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  • Shadow and Act
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    What Was The Last Film You Paid To See In Theaters? (Unscientific Survey Thursday)

    A Thursday morning survey just because... well, because I'm working on something and this info will assist.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    "The Clay Bird" Director Tareque Masud Killed

    "The Clay Bird" Director Tareque Masud Killed

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Breaking Into Nic Cage's House Is A Pain In The Kidman In 'Trespass' Trailer

    So, how far has Joel Schumacher fallen? The studio behind "Trespass" is forced to reference "Phone Booth" and "Falling Down" -- films made ten and more years ago -- to try and stir up excitement for the director's latest, the best straight-to-DVD movie to ever to play TIFF (yes, its playing TIFF).

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: 'Underworld: Awakening' Trailer Reveals The Entire Movie Was Shot With A Blue Filter

    Well, two years have passed which means it's time for another "Underworld" movie aka the other female-led supernatural franchise that isn't "Resident Evil." And note, this one brings Kate Beckinsale back to the fold after the origin story flick "Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans."

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Look Who Is Selling The Debt

    Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain - Interesting, since I've seen the movie, and I wouldn't say that it is a movie that stars Helen Mirren or Jessica Chastain. It's an action adventure ensemble film that takes place in two time periods. The poster makes it seem like it is their story. Guess we know who has the juice in the marketing department.

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  • The Playlist
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    Robert Downey Jr. Planning Film About Sinking Of USS Indianapolis

    "Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief. We was comin' back from the island of Tinian to Leyte... just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn't see the first shark for about a half an hour. Tiger. 13-footer. You know how you know that when you're in the water, Chief? You tell by looking from the dorsal to the tail fin. What we didn't know, was our bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn't even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin', so we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know, it was kinda like old squares in the battle like you see in the calendar named 'The Battle of Waterloo' and the idea was: shark comes to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin' and hollerin' and screamin' and sometimes the shark will go away... but sometimes he wouldn't go away. Sometimes that shark he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. And, you know, the thing about a shark...he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be living...until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then... ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin'. The ocean turns red, and despite all the poundin' and the hollerin', they all come in and they...rip you to pieces. You know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don't know how many sharks, maybe a thousand. I know how many men, they averaged six an hour. On Thursday morning, Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Boatswain's mate. I thought he was asleep. I reached over to wake him up. He bobbed up, down in the water just like a kinda top. Upended. Well, he'd been bitten in half below the waist."

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Promisingly Spooky Trailer For Daniel Radcliffe's 'The Woman In Black'

    Well, it's all over. Harry Potter has cast his last spell and Daniel Radcliffe, after spending a decade with the character, now has to get on with the rest of his career. The transition out of a mega-franchise can be difficult (please see Sean Astin), but Radcliffe has made a smart first step, opting for something a little more adult, that will still appeal to the fans who have grown up with him over the years.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Karin Chien on "What American Indies Can Learn From Their Chinese Counterparts"

    I am dismayed at times how sometimes our local indie scene feels so repetitive and lacking creative ambition. We remake successful formulas, and only rarely break new ground. I know I am guilty of this too. I wonder how we can break out of this cycle, and what are the forces that contribute to this sad phenomenon?It was such pondering that led me to profess on twitter that I wanted to learn more of the global microbudget film scene, to see what others are doing, and what we all could learn from each other. Producer/distributor Karin Chien was among those that reached out to me, to share her knowledge and experience -- and it does start to show us a real alternative.

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  • The Playlist
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    Alejandro González Iñárritu To Helm Period Revenge-Actioner 'The Revenant'

    After failed iterations of the project that featured Park Chan-wook and Samuel L. Jackson and another version with John Hillcoat and Christian Bale, Warner Bros.' adaptation of Michael Punke's period revenge-actioner "The Revenant" has now found itself another top notch director.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: LATimes.com Traffic Rises, Facebook Hides Google+ Invites, Netflix targets Kids & Asia

    Netflix is creating a Just-for-Kids streaming option, the company reported yesterday. Aimed at the 12-and-unders, it offers content like Dora the Explorer or SpongeBob SquarePants, and groups its elements into categories that operate with total child-logic: "Dinosaurs," "Girl Power," "Princesses," and "Superheroes." Meanwhile, Netflix is also aiming to distribute in select Asian locations, like Japan or South Korea, by the end of 2012.

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