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  • Shadow and Act
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    Queen Latifah To Headline Gay Pride Concert (Will People Be Shocked Or Go "Meh"?)

    How this slipped by us I don't know, but officials for the Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Festival announced a few days ago that Queen Latifah will headline their concert at the festival next month on Saturday May 19.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Look At Marion Cotillard & Matthias Schoenaerts In Promo Pics For 'Rust & Bone' By Jean-Baptiste Mondino

    While Jean-Baptiste Mondino might not be a household name, you've likely seen his work. A director and photographer, he's helmed music videos for a variety of folks like Madonna, David Bowie, Prince, Bjork and Tom Waits and recently got behind the camera for the Dolce & Gabbana ad featuring Scarlett Johansson. Mondino also worked extensively on campaign for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" for David Fincher, shooting the breast baring teaser poster as well as the memorable spread for Le Monde featuring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig dressed as their characters, but in new images not from the film.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jason Reitman Debuts His 'Live Read' Series In NYC With 'The Apartment' Starring Paul Rudd & Emma Stone

    It was a magical evening at the New York Times Center last night for those lucky enough to be in attendance, for at long last Jason Reitman brought his “Live Read” Series to NYC. The series began about 6 months ago when the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) asked Reitman if he had any ideas for programs. His idea was a simple one: to stage readings of classic screenplays live on stage and one-time-only for an audience of a few hundred people. As he told the NY Times recently, “I’d done table reads for my own screenplays, and I always thought they were so much fun. [So I thought], ‘Why couldn’t we do these for other classic screenplays and bring them to life?’ You can experience live theater, where you get to see plays produced by different directors and different casts, but there’s really nothing like that for movie scripts. The great words in these screenplays were really only heard one way, the way they existed in that one film.” The cast for each reading is kept secret until well after tickets have sold out and in some cases until the night of the event, which only adds to the excitement.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Eytan Fox's "Yossi": The Best Film I Saw At Tribeca

    I wasn't the biggest fan of Eytan Fox's 2002 film "Yossi & Jaggar."  A love story between two male Israeli soldiers, it was most certainly an affecting, sexy portrait of a doomed gay relationship in a very specific milieu. But I found it a little too soap-operatic, a little too unrealized...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Think Like A Man" Headed To 2nd Week As Box Office Champ Despite 4 New Wide Releases

    Well, whadaya know? I'm sure Will Packer is somewhere in ATL doing flips right now :)

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Nike Football Ad Directed By Mark Romanek & Edited By Academy Award Winner Kirk Baxter

    While Mark Romanek's next directorial effort "Cinderella" continues to develop, he's been busy keeping his skills honed in the commercial world. Last year he directed that pretty weird Kia ad with the dancing hamsters, but he's back with something a bit more his flavor and has brought some pretty solid talent with him to assist.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    S&A "Scandal" Talk-Back Session #1 (3 More Episodes Until Season Ends & Sh*t Just Got Real)

    I considered starting this earlier in the series, but, to be frank, after watching episode 1, as I expressed in my post stating some concerns I had for the show, I wasn't quite sure of how it would evolve and progress over the next several episodes.

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  • The Playlist
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    Tribeca Review: 'Knife Fight' Is Political Mud-Slinging For Dummies

    For those of you who felt “Ides Of March” was entirely too cerebral and challenging, here comes the dunderheaded “Knife Fight.” A political satire that treads no new ground, this name-heavy comedy wastes an engaging central performance by Rob Lowe, who is completely game to play all sides of the political machine, swinging from the gubernatorial rafters like a contemporary “Phantom Of The Paradise,” bent on sabotaging his opposition and leaving the system a scorched earth for his clients to walk over the ashes.

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  • The Playlist
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    Nick Nolte Wants His Money Back In 'Bitterroot'

    You need someone to play vulnerable and grizzled? Call up Nick Nolte. At 71, the actor's voice has never been more gravelly, nor his face more worn and he's been using it to great effect. He was outstanding in last year's unfairly slept-on "Warrior" and in many ways, he was emotional heartbeat of Michael Mann's canceled HBO series "Luck." He's been working at a clip lately, bagging supporting roles in Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep," "Gangster Squad" and "Parker" but now he's going to take a lead.

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  • The Playlist
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    Peter Jackson Says To Wait Until You See 'The Hobbit' In Full Before Judging The Results Of 48fps Filmmaking

    It seems that this week, everyone suddenly became an expert on 48fps (frames-per-second) filmmaking. In case you're still playing catch up, 48fps doubles the 24fps standard that has been used throughout cinema history in order to provide a smoother, crisper and more "realistic" image. It's the latest technological leap that guys like James Cameron and Douglas Trumbull have been trumpeting (the latter considering going to 60 fps for the project that he's currently working on) and Peter Jackson has been using it on "The Hobbit." He unveiled 10 minutes of footage at CinemaCon this week and it got a negative-to-mixed reaction, resulting in those in attendance tossing out comments like "terrible," "jarring" and "it doesn't look cinematic." Ouch.

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