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    Review: 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest' Is Engrossing & Real

    The following is a reprint of our review that ran during the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. The film opens in limited release this weekend, Friday, July 8th.

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    City Lights

    Charlie Chaplin’s fifth feature-length film (after scores of shorts), CITY LIGHTS (available on DVD) was released early in 1931, the third full year of all-talking pictures and though it had numerous sound effects, a synchronized score, several sound jokes including some sardonically squeaky babble at the beginning, it is a silent movie, the last one made. Everybody had warned Chaplin that this was a terrible risk, since while he was shooting it over a period of nearly three years, the craze for sound films had exploded and entirely transformed the picture medium.

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    'Babel' Oscar-Nominee Rinko Kikuchi Bags Female Lead In Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

    Comic-Con is nearly upon us: we're only two weeks away from the descent of the geek world on their San Diegan Mecca, although many have been worried, considering Marvel's decision to skip Hall H this year, that there wouldn't be much worth going for. But Legendary Pictures, backers of "The Dark Knight," "300" and "Clash of the Titans," have announced that they're taking four big projects to the Coachella of sci-fi/fantasy, and the press release is unusual for two reasons: firstly (and more on this shortly) not an inch of film will have been shot on any of the four, and secondly, because they've left slip a major piece of casting on the most imminent.

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    "Project Nim" Director James Marsh on Animals as Metaphors, Pre-Interviews and Mocking Your Subject

    As soon as the first screening at Sundance was over, I tweeted that "Project Nim" will undoubtedly be one of my favorite films of 2011. Everyone thought I had festival fever and was too excited right off the back. But I don't often display such passion for specific movies, in public or in print, and I knew that halfway through the year I'd still be singing its praises. Well, six months later my mind hasn't been changed by a second viewing -- in fact I might like it more now than when I reviewed it from the festival, if this is possible -- or by any of the lesser films, documentaries or fictions, that have come my way since January.

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    Interview: James Marsh Talks 'Project Nim' & Says He's Not A Fan Of Tom Hooper's 'The Damned United'

    James Marsh is a rare breed of director that seems equally at ease doing documentaries as he is doing fiction films. He’s probably best known for his Oscar winning documentary “Man On Wire,” about tightrope walker Philippe Petit who illegally performed his high-wire routine between the Twin Towers in 1974. More recently he was responsible for “1980,” the middle installment of the excellently dark UK miniseries “Red Riding,” which received a limited theatrical release stateside and was a project we called “easily one of the cinematic highlights” of last year.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Mogul Wives Murdoch and Sloan Produce Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    Don't call Wendi Murdoch and Florence Sloan trophy wives. The women, who are married to media mogul Rupert Murdoch and ex-MGM CEO Harry Sloan, respectively, tell Harper's Bazaar about their new roles as Hollywood producers for their first film, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

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    Terrence Malick Made An Enemy Out Of James Horner & 7 More Things We Learned About 'The New World'

    Christopher Plummer Didn't Care For His Ways EitherEven for a filmmaker known as someone who drastically skews perspectives and storytelling methods, obscuring his art while illuminating, Terrence Malick's “The New World” presents an unusual method of telling a familiar core story. With another filmmaker, we might simply get the straightforward tale of John Smith and Pocahontas, Malick sees the beginning of a unique and troubled union, not only between the star-crossed lovers, but between the spirits of two civilizations and their relationships with the land.

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  • Press Play
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    DVD REVIEW: Takashi Miike's disappointing 13 ASSASSINS is a remake of a response to a classic

    By Simon AbramsPressPlay contributor

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    '50/50' Crew Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, & Jonathan Levine To Team-Up For Road-Trip Comedy 'Jamaica'

    Cancer Comedy Scribe Will Reiser Also Penning ScriptThe sign of a good creative collaboration: a re-team before your first film even hits the the screens. That's the m.o. for the creative principas behind, "50/50," the comedy drama that was once known as "I'm With Cancer." Co-starring Seth Rogen and written by his friend and surviving cancer patient Will Reiser, the picture is directed by "The Wackness" helmer Jonathan Levine and is co-produced by Rogen's partner in crime, "Superbad" co-author, Evan Goldberg.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    International Documentary Association Announces 15th Annual DocuWeeks Lineup

    Screening from August 12th through September 1st at New York's IFC Center and August 19th through September 8th at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Los Angeles, the 2011 edition of IDA's DocuWeeks will present seventeen feature films and seven shorts from sixteen different countries in theatrical runs designed to qualify the films for consideration for The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ annual Oscar Awards.

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