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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Great Gatsby Cast So Far: Edgerton Joins DiCaprio, Maguire, Mulligan, Fisher

    UPDATE 5/18: Australian actor Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom) will play Tom Buchanan.

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  • The Playlist
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    Catherine Zeta-Jones Gets Evil With 'Rock Of Ages'

    It has been a long, long time since we've seen Catherine Zeta-Jones on the big screen. Ok, she did make the rom-com "The Rebound" with Justin Bartha a few years back but that film is still trying to find a buyer, but a big role in the upcoming "Rock of Ages" might get fresh interest in that title which is currently sitting on a shelf.

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  • Spout
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    "Dumbstruck" Documents the Underappreciated Craft of Ventriloquism But Has Little to Say

    There is definitely something going on with puppetry lately, as Mark Goffman's "Dumbstruck" is the third documentary I've seen about a segment of the art form in six months. It's also the first to officially hit cinemas, since it debuted in Atlanta last Friday and continues a limited expansion this weekend in NYC and DC. (for further openings, head to the film's Facebook page). Compared to the others -- Sundance hit "Being Elmo" and underrated DOC NYC selection "Puppet" (both of which play IFFBoston next week) -- the form and subject matter of "Dumbstruck" is quite basic and specialized. It tackles the world of ventriloquism from a very communal center, and its full appreciation is likely limited to that same tight community and fanbase.

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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Bay, Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron & More Stand Up Against Premium VOD Plans

    As you may have heard over the past few weeks, the major studios (with the exception of Paramount), will be testing the waters this spring with a new premium VOD plan that will make films available in your own home 60 days after they hit theaters. As outlined by Deadline, the plan right now is limited to DirecTV subscribers who have HD DVRs, but for $29.99, you can get a crisp copy of a film complete in high definition and 5.1 surround sound and 48 hours to watch it as many times as you want. But the program is starting slow, kicking off with "Just Go With It," and introducing a new film every two weeks. But needless to say, theater owners are incensed. Already battling for audiences, they see this move as the death knell for the theatrical movie going experience. Well 32 filmmakers -- including Michael Bay, Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, Michael Mann, Todd Phillips, Guillermo del Toro and more -- have now issued an open letter to the industry citing their concerns and they make some valid points.

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  • The Playlist
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    Oscar-Nominated 'Restrepo' Director Tim Hetherington Killed In Libya

    Tragic news today as reports are surfacing that Tim Hetherington, photographer and Oscar nominated co-director of "Restrepo," has been killed in Libya.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Happy 4/20!

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  • Shadow and Act
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    TONIGHT: Shadow & Act Livecast Season 2, Episode 3

    If you’ve been missing our live podcast shows, you get a chance to redeem yourself tonight (Wednesday, April 20th) from 8PM to 9PM EST! Join me and the rest of the S&A crew–Sergio, Monique and Stephanie–as we discuss some of the hottest topics concerning black cinema.

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  • The Playlist
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    Patrick Warburton Joins 'Ted' & Kevin Hart Gets A 'Five Year Engagement'

    A couple of brief bits of casting news about two very funny people.

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  • The Playlist
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    David Torn & Simon Taufique Scoring 'Jesus Henry Christ' Starring Michael Sheen and Toni Collette

    First Look Photos At 'Christ' & Michael Sheen/Maria Bello Film 'Beautiful Boy,' Torn Also Scoring 'Everything Must Go'So, what is there about the comedy "Jesus Henry Christ" from director Dennis Lee ("Fireflies in the Garden") to get excited about? Well, for one, it stars Michael Sheen, Toni Collete and Jason Spevack, the young boy best known for roles in "Sunshine Cleaning" and "Ramona and Beezus ." Not a bad cast. And perhaps slightly more interesting to us is the fact that the film is being scored by celebrated composer/guitar-texturalist David Torn (occasionally known as the recording artist Splattercell) and up-and-coming composer Simon Taufique who's done some interesting score work in indie films like "Dog Sweat," "Haber" and "Sonnet for a Towncar," an 18-minute short co-directed by Mary Harron ("American Psycho").

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Restrepo Documentarian Tim Hetherington Confirmed Killed in Libya UPDATED

    Having survived many dangerous photographic missions in his life, as well as repeated trips to the lethal Restrepo outpost in Afghanistan--now abandoned by U.S. military--where he shot Oscar-nominated doc Restrepo with co-director Sebastian Junger, British photojournalist and Vanity contributor Tim Hetherington, 41, has died during fighting in Misrata between Muammar Gaddafi's soldiers and Libyan rebels, along with photographer Chris Hondros.

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