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    Review: 'How To Grow A Band' A Decent Portrait Of Musician Chris Thile And Punch Brothers

    Subject Chris Thile lets us in on a little Irish saying, told to him by his ex-father-in-law: “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” Should we expect that the following documentary will be a dubious account of progressive bluegrass band Punch Brothers? It’s a peculiar way to start things off (especially for a meat-and-potatoes band documentary -- this isn’t “F For Fake”), suggesting that what’s to come may not exactly be the straight story, but at least will be an enjoyable one. “How To Grow A Band” does prove to be entertaining even if you’re not already aware of musician Thile’s various exploits, though in its effort to “tell a good story” without the pesky thing called truth (in this case a feel-good story of a band experimenting and coming out on a top), it often overlooks any legitimate tension brewing in the band.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Woody Allen Sends Some Roman Love To LA Film Fest

    While Woody Allen is skipping Cannes--because "To Rome with Love" is opening April 20 in Italy--he's bringing "To Rome with Love" to Los Angeles to open the LA Film Festival on June 14. It will be its North American premiere.

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    8 Things You Want to Know from EW's Summer Preview: 'Dark Knight Rises,' 'Avengers,' 'Huntsman,' 'Magic Mike'

    EW's Summer Preview (out April 13) covers the season's most hyped releases, from "The Dark Knight Rises" (the last of the "Dark Knight triplets"), "The Avengers" ("the 'Taxi Driver' of superhero-team movies") and "The Amazing Spider-Man" to Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" and Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones' "Hope Springs." Enjoy a taste of the issue below.

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    CinemaCon Awards Go to Renner, Theron, Pfeiffer, Kitsch, Johnson, Katzenberg, Apatow

    CinemaCon, NATO's annual exhibitor conference in Las Vegas, is shaping up. Starting April 23, CinemaCon will draw more than 5,000 global theater owners (from major chains to mom and pop theaters) as well as all six studios and a wide range of indies looking to promote their upcoming slates. CinemaCon's goal this year, especially, is to promote the moviegoing experience that seems under increasing duress.

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    Watch: Gorgeous Anime-Style Ad For Tokyo Disney Resort

    In America we have recently been bombarded by commercials for the stateside Disney parks (Florida’s Walt Disney World is where the ads were shot, probably because so much of Disneyland’s second gate, California Adventure, was under construction at the time) that feature a horrendous OneRepublic song and herky-jerky visuals that are sun-drenched and oozing gooey sentimentality. Over in Japan, though, they’re treated to a gorgeously animated, absolutely heart-tugging spot that will literally make you want to stop what you’re doing, convert all your money over to yen, and get the fuck over there

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    Review: 'The Three Stooges' A Limp Homage To A Legendary Comedy Trio

    There doesn't seem to be a single pressing reason for the Farrelly Brothers to have made a Three Stooges-less movie titled "The Three Stooges." Bobby and Peter Farrelly's love of the Stooges is well-known, but they should have left well enough alone after "Dumb and Dumber," a superior and certainly easier to swallow Stooges homage. For starters, the three comedians in the Farrellys' new and more direct tribute's title roles just don't have any comedic chemistry. Geographically, the Farrellys' trio may be close-knit but beyond that, there's nothing to suggest that Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos are an organically united group. It should be noted that there's also nothing categorically wrong with the Farrellys reusing their idols' routines. But if the actors playing the Stooges can't form a good, cohesive troupe of comedians, resurrecting Moe, Larry and Curly is pointless.

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    'Marley' Doc First-Ever to Stream Simultaneously on Facebook with Theatrical Premiere April 20

    Stir it up! Kevin Macdonald's "Marley" will be the first ever film to stream on Facebook simultaneously with its theatrical and VOD debut on April 20.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "RuPaul’s Drag Race" Renewed For 5th Season After Record-Setting Current Season

    I haven't watched a single episode of this, but I'm sure some of our readers are fans, and they'll be glad to know that the Logo network has renewed RuPaul’s Drag Race, for a 5th season!

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy Screens Universal's Gorgeous Remastered 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' Followed by Awkward Q&A

    Universal's gorgeous, unblemished digital restoration of "To Kill a Mockingbird," which premiered in Washington D.C. last week and had its TV debut on the USA network April 7, screened to a packed house at the Academy Wednesday evening. The night highlighted a recurring issue with Academy events: Good screening. Bad Q&A.

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    Cannes Watch: Tim Roth To Lead Un Certain Regard Jury

    The Festival du Cannes has named Brit character actor Tim Roth (TV's "Lie to Me") as president of the Un Certain Regard jury. Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux will announce the sidebar of twenty films, which is part of the Selection Officielle and packed with world premieres, at the same time as the main competition program on April 19.

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