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    Colin Hanks Joins 'My Mother's Curse' With Seth Rogen & Barbra Streisand

    It can't be easy being the son of Tom Hanks, just ask this guy. But for Colin Hanks, he's done a pretty solid job so far of moving up the ranks of Hollywood. Sure, he teamed with Papa Hanks for "The Great Buck Howard," but no one saw that movie anyway, and he's been quietly amassing screen credits (and when he's not in meetings, he's been hitting Twitter pretty hard) featuring most prominently in "Orange County" and "King Kong." But 2011 seems to be the year we'll he'll finally start getting a much higher profile. He recently scored a prominent, recurring role on the forthcoming, sixth season of "Dexter" and now he's set to join what should be one of the bigger comedies of 2012.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    RS 29—Race to the Finish: "Spellbound" and "Smile"

    Towards the end of Jeffrey Blitz’s independent 2002 documentary Spellbound, Alex Cameron, longtime pronouncer of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, describes a quintessentially American belief in the power of work, repeating the familiar idea that with enough effort and desire, anyone can achieve anything in the United States. What he does not discuss explicitly, however, is the logical extension of this idea, that it is not enough to work hard, you must work harder—or smarter, or faster, or more cunningly—than those around you to succeed. What is hard work worth if you are not in some way better than the millions of other people who want the exact same thing as you? In a capitalist society, competition is just as crucial to success as effort, and as such, ideas of fighting, striving, and winning are part and parcel of the American Dream, regardless of how much they may appear to contradict such a noble ideal.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Another New Black TV Network Is Coming This Fall... The Black Heritage Network

    We already know about and have alerted you to the upcoming BounceTV network; and now there's this... from Broadcasting & Cable (h/t Dankwa for the link):

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Seth Rogen Helps Joseph Gordon-Levitt Deal With Cancer In Trailer For '50/50'

    After enduring a couple of talent switch-ups (Joseph Gordon-Levitt replaced James McAvoy; Jonathan Levine came aboard when early director Nicole Holofcener exited the project) in addition a few title changes (it was first known as "I'm With Cancer," then changed briefly to "Live With It") a trailer has finally landed for "50/50," a dramedy which tackles the big C-word.

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  • The Playlist
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    12 Things You Need To Know About The Making Of Terrence Malick's 'The Tree Of Life'

    Terrence Malick's long-awaited “The Tree of Life,” opening today in select cities, is the kind of movie that is designed to be talked about, chewed on, and poured over. It’s a movie that demands you grasp at the unknowable, is challenging and gorgeous in some very deep and profound levels and asks big questions about who we are and where we came from, not just on a human level but on a grander, “how does life exist” scale. (On the same token, its complete lack of an identifiable narrative/dramatic structure and emotional aloofness might drive you batty.) Looking into “The Tree of Life” (and beyond), though, you’ll find even more tantalizing questions, possibilities, and dead-ends. The fact that most of us are still as intrigued, befuddled, and mystified by the film after we’ve seen it is a testament to its singular, oddball power. So we now present to you 10 things we’ve learned about 'Tree of Life' that maybe you never knew. This feature is probably best enjoyed after you’ve seen the film, but we give proper warning when discussing plot (if that’s the right word) specifics.

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    Peter Jackson Confirms Orlando Bloom's Return As Legolas In 'The Hobbit'

    While this was largely expected to happen, the last time we heard from Orlando Bloom about his possible (inevitable) reprisal of Legolas in "The Hobbit," the actor played it safe. During the press rounds for "Sympathy For Delicious" Bloom told us, “My fingers and toes are crossed, but, yes, I’ll be there. We’re just waiting for everything to get straightened out.” Well, the ink has dried and the schedules have been made as Peter Jackson confirmed Bloom's return in aFacebook post today:

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  • Spout
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    "We Are the Night" is a Sexy Bloody Vampire Flick with a Real Respect for the Genre

    It’s kind of funny when people complain about the lack of “real vampires” in pop culture today. True, the “Twilight” explosion has turned a previously dark and spooky legend into a chaste and melodramatic teen soap, but it does bear pointing out that these storied bloodsuckers were fictional to begin with. Not that I’m a fan of the works of Stephanie Meyer et al, but creative license is fair when dealing with an entirely imaginary set of characters, right? It can’t be worth getting angry about.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Preview: Avoid The Hangover Part II For Something Unforgettable: The Tree of Life

    Weekend Preview: Avoid The Hangover Part II For Something Unforgettable: The Tree of Life

    This Memorial Day weekend brings the best and worst of moviegoing experiences. For family fun, Kung Fu Panda 2 is a sure thing, while The Hangover Part II serves up "An embarrassing descent into racial stereotypes and tired homophobia," says Spout, and to add injury to insult, it's not even funny. Our recommendation for a worthwhile experience is Terrence Malick's long-awaited Palme d'Or-winner, The Tree of Life.

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    In Theaters: Finish Him! 'Kung Fu Panda 2' Karate Chops 'The Hangover Part II'

    The summer of sequels begins in earnest as two box office behemoths of years past hope that audience goodwill and fond memories translate into ticket sales. "The Hangover Part II" does its 'Hangover' thing, this time in Bangkok! And "Kung Fu Panda 2" hi-yahs onto screens with a stacked roster of all-star voice talent. Annnnd, oh my god, talk about burying the lede! Fuckin' "The Tree of Life" starts its roll out! Terry Malick! Brad Pitt! Sean Penn! Dinosaurs! At least 15 of you just wet yourselves. I know you. I know you Playlist readers, and your love of T. Malick. With good reason. Will it be everything you dreamed of and more? I really hope so!

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Congolese Gangster Flick "Viva Riva!" Will Open In UK Next Month + New Poster & Trailer

    Continuing to make something of an international splash, as the most audacious film to come out of the country, Djo Tunda Wa Munga's Congo-Kinshasa-set crime thriller, Viva Riva - a film I saw and reviewed earlier this year (calling it a pulsating look at a post-war city), will also be released in the UK; so, our readers in the region will get to see it as well, and judge the hype for themselves.

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