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  • Shadow and Act
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    An All-Time Favorite Mom In Films...Irma P. Hall

    As I sit pondering what color roses to get my Mom for Mother's Day tomorrow and if dinner will be on time (my sisters are usually slow and late) , I couldn't help but think about the great moms in films. If I did a list, and there are quit a few out there on various film sites, it most certainly would be endless but the one person who would probably be in the top 5 for me is actress Irma P. Hall.

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  • Spout
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    "Thor" is a Religious Experience Ruined By Science

    Sarah Silverman joked that Jesus was magic. "Thor" makes the suggestion that religious deities are a combination of magic and science, that they originate from some distant planet with physics unlike what we understand on Earth. And these aliens were worshiped as gods by ancient peoples who couldn't comprehend the uncanny things they did. Of course, we've all heard such theories, and we've also thought of superheroes as godlike for decades. In the movie version, Thor isn't too different from Superman, for instance; he just arrives here as an arrogant adult fish-out-of-water instead of as a strangely strong and innocent toddler kind. The main point of contrast is that Thor is based on an actual religious icon of yore while Superman and many other characters are treated as modern Christ figures.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Cannes 2011 – Short Film Corner Preview

    It would be fair to say that you could easily spend the whole duration of 2011 Cannes Film Festival in the Short Film Corner.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Casting News: Charles Dutton Leads Superpower Investigations; Pam Grier Is RZA's Mother & More

    Some quickie casting news you should know about...

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    Cannes Countdown...

    OK, so we're finally down to just one weekend before Cannes, the press screening schedule has just been released today, and I'm in a sudden state of panicked (un)preparedness.

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  • The Playlist
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    Rewind: The Week In Movies, May 2nd-May7th

    Big news in the movie world this week. We got big advancement on new projects from Wes Anderson, Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino, and while the rest of the world was undergoing major change, Hollywood was working to greenlight a movie about it.

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  • The Playlist
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    SFIFF '11: Tindersticks Accompany Claire Denis Films Live On Stage

    Tuesday night at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Castro Theatre hosted one of the more inspired events of the festival. Every year, the San Francisco Film Society puts on an event pairing a musical act with a silent film. The past few years have seen Stephen Merritt (The Magnetic Fields) providing live music for the 1916 version of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” Dengue Fever accompanying the stop-motion feature-length film “The Lost World,” and Black Francis (The Pixies) lending his songs to “The Golem.” This time around, the festival decided to change the rules slightly and invited Tindersticks to play along with the films of director Claire Denis. The shift here is that Denis’ films aren’t silent, and the original scores were created by Tindersticks in the first place.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Tarantino Wants Will Smith to Star in Django Unchained

    If Quentin Tarantino lands Will Smith for his Django Unchained, it will have a huge impact on the movie. I'm not sure how I feel about it, truth to tell. Imagine that the film is The Good the Bad and the Ugly meets Mandingo or Manderlay. It's what Tarantino said he wanted to do: an entertaining spaghetti western--or southern in this case--but it's set in a very ugly place in our history, the racist south in all its abusive plantation glory.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look: Brad Pitt As Jackie Cogan In Andrew Dominik's 'Cogan's Trade'

    With principal photography now wrapped on Andrew Dominik's adaptation of George V. Higgins' "Cogan's Trade," a new image of star Brad Pitt as the titular Jackie Cogan has been unveiled.

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  • Hope for Film
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    One Way To Deal With The Intersection Of SuperAbundance & Economic Collapse

    I must confess I have developed a Standard Operating Response (SOR) to deal with the fact of my ever growing (& groaning) To Read / To Watch List and my ever dwindling pay check.

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