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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    THE HAWKS FILE - PART 1

    THE HAWKS FILE - PART 1

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Resident Evil: Retribution' Is Apocalyptic Malevolence At Its Most Tedious & Banal

    About once every eighteen months we’re cursed with another entry in the bafflingly endless, endlessly baffling “Resident Evil” franchise. Based on a series of popular horror survival games by Japanese company Capcom, the first film was originally supposed to be directed by zombie movie titan George Romero, who had directed a series of atmospheric commercials for the games in Japan. Instead, he was swapped out for Paul W.S. Anderson, who can charitably be described as a talentless hack, and had previously directed an adaptation of videogame “Mortal Kombat.” As such, gritty horror was replaced by a kind of cheaply lacquered Hollywood sheen.

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  • The Playlist
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    Recap: 'Parade's End' Goes To War With One Outstanding Episode, And One Middling One

    When we left off with "Parade's End" (two weeks ago -- TIFF commitments mean that we had to skip last week's recap, which will be covered below), war had arrived, with Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch) in the trenches, and his wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) seemingly finding religion. Part three of the show stayed mostly away from the front, picking up with Christopher waking in a military hospital, concussed by a shell, and seemingly unable to remember even his name.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Hollywood & Crime: Byron Allen Facing $35 Million Lawsuit In Sammy Davis, Jr Life Rights Battle

    I haven't done one of these Hollywood & Crime posts in some time; although I don't know if I'd say that a *crime* has been committed here; that's for a court to decide.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    JB Smoove Joins Cast Of Larry David's HBO Movie 'Clear History'

    It should be no surprise to anyone who's a devoted fan (like me) of Larry David's HBO comedy series, Curb Your Enthusiasm, that the show's regular supporting player JB Smoove, has joined the cast of David's HBO movie, Clear History, set to start shooting this fall in Massachussetts.

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  • The Playlist
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    TIFF Review: Tommy Lee Jones Shines In Otherwise Serviceable, Flawed 'Emperor'

    "We must be seen as liberators, not conquerors," Tommy Lee Jones' crusty General MacArthur says in the opening moments of "Emperor," and that line of dialogue is about as thematically rich as the film gets. A modestly budgeted, respectfully executed post-WWII drama, the film is also entirely edgeless, and aside from a couple of swear words is ready to be shown in classrooms and on the History Channel in endless repeats. As a big-screen outing, it's a very minor war film, that traps one actor in a miscalculated character and doesn't give us enough of another, who is clearly the best thing in the picture overall.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Boardwalk Empire Redux

    Summer is over and we return to Atlantic City by way of 'Boardwalk Empire', now in its third season. Either my life is getting duller or this show is getting better with each passing year, as I’ve been anxiously awaiting its return.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Terry Crews Joins Cast Of Netflix Series 'Arrested Development'

    Man, that Terry Crews is one hard working actor. Not only is he a regular on HBO's The Newsroom and TBS' Are We There Yet?  he's now joined the cast for the new season of the comedy series Arrested Development which has been revived by Netflix and currently in production.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The Top 3 Casting Choices and 8 Most Noticeable Changes in the 'Cloud Atlas' Adaptation by the Wachowski's and Tom Tykwer

    It's hard to find two people who agree on what lies at the heart of "Cloud Atlas." David Mitchell's Booker Award-nominated novel is a beautiful literary puzzle that interlocks six stories over several centuries. In the film version, which just debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, written and directed by the Wachowski's ("The Matrix") and Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run"), critics have been mixed, but no one can deny that the trio has crafted an ambitious, incredibly watchable nearly 3 hours of cinematic storytelling. Kudos to the team, too, for writing a screenplay that condensed the novel's over 500 pages into something screen-worthy. Some things were cut, some were added. Below are two lists: one of the three best casting decisions and another list of ten things that differed from the novel...and how each alteration fared on the big screen. Be warned, spoilers abound. But surely once a "Cloud Atlas" fan watches the film, they'll want to chat about the craft of this bombastic piece of cinema. First, the top three casting choices, which sadly do not include Halle Berry or Tom Hanks, who hold their own in their respective roles, but who were more anchors than anything else:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    HBO Documentary Films Picks Up 'Love, Marilyn,' Featuring Array of Stars Reading Monroe's Letters & Diaries

    HBO Documentary Films has acquired the U.S. rights to Liz Garbus' Telluride and TIFF entry "Love, Marilyn." Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the iconic star's death, Garbus' doc features contemporary actresses (Viola Davis, Glenn Close and Lindsay Lohan among them) reading entries from Monroe's never-before-seen diaries and letters.

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