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  • Shadow and Act
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    "‘Talent Drain’ Warning As Black [British] Actors Head To The US"

    TV and theatre is suffering from a talent drain of black British actors, with many looking to the US for work because of the lack of opportunities in the UK, leading figures have warned. High-profile performers... have warned that home-grown stars are leaving the country due to its failure to fully embrace multicultural casting. They argue the UK does not offer enough lead roles to black performers or commission programmes reflecting the diversity of life in Britain today. By contrast, the US is considered more inclusive in its casting and as somewhere black actors can better progress their careers.

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  • The Playlist
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    Why Has Everyone From 'Bridesmaids' Landed Big New Gigs Except Its Leading Lady Kristen Wiig?

    Did The 'Game-Changing' Comedy Really Change Anything?As we've already discussed at length, "Bridesmaids" is not only one of the best films of the year so far, but also a big, giant hit. Already the third-biggest grosser in the Judd Apatow stable, it's had hugely impressive legs, dropping fractionally week-on-week and is heading to at least a $150 million domestic gross, and possibly even more. And, as is usual with hits, most of those involved have gotten big career boosts: Apatow is back on top after a string of under-performers, breakout star Melissa McCarthy has lined up two "Bridesmaids" reunions, one with writer Annie Mumolo, the other with director Paul Feig and star Jon Hamm, romantic lead Chris O'Dowd bagged a gig in the "Knocked Up" sequel/spin-off, and Ellie Kemper joined the cast of "21 Jump Street."

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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Powell Realized The Awesomeness Of Martin Scorsese's 'Goodfellas' Before Anyone Else

    If the name Michael Powell doesn't mean anything to you, stop reading now and line up your Netflix queue with the some of the films he did with Emeric Pressburger, including "The Red Shoes," "I Know Where I'm Going!" and "A Matter of Life and Death," and then get back to us. But as Martin Scorsese fans already know, his connection with the filmmaker runs deep. He was a good friend of the legendary filmmaker, introducing him to editor Thelma Schoonmaker whom Powell would later marry. But Scorsese was a longtime admirer of the director and it turns out, he sent him an early draft of "Goodfellas" (back when it shared the title of the book it was based on "Wise Guys") to see what he thought. And likely before anyone else had their input, Powell knew it was a winner.

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive Sadness: John C. Reilly Won't Play Steve Brule In 'Tim And Eric's Billion Dollar Movie'

    'Hunger Games' And 'Oz: The Great And Powerful' Faker Than 'Green Hornet' EnthusiastsBetween the legion of "Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" fanatics and those merely acquainted with their bizarre Absolut Vodka videos with Zach Galifianakis, people seem to be intrigued across the board concerning what the duo's upcoming star-studded feature, "Tim And Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" will ultimately end up like. Sporting a cast of comedic favorites like Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Robert Loggia, Jeff Goldblum, Will Forte and William Atherton, directors Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim go meta with their characters/personalities, saying that it's about "literally getting a billion dollars to make a movie, and we make it, and things go awry, and Tim and I just decide to get out of Hollywood and become businessmen in an abandoned mall." Even though they're known for their short spurts of random, screwy humor, the premise sounds insane and loose enough for it to work in their favor.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Brad Pitt Stars in Moneyball, Which Could Be Oscar Contender

    Brad Pitt stars as manager Billy Beane in Sony's Moneyball (September 23), a baseball movie about the come-from-behind Oakland A's. Robin Wright, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman co-star in the drama adapted by Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List) from Michael Lewis's nonfiction bestseller. Bennett Miller, who had been looking for the right follow-up to Capote, took over the directing reins after Steven Soderbergh fell out of the Scott Rudin (The Social Network) production. Judging from this trailer, this movie looks like a winner, and an Oscar-contender to boot. With The Tree of Life giving Pitt extra cred with Academy voters, who are bound to be polarized on the film, Moneyball looks like a slow lob down-the-middle home run for Pitt.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Has Hollywood Stopped Trying? The Smurfs vs. Mr. Popper's Penguins

    It's Thursday and another fun-filled summer weekend at the movies is looming. There's good news in the Hollywood forecast: Jurassic Park may be rebooted, Jon Hamm and Melissa McCarthy may star together in a comedy, Angelina Jolie and David O. Russell may pair for Maleficent and the Coens are doing a musical. But check out this more sobering look at how Hollywood has stopped trying.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    BAMcinemaFest Trailers 1-3

    When BAM approached us about producing the trailer for this year's BAMcinemaFest, we were excited. That project turned into producing ten(!) separate pieces, which BAM will be rolling out this week and next. Here are the first three for your viewing pleasure. Watch them all for a special prize!

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Hooper's Les Mis Wants Hugh Jackman; Winslet, Brolin, Reitman Triple Threat

    - Tom Hooper's Les Miserables may star Hugh Jackman and Paul Bettany. Jackman is in talks to star as tenor Jean Valjean. The project is produced by veteran theater maestro Cameron Mackintosh (whose version of the play served as the basis for William Nicholson's script) and will feature Claude-Michel Schoenberg's original score. Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are also producing. Bettany may be targeted for the role of police inspector Javert. We know at least one of these boys can sing (see Jackman perform at the Tonys with Neil Patrick Harris, below). It's hard not to love Jackman. He was even (SPOILER ALERT) the third best part of X-Men: First Class (with mere seconds of screen time), right behind stars Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy. Who else would you like to see in Hooper's Les Miserables?

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  • The Playlist
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    Confirmed: Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up David Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method'

    Just yesterday, we were wondering if David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" was headed to Sony Pictures Classics. A helpful reader recently pointed out to us that the website adangerousmethodfilm.com automatically redirects to the Sony Pictures Classics homepage, and while we put in some inquiries we received radio silence in return. Now we know why.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Noel Clarke's Comedy "Huge" Gets Theatrical Release + New Poster & Stills (Thandie Newton Co-stars)

    Brit renaissance man Noel Clarke is one busy fellow.

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