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  • Criticwire
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    The Best 'The Master' Reviews So Far

    Pull up a chair, pour yourself some darkroom chemicals and get ready to enjoy some great reviews of Paul Thomas Anderson's new film.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Report: Only 32% Of New Broadcast Network Shows Make It To A 2nd Season (What Won't?)

    From a FutonCritic.com report yesterday, who looked at the past 13 seasons (1999-2000 through 2011-2012), and the 892 new primetime series that have launched on the major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and The CW), and discovered that, of the 892 new primetime series debuting during each of those 13 seasons, just 288 made it to a second season.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Talking to Penny Marshall

    A new memoir by actress and director Penny Marshall hit bookstore last week.  Marshall was a big star in the 70s and 80s appearing on multiple TV shows and hanging out with the rest of Hollywood TV royalty.  Her stories about Hollywood are hysterical and tragic (she was friends with John Belushi).  She is also the first woman to gross $100 million as a director and her life as a director (she was asked if she wanted to direct) seems from another universe than the experiences that people have today. 

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  • The Playlist
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    New Images Of Daniel Craig & Berenice Marlohe In 'Skyfall' Plus Emmy Awards TV Spot

    When it comes to 007, there is no marketing opportunity too big or too small to get the word out about "Skyfall." And thus, over the weekend during the Emmy Awards, MGM and Sony made sure whoever was tuned in caught a glimpse of the new film as they unveiled a new 30 second spot for the picture. And a few more images have cropped up as well.

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  • The Playlist
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    IFC Films Feels 'Passion' For Brian De Palma's Latest

    When was the last time you were excited about a Brian De Palma film? Was it during the last decade? Well, his latest, the sexy, psychological thriller “Passion” starring Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams, might get your pulse racing in another way. It’s a remake of Alain Corneau’s posthumously released 2010 film “Love Crime” (which starred Ludivine Sagnier and Kristin Scott Thomas) in which a young businesswoman plots revenge after being ritually humiliated and threatened and having her ideas stolen by her boss and mentor.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    BET/Akil 'Entourage'-Like Diggy Simmons Pilot Will Be Called 'The Start Up' (Shooting Soon)

    An update on BET's "two-hour backdoor comedy pilot/original movie" starring Daniel Dwayne Simmons, aka Diggy Simmons (son of Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons), executive produced by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil.

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: Poster For 'California Solo' Starring Robert Carlyle

    For more than two decades, Robert Carlyle has been a familiar face in projects on both sides of the ocean, becoming one of the most reliable players on TV and in the movies. Of course, he's likely best known for playing the deliciously deranged Begbie in "Trainspotting," but roles in "28 Weeks Later," "The Full Monty," "Angela's Ashes" and more have solidified him as a true talent. And while it's not often that we seem him in a lead role, when the opportunity arises it's likely one worth checking out, and you'll get a chance soon with "California Solo."

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  • The Playlist
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    Thomas Vinterberg To Direct 'Far From The Madding Crowd,' Carey Mulligan Eyed For Lead

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    Thomas Vinterberg has certainly been on an interesting journey since breaking out with "Festen" nearly fifteen years ago. While that film put him on the map, he struggled to follow it up, with audience and critical indifference meeting subsequent efforts like "Dear Wendy," "It's All About Love" and "Submarino." But this spring, Vinterberg once again wowed Cannes with "The Hunt," a searing drama starring Mads Mikkelsen (who took home Best Actor) as a man wrongfully accused of sexually abusing a young girl. And it hasn't taken the director long to leverage that success into a potentially exciting new project.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    TIFF: Interview with Cate Shortland - Director and Co-Writer of Lore

    Lore is Cate Shortland's second film after the exciting Somersault. It is a bold look at a young girl who lived her whole life in the belly of the Nazi beast and had no perspective on anything outside her world. She was brainwashed by the culture that she could not comprehend both the end of the war and the fact that her parents became war criminals. She was forced to take care of her younger siblings as her parents were jailed and she was forced to grow up immediately and get them across Germany on no money and as the children of Nazi leaders. She uses her smarts and ingenuity and is forced to deal with the fact that everything that she knew about the world has now changed. It is not a classic look at the Holocaust and World War II, but it is an interesting take that expands the narratives we typically see about this time period.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    'La Playa DC' And 'Gimme The Loot" To Be Screened At Chicago International Film Festival

    I posted an item a few days ago about films being screened at this year's Chicago International Film Festival (Oct. 11-25) that would definitely be of interest to S & A followers.

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