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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer Watch: Action Thriller Set in Washington Heights "GWB" - NYILFF Selection

    GWB (George Washington Bridge) is featured this week at the New York International Latino Film Festival. Written and directed by Jonathan Ullman, the film stars Rayniel Rufino, Antonio Ortiz and Luis Antonio Ramos.

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  • Press Play
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    INTERVIEW: Matt Zoller Seitz on the metaphysical cinema of Terrence Malick

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Press Play would like to thank Alef Magazine, an art, culture and design magazine based in Tehran (Iran), for giving us permission to reprint this interview Matt Zoller Seitz gave to writer Liliane Anjo about the films of Terrence Malick. It was conducted in May 2011, shortly before the release of The Tree of Life. Interspersed amid the text are the five chapters of Matt's video essay series All Things Shining: The Films of Terrence Malick, which he created for the Museum of Moving Image. In addition, Matt introduced Malick's The New World at a showing in the main theater of the Museum of Moving Image on May 15, 2011; video of the introduction is included below.

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    REELING AND SPINNING: Pharrell Williams' DESPICABLE ME soundtrack

    By Craig D. LindseyPress Play Contributor

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  • The Playlist
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    Brian Wilson To Release Album Of Mouse House Tunes With Disc "In the Key of Disney"

    Listen, we love Brian Wilson and no doubt, the man is a genius. But let's also face some hard facts: he's not gonna deliver another Pet Sounds or even another Smile (and yes, that recently completed version is nice, but the original scope and vision is still somewhat lost to the sands of time). He was a pop songwriting whiz with an obsession for the craft that literally drove him mad. And while we applaud his ability to overcome various hardships to return, write and perform, this latest announcement doesn't particularly excite us.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Attack The Block" Expanding To Another 6 More Cities Today! Is Yours One Of Them?

    Congratulations Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Washington D.C., Orlando and Phoenix! You are the 6 new cities that the British sensation Attack The Block will be opening in this week - today!

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Shadow & Act Filmmaker Diary Series w/ Matthew Cherry, Weeks 14/15: "Post Production Wk 2/3"

    Here's the latest - covering weeks 14 & 15 - in our ongoing filmmaker diary series featuring writer/director Matthew Cherry, as he continues with post-production work on his feature film debut, The Last Fall, with an ensemble cast that includes Lance Gross, Nicole Beharie, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Keith David and Harry Lenix.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    The Hedgehog: Quintessentially French Comedy

    I love French comedies that play with the humanity of the characters, so flawed and yet so affectionately rendered. The French seem especially to love depicting the interchange between classes which they do with flair, with a certain Gallic twinkle in the eye on the part of the story teller. The Rules of the Game (Les Regles de Jeux) is the classic example of class depiction told with this certain je ne sais quoi. I think even Bunuel’s depiction of the bourgeoisie in The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie satirizing the French Bourgeoisie displays that quintessentially French touch (and Bunuel's not even French!) as it not only satirizes the middle class but also satirizes the French filmmakers themselves who have always loved depicting the Bourgeoisie. That French caress - light and loving – given with that twinkle in the eye, was also in the recent Colcoa Audience Award winner Service Entrance (Les Femmes du 6e étage). Some of my other favorites are Frances Veber’s The Valet and Ridicule by Patrice Le Conte whose Les bronzés comedy series also featured Josiane Balasco, the star of this film and one of France’s great comediennes as well as a respected director and novelist!.

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  • The Playlist
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    Look Out Robert Downey Jr., Another U.S.S. Indianapolis Project Might Beat Yours

    We'll say this about Hollywood. They like a good idea. No, really. If an idea is good enough they'll make sure they remake, reboot, sequel-ize, prequel-ize or spin it off into a million different variations. Original ideas aren't dead in Hollywood necessarily, they are just run into the ground (please see every fairy tale re-imagining in development). So no surprise that a day after it was announced that Robert Downey Jr. and his wife and producing partner, Susan Downey, were producing a movie based on the true tale of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, that another competing project is in the works.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Preview Upcoming Documentary - "Reflections Unheard: Black Women In Civil Rights"

    Directed by Nev N. Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    HollyShorts Winner: Downtempo Fairy Tale Takes Top Prize

    The 7th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival announced 2011's class of short film winners in a standing room only awards ceremony Thursday night. The HollyShorts Best Overall Short Film went to Mrs. Peppercorn's Magical Reading Room, posted below. Mike LeHan's eerie, sepia-toned film shows the persistence of childish curiosity in the face of a mystery: it's a mix of the rational wondering of Harry Potter and the acquiescent observing of the girl lead from Pan's Labyrinth.

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