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    John Cho Says He'd Love To See Kumar Have A Baby In A Future 'Harold & Kumar' Movie

    And More From The Actor About 'A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas' & Following In The Footsteps Of George TakeiWhen “Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle” premiered in 2004, it followed in the understated footsteps of films like “How High” and “Half Baked” – in other words, no matter how many spliffs the characters burned, the film itself never quite set the box office on fire. However, it became a sensation on home video and cable repeats, finding a legion of fans. For its two stars, John Cho and Kal Penn, the film was a big breakthrough in their careers, leading to a variety of other projects that, perhaps fortuitously, weren’t as pot-related. Cho landed regular spots on the TV shows "Kitchen Confidential" and "FlashForward," and stepped into the shoes of Hikaru Sulu when J.J. Abrams relaunched "Star Trek" in 2009, while Penn appeared on “House” and guested on “How I Met Your Mother” when he wasn’t working with President Obama in the Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Hal Hartley's "Meanwhile" (Featuring Angolan Actor Hoji Fortuna) Trailer + World Premiere Date

    I've never been a big fan of the films of hermetic indie filmmaker Hal Hartley, even though he was once considered one of a handful of young trailblazing auteurs back in the late 80s/early 90s, along with the likes of Gus Van Sant, Todd Haynes and others, who were producing esoteric, smart, cheaply-made arty films that appealed to a small, tightly-knit, proud subculture of young (mostly white) film lovers; films that defined his auteurist style, like The Unbelievable Truth and Trust, which featured some of the earliest performances by actors like Eddie Falco, and Henry Fool years later.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Finally! Laurel & Hardy On Dvd

    It’s a cultural crime that the greatest comedy team of all time has been so forsaken on DVD…until now. Therefore, I’m happy to report that Laurel & Hardy The Essential Collection (Vivendi) fully lives up to its name. It includes all of the team’s talkie shorts—including the ones they made in foreign languages for the international market—and most of their feature films for producer Hal Roach. (A handful of these films were released several years ago, but in slipshod fashion, using syndicated TV masters with fade-outs for commercial breaks!)

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Episode 4 Of New Sci-Fi/Thriller Web Series "Osiris"

    Here's episode #4 of Donnie Leapheart's 10-episode sci-fi/action/thriller web series titled Osiris.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    New James Bond Flick Title Announced + Naomie Harris' Character Revealed (It's Not Moneypenny)

    So if you been anxiously awaiting the title of the new James Bond film your wait is over. The title for James Bond 23 is Skyfall.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Once' Helmer John Carney Hired To Direct Steve Carell In Drama 'Dogs of Babel'

    Making the leap from TV comic to big-screen star has always been a tricky route -- one flop can put you right back to square one, and conversely, the temptation to take every project that comes your way, risking over-exposing yourself, seems to be a common one. There's no denying that Steve Carell's had some missteps since breaking out of "The Daily Show" and "Anchorman" -- "Evan Almighty," "Get Smart," "Dinner for Schmucks" -- but crucially, most of his films, even the less well-received pictures, have performed relatively well at the box office, and he's now a bona-fide A-lister.

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    Warner Bros. Hires 'Wrath Of The Titans' Writers To Pen 'Clash Of The Titans 3'

    With "Immortals" landing next week, "Wrath of the Titans" next spring and "300: Battle of Artemisia" arriving the year after that, you'd think that might be enough buff dudes yelling for the next little while. But apparently not, as Warner Bros. is banking on the fact you're gonna want to see more mythological figures clanging swords or whatever.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    A Woman Takes Over the Academy

    A Woman Takes Over the Academy

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    AFM News: Freestyle Digital Media to Focus on Digital, Cable, VOD Distribution

    In case you were wondering, VOD distribution is here to stay. Look at JC Chandor's $3.5 million Margin Call, which lured a strong ensemble of name actors led by Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons and Zachary Quinto, and has passed the $1.5 million mark theatrically in limited release, as it was also available day-and-date on VOD. More and more people are learning, as Netflix had hoped, to download and stream movies from their cable companies or through Roku, iTunes, PS3 or TiVo. Several folks I know picked up on the publicity and ad noise surrounding Margin Call and watched it on its second weekend in theaters, at home. It's significant, too, that theater owners are lowering ticket prices for a change.

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    AFI Fest Secret Screening Rumored To Be Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire'

    AFI Fest kicks off today with Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" getting its world premiere, and the lineup for the next week includes an array of awards season heavy hitters including "The Artist," "Carnage," "Shame," "Rampart" and more. However, just like last year, they've got one film yet to be announced. Festival-goers in 2010 were pleasantly surprised with a secret screening of David O. Russell's "The Fighter," and on Sunday night another mystery movie will be unveiled, one that should definitely get the adrenaline pumping of everyone in the room.

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