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  • Shadow and Act
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    Please Excuse Us While We Redecorate...

    Just a quickie to let you all know that I've been receiving all your emails, Facebook messages, and reading your comments expressing your, shall I say, "concerns," mostly about the setup of Shadow And Act's new home, as well as your inability to access content on the old site.

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  • The Playlist
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    Gangster Flicks Are The New Fairy Tale Movies, Apparently: Duelling Capone Films In Development

    Once every six months or so, the Hollywood Elders, the shadowy collection of media moguls, Freemasons, Jewish lizardmen and Warren Beatty that control the film industry, don their robes, gather in their secret chamber under the Hollywood sign and plot out their agenda. Sometimes, it's elevating a particular actor or actress for no apparent reason -- Alex Pettyfer was a homeless 37-year-old drifter until they surgically re-sculpted him into the hottest young actor in Hollywood (though he's on his way to torpedoing that all by himself). Sometimes it's pushing technological breakthroughs -- 48 FPS cameras? Developed in their lair. And sometimes it's just deciding what sub-genre of films will suddenly be everywhere.

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  • Spout
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    Spout About: Royal Weddings in Film; Prom Scene Confusions; "Harry Potter" Meets Rebecca Black

    I'm a bit surprised there aren't more movie site discussions of royal weddings, or "Royal Wedding" this week, given all the other media attention on Prince William's marriage to Kate Middleton tomorrow. I've finally come to terms with the fact that I wasn't invited, despite being (very distantly) related to the groom two different ways (I didn't invite them to my upcoming event, either, though in my defense mine is much, much smaller). Anyway, there are a few posts to be found around the web, such as one going through a loose history of wedding films (were the 80s really relatively nuptial-less? No, we had "Muppets Take Manhattan," "Raising Arizona," "Spaceballs" and, uh, "The Last Temptation of Christ," among others). I guess all the talk of the Lifetime movie about Will and Kate is enough, as is the news of a timely pitch for a future prince-falls-for-commoner rom-com (by the way, why is it so hard to find a clip of the ending to "King Ralph" online?). Also: video of Will Ferrell doing Harry Caray as covering the royal wedding on Letterman is pretty great.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Photos: Common and Meagan Good on the set of L.U.V.

    Common and Meagan Good are currently on location in Baltimore shooting their new film L.U.V., which also stars Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Michael K. Williams, and Charles S. Dutton.

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  • The Playlist
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    SFIFF Review: Hong Sang-soo's 'Hahaha' Has Some Pleasant Memories, But Not Much More

    The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival is currently in full swing with 190 films from around the world. Featured amongst the international films at SFIFF is last year’s Un Certain Regard winner “Hahaha,” writer/director Hong Sang-soo’s (“Like You Know It All,” “Night and Day”) 10th feature film starring Kim Sangkyung (“A Tale of Cinema”) and Yu Junsang (“Wide Awake”), both alums of the director’s previous work.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Chiwetel Ejiofor's BBC Noir Thriller "The Shadow Line" Gets TV & DVD Release Dates

    That new Chiwetel Ejiofor BBC serial noir thriller centered on a murder of a drug baron now has an official TV debut as well as a DVD release date.

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  • The Playlist
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    Mark Ruffalo Talks His Next Directorial Effort 'My Monster' & How He Temporarily Quit Acting

    "But what I really want to do is direct," is a common sentiment among actors and producers, but it's few who have the stones (or the opportunity) to follow through and go behind the camera. However, for Mark Ruffalo it was a natural next step borne out of a project he had been shepherding for years. "Sympathy For Delicious" made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 and will make it's way to theaters this weekend but it took a decade to get here. Ruffalo first got the script -- about a paralyzed DJ who discovers he has the power of faith healing -- from actor/writer Christopher Thornton ten years ago and in the ensuing time, worked with the writer in refining it into the film that finally got made. However, balancing an acting career while trying to get a directorial debut off the ground is no easy feat and, speaking to Ruffalo recently, he told us that he briefly gave up his day job to put his sole focus on directing.

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  • The Playlist
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    Tribeca Review: 'The High Cost Of Living' Can't Afford A Better Plot

    Just how out of touch are some filmmakers? There's a small trend of plots in which the main character commits a truly horrible crime of violent nature (which may even go as far as murder), usually by mistake, and their ultimate next move is to spy on the victim, befriend them, and pretend like nothing ever happened. This premise isn't just borderline offensive (a character tricking their victim for some weird personal catharsis? A writer composing such an artificial scenario just to tug viciously at our hearts?), its banality and self-righteousness basically paints the writer/director as someone who has never had anything remotely similar happened to them. Of course we all have our imaginations and we're all entitled to use them, but this kind of overdramatic falseness is rearing its head a bit too often (see Sundance hit "Another Earth," there's a slight variation in Andrea Arnold's "Red Road") to be given a pass. Deborah Chow's debut feature "The High Cost of Living" commits the same crime, banking on the misery of one person and the unbelievably low intellect of another.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: It All Ends With The Trailer For 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2'

    The Harry Potter phenomenon ends this summer but for fans worldwide, this final entry in the series, "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2" will be like Christmas arriving six months early.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    New Research: Females Are of Lesser Value Than Males

    New research from Stacy Smith and Marc Choueiti of USC's Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism has tracked women on screen and behind the scenes in the top 100 grossing films of 2008.

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