his reputation as a visionary stylist arrives weighed down by expectations it was always going to struggle to match, let alone surpass. "Prometheus" contains neither the taut, visceral chills of "Alien" nor ground-breaking aesthetic of "Blade Runner" but does bite off some colossal themes.

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