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    Spout About: "Fast Five" Homoeroticism; Shakepeare's "Terminator"; Werner Herzog's Best Voiceovers

    I'm genuinely intrigued to see "Fast Five" strictly for its representation of Rio, mainly because it looks like more favela-focused poverty porn in the trailers and clips. How does it compare to the city's image in "Rio," which the "Fast and the Furious" sequel will be competing against this weekend? Alas, nobody is talking about location depictions on opening day. They're all too concerned with the homoeroticism of "Fast Five" instead. Yesterday I linked to a list from IFC's Matt Singer ranking the new film's best lines hinting at a subtext. But there's also Jeff Wells' focused quoting on "The Gayness" illustrated in Manohla Dargis' NY Times review. Cassie Carpenter at NextMovie notes that the original film is still the most homoerotic, complete with an "ex-boyfriend" for Vin Diesel. But Jordan Raup of The Film Stage thinks The Rock's visit to the franchise makes it the gayest yet:Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays Diesel’s perpetually sweaty foe, FBI agent Hobbs. It is the ultimate homoerotic match-up that has graced the screen in quite some time, a feat The Expendables could only dream of. Even their meet cute is something to be admired, a face-to-face thrown-down of unfiltered masculinity.David Camp On Film says nearly the same thing. Rolling Stone's Richard Travers sees a "display of homoerotic porn," Ivan Radford at I-Flicks says the homoeroticism is at a new level in a franchise "already balls-deep in man foam." Surely there are and will be more comments like these.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Royal Wedding Video & Pictures

    Stop the presses! Prince William and Kate Middleton are married. In case you aren't already maxed out, a sampling of video and pictures is below. HuffPo reports that the media was wall-to-wall. The rest of the world may now return to 2011.

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  • The Playlist
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    Matt Walsh & Lizzy Caplan Talk The Improv Comedy Of 'High Road'

    Getting your first feature film off the ground is no easy feat, but that task is made a bit easier when your friends include people like Rob Riggle, James Pumphrey, Lizzy Caplan, Abby Elliot, Joe LoTruglio, Rich Fulcher, Horatio Sanz, Dylan Obrien, Zach Woods, Matt Jones, Ed Helms and Kyle Gass. For actor and now director Matt Walsh, those are the stars he brought on board for his directorial debut, the improv comedy "High Road." The film follows a weed dealer split between a pregnant girlfriend, a gestating rock opera and his illegal job which pays the bills. Things go from bad to worse when a deal goes wrong and he’s forced to go on the run with a teenager he’s mentoring, thus allowing for the rich cast of characters to come into play. We recently spoke to director Matt Walsh and actress Lizzy Caplan about their work on the film and how they approached the film, from both in front of and behind the camera.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Sam Rosen & Nat Bennett "Getting Un-Stuck and Making it Work"

    Today's guest post comes from two emerging filmmakers, Sam Rosen and Nat Bennett, who had a screenplay that caught my eye back when. Now they have their first film in the Tribeca Film Festival. Their path to getting it made revealed some lessons, ones that are applicable to all of us. You can boil it down to don't wait or seek permission; find good collaborators and get going. But it always more than that too -- and they know that.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    "The Fresh Prince With No Hair"

    Sing it with me:

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'The Robber' Is A Relentless, Character-Based Thriller

    The following is a reprint of our review that ran during the 2010 New York Film Festival.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Condoleezza Rice's "30 Rock" Appearance

    As previously revealed in an interview with Tiny Fey, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was to make a cameo appearance on NBC's hit comedy show 30 Rock; and that cameo appearance happened last night! If you didn't catch it, here's her 1 1/2 minute bit; how did she do?

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    More: Television
  • SydneysBuzz
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    U.S. Distributors: Zeitgeist's BCNY Breaks Records

    Bill Cunningham New York broke all house records at Film Forum and we’re still playing in 3 theatres in Manhattan. We’ve already opened in 30 cities and it’s doing well everywhere. Our rollout will be in over 200 cities. BCNY appeals to people who love fashion because it’s so much fun to watch and it’s crossing over because audiences are moved and inspired by Bill’s simplicity and humility and passion for his work. He’s a beacon in these cynical times!

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Exclusive: Actress Aunjanue Ellis and Director Russell Costanzo Discuss "The Tested"

    Nominated for a 2011 AMAA (African Movie Academy Award) in the category of “Best Diaspora Feature”, The Tested has evolved from a solid short, which aired on BET in 2006, into a gripping feature film. Set in NYC, the story follows the intersecting lives of Julian Varone, a police officer (Armando Riesco), and Darraylynn and Dre Warren, the mother and brother of the young man Julian hastily killed. The story examines the themes of remorse, atonement, and redemption in a highly emotional look at the clashing of closely existing worlds.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Run for Your Life: Benjamin Heisenberg's "The Robber"

    The protagonist of the Austrian film The Robber, the based-on-a-true-story first feature by Benjamin Heisenberg (yes, of those Heisenbergs), does two things, and pretty much two things only: he runs long distances and he robs banks. The nearest thing to a straight explanation we get for why Johann Rettenberger (Andreas Lust) so compulsively does the latter—with a latex mask, a shotgun, and an empty gym bag, and sometimes using a radio-blasting stolen car as a getaway vehicle, but just as often relying on his own two feet—comes when he gets home from a particularly long day of marathon training and sticking up strip-mall bank branches. He downloads the information from the heart monitor that has been strapped to his chest to his computer; an enormous spike appears right in the middle of the graph. Johann, an ex-con with no occupation (he tells his parole officer he’s unable to find work that fits around his training schedule), is nonetheless too compulsive and reckless for his robberies to just be about the money; the heart-rate graph confirms the robbing as a pure adrenaline rush, a physical addiction, a way of bringing his body up against its absolute limit. He also appears to enjoy flouting social conventions of less consequence (he bypasses a post-movie traffic jam by driving right through the middle of a small park), so we can surmise that he likely carries out his transgressive behavior without a hint of guilt. Read Benjamin Mercer's review of The Robber.

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