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    Less Froth, More Nazis: A Darker “Upstairs Downstairs”

    The new Upstairs Downstairs is as visually glittering as you might want. The camera swirls around a crystal chandelier in the opening credits; the stylish young owners of 165 Eaton Place have painted the walls in the entry hall a beautiful peacock blue. And glamor? Wallis Simpson drops by a cocktail party, Cecil Beaton comes to photograph the family, and the soon-to-be King George VI stops by to chat, without the hint of a stutter. But there is also a Nazi who crashes the party, a Fascist chauffeur, and a Jewish maid who has escaped from Germany.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Tina Fey is Knocked Up

    Last month Tina Fey weighed in the The New Yorker with an excerpt from her recently released semi-memoir Bossypants that she was struggling to decide whether or not to have a second child. I'm sure when she wrote the piece she was ambivalent, but when the piece came out and spurred a conversation about working moms and the entertainment she was clearly already pregnant since she announced yesterday that she is five months pregnant.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Interleave

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    This Land Is Your Land: Kelly Reichardt's Meek's Cutoff

    Throughout the past century of cinema we’ve seen parched earth, looming hills, and endless skies in everything from John Ford’s magisterial Monument Valley to Terrence Malick’s Seventies-era Dust Bowl cine-poems to Paul Thomas Anderson’s desert-as-desiccated-soul in There Will Be Blood. But the expanses of the southwest have never felt quite the way they do in Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff, at once a summation of and an evolution in the director’s depictions of the American landscape—indeed, in her filmmaking overall.

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  • The Playlist
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    Val Kilmer Talks His Mario Puzo-Like Role In 'Twixt Now And Sunrise'; Confirms 3D Sequences

    Also Reveals He's Writing Film About Mark Twain & Mary Baker Eddy In Which He May Sing; Says Nic Cage Freakout Vid Is The Funniest Thing On YouTubeUp until now, details on Francis Ford Coppola's brewing "Twixt Now And Sunrise" have been very thin. Said to be compared to “the imagery of Hawthorne or Poe,” the film boasts an intriguing ensemble including Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Bruce Dern, Ben Chaplin, Don Novello, David Paymer, Coppola favorite Alden Ehrenreich and Elle Fanning, who’ll play a ghost. In addition, electronic musician Dan Deacon is scoring the film adding another layer of intrigue to the mystery. But we now have a bit more info on the project thanks to Kilmer who recently spoke to Interview in a pretty fascinating read about a variety of topics including a film he's writing about Mark Twain and Mary Baker Eddy and the funniest video on YouTube. But first, let's get to 'Twixt.'

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  • The Playlist
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    Q&A: Danny McBride Talks 'Your Highness,' The Allure & Pitfall Of Sequels & Staying On Budget

    Comedian Talks About Potential 'Your Highness' And 'Pineapple Express' SequelsIf all goes according to plan this weekend, Danny McBride will wake up on Monday morning with comic stardom firmly within reach. For those who have been paying attention, McBride has been stealing scenes and building up a strong body of work over the past few years, with notable turns as the lead in "The Foot Fist Way," Rico in "Hot Rod," Cody the casual demolitions guy in "Tropic Thunder" and the good-hearted bro Red in "Pineapple Express." Of course, he is also the star of the cult HBO series "Eastbound & Down" as the boorish baseball player Kenny Powers. However, in "Your Highness," McBride has his biggest screen role yet as Thadeous the far less ambitious, pot smoking, lazy brother to the heroic Fabious (James Franco). The film is very much Thadeous' story as he goes from slouch to hero and McBride gets the lions share of the screentime and makes the most of it. We can't remember the last time an actor so elegantly and frequently used the word "fuck" in a variety of phrases, but McBride does so with hilarious aplomb combined with a slacker attitude that makes for a great performance all around.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Soul Surfer

    Soul Surfer tells the true story of professional surfer Bethany Hamilton who was attacked by a shark as she was surfing on a regular day when she was a teenager. The shark took her arm but did not take her spirit and this film shows the remarkable resilience of this young woman. She got through her ordeal with her family and her faith (which plays a big part in the film) and she figured out a way to follow her dream and become a professional surfer even though she had one arm.

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  • The Playlist
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    Robert Redford To Play Branch Rickey In Jackie Robinson Film Directed By Brian Helgeland

    After years and years of development, Robert Redford finally has the pieces in place to bring the story of Branch Rickey to the big screen. Brian Helgeland will be making his way behind the camera, writing and directing the story of the famous Brooklyn Dodgers executive and his relationship with Jackie Robinson, the first black professional baseball player*.

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    Exclusive: Joe Wright Wants To Direct African Adventure Film 'Stanley'

    Also Says He Wants Saoirse Ronan To Be His 'Little Mermaid'Joe Wright's forthcoming "Hanna" was a massive gear change for the director. A pure genre pic with choreographed fights and a blitzing soundtrack from the Chemical Brothers, it was a far cry from the usual fare by the director of "Atonement" and "Pride & Prejudice." And while his next film, "Anna Karenina," will find him back in costumed period territory, he's got a couple of other projects in the cooker that will once again find him branching out into new terrain. We recently chatted with the director and he shared a couple of tidbits about some films that may be on the horizon for him.

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