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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Now and Then: Growing Up is Hard to Do: How Harry Potter Won a Generation of Fans

    Now and Then: Growing Up is Hard to Do: How Harry Potter Won a Generation of Fans

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  • The Playlist
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    This Is Really Going To Hurt: New Footage In 1 Minute 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' TV Spot

    Christmas trees are going up, shopping lists are being made and travel plans are getting locked down for the forthcoming holiday season, but David Fincher will paint it black this Christmas with "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." And as we eagerly await the film, a brand new, one minute TV spot for the film offers yet another peek at the film with a healthy amount of new footage.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    10 Questions With Leila Djansi ("Sinking Sands," "Ties That Bind")

    And the beat goes on... Installment number 6 of the S&A "10 Questions With A Black Filmmaker" series... catch up with the first 5 if you need to: Barry Jenkins HERE, Seith Mann HERE, Victoria Mahoney HERE, Rodney Evans HERE, and Ava DuVernay HERE.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Media Watch: CNN Cuts Dozens of Jobs, Kindle Fire vs. Nook, Romensko Saga Continues

    Weekend Media Watch: CNN Cuts Dozens of Jobs, Kindle Fire vs. Nook, Romensko Saga Continues

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: 2 New Clips From 'The Sitter' With Jonah Hill

    While he's taken a stride into more dramatic fare with "Cyrus" and "Moneyball," make no mistake, Jonah Hill isn't leaving the funny stuff behind. He's currently voicing the Fox animated show "Allen Gregory," he's got the action comedy "21 Jump Street" hitting next spring and next month he'll lead a bunch of kids on a night they'll never forget in "The Sitter."

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Tomboy' Offers An Insight Into Gender, Identity & Adolescence

    This writer distinctly remembers an old, probably two minute short making its rounds on Nickelodeon in between programs circa 1990. In it, a young lass yearns to play baseball with the neighborhood boys but is turned down because of her gender. So with a sweatshirt, baseball cap, and jeans, she heads to the next game to show them a thing or two as a boy. When the jig is up and she reveals her true identity, her teammates learn an important lesson. It was an optimistic short that didn't really have much issue with the girl's questionable decision to be a boy for a day just to play a sport. Maybe it's not realistic or necessarily deep but it's aimed at a very impressionable audience, and given the constraints they had to work with, the directors had to make their point and get out before "Mr. Wizard's World" came on.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Illusions," "Fragrance," and "Rain": Creating a New Black Cinema at UCLA

    In Julie Dash’s film Illusions, Mignon Dupree, played by Lonette Mckee says, “People make films about themselves.” Though she is referring to the exclusionary practices of the Hollywood studio system, her statement also applies to the films screened this weekend as part of UCLA’s LA Rebellion Film Series. There was a unique “self” in each film; a distinct way to tell a story and take cinema out of the exclusivity that Mignon refers to.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    John Singleton Says His Next Film Will Be "A Crazy, Dysfunctional Love Story Set In The Hood"

    Alright... so we know that John Singleton is planning to reunite Taraji P. Henson and Tyrese Gibson in a new film, since they were last paired up in his 2001 drama Baby Boy; although, as has already been noted, this upcoming new film is NOT a sequel to Baby Boy, and neither Singleton, nor the two actors have revealed much about what this secret new project. 

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  • The Playlist
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    'Atlas Shrugged: Part 1' DVDs Recalled Due To Non-Objectivist Blurb

    This is one way to get publicity. In a screw-up that Freud would have had a field day with, someone at Atlas Productions screwed the pooch big time on the DVD packaging for Worst Film of 2011 front-runner, “Atlas Shrugged: Part 1,” by describing the film as “Ayn Rand’s timeless novel of courage and self-sacrifice…”

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    Watch: Buzz Lightyear Tries A Heroic Escape In Clip From 'Toy Story' Short 'Small Fry'

    Not only are the "The Muppets" coming in just over a week, they will be bringing along another surprise for audiences -- a brand new "Toy Story" short film. Pixar has certainly been keeping the franchise alive after it "ended" with "Toy Story 3," delivering "Hawaiian Vacation" in front of "Cars 2" this summer. And now "Small Fry" will offer up another adventure with Woody, Buzz and the gang, and a sneak preview has landed online.

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