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  • Shadow and Act
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    Publishers Don't Want Jennifer Hudson's Book; Not Sensational Enough

    According to the New York Post Page Six Jennifer Hudson has been having trouble trying to sell publishers her proposal for a weight loss book. Both Hudson and her William Morris agent, Mel Berger, have been trying in vain for some time to sell the book about her weight struggles, and how she eventually lost 80 pounds, going from a size 16 to a size 8.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Fred Harvey And The Harvey Girls

    With Memorial Day upon us, and people thinking about vacation travel this summer, I can’t think of a better time to put in a plug for Stephen Fried’s wonderful book Appetite for America, which has just been released in paperback by Bantam. This amazing saga of an English-born entrepreneur who changed the face of the American West is one of those stories that’s larger than life, in some ways better than fiction.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Happy Feet 2 in 3-D, Get Your Fluffy On

    Warner Bros.'s Happy Feet 2 in 3-D arrives November 18. Check out the trailer, complete with singing and dancing:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Web Series – "Afro City" Episode 1: Afronista

    OK, it's about time for another web series and, as an antidote to the the reaction to recent posts on light skinned girls vs. dark skinned girls and their woes, real, percieved, or disbelieved, Afro City is perfect as it features a multi-hued cast of afroliciousness, ranging in flavour from vanilla, caramel, peanut butter to chocolate.

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  • The Playlist
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    Hugo Weaving Says He'll Play 6 Different Characters In 'Cloud Atlas'

    Are the Wachowskis ready to make good on the promise they showed those many, many years ago? After making the lesbian thriller "Bound" and the groundbreaking "The Matrix," the siblings diluted their goodwill with two bloated, disappointing sequels and then flopped with "Speed Racer" (though the film does have its champions in certain quarters). On the producing front, while they scored with "V For Vendetta" they failed to deliver with "The Invasion" and "Ninja Assassin." In the same vein, Tom Tykwer made a big name for himself with "Run Lola Run" and has failed to match that success since, with a series of films of decreasing quality culminating in last year's truly awful "Three." As the saying goes, go big or go home and for their next directing effort all three helmers are teaming up and getting together one helluva cast to adapt one of the most celebrated, and complex, novels in recent memory.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Vox Humana - The Voice Bank

    Gideon Bachmann and Bernardo Berolucci on the set of 1900Ex pat, Heidelberg based film critic Gideon Bachmann created an archive of interviews with over 500 film directors, including Fellini and Pasolini, called Vox Humana - The Voice Bank. he recently succeeded in digitalizing the tapes which have been housed at USC since the 60s and has sold the entire archive to The Criterion Collection for the U.S. DVD rights to the entire archive, which features 800 hours worth of interviews and, says Bachmann, is “ideally suited for inclusion as bonus tracks on DVD releases of classic and historical motion pictures.”

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Memorial Day: When I Came Home

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  • The Playlist
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    Gorgeous Poster Debuts For Fassbinder's 'World On A Wire'; Film Gets Limited Re-Release This Summer

    After years in a floating-head wilderness, the art of movie poster design has had a bit of a shot in the arm in recent years, thanks to Criterion covers, self-commissioned work by cult designers like Olly Moss, and artisan one-sheets for one-off screenings at theaters like the Alamo Drafthouse and the New Beverly. So much so in fact, that certain movie blogs seem to have become more or less devoted to minimalist posters. One new example just debuted, to promote the imminent re-emergence of a neglected picture by a legendary filmmaker, and it's pretty nifty.

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  • The Playlist
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    Stage Review: Terry Gilliam's Opera 'The Damnation of Faust' Is A Return To Form & Then Some

    We've made no bones about our disappointment in Terry Gilliam's recent work. We absolutely have sympathy for the behind-the-scenes troubles that the helmer's suffered in recent years, with a string of bad luck almost unmatched among filmmakers, but unfortunately the work that has made it to the screens, from the Diet Gilliam of "The Brothers Grimm" to the gaudy, half-baked greatest hits set that was "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," has shown a director struggling to find his form.

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