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    Interview: Ethan Higbee & Adam Bhala Lough Directors Of Lee Scratch Perry Doc "The Upsetter"

    When filmmakers Ethan Higbee and Adam Bhala Lough came into Lee Scratch Perry’s life he had already squelched the dreams of other documentarians wanting to make a movie about him. But there was something about that time, not long after the turn of the century, which allowed Perry to open up and receive Higbee and Lough with almost complete openness. The resulting documentary The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry, is an absorbingly intense, yet highly informative spiritual journey.

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    Holy Fuck: Martin Scorsese & Lars Von Trier Teaming To Remake 'The Five Obstructions'

    Daniel-Day Lewis Flick 'Silence' Confirmed To Be Scorsese's Next, Shoots In Early 2012As anyone who's seen any of his work before, Lars Von Trier is something of a trickster (there's an amazing story from the "Dogville" shoot about the director filling Paul Bettany's hotel room with wall-to-wall pornography, and then showing Nicole Kidman before she met the British actor, that pretty much crowns him as king of the pranksters), so you'll forgive us if we don't believe any little rumor that circulates about the Danish director. Particularly when it was one as seemingly outlandish as a collaboration between him and Martin Scorsese.

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    'The Dark Tower' Still Alive At Universal, But Film Delayed And Budget Will Be Trimmed

    There's no question, despite the somewhat vanilla nature of its director, that Ron Howard's planned adaptation of "The Dark Tower" is one of the most ambitious projects in years, if not ever. So, despite a trouble-free first few months for the project, we weren't entirely surprised by the rumors last week that Universal, who were meant to be backing the epic three-film, two-TV-series project, were getting cold feet over spiraling costs and were considering scrapping the film entirely.

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    Review: 'Pirates of the Caribbean 4' Is a Soggy Sea Chanty That Seems Awfully Familiar

    Executive producers of television series talk about needing to do a "bottle episode," usually about a third of the way through the season when they've unnecessarily overspent on the earlier episodes and need to save up so that the finale can go out with a bang. In a lot of ways "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" (yes, that's the actual title) feels like a "bottle episode" in the franchise, one in which the scale is cut back tremendously, extraneous mythology shaved away, with the lavish direction of the original trilogy (by Gore Verbinski, who helmed one of this year's very best movies, "Rango") replaced with someone whose vision is, if not entirely lacking, somewhat more made-for-TV.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Exclusive Details On Ava DuVernay's Next Project "Middle Of Nowhere" (Synopsis, Start Date, Crew)

    Seems like it was just yesterday that the country was all abuzz over Ava DuVernay's feature narrative debut, I Will Follow, which recently concluded its noteworthy theatrical run - noteworthy because it was AFFRM's first release (AFFRM being the African American Film Festival Release Movement, spearheaded by Ava herself).

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  • The Playlist
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    Ryan Gosling Directing & Starring In Remake Of Music Biopic 'The Idolmaker'

    After what seems like years and years, it appears that we're finally on the verge of something that's been in the works for a while: the arrival of Ryan Gosling as a fully fledged, honest-to-god movie star. The actor might have captured teen hearts in "The Notebook" and picked up an Oscar nomination for his astonishing performance in "Half Nelson," but he's spent the past half-decade since firmly avoiding tentpoles, landing mostly in indie fare like "Lars and the Real Girl" and the wonderful "Blue Valentine," with only one studio outing, the immediately forgotten Anthony Hopkins thriller "Fracture," in the last seven years.

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    Cannes Review: Gus Van Sant's 'Restless' Is An Endless Number Of Quirks Searching For A Movie

    Easily the first hard flop of the Cannes Film Festival, the warning signs were there but perhaps we didn't pay them much mind. If everything had gone according to the original plan, "Restless" would have already come and gone in theaters and never hit the Croisette. And that probably would have been the better for everyone involved. Instead, a rightfully nervous Sony scuttled a planned January release and shuffled the film over to their indie division Sony Pictures Classics to handle. Kudos for them for getting the film into the opening slot of the Un Certain Regard section of the festival, because after seeing it, that must have been nothing short of a coup.

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    To Fart Like a Man: Spencer Susser's "Hesher"

    Those searching for fresh evidence that the collective obsession otherwise known as “the crisis of masculinity” remains alive and kicking: look no further than Hesher. The film practically writhes with anxiety over how one should “be a man” in a world where carriers of the Y chromosome have become either moist-eyed schlubs or hair-trigger quasi-sociopaths. For thirteen-year-old T.J. (Devin Brochu), this means dealing with the sudden death of his mother largely on his own, as depressed father Paul (Rainn Wilson) collapses into a medicated stupor and sweet-tempered grandma Madeleine (Piper Laurie) tries to keep the household running. T.J. obsesses over the family’s smashed-up car—a totem of happier times that’s been unceremoniously hauled off to the dump—and attempts to ward off a particularly brutal school bully to little avail. What’s to become of this lost, angry boy?

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    Festivals in Cannes Looking for Entries:Thessaloniki, Venice Film Days, San Sebastian

    Cinema in Motion 7 has opened for registration

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Today's Birthdays - 5/13/11 (Stevie Wonder)

    A big Happy Birthday goes out to singer Stevland Hardaway Morris also known as Stevie Wonder! He turns 61 today. Although he's not an actor, the Michigan native's music has appeared on an endless list of film and tv productions. A few on that list...The Woman In Red, The Last Dragon, Fame, School Daze, Round Midnight, Designing Women, Poetic Justice, Mulan, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Glee, The West Wing, The Wire, Next Friday, The Best Man, Wild Wild West, The Outsiders, Shrek Forever After, Valentine's Day, and much more.

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