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  • Caryn James
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    Colbert Says: Replace FEMA With Waffle House

    There have certainly been worse ideas in government.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Puppet Watch: The Girl with the Muppet Tattoo; Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Jim Henson

    The Muppets, an upcoming revamp of the puppet ensemble starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Neil Patrick Harris, Rashida Jones, and Mila Kunis, has re-spliced their trailer into a parody of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trailer. Some may find it aggressively adorable, if not a little misguided. Both trailers posted below--see if you can spot the differences!

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Clip From Sigur Ros' Concert Film 'Inni' Plus A Batch Of Pics From The Documentary

    It has been three years since Sigur Ros' last album, Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust, and with the band still on an indefinite hiatus -- and with frontman Jonsi busying himself with a solo career and scoring Cameron Crowe's upcoming "We Bought A Zoo" -- it doesn't look like we'll be seeing any new material from them anytime soon. But not to worry, Sigur Ros fans, they haven't completely closed the tap as they've got a brand new concert movie coming out, just in time for your holiday shopping.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    No New "Black Films" In Theaters This Weekend; So What To See?

    No "black films" opening this weekend, but film festivals abound... notably the Urbanworld Film Festival which opened yesterday and runs through Sunday; although screenings take place just today and tomorrow. Sunday is reserved for awards.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Simply the Worst: Elia Kazan's "The Arrangement"

    One of the challenges in talking about the “worst” film in a director’s oeuvre is that that notion is often bound less to subjective definitions of “good” and “bad” art (another, even fishier kettle of fish) than to a sense of personal defensiveness that acolytes can project simultaneously toward the filmmaker and (unconsciously?) toward themselves. Thus, a film maudit can become an irresistible dare to anybody who believes he or she can stand by anything from a beloved auteur, in the process lionizing themselves as truth-tellers allied to the misunderstood artists they’re defending. It is, to momentarily slide into personal admission, a temptation I’ve in the past seldom resisted. My own evaluative classifications of cinematic highs and lows have swung wildly over the years, starting out with stolid, rather middlebrow mainstays of quality (“Is the plot realistic? Are the characters believable?”) and swiftly giving way to the siren call of the kind of dogmatic auteurism that famously led an exasperated Dwight Macdonald to write that, to the young Cahiers du cinéma critics, “Homer nods, but apparently Hitchcock never.” Though it certainly remains director-centric, my focus has hopefully evolved enough to be able to differentiate between an instance of a neglected effort ripe for reappraisal and a perverse case of turd polishing.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Shows Off Bikes Moves in Premium Rush

    Check out the trailer for writer-director David Koepp's Premium Rush, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film arrives in theater January 13, 2012.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch: Danny Glover Honored At Deauville Film Festival w/ Tribute Award

    A week ago, Danny Glover was honored with a lifetime achievement tribute award at the 37th Deauville American Film Festival, in Deauville, France. Here he is accepting award:

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    TIFF: The Lady - The Story of Aung San Suu Kyi

    (Update: The Lady is opening today for one week in LA for an Oscar qualifying run.  It will open early next year here in the US.  I also have been told that about 30 minutes has been shaved off  -- I haven't seen the new version yet).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Creatively Speaking" Film Series Returns to BAMcinematek This Weekend - Sept. 17th &18th

    In celebration of the United Nations declaring 2011 as "The Year of People of African Descent", this year’s Creatively Speaking film series at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) brings together a hand-picked selection of films and videos representing the diversity of people of African descent from around the world.

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  • The Playlist
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    Will Forte Will Go On A 'Neighborhood Watch' With Ben Stiller & Vince Vaughn

    Transitioning out of "Saturday Night Live" and establishing yourself as a stand-alone star isn't easy and for every Will Ferrell or Adam Sandler there is a Chris Kattan or Tim Meadows. For Will Forte, the journey certainly hasn't been a straight line. His attempt to turn "MacGruber" into a feature film found audiences lukewarm to the idea, and his previous attempt big-screen comedy stardom "The Brothers Solomon" was roundly ignored and critically savaged. However, Forte hasn't given up and is wisely going the supporting route to re-build his profile. With roles in "I Hate You Dad," "Rock Of Ages" and "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" on the horizon he's adding one more big-league comedy into the mix.

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