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    In Theaters: 'Super 8,' 'Trollhunter,' 'The Trip'

    Greetings, loyal readers. How is your summer 2011 going? Hot and humid enough for ya? Seek solace this weekend in the icy cold climes of your local multiplex, or even your arthouse, they too have air conditioning! This weekend make it a double feature with a little taste for everyone's palate. Blockbusters and art cinema go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Which one is the peanut butter and which one is the chocolate? I don't know! Leave your theories in the comments. For those of you who like your summer movies big and meaty, we've got the lens flare fest, excuse me, I mean nostalgic Spielbergian homage "Super 8" from JJ Abrams. If you like your movies more microbudgeted and wry, try the Steve Coogan road trip flick "The Trip." Maybe you want to catch up with the latest Woody Allen romp, "Midnight in Paris" as it continues its roll out. At any rate, this weekend is a good one for original content. Not a sequel in sight. Yay! Join me now, on this fantastical journey.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Footage From "Yelling To The Sky" NYC Premiere Q&A Session

    I shot it with my Android phone, so it's not the greatest quality, and it's a little shaky, but the image and audio aren't bad.

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  • The Playlist
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    Mark Romanek Says He's Already Turned Down 'The Wolverine'

    Ryan Reynolds Confirms 'Deadpool' Will Be 'Nasty,' 'Hard' And 'Cheap'Showing a remarkable amount of diplomacy, director Mark Romanek has confirmed, as reported a few weeks back, that he was a contender for Fox's already-troubled "The Wolverine" but that he has long since turned down the opportunity. Speaking about the Marvel sequel, he tells DigitalSpy, "That's just one of those stories that floated around. I was on their list, I received the script months ago. It didn't seem like my kind of thing." Given that Romanek is a picky and sometimes prickly director, one who famously bailed on his only other big studio assignment merely weeks before shooting ("The Wolfman"), it's not a huge surprise.

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  • Spout
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    On the Music of "Super 8": How Important Is Score Subtlety?

    As I highlighted in my review yesterday I really don't like Michael Giacchino’s score for “Super 8.” It did, however, get me thinking. Giacchino is a very talented composer, as he made perfectly obvious with his beautifully whimsical work on “Up,” for which he won an Oscar. I’m also a big fan of his other Pixar work and the bang-up job he did on “Star Trek.” Moreover, I’m not even sure that my problem with the “Super 8” score is completely musical. It’s actually quite impressively written, and there are a few genuinely remarkable moments. I simply have a problem with the role of the soundtrack in the film as a whole, which I suspect has much more to do with J.J. Abrams and his sense of nostalgia than Giacchino himself.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Ray Charles Died Today... Then Jamie Foxx Won An Oscar

    Today in history, June 10th, 2004... singer and pianist Ray Charles died of liver disease in his Beverly Hills home at age 73.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Hero Complex Film Festival Has Surprises In Store

    While I remain skeptical that Warren Beatty will fulfill his intention to produce a Dick Tracy sequel--as announced at Thursday's opening night of the second annual Hero Complex Film Festival -- there will be more surprises in store at LAT writer/blogger Geoff Boucher's geekfest. Sunday I will turn up for the Iron Man double feature at Mann's Chinese not only to check out the Q & A with the always amusing Jon Favreau, but to see if his surprise guest is who I think it is: Robert Downey, Jr. Those two, as anyone who has attended Comic-Con knows, are damned funny.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Tabloid's Sex Scandal, Media & Mormons

    Errol Morris' Tabloid hits theaters July 15. Check out our interview feature on the director; his fabulous new trailer is below. Morris is a nonpareil when it comes to editing, as anyone who knows his witty commercials and famous Oscar shorts can attest.

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    Anthony Mackie Joins Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin In 'Gangster Squad'

    Update: Jamie Foxx & Tom Hanks Courted For Project, Although Unlikely To End Up In FilmGod damn if Ruben Fleischer doesn't keep finding new ways to makes us excited about "Gangster Squad." The "Zombieland" director is moving into more serious territory with Warner Brothers' big-budget period actioner, and has assembled a mouth-watering cast of awards bait, with Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and "Crash" star Michael Peña all confirmed for the film, written by ex-cop Will Beall, based on a series of L.A. Times articles about an L.A.P.D unit in the 1940s.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    The Shadow & Act Filmmaker Diary Series (w/ Matthew Cherry) Episode 5: "ATTACHING TALENT"

    Continuing on with the series. I don't think any introduction is necessary at this point, so I'll just let you dive in. But if you're just joining us, click HERE to go back to the beginning, find out what this is all about, and catch up!

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sebastian Junger Gives Up Front-Line Reporting: "I don't want to risk my life covering a mistake"

    Sebastian Junger has been doing the book circuit for the paperback release of his book, War. The LA Times reports that the author and documentarian (who co-directed Oscar-nominated Restrepo with the tragically killed photojournalist Tim Heatherington) is through with covering the front lines:"I'm not going to do any more front-line reporting, because I don't want to put my wife through what I went through with Tim..It was a very obvious thought to come to in the wake of all this. Tim's death made war reporting feel like a selfish endeavor."

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