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  • Shadow and Act
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    Lee Daniels Discusses Reactions to 'The Paperboy,' Tells What to Expect with 'The Butler'

    In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, director Lee Daniels discussed his current projects and critical reactions to his latest film The Paperboy.

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  • The Playlist
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    Rumor: Intergalactic Bounty Hunter Lobo Might Be In 'Justice League' Movie (But Probably Not...)

    Take this with the biggest grain of salt you can find (we suggest the Salt District of your local urban center), but Comic Book Movie is exclusively reporting that Warner Bros. is "kicking around" the idea of using Lobo in their forthcoming "Justice League" movie. We can't help but zero in on the intentionally vague phrasing of the report. "Kicking around" could amount to one executive saying "Hey, what about putting Lobo in 'Justice League'?" only to have the rest of the room ask "Who is Lobo?" And then whip him with towels or something.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    'The Hunger Games' That Could Have Been

    The Hunger Games film was much anticipated due to the best selling novels.  Having read, in three days, all of the books in the trilogy I was one of those individuals who was caught up in the casting of the film.  After reading a book you have your own images of the character based upon descriptions in the book.  It can sometimes be hard to reconcile that image in your head with who gets cast in the final film. 

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  • The Playlist
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    'Pitch Perfect' Soundtrack Features Covers Of Madonna, Salt N' Pepa, The Bangles & More

    As serious-minded cinephiles who couldn't be persuaded to sit through an episode of "Glee" if the lives of their loved ones were at stake, there is absolutely no way that we kind of secretly want to see "Pitch Perfect." No, sir. Not us. We certainly weren't pleasantly surprised by a trailer that seems to have a little more spark and wit than the average teen movie, and featured what seems to be a killer comic performance by "Bridesmaids" star Rebel Wilson. And there's definitely no way that we'd pay to see the ludicrously talented Anna Kendrick read from the lengthy instruction booklet for a Blu-ray player (although, curiously we did draw the line at "What To Expect When You're Expecting."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Cee Lo Green to Star in Scripted Comedy for NBC

    When it rains, it pours. Just today we posted about Cee-Lo Green's voice role as Murray the Mummy in the upcoming animated film Hotel Transylvania. The singer/record producer can also currently be seen as a judge on NBC's music competition The Voice as well as in the feature film Sparkle.

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    'Kung Fu Panda' Director John Stevenson To Direct 'Gnomeo & Juliet' Sequel (Wait For It) 'Sherlock Gnomes'

    Last year's "Gnomeo & Juliet," which had a long and tortuous production history, even for the admittedly even-more-arduous standards of animation, turned out to be a surprise box office hit, taking in almost $100 million at the domestic box office (with another $95 million overseas). William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," very loosely translated (i.e. decidedly in lacking in suicide) to the world of British garden gnomes was spritely and fun, and benefited from the songs and input of producer Elton John. Well, a sequel is now underway, with a talented director and an amazing title. That's right folks, look out for… "Sherlock Gnomes." Elementary!

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  • The Playlist
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    Must Watch Of The Day: Vintage Promotional Film For 'Blade Runner'

    Well this is certainly unexpected. Spurred on by an online discussion of Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic "Blade Runner" and the critical response it was met with some thirty-years-ago this summer, someone unearthed YouTube footage of a promotional film that was produced by M.K. Productions prior to the movie's release (Digital Trends via Open Culture). The promotional film was exhibited at horror, fantasy, and science fiction conventions back when those groups were highly marginalized by the studio and mainstream press (unlike today...), so you can tell that they were either a) really thinking outside the box or b) trying to cover their asses and gain some ground in what would become a truly log-jammed summer season. The film is a fascinating time capsule.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Preview: Crowded Indie Box Office, from 'For Ellen' to 'Detropia'

    Critical response to the array this weekend's new indie releases is mostly tepid, with star-packed "The Words" and "Bachelorette" scoring lowest and docs "Detropia" and "Beauty is Embarassing" ranking as Indiewire's top picks...

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Academy Names All Male Recipient List for the Governors Awards

    Yesterday, the Academy named their 2012 recipients of the Governors Awards.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'The Inbetweeners' Trots Out Your Favorite Sex Comedy Grossouts, Now With An Accent

    Those who have no experience with the UK series “The Inbetweeners” will be glad to know that, like this critic, if you have no prior familiarity with the characters from the series (or the MTV spinoff) , then its film spin-off “The Inbetweeners Movie” (or plain old "The Inbetweeners" on its U.S. release, which starts this Friday) will still make perfect sense. Though one does wonder how you get a series that seems to be about the UK’s declining school system, and the sociopath malcontents that somehow are permitted to graduate, on the air. Surely “The Inbetweeners” is a show about the bureaucratic struggles of an overtaxed school board dealing with the foulest, most obnoxious, sex-obsessed deviant jerk teenagers of England’s suburban middle class, which makes the movie, a lighter affair, seem like a brief respite. This must be the case.

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