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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    3-D Fit for The Lion King: Retrofitting a Classic, Filmmakers Look Back

    3-D Fit for The Lion King: Retrofitting a Classic, Filmmakers Look Back

    The Lion King has been converted to 3-D. Bill Desowitz talks to the folks who did it, and the original filmmakers, who look back on what it took to make the groundbreaking animated juggernaut in the first place. There's been plenty of revisionist outrage about George Lucas digitally tweaking Star Wars for the "Complete Saga" Blu-ray set, which streets Sept. 16. Let's at least wait and see how it looks before passing final judgment. But, in the meantime, there's also some anger about converting Disney's The Lion King to 3-D, which gets a two-week theatrical run beginning the same day. After all, this is the reigning hand-drawn box office champ at $328.5 million and fourth overall on the all-time list of animated features, so people are very protective of their childhood memories.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Drive' Star Ryan Gosling Sets His Sights On The Director's Chair

    Talks Developing ‘Logan’s Run;’ Remains Suspiciously Coy On Malick ProjectIt seems somewhat unnecessary to provide an introduction for Ryan Gosling. America’s Canadian Sweetheart has cultivated a resume over the years that makes him nearly impossible to avoid. In 2010 and 2011 alone he’s had leading turns in the independent drama “Blue Valentine,” the summer comedy “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” this fall’s neo-noir/fairy tale, “Drive,” and premiering soon at TIFF, political drama “The Ides of March.” But during press rounds for “Drive,” the actor, whose slate of upcoming projects appears to grow on a daily basis, revealed that there is in fact a method to his madness, “There’s a lot of filmmakers that I want to work with before I make my own films,” he said, “and I’m getting a chance to work with them.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It: Staring Contest With Tom Cruise In New 'M:I 4' Poster

    Aw, man, this whole Ethan Hunt-in-a-hoodie motif is gonna be a thing, isn't it? There are ideas less cool than a forty-nine year old man in a hoodie, but we can't think of any right now, particularly with this new poster from "Mission: Impossible: Ghost: Protocol: Colon: Extra Colon: Metalstorm: The Destruction Of Jared-Syn" staring at us in the face. And we do mean FACE. Man, you could just reach out and kiss the Scientology lord in this shot. Kudos for shoehorning in the classic burning fuse from the original TV show, because otherwise, NOTHING about this looks like "Mission: Impossible." And that lament, friends, is three movies too late!

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Tech Watch: Is Twitter a Media Company or a Social Network? Google Buys Zagat

    While the social network that prides itself on instant updates was always guarded about updating its numbers, Twitter now claims 100 million active users--tweeting, following, and reading content on the network. Tech Crunch (whose own AOL future post-Michael Arrington is in some turmoil) reported that Twitter is looking to increase the presence of "promoted tweets."

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  • The Playlist
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    Paramount Picks Up Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day' With Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin

    It's official: movie number five for Jason Reitman will be "Labor Day," and it will be produced through Paramount Pictures. This romantic drama, which sounds like quite a departure, finds a single mother who takes in a mysterious drifter with a dangerous past. Things get heated, erupting in a passionate affair over the titular holiday. While this seems like the type of thing we'd love with Shelly Winters and Robert Mitchum from the pen of Tennessee Williams, instead this is from the book by Joyce Maynard, with Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin as the illicit couple. Eh, not a huge downgrade.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    45 Minutes Of Pure, Unadulterated Soul

    To put it simply, below is 45 minutes of pure unadulterated joy. It's a video someone put together of James Brown's appearances on Soul Train during the 1970's. We're talking GREAT SOUL MUSIC by the GREATEST of all time.

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  • The Playlist
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    David Twohy To Direct 'Leonardo Job'

    Presumably Based On His Proposed 'Italian Job' RemakeWhile his “Pitch Black” and “Chronicles of Riddick” star Vin Diesel takes to Facebook to whine about being paid scale for director David Twohy’s (unnecessary) third installment of that series, Twohy seems to be a little more productive on the filmmaking front.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer For "Luke Cage" Movie Surfaces... White Luke Cage That Is...

    Let's not give Marvel Studios any ideas shall we. So, funny or not?

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  • Spout
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    TIFF11: "Martha Marcy May Marlene" Is a Challenging, Harrowing Work of Art

    “She’s just a picture,” Patrick (John Hawkes) sings to Marcy May (or is it Martha?), a smooth articulation of this brilliantly dangerous film’s darker thematic thrust. It fits well with another of his stark declarations of control: “You need to share yourself. Don’t be selfish.” This is a movie about psychological collapse, to be sure, but it’s got a very specific tinge. Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) is broken down by two worlds dominated by a distinctly masculine form of power and abuse. As sharply confrontational as anything by Catherine Breillat or Elfriede Jelinek, Sean Durkin’s feature debut is a dark meditation on gender politics that grows more potent and disturbing the more you think about it.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "The Great Migration Of The 21st Century" Starring Maya Angelou And Morgan Freeman Needs Your Help

    The recent influx of African Americans returning to the southern regions of the United States to live is examined by filmmaker Naimah Fuller in her upcoming documentary The Great Migration Of The 21st Century.

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