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    God, I Have Cool Friends

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    TV Review: Noah Wyle Saves the World in Spielberg-Produced "Falling Skies"

    If you happen to be caught in an apocalyptic world after an alien invasion, you could do much worse than having Noah Wyle prowling around hunting the aliens and trying to save civilization. In Falling Skies, TNT’s high-profile, Spielberg-produced new series, Wyle plays Tom Mason, a Boston University professor and military historian forced to put all that book learning to practical use.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ben Mendelsohn Will Take A Walk To ‘The Place Beyond The Pines’

    In addition to earning near unanimous critical raves, earning an Oscar nomination and taking home plethora of awards at its native Australian Film Institute ceremonies, "Animal Kingdom" has been a major career boost for its stars. Joel Edgerton has a handful of movies on the way including "Warrior," "The Thing," "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," "The Great Gatsby" and he's in the lead for Katherine Bigelow's Bin Laden project. Meanwhile, the Oscar nominated Jacki Weaver is taking a turn from her villainous role as Smurf, taking a part in the Jason Segel and Emily Blunt rom-com "Five Year Engagement." And now, it's Ben Mendelsohn's turn to shine.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Sex Crimes Unit - Directed by Lisa F. Jackson

    Monday night, HBO will air a behind the scenes look at the NYC Sex Crimes prosecution unit. These are the lawyers who go to court to fight for the women (yes, it is mostly women) who have been raped and assaulted in New York City. They don't get paid a lot, they work long hours, and lots of time the deck is stacked against them but these men and women never give up to get their victims justice. They are true heroes. I loved watching the male lawyer Artie talk about how he wanted a female second chair on his case because the defendant hates women and that will come across if he teams up with a woman. I love how happy all the lawyers are when they are able to call a victim and tell them that they got a guilty verdict. These people fight the good fight every day and no one knows who they are -- until now.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Open Thread Friday... Discuss "Hot" Topics This Week Or Whatever's On Your Mind!

    I've got a busy day ahead of me, so posts won't come until later in the afternoon; and I figured I'd give you guys the floor to talk amongst yourselves, and see how that goes. We never really have "open threads" here, so here's one. Call it "Open Thread Friday." Have at it...!

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Gavin Wiesen "Coming-Of-Age Movies Never Die!"

    One of things we love about films is how they transport us a different time and place. Perhaps nothing has such a strong hold on our memories as our first steps towards adulthood. For me that period is fully equated with my visits and eventual move to NYC. When I produced The Ice Storm it was a daily trip back to my most awkward moments. I return there when ever I enter the canon of NYC Coming-Of-Age tales; they are truly a genre on their own. For a filmmaker to walk into this community, requires great courage and knowledge, ambition and research. I was happily reassured viewing Gavin Wiesen's THE ART OF GETTING BY, for it was clear that Gavin did not take this responsibility lightly. His guest post today reveals that he also had what is ultimately most required in that daunting task: a great deal of love for all that has walked there before (and he thankfully has that in ample supply).

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  • The Playlist
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    10 Things We Learned About 'Buck' From Director Cindy Meehl & Buck Brannaman Himself

    We saw the forthcoming documentary "Buck" back at SXSW, and thought it was pretty great. The film chronicles the true life story of Buck Brannaman, the man who inspired the Nicholas Evans novel "The Horse Whisperer" and later the Robert Redford film of the same name (where Buck served as a consultant). It's both an incredibly personal story of a man who overcame the psychic scars of his childhood to do something truly valuable, and a quietly mystical western, with sweeping vistas and high drama. But front and center of the film stands Buck, the kind of character you just can't make up, whose expertise with horses and insights on life, have allowed him to develop a strong following and whose wise words will touch you even if you've never saddled up.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Page One - Where are the Women?

    As the film Page One - Inside the NY Times made its way through the festival circuit this spring there was not a lot of noise made about the lack of females in the film. Anyone who saw the trailer noticed it immediately, but it didn't become an issue until this week as the film rolls out, ironically, at the new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center which last week hosted a panel on the New Faces of Indie Film and only included a single woman in a sea of men.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Festival Scope Takes on San Francisco Int'l Film Festival and Others

    FestivalScope is very proud to announce its first partner festival in the U.S.!!

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  • The Playlist
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    Darren Aronofsky To Direct Michael Chabon's 'Hobgoblin' Pilot For HBO

    Darren Aronofsky may still be coming out of his "Black Swan" afterglow, but with his calendar now free after dropping out of "The Wolverine," he's certainly keeping busy. He's been mulling over a sci-fi pic with George Clooney, been pursued by two major studios for franchise films and even found time to direct a pair of commercials, all while trying to get his $130 million passion project "Noah" off the ground. Well, it appears his dance card isn't getting any less full as Variety reports he's now slated to direct the pilot episode of a new HBO series "Hobgoblin." We first heard about the series a few months ago and our interest was immediately piqued.

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