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  • The Playlist
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    Kaya Scodelario Joins Dakota Fanning & Jeremy Irvine In 'Now Is Good'

    Here's a girl who's going places. After breaking out on popular British series "Skins," Kaya Scodelario already has the leading role in Andrea Arnold's adaptation of Emily Brontë's classic "Wuthering Heights" on the horizon which, if all the attention Katie Jarvis got for "Fish Tank" is anything to go by, will surely bring her further into the spotlight when it finally premieres sometime this fall.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Palm Spring International ShortFest Awards

    Shorts are having an impact on new digital media and new types of distribution. Their importance and their filmmakers' importance has long been recognized by the top festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, TIFF) and among the trade, agents keep an eye on the top shorts filmmakers. So too, certain leading shorts film festivals and markets, the leaders of which are Clermont Ferrand in France and Oberhausen in Germany (for more cutting edge shorts), festivals like the Guanajuato International Film Festival, Expresión en Corto, held during the final week of July in the cities of San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato Capital, Mexico and the Palm Spring Shortfest, NeXt in Bucharest and the Cannes Film Festival's Shorts Corner are increasingly important as are their winners who are the talents to watch.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ben Affleck Casts Ben Affleck In 'Argo' Directed By Ben Affleck

    Directing isn't easy. It's a lot of little decisions and delegating jobs to other people who you hope can execute the vision you have in mind down to the last detail. It's communicating with actors and crew and hoping that you can bring everybody together under one unified, specific goal and sometimes, you just have to take on a little more to get the job done right.

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    More: Films, Actors, Argo
  • The Playlist
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    Jamie Chung & Scoot McNairy To Star In Megan Griffith's Indie-Drama 'Eden'

    After bit part roles in such films as "Grown Ups," "Sucker Punch" and the 'The Hangover' sequel, Jamie Chung is now set for quite the 180 degree turn top-lining "Eden," an ironically-titled indie-drama by Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths which also co-stars Scoot McNairy.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Flashback: Shareeka Epps And Anthony Mackie Interview Each Other

    A few years old, around the time Half Nelson premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, which they both starred in. Still worth watching...

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Check Out The Gorgeous Poster For Andrew Haigh's "Weekend"

    Ranking high on indieWIRE's mid-year list of the top reviewed films on criticWIRE, Andrew Haigh's SXSW winner "Weekend" is certainly a good candidate for one of my personal favourite films of 2011. Tender, talky and intensely sexy, the film could reductively be described as a sort of gay Before Sunrise. Over the course of its titular timeframe, the film follows Russell (Tom Cullen) and Glen (Chris New), two men who extend their blurry and drunken one night stand into 48 hours to remember. Russell is a pragmatic and semi-closeted lifeguard; Glen is a stubborn intellectual who “doesn’t do boyfriends.” Their star-crossed romance is quite perfectly executed by director Haigh, who lets the film quietly creep up on the viewer as a powerful new entry into the queer cinema lexicon. IFC is releasing the film at a TBD date (hopefully this fall), but for now check out its pitch-perfect poster that very much exudes the mood of the film:

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' Rewards With 40 Min. Of Great Action After An Asinine Story

    Before everyone accuses us of drinking the Haterade, allow this writer to make a couple of facts known. I thought the first "Transformers" was a decent enough (though brainless) bit of summer popcorn entertainment, while I nearly walked out of "Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen." The problems with the second entry in the franchise have been well documented as even Michael Bay himself admitted it was awful and promised this time, things will be better. With much being made about the work that has gone into the special effects, with Bay writing a letter to the pimply teenagers who will be playing this for the majority of America to make sure they project it properly and star Shia LaBeouf proclaiming it to be the "greatest 3D film ever," expectations are very high. Well, "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" finds Michael Bay at both his best and worst, and you will have to endure a lot of tedium, before you get to the admittedly pretty righteous closing forty minutes that is pretty much wall-to-wall action.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Transformers: Dark of the Moon Reviews: 3-D Action Porn, Nostalgia for Megan Fox

    Transformers: Dark of the Moon Reviews: 3-D Action Porn, Nostalgia for Megan Fox

    Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens June 29 after its June 23 premiere at the Moscow Film Festival. So far reviews confirm that the third installment of this mega-franchise indeed delivers visual spectacle lacking from most post-Avatar 3-D. Some say the movie is too long and may actually make you miss Megan Fox's acting chops. One writer compares Fox to Kate Winslet, while Brit replacement Rosie Huntington-Whiteley "suck[s] the life out of every scene she appears in," says TotalFilm. "[Shia] LaBeouf has graduated to full-on liability," according to Daily Mail. Character-wise, it's the robots coming out on top, causing one critic to speculate; "One gets the feeling that if [director Michael] Bay could stop including people in his films altogether we'd all have a much better time with this franchise."

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Actress Michelle Yeoh Deported From Burma

    Actress Michelle Yeoh who portrays Aung San Suu Kyi in the upcoming film The Lady was deported from Burma when she tried to enter the country to see Kyi last week. She has been placed on a blacklist and never made it out of the airport. She had been to Burma in December to visit Kyi who has recently been released from house arrest.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    The Good News and Bad News About "Transfromers: Dark Of The Moon"

    Now that I've seen it (and still recovering from it), I can tell you that there is both good news and bad news about Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon, opening technically late Tuesday night.

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