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    Tina Fey Brings Back Palin, But Her SNL Is No Bossypants (Video)

    There’s Tina Fey in the photo above, literally glowing with pregnancy because, as she explained in the promo to last night’s SNL, she’s carrying an alien baby. And while there were plenty of irreverent Mom jokes from Fey and pregnant guest Maya Rudolph on the show, the best parts had nothing to do with the Mother’s Day theme, or with some oddly flat Bin Laden jokes.

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  • Caryn James
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    Keeping Up With The Borgias

    “The wolves are bearing down on the papal states.” There are few people other than Jeremy Irons who could make that line sound so deliciously sinister yet plausible as Rodrigo Borgia, aka Pope Alexander VI, explains the family’s political danger to his middle son, the hot-headed soldier Juan. If you haven’t kept up with The Borgias, Neil Jordan’s sweeping, visually sumptuous series about the 15th century family of sexy, manipulative powermongerers, you’re missing a very smart guilty pleasure.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Cannes 2011 Preview – "Katrina's Son"

    You know when you've decided on something... well, almost kind of.... and then all of a sudden more and more comes along to make your decision even more uncertain?

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    When are Films Political? When They're Iranian

    As Cannes comes, so do political issues expressed in various forms. Before it begins, the press is already buzzing about films to be shown by the imprisoned filmmakers in Iran, Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof. We wrote about this last year and will continue to do so. We'll bring up other films as they begin to make waves (if they do this year).Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi at his home after he was freed from jail on bail after more than two months in custody, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, May 25, 2010. (AP Photo)Films may be political in content covering a political subject or they could have a political affect which polarizes people around issues and causes actions and reactions. The latter are most often the documentaries which today are filling the vacuum created by TV and print media for in depth news coverage. Finally, there are films which are made political by others who want to polarize groups around certain issues. These actions, most recently, are not so much about film as about wishes to censor others’ freedom of expression.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Cannes 2011 Preview – "Blue Bird"

    I came across this a couple of days ago while searching online for information about another film. Actually, it was the image that caught my attention, only to then find out that it's going to be screening at Cannes as part of the Director's Fortnight sidebar. Written and directed by Belgian filmmaker Gust Van den Berghe, Blue Bird traverses the world and imaginations of two young African siblings as they go in search of a missing pet.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    An All-Time Favorite Mom In Films...Irma P. Hall

    As I sit pondering what color roses to get my Mom for Mother's Day tomorrow and if dinner will be on time (my sisters are usually slow and late) , I couldn't help but think about the great moms in films. If I did a list, and there are quit a few out there on various film sites, it most certainly would be endless but the one person who would probably be in the top 5 for me is actress Irma P. Hall.

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  • Spout
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    "Thor" is a Religious Experience Ruined By Science

    Sarah Silverman joked that Jesus was magic. "Thor" makes the suggestion that religious deities are a combination of magic and science, that they originate from some distant planet with physics unlike what we understand on Earth. And these aliens were worshiped as gods by ancient peoples who couldn't comprehend the uncanny things they did. Of course, we've all heard such theories, and we've also thought of superheroes as godlike for decades. In the movie version, Thor isn't too different from Superman, for instance; he just arrives here as an arrogant adult fish-out-of-water instead of as a strangely strong and innocent toddler kind. The main point of contrast is that Thor is based on an actual religious icon of yore while Superman and many other characters are treated as modern Christ figures.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Cannes 2011 – Short Film Corner Preview

    It would be fair to say that you could easily spend the whole duration of 2011 Cannes Film Festival in the Short Film Corner.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Casting News: Charles Dutton Leads Superpower Investigations; Pam Grier Is RZA's Mother & More

    Some quickie casting news you should know about...

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