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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Millennium Acquires Moverman's Rampart, Starring Harrelson

    Avi Lerner's Millennium Entertainment is not known for giving its films an aggressive theatrical release. That's because CEO Avi Lerner believes, conservatively, in the numbers. Less spending on theatrical is more. He prefers VOD and DVD. And who's to say he's wrong, unless you are dealing with a movie that needs careful handling, and with the right nurturing could thrive in art houses around the country? That Millennium will not do, unless they radically change their current M.O. New Millennium player Mark Gill is capable of orchestrating an effective release strategy for Oren Moverman's 90s period Rampart, starring Woody Harrelson as an out-of-control L.A. cop who think that he is in control.. If Lerner lets him.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Simply the Worst: Disney's "Song of the South"

    Whether or not you’ve seen the 1946 Disney film Song of the South—and if you have, you probably haven’t seen it since at least 1986, the last time it was released to theaters—you’ve almost certainly been touched by it through some form of cultural osmosis. Perhaps, while at Disneyland, Disney World, or Tokyo Disneyland, you rode Splash Mountain, populated by the movie’s animated characters, Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear. Maybe you’ve seen a clip of James Baskett performing the movie’s Oscar-winning song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.” Or if Baskett’s version is unfamiliar to you, you might have heard the Muppet bunnies sing it, or Paula Abdul, or Miley Cyrus. Or it’s possible you received a “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Tip for the Day” during one of your trips to a Disney resort.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Sherri Shepherd & Daniel Sunjata In Trailer For "One For The Money"

    I couldn't tell you much about this; we've probably written about it, likely when Sherri Shepherd & Daniel Sunjata were added to the cast. Other than that, nada. But I'm trying to stick to the "knee-jerk 2011" agreement I made with myself, so I'll say nothing instead :)

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Too Meta 'Human Centipede Part 2' Almost Reaches The All-Time Gross-Out Pantheon

    Is Tom Six a filmmaker? Is Tom Six a storyteller? No, at this point, you’ll have to conclude he is neither of these things. What he is represents something maybe more honest, more pure: he’s a provocateur. In making “The Human Centipede: First Sequence,” Six took a memorably deranged subject of medical dubiousness and turned it into a taut, often surprisingly funny shock fest, notable for its actual restraint considering the risible content. Lambasted for being a one-joke (one-gag?) premise, Six took advantage of a memorably deranged turn by Dieter Laser to produce a sterile, cold minor classic within the horror genre.

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  • Caryn James
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    "'Moneyball" Review: Brad Pitt, Please Stop Spitting; Otherwise Love Your Film

    Every now and then while watching Moneyball, two words would pop into my mind: “Stop spitting!” Brad Pitt spits into a paper cup, players spit on the field – less than in real baseball, but enough.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    New York Film Festival 2011 Entry #1 - Bits On "Le Havre" & "Shame" Plus "Melancholia" Review

    Press screenings for the 2011 New York Film Festival are underway - a full week in actually; still a month to go of Monday to Friday morning events, so I'll be busy for a bit.

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  • Caryn James
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    Watch Alec Baldwin's Murdoch-Joking SNL Promo

    Alec Baldwin hosts the season premiere of Saturday Night Live tonight and already his promo is edgier than the Emmys.

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  • Press Play
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    NOBODY'S BUSINESS BUT THE TURK'S #4: Bruce Robinson's WITHNAIL AND I sticks it to Baby boomers

    By Ali ArikanPress Play Contributor

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  • The Playlist
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    Fans Give George Lucas $84 Million Worth Of Reasons To Keep Messing With 'Star Wars'

    Films Become Fastest-Ever Selling Blu-RaysFandom can be a wonderful thing, but, particularly now in the Twitter-lynch-mob age, it can be easy to rile fans up and get them to turn on those whom they used to love. Witness the outcry after the "Lost" finale -- barely a day goes by without co-creator Damon Lindelof getting shit from someone about it. And few fan-bases are more vociferous than the "Star Wars" lot. George Lucas' series turned the children of the 1970s, and so many since, on to cinema and science-fiction in a big way, and the prequels were perhaps the most anticipated films ever. Of course, they turned out to be a pale shadow of their predecessors, and ever since, Lucas' stock has shrunk steadily with those who once worshipped him.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Cee-lo Green, Carmen Ejogo, Omari Hardwick & Tika Sumpter Join Cast of "Sparkle" Remake

    According to Variety, singer Cee-lo Green, Carmen Ejogo, Omari Hardwick and Tika Sumpter have joined the ensemble music-themed drama Sparkle, directed by Salim Akil from a script by Mara Brock Akil. As reported on the site previously, the new additions will join Jordin Sparks in the title role, Whitney Houston, Mike Epps and Derek Luke.

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