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  • Shadow and Act
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    Clip - Kerry Washington Discusses Arts Advocacy

    Kerry Washington recently served as honorary 2011 National Arts Advocacy Day co-chair.

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  • The Playlist
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    Interview: Zach Braff Talks Micro-Budget Movies & The Challenges Of Playing An Unlikable Character

    After making a name for himself as the lead in the hit TV show "Scrubs" in 2001, Zach Braff stepped behind the camera in 2004 and unleashed "Garden State" on the world. You might have heard of it. This little indie that could earned over $35 million worldwide on a $2.5 million budget, had a best-selling soundtrack and resonated with a huge audience. Braff rode the rocket up, scoring lead roles in the comedy "The Ex" with Jason Bateman and Amanda Peet and, more notably, in a remake of the Italian film "The Last Kiss" with an adapted screenplay written by "Million Dollar Baby" and "Crash" writer/director Paul Haggis.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Cannes Yacht Space for Rent

    This is one way to 'do' Cannes. Looks like a nice party space and well, if you like the water, this is the way to go. People we know who've done it think it is just the best.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jodie Foster Talks Balancing The Humor And Drama Of 'The Beaver'

    Says Her Mel Gibson-Led Drama Was "Something Simple to Hold On To Discuss Something Incredibly Complex"It's somewhat strange to consider what "The Beaver" could have been. Topping 2008's Black List, Kyle Killen's script was considered the best of those left unproduced from that year. The project originally had a star in Steve Carell and was set to be helmed by Jay Roach, but both parties eventually moved on, and after a brief flirtation with Jim Carrey, the script fell into the hands of Jodie Foster, who pushed to have former co-star and friend Mel Gibson play the lead. After production wrapped way back in the fall of 2009, the film is finally being released next week, to a mix of cautious anticipation and weariness -- with it's odd premise, dark tone and a star who, in recent years, has had personal troubles splashed all over tabloid pages, it will be interesting to see how the final incarnation of 'Beaver' fares. Our SXSW review found the tone somewhat difficult to grasp, but ultimately an affecting film, with performances from an ensemble of actors at the top of their game.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Spring Fest Mania: Brit Week Meets American Idol, TCM Classics, LAT Fest of Books

    A pile-up of events are crowding this week in LA. Brit Week kicked off Tuesday with the annual champagne party at the British consul general's mansion in Hancock Park. BAFTA producer Nigel Lythgoe's six American Idol kids roamed the lawn followed by cameras, soaking up attention. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa introed Royal cousin Lord Freddy Windsor, who raised a toast to the Royal couple, and eschewed the fish and chips.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SFIFF 54 Day Seven: A Useful Life, Oliver Stone Tribute, The Last Buffalo Hunt, Attenberg

    Meredith Brody's diary entry for SDIFF day seven: The film-going day begins with inserting a DVD into the player, which I guess means staying rather than going. It’s A Useful Life, a film directed by a former employee of the Cinemateca Uruguaya, Federico Veiroj, about a longtime employee of the Cinemateca Uruguaya in Montevideo (which occasions a notation in the opening credits that the movie does not reflect the actual Cinemateca Uruguaya in any way shape or form). Said rather sad-sackish employee (played by an Uruguayan film critic with the young/old face of an obsessive) has spent a quarter-century doing all that’s necessary in showing films to the public – programming, introducing, talking on the radio, even repairing a seat in the theater.

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  • Spout
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    ¨Lebanon, Pa.¨ Adds Some Genuine Humanity to an Embattled Political Issue

    Today in America every political issue has two sides. That’s a bit of a reduction, but hear me out. We seem to have reached a stage in our national discourse in which every political or social conflict is not only portrayed as having two opposing viewpoints but that the irreconcilability between these two is presumed from before the discussion even starts. Compromise has become a concept without meaning. Therefore, creating a narrative about rural and urban, right and left meeting head to head takes daring enough. To have protagonists who are not simply arguing from one side but seeking to extract some sort of genuine meaning or guidance out of the muddle is just risky.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Meagan Good Cast in 'Californication'

    In case you can't get your Meagan Good fix on the big screen (her films Jumping the Broom, Video Girl, and Ticking will all be released this year), get ready to see her on the small screen in Showtime's Californication.

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  • The Playlist
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    Surprise: Steven Soderbergh To Shoot Stripper Pic 'Magic Mike' Starring Channing Tatum In September

    'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' To Shoot In February 2012, 'Liberace' To Follow In The SummerFirst off, Steven Soderbergh does still plan to step away from directing with more or less the same timeline, however he's a workhorse and seeing another interesting project cross his desk -- luckily for us -- he's decided to squeeze in one more picture onto his schedule.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Cry of Jazz Screening at Indiana University Today!

    We were just alerted to today's screening of The Cry of Jazz, a film by Ed Bland that we covered on the site late last year.

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