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  • Shadow and Act
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    Idris Elba Confirms He'll Be Back As Heimdall In "Thor 2"

    About 3 weeks ago, Emmanuel posted an entry wondering whether Idris Elba could/would reprise his role as Norse god Heimdall in Thor 2, which is scheduled to be released on November 15, 2013.

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  • Press Play
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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: The Failures, Successes, Possibilities, and Danger Signs of HELL ON WHEELS

    Like a lot of people, I watched the first few episodes of AMC's "Hell on Wheels," Joe and Tony Gayton’s drama about the building of the transcontinental railroad, and then checked out. It wasn't awful, but a lot of it was weak, and even in its better moments it seemed not to have found its tone yet. The pilot and the next couple of episodes seemed stranded between grubby naturalism and slick, empty mythmaking. In one scene, the show would feel like a wannabe "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" or "Deadwood" muddy and lyrical and depressive. In another it would echo Sergio Leone or early Clint Eastwood ("High Plains Drifter" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales" especially). Yet another scene would feel anachronistic, glossy, and weightless. When I finally did catch up after the New Year, what I saw made me wish I'd been watching the show in real time. "Hell on Wheels" didn't turn into a great drama, but it settled into a distinctive groove, growing more relaxed and confident by the week, dealing with painful historical subjects and unique personal crises that most TV, even Western-themed TV, often ignores, and indulging in some of the most deliriously cinematic montages this side of "Breaking Bad." Some scenes and moments were flat-out amazing — so unlike anything else on TV that they made me want to forgive or forget the just-okay dialogue and production design and hit-and-miss performances.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    UPDATES On Philippe Niang's "Toussaint L'Ouverture" Film Starring Jimmy Jean-Louis, Aïssa Maïga, Sonia Rolland

    S&A French speakers stand up! I'm going to need your help with this one.

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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: ALCATRAZ should never have been freed

    What if the prisoners of Alcatraz all mysteriously disappeared when the prison closed in 1963 and then started reappearing in the year 2012? And what if they hadn't aged a day and were set on finishing unfinished business, settling old grudges and the like? If that sounds fascinating to you, then you’ll probably give the new J.J. Abrams–produced series Alcatraz (Fox, Mondays 8 p.m.) more of the benefit of the doubt than I did. I found tonight’s two-hour premiere so listless that I’m having a hard time mustering the energy to pan it. And the second episode is only a slight improvement. My fascination with the real prison probably has at least something to do with my resistance. The place has such a rich history — one that has already been alluded to in such films asBirdman of Alcatraz and Escape From Alcatraz — that I’m not yet convinced that it should be reduced to a mere backdrop for sci-fi mythologizing by remnants of the Lost writers room and cast. But we’ll see.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Condola Rashad In Trailer For Ensemble Dramedy "30 Beats" (Inspired By "La Ronde")

    Here's the trailer for that Condola Rashad ensemble drama I told you about a week or two ago, titled 30 Beats, that's inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's play La Ronde.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Sundance 2012 - Another Look At "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" + Meet Director Benh Zeitlin

    Here's another look at the "Southern Apocalpytic Kids Adventure Comedy," as it's described, titled Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Benh Zeitlin, from a screenplay co-written by Lucy Alibar, based on her original play titled Juicy And Delicious (I love both titles).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Golden Globes Party Whirl: Plotting Assaults on "The Punisher," In the Clinch with Mr. Big

    After my stint in the backstage press room at the Golden Globes, I headed into the night for a round of Beverly Hilton parties. First I crossed the forlorn red carpet to the tented Fox party in the parking lot.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: U.K. Trailer For The Dardenne Brothers' 'The Kid With A Bike'; Film Hits U.S. Cinemas On March 16th

    While some of the more jaded critics have said "The Kid With A Bike" is yet another familiar effort from the Dardenne Brothers, you'd really have to be some kind of curmudgeon to shrug your shoulders at the arthouse duo's latest film. Premiering at Cannes last year, and making its way to various festivals throughout 2011, "The Kid With A Bike" will hit U.S. theaters this spring, but the first look comes courtesy of the U.K., as Artifical Eye has dropped a new trailer for the movie.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    In The Works: Whedon's 'Much Ado' and Supernatural Romance; Cody's 'Sweet Valley' R-Rated Musical

    With "The Avengers" (May 4) in the bag, director Joss Whedon has already shot a "Much Ado About Nothing" adaptation. He shot the film in twelve days in "glorious black and white," with "Firefly"'s Nathan Fillion and "a stellar cast of beloved (or soon to be beloved) actors") and now plans a supernatural romance with actress Abigail Spencer ("Mad Men," "Oz, The Great and Powerful"). Spencer tells Vulture: "It’s the most romantic film in the history of time. It’s a supernatural romance."

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: New Clip From Madonna's Golden Globe Winning 'W.E.'

    Perhaps the biggest surprise last night at the Golden Globes -- in an evening where everyone who was expected to win, did -- was Madonna's victory in the Best Original Song category for the ironically titled "Masterpiece." While the win pissed off a cranky Elton John, the honor spoke both to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's penchant for catering to the egos of celebs they want to hang with as well as Harvey Weinstein's still masterful handle on the awards season.

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