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  • Shadow and Act
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    L.A. Rebellion: Creating A New Black Cinema - Shorts Program Reviews (Works By Julie Dash, Gay Abel-Bey, Larry Clark)

    The shorts program this weekend offered a chance to see early work by major names in the L.A. Rebellion and works by some lesser known filmmakers.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Robot Chicken' Helmer Chris McKay To Co-Direct 'Lego' With Phil Lord & Chris Miller; 2014 Release Pegged

    The various movies in development based on childhood toys and board games, probably the most serious symptom of the creative bankruptcy facing most studios, have, thankfully, yet to come to pass for the most part. McG's "Ouija" had the plug pulled on it, Ridley Scott's "Monopoly" remains stranded in development hell, and films based on the likes of "View-Master" and "Candyland," while threatened, have never made it into production.

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  • Caryn James
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    Ricky Gervais Talks About Globes, Johnny Depp, His New HBO Series

    Ricky Gevais was interviewed at the 92nd St Y in New York last night by my old New York Times friend and media reporter Bill Carter, and in 90 minutes  - which seemed like a blip of time – their sharp conversation covered everything from whether Gevais will be back as host of the Golden Globes, the difference between British and American comedy, and his new HBO series, “Life’s Too Short” (on now in the UK, coming to HBO in February).  Gervais sipped a glass of beer during the chat, and close-up, his uniform black pants looked like tuxedo pants worn with a black T-shirt (more stylish than you thought, isn’t he?)

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: The Iron Lady (UK Version)

    The trailer is clear evidence that Streep will deliver another Oscar caliber performance (as if we had any doubt.)  Whether the movie stands up, still remains to be seen.  But this is clearly going to be very controversial.  Here's what Streep said to the Daily Mail about playing Thatcher:

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Full Trailer For 'The Hunger Games' Is Mostly Convincing

    If a trailer's going to bow on "Good Morning America," it feels like you're safe in making some assumptions on the content of that trailer. Something frothy, we would imagine, in the vein of "New Year's Eve" or "Eat Pray Love," perhaps. At the very most, something from the latest Disney film, bearing in mind that ABC is a subsidiary of Disney. Not on our shortlist? A violent, dystopian sci-fi film about children made to fight each other to the death for the benefit of the general public. 

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  • The Playlist
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    Brad Pitt Plays The Retirement Card, Says He'll Stop Acting In 3 Years

    Have Brad Pitt and his "Ocean's Eleven" director Steven Soderbergh been trading notes? As both men approach fifty, it seems they're eager to step away from the limelight. Hitting the other side of the planet to promote "Moneyball," Pitt has revealed to the Aussie version of "60 Minutes" that he plans to retire from acting. Asked by journalist Tara Brown, "How much longer would you like to do your business for?" the actor had a very simple answer.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Postcards From CPH:DOX

    It's only been nine years since the Copenhagen International Film Festival (or CPH: DOX, as it is almost exclusively referred) began its inaugural year. Directly before International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) - essentially the main staple of the European doc fest circuit - the chances of CPH: DOX rising to their ranks in the short time since seemed highly unlikely. But CPH: DOX is not your grandparents' film festival.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Meryl Streep Gets Prime Ministerial In Full Trailer For 'The Iron Lady'

    Of everything this Oscar season, the biggest question mark has been "The Iron Lady." While most of the films in play made festival bows months ago, or have started screening for long-lead press by now, Phyllida Lloyd's biopic of legendary British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, starring the equally legendary Meryl Streep, has been kept tightly under wraps, with only a brief teaser trailer showing how the film might turn out.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    How Not To Make a Film (Part One)

    I am in the process of trying to make a short film. I thought it might be interesting to write about it from the very start, when nothing is really certain, nor anyone particularly sure how or when any of it will become any less so. My natural instinct would be to narrate the whole experience in a manner that casts me as some kind of inspired and inspiring auteur, driving my uncompromising artistic vision to the screen with guile and panache. But it would surely be far more interesting to force myself to be honest. And the truth is that the whole process is bound to be a severe learning experience for me more than anyone, and that 90% of it will be spent sitting in front of my laptop drinking coffee and wondering when I can next masturbate.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Literary Viagra

    One of the many benefits of being pervy is that my escapades and observances give me fodder to write about. As mentioned in my Lost Boy bio, I’ve written about audio in porn; I’ve also written about book-lickers, foot fetishists, the difference between bears and otters, and the powerful aphrodisiac otherwise known as George Michael.

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