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  • The Playlist
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    Jason Statham & Jennifer Lopez's 'Parker' Bumped To January 25, 2013

    You know, this was going to be a snarkier post but then we dug up this set photo of Jason Statham wearing a goddamn cowboy hat, and "Parker" is now our most anticipated movie of 2013. Jason Statham has done a lot things in his career -- most of them variations on the same theme -- but we have never seen him wear a ten gallon hat, and dude pulls it off. If the rest of his warddrobe for "Parker" is this outlandish, we simply can't wait.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: Just Do It: One Woman’s Journey to Making a Feature

    I wish someone had told me when I started out that if you want to make a feature, you need to find a way to do it.  Don’t wait for permission.  Don’t wait for someone to recognize your brilliance and hand you money.  Use what you’ve got and make it.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Happy 55th Birthday Mr Spike Lee! Reminisce With Us…

    Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee, born March 20, 1957, turns 55 years old today! Wow! Time sure does fly, doesn't it?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Adrian Holmes Rumored To Appear In Canadian Series "Primeval: New World"; No Official Word On Role

    Bell Media announced in September that a spin-off of popular U.K. sci-fi series Primeval would be coming to Canadian television, and would be titled Primeval: New World. Now there's word that Canadian actor Adrian Holmes will appear in the series, which went into production earlier this month.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Mister Rogers & Me' A Loose & Loving Tribute To America's Favorite Neighbor

    One of the biggest movies at the box office for children last year was "The Smurfs." Taking in over $560 million worldwide, the 3D, CG/live action reboot tossed in references to Aerosmith, "Rock Band," bodily functions and "Midnight Cowboy" (among many others) in a slick and glossy production whose greatest accomplishment was keeping kids in once place for 86 minutes, while harried parents got a moment to breathe. It says something about how much the idea and perception of entertainment for children has changed, that in watching old clips of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," the show practically feels revolutionary. Moving at a measured, distinctly unhurried pace, with a man who spoke honestly and directly to his young viewers, even decades later, for anyone who grew up watching the show, Fred Rogers still represents an honesty and integrity in children's programming that simply hasn't been matched. And it's those values of caring, decency and love for your neighbor that are honored in Benjamin and Christofer Wagner's "Mister Rogers & Me."

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: New Clips From 'The Hunger Games' & 'The Hungry Games'

    With (mostly) positive word running rampant for “The Hunger Games” all throughout the Twittersphere and reviews flooding in daily (including our own, which called it “thoughtful, thrilling populist entertainment that genuinely deserves to be a franchise”) it’s a wonder that Lionsgate would put any more effort into selling this picture that appears to be a surefire box office smash.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Chronicle' Director Josh Trank To Direct Adaptation Of 'The Red Star'

    As most of us know by now, the January release of “Chronicle” marked one of those rare moments when critical and commercial success combines for a genre picture of that ilk. While a sequel has already been announced with original screenwriter Max Landis at work once again, director Josh Trank has been tossed around for some higher profile gigs including the “Spider-Man” spinoff “Venom," but he's now locked a deal for what could be his next film.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Documentary Filmmakers Turn Up the Heat on PBS; More from the Trenches

    Don't piss off documentary filmmakers. They are an activist bunch, by nature, and when they feel wronged, they band together and fight back. As Kartemquin Films' Tim Horsburgh told me, while I was researching this recent Indiewire article (The PBS Debacle: Why a New Time Slot Spells Disaster For Indie Docs): "It's incredible at how the documentary community be can be a collaborative force when it needs to be. In theory, we should be competing, for grants and for distribution, but it's not like that. We're all in this together."

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  • The Playlist
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    Counterpoint Review: 'The Hunger Games' Is A Tired, Overlong Blockbuster Lacking Flair & Imagination

    With "The Hunger Games" arriving in theaters this weekend and expected to blow up the box office, early reviews have been very positive and anticipation has been running high. Our own review called it "an engaging, thoughtful, populist piece of entertainment that transcends gender, genre or source material." But not everyone in The Playlist camp felt the same. Here's a counterpoint review of the film that offers up a wholly different assessment of the upcoming franchise starter.

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  • Press Play
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    VIDEO: Motion Studies #2: A Diary on David Holzman

    This video essay links an under-seen 1967 American independent film with the current wave of reality TV and video blogs that pervade contemporary culture.

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