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  • Indiewire
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    Watch Ricky Gervais, Chris Rock and Others Talk About Being Funny

    Hearing people talk about comedy is never as amusing as actually hearing something comic, and there’s a little of each in Talking Funny. For this HBO special, Ricky Gervais plays host to Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Louis C.K. - it’s like the Top Chef Masters of comedy - as they talk about their acts and their jokes.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Cannes Directors Fortnight 2011: The Women

    Here are the films directed by women from the 2011 Cannes Directors Fortnight. Out of a total of 21 films, seven are directed by women. That's 33%. Not too shabby. (Descriptions from IndieWIRE)

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Bang Bang Club' Never Quite Gets Completely Behind The Camera

    "The Bang Bang Club" is the real life story of four photojournalists who captured the horrific civil unrest and brutal violence during the end of South Africa’s apartheid in the early 90s. Films about war time violence aren’t new, but with the current events in the Middle East, and specifically the recent tragic death of photojournalist and "Restrepo" director Tim Hetherington, this movie ventures to let us feel what it's like to be on these front lines.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Tonight In NYC - Screening Of "Bless Their Little Hearts" & Charles Burnett Critical Panel

    As part of MoMA's ongoing Charles Burnett retrospective, titled Charles Burnett: The Power to Endure, which ends on Monday, the 25th... this afternoon and tonight, if you are in New York City, instead of giving Tyler Perry your $13 for Madea's Big Happy Family, may I suggest you instead see Billy Woodberry's woefully under-seen 1984 feature film, Bless Their Little Hearts, which Charles Burnett wrote the screenplay for, and shot as well.

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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Douglas Says Steven Soderbergh's 'Liberace' Is Still Aiming For A Fall Start This Year

    Plans to shoot Steven Soderbergh's "Liberace" have been thrown around a bit over the last year mainly due to the medical issues that plagued star Michael Douglas, but the actor has now come out noting the previously planned fall start later this year might still be in the works.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Djimon Hounsou, Action Hero? First Trailer For “Elephant White” + Official Release Date

    Wrote about this flick last fall… an action/thriller film called Elephant White, starring Djimon Hounsou and Kevin Bacon.

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  • Caryn James
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    Review: Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon's Film Lumbers Like An Elephant

    I’m sure the filmmakers didn’t mean to take the title so much to heart, but this would-be romantic drama is as lumbering as an elephant. Somehow Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon have lost their usual sparkle, and even a circus in the background can’t save us from the tedium that is Water for Elephants.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ralph Fiennes In Talks To Join Mike Newell's Adaptation Of Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations'

    Scheduling Conflicts Ended Early Talks With Rooney Mara For Female Lead, EstellaWith 2012 set to initiate celebrations of Charles Dickens' bicentenary, there's sure to be a few film projects being developed to take part in the festivities. One particular production, though, is already jumping out of the blocks as a standout: the adaptation of "Great Expectations" by Mike Newell which already has rising star Jeremy Irvine ("War Horse") as Pip and Helena Bonham Carter in talks for Miss Havisham.

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  • Spout
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    Disney's "African Cats" Takes the Narrativization of Nature to a New Extreme

    It should be expected by now that Disney's wildlife documentaries are a bit over the top with regards to imposing narratives on the animal kingdom. But their latest annual Earth Day-timed Disneynature release, "African Cats," shockingly reaches new ground. To the point where, after the real-life lions and cheetahs of a Kenyan reserve are given names, an overlaying plot and their own individual dramatic story arcs, I wondered why the studio didn't just go ahead and have the beasts talk. And maybe simply animated them. Of course, that would too much resemble "The Lion King," though I presume the majority of the audience is thinking of the classic cartoon while watching the "real" thing here anyway.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: The Help

    This looks great. Opens on August 12.

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