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  • Caryn James
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    Ed Helms Hosts SNL, Pre-Hangover II

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  • The Playlist
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    Wakah Wakah: First Poster Arrives For 'The Muppets'

    There are plenty of films coming in the rest of the year that we're excited about. "The Tree of Life," obviously. "Hugo Cabret," "Drive," "The Skin I Live In," "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and many, many more. But this writer has to confess that he's almost as excited about a somewhat less highbrow film: Disney's long-in-the-works reawakening of "The Muppets." And frankly, we hope you are too.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes Director Preview: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

    Cannes Director Preview: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

    Here's the second in our continuing series of Cannes director profiles.Country: Belgium

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes Update: Trabalahar Cansa (Hard Labor), Poliss, Puzzle of a Downfall Child

    Cannes Update: Trabalahar Cansa (Hard Labor), Poliss, Puzzle of a Downfall Child

    Two out of the three Cannes films that Simon Abrams reviews here may never be screened for stateside art-house audiences. But one is a must-see for everyone, he writes:The restored print of Puzzle of a Downfall Child, Panic in Needle Park director Jerry Schatzberg’s 1970 debut feature, is a must-see. Cannes director Thierry Fremaux introduced the screening of Puzzle, whose star, Cannes festival poster girl Faye Dunaway, attended tonight’s screening along with Schatzberg. The film is a knockout psychodrama about the inner life of a reclusive fashion model (Dunaway) and her doomed romances with men ranging from a wealthy and obnoxious playboy (Roy Scheider) to a modest photographer (Barry Primus). If the Criterion Collection or another equally important cultural institution (perhaps the Film Society at Lincoln Center) can give Puzzle’s impeccable new print a premiere or a release, the film could find an audience.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch New Clips From Queen Latifah-Produced Series "Single Ladies" (2-Hour Pilot Airs May 30)

    Previously profiled on this site... the upcoming new Queen Latifah-produced original scripted VH1 series called Single Ladies – a dramedy about a group of female best friends with different philosophies on sex and relationships, set in the world of Atlanta fashion, music, and celebrity, with Lisa Raye & Stacey Dash, Lauren London and others starring.

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  • The Playlist
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    Cannes Review: 'Miss Bala' A Visceral, Layered Look At The Mexican War On Drugs

    Cinema, television and even the music world have always had a somewhat romantic notion of the drug trade. Guys like Scarface and Omar from "The Wire" are seen as badasses making their way, while hip-hop has a whole sub-genre dedicated to raps about slinging crack. And while in our homes and on our iPods it may seem far away or even harmless, in Mexico, they are in the midst of a very real war. The statistics are staggering -- 36,000 dead from 2006-2011 including women and children -- and the economics moreso. $25-40 billion is generated by drugs alone; the crime lords definitely have a vested (and violent) interest in keeping their business going. But unlike movies, music and TV, in the real world, no one just decides one day they are going to get in the game -- sometimes you just end up there. And as we learn from "Miss Bala," once you're in, getting out is nearly impossible.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch "Charles Mingus" By Thomas Reichman

    I woke up to this poignant, hour-long intimate portrait of Mingus by documentarian, Thomas Reichman. Figured you'd appreciate it to if you haven't seen it (h/t AIAC):

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  • The Playlist
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    'Zodiac' & 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Writer Jamie Vanderbilt To Pen 'Red Riding' Remake

    You might not have seen "Red Riding," the trilogy of British crime films that hit theaters at the start of last year. The films only received the briefest of releases, with a simultaneous video-on-demand release, although they attracted millions of viewers when they aired in the U.K. in January 2009. If you didn't, you should: the three films -- "In the Year of Our Lord 1974," "In the Year of Our Lord 1980" and "In the Year of Our Lord 1983," directed by Julian Jarrold, James Marsh and Anand Tucker, respectively -- were among the best crime movies of recent years, with an outstanding cast including Andrew Garfield, Rebecca Hall, Sean Bean, Paddy Considine, Maxine Peake, Mark Addy, David Morrissey, Eddie Marsan, Warren Clarke, Peter Mullan and many, many others.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post by Jon Fougner: Cinema Profitability Part 4

    This is Part 4 of Jon Fougner's guest series on Cinema Profitablility - today he focuses on the marketing.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Documentary To Go Inside 'Jodorowsky's Dune'

    A long time ago, Alejandro Jodorowsky tried to make the greatest movie of all time. It was an adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s “Dune,” and he was ready to employ Salvador Dali, Douglas Trumbull, Michel Seydoux and Pink Floyd amongst then-unknown names like Moebius, Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger. For a variety of reasons, some bordering on hearsay (many claim Jodorowsky was wholly dismissive of the source), the film fell apart, leaving movie lovers to imagine “what-if,” even if the picture was eventually made by David Lynch and a significantly less colorful group of collaborators.

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