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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Clips From Morgan Freeman's AFI Life Achievement Award Gala

    It aired on TV Land last week Sunday, the 19th. I wasn't able to watch any of it. Thankfully, pieces of it are starting to show up online, like this intro from Betty White, and the other 2 underneath.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner In Leaked French Trailer For "Mission: Impossible 4"

    An English-language trailer is supposed to debut later this week, but if you just can't wait for it, here's the French trailer for the 4th installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise, titled Ghost Protocol, which sees the return of regulars Tom Cruise, and Ving Rhames, as well as the addition of newcomers Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner, and others, with Renner's role here being Cruise's heir apparent, as this might be his last go-round with the franchise.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Next Coen Brothers' Feature Goes Folk, Moverman Writes Brian Wilson Biopic

    The Coen brothers will focus their next feature on the folk music scene in mid-20th century New York via the story of legendary musician Dave Van Ronk. Nicknamed the “Mayor of MacDougal Street,” Van Ronk was known for his musical prowess and captivating storytelling. He presided over Village coffeehouse culture and helped to discover and cultivate such talents as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and Phil Ochs. Last month, at a talk at Lincoln Center, the Coens said their upcoming film would have a heavy music focus and lean toward naturalism.

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  • The Playlist
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    Weekend Box Office: 'Cars 2' Continues Pixar Formula, 'Green Lantern' Plummets

    The numbers on “Cars 2” don’t actually matter, except for the stat-hounds regularly following the weekly box office noise (us!). “Cars 2” exists to facilitate Disney’s biggest merchandising cash cow, a multi-billion (annually!) property that needs no further justification. As Pixar seems like a studio that hopes to branch out into more ambitious directions (in theory), they will need something to keep the lights on when, and if, they should fail. Even if the reviews continue to be the worst ever received by a Pixar film, the “Cars” franchise will live on.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The 25 Highest Grossing Documentaries of All Time

    Werner Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" is likely just a few days away from joining the club....

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: Cars 2 Beats Critic Brickbats and Cars with $68 Million; Diaz Opens Bad Teacher

    Weekend Box Office: Cars 2 Beats Critic Brickbats and Cars with $68 Million; Diaz Opens Bad Teacher

    While Disney/Pixar's Cars 2 suffered the worst reviews of any of Pixar's past 11 blockbusters, the John Lasseter-helmed sequel still scored with mainstream audiences, reports Anthony D'Alessandro.Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 popped the clutch into fifth and ran over its muddy estimates and critical reviews with an estimated weekend of $68 million at 4,115 theaters; 61% were equipped in 3-D. No doubt Disney executives are overjoyed, but no one can be happier than box office rebound girl Cameron Diaz, whose sex pot comedy Bad Teacher collected $31 million. Even more mouth-dropping than Diaz’s raunchy hijinks in the film was that it was made for the same price as her Charlie’s Angels 2 paycheck -- $20 million.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Jupiter Rising': Do The Wachowskis Have A New Secret Project Moving Forward At Warner Bros?

    As this writer posited a few months ago, there's an argument to be made that the co-directing Wachowski siblings Andy and Lana lost their mojo after "The Matrix" and the spark that once made them special has faded. Their follow-up films have been lackluster: “Speed Racer,” the last two “Matrix” movies and most of the films they’ve produced (”Ninja Assassin,” “The Invasion”) during the aughts were straight up duds or major disappointments. But there's plenty of options that could bring redemption.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Weekend Box Office (June 24-26)

    Is there another studio as successful as Pixar? In the 25 years it's been in operation they have yet to have a single box office failure. They know how to put together an extremely well made solid story with interesting involving characters better than anyone. As well as knowing how to market the hell out of their films.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Private Film Festival: Chris Wiatt's DUPE

    I have been planning a mini-fest of my own: six features, six scripts, one weekend. As I write this I have eleven to go. I just added one short to the list. Howard Gertler tipped me to Chris Wiatt's short DUPE as an example of good low bud use of VFX where the storytelling doesn't suffer due to the use of the incredible tools now available. I am glad he did. Check it out.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Napa Valley Film Festival Call for Entries

    Talk about Location! Here is the place you want to go. Paradise! And they are now focusing now on the unique Artist-in-Residence program created with the sublime Meadowood Resort & Spa who will be housing (for up to five nights!) the directors of the films in the Dramatic Features Competition. This Festival holds promise to be the most comfortable and creative venue in the U.S. Filmmakers are invited to submit for the inaugural Film Festival November 9-13, 2011, featuring new independent films as well as Napa Valley’s finest food, wine and hospitality Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) Co-Founders and Directors Brenda and Marc Lhormer are accepting film submissions for the first annual Napa Valley Film Festival until June 30 through Withoutabox. Showcasing the best of new independent cinema along with the Napa Valley’s finest food, wine and hospitality (with partners like Chef Thomas Keller of The French Laundry, Chef Michael Chiarello, Emmy-winning host of the Food Network’s Easy Entertaining and more than 50 award winning wineries in the region), NVFF will debut November 9-13, 2011 with a five-day festival spread over four of the valley’s postcard-perfect towns.

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