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    It Was A War For Cast & Crew: 16 Things You Need To Know About Terrence Malick's 'The Thin Red Line'

    In late ’98/early ‘99, on the eve of the release of “The Thin Red Line,” two major events were concurrently taking place, each threatening to consume one another but both feeding the anticipation around them (the film was given a limited release in December, followed by wide release in January). One was "The Thin Red Line" itself -- Terrence Malick's first new film in 20 years, an approximately $52 million dollar war film backed by Fox 2000 (a shingle housed under 20th Century Fox) -- and the other the hallowed return of Malick the director, believed to be lost in the wilderness, driving cabs in Paris, selling T-shirts on Les Champs-Élysées or whatever fictional rumor pleases you most.

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    Best Child-Actor Performances On Film (Survey)

    Earlier today, I attended a press screening of a beautiful yet tragic South African drama titled Life, Above All - a film we've covered a bit on S&A, including a review from MsWOO who saw it the London Film Festival last year (read her thoughts HERE).

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    An Exceptionally Queer Invitation From The Academy

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has released its list of 172 new Academy invitees. While the acting list is full of questionables (John Corbett? Beyonce Knowles? Thomas Jane?), too soons (Rooney Mara), and very deservings (Rosemarie DeWitt, Jacki Weaver, Lesley Manville, Ellen Page, Anthony Mackie), and there's quite a few other notables throughout (a posthumous invitation to Tim Hetherington, "Heathers" writer Daniel Waters despite not having done much since "Batman Returns"), my favourite is the trio of uber deserving queer directors all being invited some 10 or 20 years after they first made their mark on the film world: Gregg Araki, Lisa Cholodenko and John Cameron Mitchell (each of whom - of course - made arguably their most accessible works last year).

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    Speechless: First Look At Tom Cruise In 'Rock Of Ages'

    If anything, "Rock of Ages" is shaping up to present its cast in ways you've never seen them before. In case you missed it, adjust your retinas and check out the first look at Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand over here and once your're done, come back and get a load of this.

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    Watch: Hilarious Red Band Trailer For '30 Minutes Or Less' Brings A Bomb To A Gunfight

    After a couple of amusing trailers and clips for Ruben Fleischer's "30 Minutes or Less," Sony knocks it out of the goddamn park with this latest, lengthy red band trailer which delivers big belly laughs right from the raunchy opening gag.

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    Annual Academy Invite List Revealed: Lawrence, Cooper, Knowles, Kunis, Mara, Brand, Moonves, Langley

    The annual Academy invite ritual hits Hollywood hard. Friday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced 178 artists and executives "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures" to join its voting members.

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    Samantha Morton Directing Music Video For The Kills; Directorial Debut 'The Unloved' Goes To DVD

    With a list of directors like Steven Spielberg, Lynne Ramsay, Jim Sheridan, Harmony Korine, Anton Corbjin, Charlie Kaufman and Michael Winterbottom on her resume, actress Samantha Morton certainly had more than enough experience to draw upon when venturing out for her own directorial debut "The Unloved." Premiering way back in 2009 at TIFF, the made-for-Brit-TV movie stars Molly Windsor, Robert Carlyle and Susan Lynch and tells the story of a young girl plucked from her abusive parents and placed into woefully inadequate government care. We caught the film at MIFF last year and called it "a compelling work of cinematic activism." And while it unfortunately never got picked up for a theatrical release, it heads to DVD next Tuesday and Morton is doing the rounds to promote her movie.

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    Bootleg Teaser Trailer For "The Dark Knight Rises"

    The film isn't out for another year, but we've already got a viral marketing campaign going, and now, a teaser trailer, which appears in front of prints of Green Lantern, in theaters this weekend. This is a bootleg version, so you know how that goes... or it could very well be a fake (h/t The Playlist):

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    "Viva Riva!" On "The Fabulous Picture Show" + London Ritzy Screening, Q&A And Launch Party

    Award-winning, no-holds-barred, Congolese thriller, Viva Riva! has already opened in cinemas in New York and LA, and gets its UK release next Friday, June 24th. Last month the film was featured on Al Jazeera's Fabulous Picture Show, with a Q&A with the film's director, Djo Munga.

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    Watch: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Teaser (Apparently) Leaks

    So, "Green Lantern" is terrible right? Well, if you're a hardcore DC Comics fan you're probably going to see it anyway and it looks like you'll be rewarded this weekend for handing over your $12.

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