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    Ryan Gosling Is Too Busy To Direct & Star In 'The Idolmaker'

    When you're hot, you're hot and sometimes you gotta make some hard choices and for Ryan Gosling, he'll have to put those plans on directing on hold for now.

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    Review: 'Turkey Bowl' Successfully Portrays A Fractured Group Of Friends...And Football!

    As we grow older, a number of unavoidable sad truths smack us square in the face. Many of them are probably things we swore would never happen to us -- and hey, wouldn't you know it, they did. One of these is the deterioration of a group of friends either due to distance, change in interests, or lack of convenience. In terms of mortality and the fragility of life they're not so dire, but there's still something very defeating about losing touch with people that, at one point, we had very substantial bonds with. Even the occasional get-togethers have a lingering "It's not what it used to be" sentiment for somebody, even if it's better to not hold the past up on a pedestal and just enjoy the moment. None of it is easy to shake and its something you can't understand until it's experienced. This heavy, draining thought pervades the film "Turkey Bowl," a cheapie first feature by Kyle Smith that rings with authentic emotion and tense discomfort.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Another Teaser Clip From "The Help" Featuring Viola Davis & Emma Stone

    The marketing campaign for The Help continues with yet another brief clip from the upcoming film adaptation, starring by Emma Stone, Viola Davis, and Octavia Spencer, amongst several others.

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    Watch Trailer For "Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer" (A Tribute To A Man & His Camera)

    Screening later this month, as part of BAMcinemaFest here in Brooklyn, NY, the world premiere of Charlie Ahearn's documentary on the work, life and times of photographer/"urban life" documenter, Jamel Shabazz, titled Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The 2nd Annual Lilly Awards to Be Handed Out On June 6 in NYC

    This Monday, June 6, the 2nd annual Lilly Awards named for playwright Lillian Hellman will be awarded in NYC. "The Lilly Awards were created to recognize the extraordinary contributions made by women to the American Theatre."

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  • The Playlist
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    Andrea Riseborough, Matthew Macfadyen & Olivia Williams Join Joe Wright's 'Anna Karenina'

    Benedict Cumberbatch Out, Choosing To Do Brit WWI-era Mini-seriesIt's been a while since we've heard anything on Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina" -- mostly because the press rounds for "Hanna" have ended -- but today comes a fresh bit of casting news about the film. But before we get to that, let's just re-cap for a second shall we? Last fall, came first word that Keira Knightley would re-team with her "Atonement" and "Pride & Prejudice" director for the film. Then, this spring, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson came aboard with Joe Wright later saying that Kelly Macdonald and Benedict Cumberbatch had joined the film, and that he was waiting on Saoirse Ronan and James McAvoy to confirm.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes Restless Reaction: Managing Expectations for Van Sant Tweener, Silent Version on DVD

    Cannes Restless Reaction: Managing Expectations for Van Sant Tweener, Silent Version on DVD

    Sony knew that Gus Van Sant's Restless was a tweener. It's neither an art film that plays for highbrow critics looking for discovery or depth, nor a mainstream entertainment aimed at teens. The movie is what it is: a sweet unpretentious coming-of-age love story that doesn't over-reach.

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    Alas! Poor Europe: Godard's "Film socialisme"

    Film socialisme is the 27th Godard film to play at the New York Film Festival, and with nouvelle vague luminaries like Rohmer, and, most recently, Chabrol dropping like flies, more than one recent reviewer has speculated that this may be his last. It’s a morbid thought, wholly unfounded by any particular knowledge about the director’s health, but perhaps it’s at least partly informed by the rather mordant tone he takes with his new film. Though Godard’s latest nudge at the limits of cinema parades a number of the director’s usual puckish gestures, multilingual plays on words, and provocative image-puns, it’s nonetheless a dour archaeology of the roots of our cultural end times. Godard has always been interested in the interplay of signs and symbols, but this tendency seems to have reached a fever pitch in Film socialisme, which is rather less utopian than its title suggests, but is instead a kind of mise-en-abîme of video anarchy. Read Leo Goldsmith's review of Film socialisme.

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    Shia LaBeouf Claims Megan Fox's 'Spice Girl Strength' Got Her Fired From New 'Transformers' Movie

    You can argue that we live in a different era that holds up movie stars to a different type of scrutiny. With the constant media crush of desperate updates regarding our favorite and least-favorite celebrities, there are simply more opportunities for actors to open their mouths and reveal just how oblivious, uneducated and unpleasant they really are. So the latest comments by Shia LaBeouf regarding former co-star Megan Fox, and the asinine “Transformers” franchise as a whole, shouldn’t be a surprise. Note that this does not make them amusing in their odiousness.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Eight Minutes In The Back of a Car With Mike Mills

    Here's the audio that goes with this interview with "Beginners" director Mike Mills, which took place in the back of a car while Mills was en route to a screening of the film at last fall's Toronto Film Festival (the film opens in theaters today)... Mills is a charming guy, and has made a lovely little film in "Beginners." The film juggles chronologies as it details a pivotal period in the life of Oliver (Ewan McGregor), a man in his late thirties dealing with the death of his father (an endlessly charming Christopher Plummer). Through flashbacks, Mills shows the years leading up to Oliver's father's death - most notably in the fact that after Oliver's mother's death, his father decided to come out at age 75. In doing so, Mills is actually showing audiences a glimpse a pivotal period in his own life. While parts of the film are largely fictionalized (a romance between Oliver and a young French actress played by Melanie Laurent is fiction, for example), the base of "Beginners" is very much Mills' own story. Warm, authentic and perfectly whimsical, definitely check out "Beginners" this weekend...

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