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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    AFI FEST Galas and Special Screenings Include 'Life of Pi,' 'Silver Linings Playbook,' 'On the Road' & More

    AFI FEST 2012 (November 1-8) has announced its gala and special screening presentations. Highlights include more-than-likely Oscar contenders "Life of Pi" and "Silver Linings Playbook," with buzzy selections from previous festivals including "The Impossible," "West of Memphis" and "On the Road." Festival bookenders "Hitchcock" and "Lincoln" were previously announced. Full list below.

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  • The Playlist
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    Russell Crowe & Lucy Liu Get Close In New Pics From 'The Man With The Iron Fists'

    What is there left to say about "The Man with the Iron Fists"? It's directed by Wu-Tang Clan member RZA, he directed it and co-wrote the script with Eli Roth and it's a goddamn kung-fu movie. Russell Crowe plays the villain and the movie has a pretty awesome soundtrack. If you don't have even a little bit of excitement in your heart for this we don't know what to tell you.

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    NYFF Interview: Olivier Assayas Talks Music, The Occupy Movement & The Movies That Inspired 'Something In The Air'

    Sex, drugs, riots, and rock 'n' roll are just a few of the cultural elements within Olivier Assayas’ latest film, “Something in the Air.” Following high-school revolutionary Gilles (Clément Métayer) and his various friends, the filmmaker tracks burgeoning French political awakening and a coming-of-age story with a keen eye, basing much of the plot on his own life in the 1970s. Gilles wavers between radical commitment and more personal, artistic aspirations while also grappling with love and loss. We caught the movie at the Venice Film Festival and dug it, complementing the movie on its substance and sharp look.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    This Week in Black Television: The New Fall Season...Thoughts Thus Far

    This regular feature has been clearly absent the past two weeks because I was buried under an avalanche…of too many TV shows!  Between returning favorites like Fringe and new fare like Last Resort, there’s been a torrent of TV watching in the ol’ homestead.  But now I’ve finally dug myself out and am able to share my humble opinions on what’s good so far and what (or who) needs to go back to the drawing board. Warning – SPOILERS ARE ABOUND!

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  • Shadow and Act
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    The Only Reason You'll Ever Need To See Ava DuVernay's 'Middle Of Nowhere'...

    So here we are folks - a day before Middle Of Nowhere makes its commercial theatrical debut, 9 months after its Sundance Film Festival premiere, where I first saw it (and loved it), and where its director, Ava DuVernay, made history as the first African American woman to be crowned with Best Director honors.

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  • The Playlist
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    Death Has A Ginger Beard In New Character Posters For 'Sightseers'

    Packing up the camper and hitting the road is a popular vacation choice for many, but never has it been depicted with such a gleeful streak of dark comedy as it is in Ben Wheatley's "Sightseers." The director of "Kill List" and "Down Terrace" continues his wicked pace with another new film headed to theaters, and it has four cheeky posters to give you taste of what's to come.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Watch: Spielberg and Day-Lewis Talk 'Lincoln' at Lengthy Q&A (VIDEO)

    Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis participated in a live Q&A session yesterday after a special screening of "Lincoln," directed by Spielberg and starring Day-Lewis as the 16th president. The full interview and a shorter clip, in which the pair talk about how they can use fear as a driving force in their work, both linked below.

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    Review: 'Here Comes The Boom' Is Like A More Violent, Less Funny Version of 'The Fighter'

    Kevin James is one of those actors who is so featureless and bland that he makes Tom Hanks seem, in comparison, positively exotic. With his doughy figure, dad-next-door face, and line delivery that suggests he's getting ready for the next big football game instead of commanding movies that cost tens of millions of dollars, he is so bereft of personality that you sense that he might just waft off the screen. Usually, though, he's nestled inside a Russian doll of higher caliber comedic talent, whether it's Will Smith in "Hitch" or Adam Sandler and his posse in a whole host of movies (including "Grown Ups" and "The Zookeeper"). Teaming him up with someone usually makes his bumbling everyman shtick slightly more palatable.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Ari Emanuel's Lessons to Live By: Stay Close to Intellectual Superiors, Fail

    Agent and co-CEO of WME and recent MOCA board member Ari Emanuel has posted a list of "Six Lessons I Live By" on LinkedIn. Bullet-point existential guides from the uber-successful tend to be littered with Hallmark platitudes, and Emanuel's is no exception. He does, however, focus on humility, which cuts through the hackneyed life-plan catnip a bit: Included in his advice are the imperative to "surround yourself with people smarter than you" and the warning that "[your daily] schedule makes you dumber."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    John Legend Sells Scripted Comedy Project To Fox, Based On His Own Life

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    It was announced in July that John Legend and his Get Lifted Film Company had signed an exclusive deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop TV series for both cable and broadcast networks.

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