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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: 'Bourne Legacy' Plot Thickens with Renner as Aaron Cross

    You hear Jason Bourne's name a lot in the new trailer for "The Bourne Legacy," but make no mistake, "Bourne" was just the beginning and Aaron Cross -- our man Jeremy Renner -- is also an emotionally unavailable badass assassin.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sundance Selects Picks Up Mulloy's Cuban-Set Tribeca Winner 'Una Noche'

    Lucy Mulloy's "Una Noche" has gone to Sundance Selects for North American distribution. The film debuted at Berlin, then Tribeca where it won Best New Narrative Director, Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature and Best Actor in a Narrative Feature for stars Dariel Arrechada and Javier Nuñez Florian. The film follows three Cuban teens (Anailin de la Rua de la Torre also stars) over the course of a day, highlighting the contrast between their poverty-stricken lives and tourists who visit.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Sundance Selects Acquires Tribeca Multiple Award Winner 'Una Noche' For North America

    It finally lands an American distributor, after Fortissimo Films announced it had acquired international rights to US/Cuban production Una Noche, which won 3 major awards at last month’s Tribeca Film Festival, including Best Director, Best Actor and Best Cinematography. 

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Piranha 3DD' Dutifully Fails To Be In On The Joke

    If you're gonna go for it, go for it. That was the philosophy Alexandre Aja pursued for the bleakly funny "Piranha 3D," an orgy of death and dismemberment that indulged in the hedonism of spring break before letting loose swarms of genetically-superior fish that were decidedly playing for keeps. As much as Aja's characters had tongue firmly planted in cheek (see: Jerry O'Connell as Joe Francis), his committment to tearing these characters apart like cheap confetti never wavered, orchestrating a straight-faced massacre that might as well have been "Saving Private Ryan" for the "Jersey Shore" generation. Aja, like the piranhas, saw the youth of today and tasted blood in the water, not so much with a smile as much as a predatory grin.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Hollywood’s First 3-D Revolution

    As 3-D continues to amuse, bemuse, frustrate, and bilk the moviegoing public, little attention is paid to the sweeping events that dominated the year 1953, when the medium revolutionized Hollywood for a tantalizingly brief period of time. There is so much misinformation about the first great wave of 3-D that Bob Furmanek has recently re-launched his 3-D Film Archive website and packed it with fascinating, must-see material for 3-D buffs and neophytes alike.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    ABFF 2012 To Host Special Event Celebrating Success Of 'Think Like A Man' (Cast, Crew Present)

    Throw in the already announced "Conversation w/ Salim And Mara Brock-Akil" event, as well as other celebrations planned, and your American Black Film Festival (ABFF) experience this year should be an informative and entertaining 4 days in South Beach, FL (June 20 to 23).

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Expendables,' 'Red' & 'Step Up' Being Eyed For Potential TV Series

    Earlier this year, Lionsgate bought Summit for big pile of money, and the question more savvy business types began asking was: "Why?" Granted, the indie studio was successful, largely due in part to the "Twilight" franchise, but it remained to be seen how Lionsgate would exploit the rest of their catalog to make the purchase worth the price. Well, now there appears to be some insight into their approach.

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  • The Playlist
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    James Toback & Alec Baldwin Reveal Details Of The Film They're Trying To Raise Financing For

    Just before the Cannes Film Festival, it was revealed that James Toback and Alec Baldwin were teaming for an under-the-radar, Cannes-set documentary about film financing known as "Seduced and Abandoned." The movie is an attempt to document the duo's efforts to raise financing for an actual movie they are looking to make together (more on that in a second). While some reports suggested it was a mockumentary, the "30 Rock" star has now explained the project's evolution, revealing that he and Toback's motivations quickly changed as they realised they weren't there "to make fun of people. That doesn’t do us any good. I thought let’s come here and let’s ask people a very simple construction which is: What was the movie business like before? What happened? And what is it like now in your lifetime?”

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Actors' Emmy Race Competition Stiffen: Lead & Supporting Categories Combined

    The primetime Emmy Awards have amended their longform acting category to combine both lead and supporting performances into one category. Instead of five nominations each for both lead and supporting roles in the actors' and actress' competitions, a total of six men and six women will be singled out for their work in a TV miniseries. This change will not effect this year's contenders, but will go into effect in 2013.

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  • The Playlist
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    Joe Carnahan's 'Groundhog Day'-Style Action Movie 'Continue' Moving Ahead At Fox

    Back in January when Joe Carnahan was busy wrong-footing everyone with a surprisingly mature follow-up to “Smokin’ Aces” and “The A-Team” in the form of “The Grey,” he also started talking a little about what features might come next. One of those was “Continue,” which Carnahan candidly described as “ ’Groundhog Day’ as an action movie,” and “funny as shit.” But we got the feeling that as passionate as he was about that project, he had his heart set on making “Killing Pablo,” which during the same interview he described as being “the best script I’ve ever written.”

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