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    Clive Owen & Anil Kapoor Attached To Roger Donaldson's Financial Thriller 'Cities'

    Nearly three years after the fact, filmmakers are finally catching up to the giant bastards behind the collapse of the economy at the end of 2008 that dumped the rest of us in the shit. Last year saw both Oliver Stone's mediocre "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," and Charles Ferguson's Oscar-winning documentary "Inside Job," which both looked at the events that led to the crash, while 2011 has already seen "Margin Call" pick up good notices at Sundance, and Curtis Hanson's all-star "Too Big To Fail" airs on HBO in a few weeks.

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  • Caryn James
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    Review, Something Borrowed: Ginnfer Goodwin, Kate Hudson Fight Over a Ken Doll

    “The Hamptons are like a zombie movie directed by Ralph Lauren.” Enjoy that line, because it’s about the only one that might make you laugh in the irredeemably lame romcom Something Borrowed. From the minute you see Ginnifer Goodwin wearing an unconvincing long brown wig, you have an inkling of just how false this by-the-numbers film is going to be.

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    O RARE ERNST LUBITSCH

    I feel sorry for people who have never seen an Ernst Lubitsch movie; they are missing such delights. There is no way to really describe what exactly it is that makes most of his pictures so charming, funny, human, stylized, unique. During the time of his world-wide popularity (ca. 1924 till after his death in 1947), people called it “The Lubitsch Touch,” which proved that everyone could feel it, but no one could adequately define it. Over the years, I’ve tried to explain why I love Lubitsch so much and what it is that makes him so ultra-special, in a place all by himself. There’s never been anyone like Ernst Lubitsch, though many filmmakers have tried, they never came close. In Esquire, back in the early '70s, I did a monthly column and devoted one entirely to Lubitsch, which was reprinted in my collection, Pieces of Time (1973/1985); and for my directors’ interview book, Who the Devil Made It (1997), I expanded this into a section of the Introduction called “The Director I Never Met”---but most wanted to! And finally, in 2008 I tried again in a long piece for Peter Kaplan’s The New York Observer, the title of which states the point succinctly: “The Importance of Seeing Ernst”. I still think it’s of the utmost importance; if more people were enjoying Lubitsch movies, they would be happier, more hopeful. Here’s the link to the article on their website if you want to read about why pictures like Trouble in Paradise, The Smiling Lieutenant, The Shop Around the Corner, The Love Parade, The Merry Widow, Cluny Brown, and Heaven Can Wait, among others, are among my favorites, and as good as the medium can offer: treasures waiting to be found.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    2011 Tony Awards Nominations Announced! "Scottsboro Boys" Racks Up 12! The Details...

    As I wrote yesterday, star of stage and screen, Anika Noni Rose, joined Matthew Broderick this morning in announcing the nominees for the 2011 Tony Awards (essentially the stage equivalent of the Oscars - theater's highest honor), and as I suggested then, this year's list of potentials has a decent representation of African American talent, some who just might actually walk away with some hardware when the awards ceremony is held on Sunday June 12th, broadcast live, beginning at 8/7c on CBS.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Bokeem Woodbine To Join Cast Of "Total Recall" Remake As Colin Farrell's BBF

    Bokeem Woodbine, whom we last saw in the genre horror flick Devil, produced by M. Night Shyamalan, is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Sony's Total Recall remake (or adaptation, depending on your POV).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Official Synopsis + New Casting For Craig Robinson's Post-Apocalyptic Comedy "Rapture-Palooza"

    We first told you about this upcoming new project (titled Rapture-Palooza) back in March, when it was announced in a press release revealing Lionsgate's new micro-budget initiative; it was one of 3 or 4 titles mentioned in the release, and, at the time, its description was limited to just a one-liner that labeled it "a comedic look at life after the fallout of a religious apocalypse."

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  • Spout
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    Have You Ever Lied About Liking a Movie?

    I promised to raise this question a few weeks back, when everyone (including us) was linking to LOVEFILM's list of movies people lie about seeing. I assume there are more people who lie about liking movies than do about seeing them. And what better week to think about this than the 70th anniversary of "Citizen Kane"? Given that it's rated on so many lists as the greatest film of all time, I expect the pressure to agree is enormous. Maybe not as enormous as the pressure to feign excitement about a single terrorist mastermind's murder (or the pressure, now that people are trying to make it controversial, to not call it "murder"), but pretty tremendous.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Sidney Poitier Honored At 2011 Chaplin Award Gala (Pics)

    Last night, here in New York City, in a black tie affair, the Film Society Of Lincoln Center honored Sidney Poitier with the prestigious 38th annual Chaplin Award.

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    Hugh Jackman May Take A 'Fantastic Voyage' With Shawn Levy

    It's not secret by now that Hugh Jackman and "Real Steel" director Shawn Levy have hit it off in a huge way. Before their first collaboration has even been released studio types are feeling chuffed and already planning a sequel, while Jackman and Levy have already started eyeing another project with Carlton Cuse being tapped to write the action-adventure script. But their next team-up maybe be bigger than any of those.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Reginald Hudlin's "Black Panther" Animated Series Now Streaming On Netflix

    If you didn't purchase the DVD disc when it was released in January, AND you have a Netflix account with the Instant Watch feature, you can now stream Reginald Hudlin’s Black Panther motion comic/animated series - Marvel Knights Animation: Black Panther.

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