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    Video: Funny All-Star Spoof, "Uptown Downstairs Abbey"

    Before the new version of Upstairs Downstairs arrives on Sunday, take a look at Uptown Downstairs Abbey, a delicious parody of the genre and a direct descendent of the recent Downton Abbey.

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  • Spout
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    The Originals: "Arthur" Was Great the First Time (A Second Opinion)

    For some strange reason, like Christopher, I hadn’t seen the original “Arthur” until this week. Not that I’ve seen a lot of early ‘80s comedies, probably because by the time I was watching too much cable they’d fallen out of the rotation a bit. But still, I’m a big fan of both Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli, which you’d think would have been enough to drive me to watch it by now. Anyway, I’ve finally gotten to it, and I enjoyed it quite more than Christopher (whose original post you can read over here).

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  • The Playlist
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    Jay Baruchel Joins David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis,' Maggie Grace Will Be 'Taken' Again

    Casting News Explosion Includes Rob Riggle As Villain In '21 Jump Street,' Tim Roth In 'Arbitrage' & Much MoreJay Baruchel is joining the cast of David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis." The rangy young actor will play a "financial whiz kid" in the film, who makes a fortuitous gamble over the course of the film's single-day narrative. Baruchel is joining a loaded cast, including Robert Pattinson, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric and Sarah Gadon. Baruchel will next be seen in the Michael Dowse-directed "Goon," which he co-wrote with Evan Goldberg, before lending his voice to the second film in the "How To Train Your Dragon" series. Update: First tipped by C7nema and confirmed by reps for the film, Kevin Durand ("Lost," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"), Emily Hampshire ("The Trotsky") and Patricia McKenzie have also joined the film playing Torval, Jane Melman and Kendra respectively.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Relativity Adds Curtin as Marketing Chief

    Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanugh made official Wednesday his appointment of Terry Curtin as president of theatrical marketing. Curtin will leave her gig as co-president of entertainment at the Cimarron Group to oversee Relativity's marketing planning, strategy and execution. Peter Adee recently chose to leave the post after an eight-month transition following Relativity's takeover of Overture. (More details below.)

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    AOL's Huffington Overhauls Online Brands Moviefone and Cinematical: Moviefone's Chui Loses Job

    AOL's Huffington Overhauls Online Brands Moviefone and Cinematical: Moviefone's Chui Loses Job

    Online movie brands Moviefone and Cinematical are caught in the chaos brought on by new AOL media mogul Arianna Huffington and her new editorial lieutenant, ex-New York Times editor John Montorio, as they overhaul AOL's entertainment coverage. Insiders say that AOL's first round of Draconian staff cuts a month ago were made not by Huffington Post staffers but by outside numbers-crunching consultants who did not assess individual strengths and weaknesses. At Moviefone, many strong, experienced editors were let go. The plan was to stop using freelance bloggers and hire new and improved staff editors and writers instead, with some exceptions for columnists with expertise or film festival coverage. "It's a mess over there," says one former editor at AOL Moviefone. "Goliath bought David and is turning it over to David."

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Women Theatre Directors Talk About Working in Seattle

    Great piece in the Seattle Times (with a video below) on how strong a town Seattle is for women theatre directors. Here's a comment from Kate Whoriskey who runs the Intiman Theatre about how things have changed for women directors in the country.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Hanna' A Study In Merciless Violence, Strong Performances And Block Rockin' Beats

    In "Hanna," Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan graduates to the next stage of her career, the one that all "respected actors" reach -- the action stage, where her piercing looks and astute natural intelligence are replaced by kicks, punches and improbable stunts. The anomaly, of course, is that Ms. Ronan has become a remarkably accomplished, borderline preternatural performer at a young age, and so the action phase of her career -- admittedly, a brief tour as opposed to the extended sojourn other actresses might enjoy -- has arrived fairly early. Such is the natural gimmick at the heart of "Hanna," one that audiences should find familiar by now: the little girl with wolf's teeth and bear's claws.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Though Keanu Reeves' Heart Is In The Right Place, 'Henry's Crime' Is A Forgettable Offense

    The following review is reprint that originally ran during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Ceremony' Is Charming & Well-Made, Despite Wes Anderson Derivativeness

    Employing similar symmetrical framing and tracking shots, classic rock soundtrack flourishes and quirky, fanciful characters, Max Winkler's directorial debut, "Ceremony" feels heavily indebted to the early works of Wes Anderson. Arguably a derivative effort in that sense, the film is still not without its delightful little charms, and despite the obvious familiarities, is still entertaining and engaging.

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  • The Playlist
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    Clive Owen & Andrea Riseborough Replace Guy Pearce & Rebecca Hall In 'Shadow Dancer'

    Gillian Anderson & Aidan Gillen Round Out CastFirst announced way back last fall, "Man On Wire" director James Marsh had lined up a crackling cast for his IRA thriller "Shadow Dancer" (which may or may not be using that title any longer). Rebecca Hall and Guy Pearce were set to star but Vulture caught up with the director recently and it looks like plans have changed a bit.

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