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    More "Django Unchained" Casting News... Uh... Rumors + Fan-Made Poster

    Hmmm... I woke up this morning to find a post on MTV's movie site stating that Michael Fassbender revealed on Twitter last night that he had joined the cast of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, stating: "Great news everyone. Quentin Tarantino has asked me to be his latest film Django Unchained. He was talking so fast, but I said 'f***, yes'."

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  • Hope for Film
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    The New Digital Repertory Model

    In a recent post on his excellent blog, Ira Deutchman asks "Why not recreate the repertory cinema model for the digital age–program different strands of films on different nights, day-part them if you will. Why not stage national events to showcase those strands and have audiences feel like that are part of something larger–something they can’t get on TV or from a DVD?"

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  • The Playlist
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    Terrence Malick Wrote A Letter Of Instruction To Every Projectionist Showing 'The Tree of Life'

    Plus Experimental Filmmaker Whose Work Malick Samples TalksSo, after years and years of waiting, Terrence Malick's long-delayed "The Tree of Life" is finally in theaters. Like, right now. In fact, today sees it expand beyond New York and L.A. to Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Austin and Dallas, among others, so more and more of you will get the chance to check out a film that, while not the second coming of cinema that some were hoping for, is undoubtedly a must-see. And with that expansion underway, it seems that the typically meticulous Malick has been getting personally involved to make sure that you see it in the way he intended.

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  • Caryn James
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    Previewing the MTV Movie Awards With Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Emma Stone

    It's not as if the MTV Movie Awards are real awards, not the Oscar kind that can change careers. That trophy isn't shaped like a bucket of popcorn for nothing. But the show (live on MTV on Sunday night), is a comic spectacle. Its movie parodies are a highlight, and it's a lot more fun to watch than pseudo-serious sham awards like The People's Choice. The success of this show is in inverse proportion to its sincerity.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    8th Annual Tarifa Africa Film Festival Starts Next Week In Spain

    The 8th Annual Tarifa Africa Film Festival in Tarifa, Spain, will begin place next week, running from June 11th to the 19th , showcasing some 148 movies from 23 African countries.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    The trailer for Rupert Wyatt's prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco as a scientist run amuck and Andy Serkis (Gollum, King Kong) as a smart primate, looks pretty creepy. Here's more on WETA's VFX. Fox releases the pic on August 5. Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton and David Oyelow also star.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Pee-Wee Herman Pulls a Melissa Leo

    And I love him for it:

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Make This Your Song (and Video) of The Summer

    I've been a very lazy blogger lately, for a variety of reasons but definitely in large part due to the sudden onslaught of warm weather that makes me want to do anything but sit indoors in front of laptop. So it seems appropriate to kick off an attempt at a blogging resurgence with this freshly released video for Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend." I've been a fan of the song since late last year, but this clip reminded me just how much. Robyn deserves to be a superstar, as this deceptively simplistic and oddly graceful ode to being the other woman makes clear. And now its been given a music video, well over a year after the first edition of Robyn's epic "Body Talk" trilogy that the song was a part of started coming out. One long take gives us a video as deceptively simple as the song itself: Robyn basically just dances around (in typically adorable Robyn-style) as the cameras follow her and some lights due some fancy things. But it works perfectly and will hopefully give the singer another shot at a breakout single that brings her further into the limelight she oh so deserves. Last summer, her "Dancing On My Own" was 100% hands down my song of the season (how it wasn't the rest of the worlds is beyond me...), and I vote for "Call Your Girlfriend" to be its predecessor. With Lady Gaga, Beyonce and pretty much everyone else disappointing left and right, give one lady that is a genuine machine of catchy and clever pop her due:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Viva Riva!" Film Review

    Writer/director Djo Tunda Wa Munga said that one of his motivations in making Viva Riva was to counter some of the long-standing, dominant perceptions of Africa and African art.I’d say he accomplishes this goal, with a film that unabashedly depicts the kind of orchestrated sexuality and violence rarely seen in African cinema (specifically in the Democratic Republic Of The Congo – DRC – where such scenes are taboo); though there must be something to be said for being so audacious with this kind of carnage and salacity, in a country still recovering from a war that killed millions of people, and saw women subjected to worst kind of sexual violation.

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  • Spout
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    "X-Men: First Class" is a Fantastical Trip Through History and Interchangeable Subtexts

    The following is a lengthy discussion of elements of "X-Men: First Class" which contains some minor spoilers.

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