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    Juliette Lewis Makes A Documentary About Herself, Plans To Bring It To Sundance

    Everyone has a bugbear. One actor or actress who, for no easily explainable reason, they find phenomenally irritating. For this writer, that person is Juliette Lewis. It's not that she's a bad actress -- she's given performances that are, objectively, good, in films from "Cape Fear" to "Conviction" -- it's that there's something about her that irritates us down to the very marrow of our bones, to the extent that we had to be physically restrained from fleeing the screening room after seeing her name in the credits for Drew Barrymore's "Whip It."

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    Stanley Tucci & Chris Cooper Join Robert Redford's 'The Company You Keep'

    Say what you like about Robert Redford's directorial efforts (like, for instance, that "Quiz Show" aside, they very closely replicate the experience of watching paint dry. Underwater), but he knows how to stack a film with a cast of ringers. Even a film as dull as his recent "The Conspirator" was able to attract names like James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Tom Wilkinson and many more, mainly drawn by the opportunity to work with one of the all-time great movie stars.

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    Will Black People Support "Pariah" ?

    As I mentioned last week, starting this week, Focus Features is taking the unusual step of screening Dee Rees' Pariah for the media, activist and support groups, and just plain regular folks, some 4 months before its release on Christmas Day in NY, Chicago and LA, and the rest of the country on January 2012.

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    Today's Birthdays - 9/13/11 (Tyler Perry and Isiah Whitlock Jr.)

    Tyler Perry welcomes 42 today. The New Orleans native was just named the highest paid entertainer of the year by Forbes magazine. His list of credits include Madea's Family Reunion, Diary Of A Mad Black Woman, Why Did I Get Married?, Meet The Browns, Madea Goes To Jail, House of Payne and Madea's Big Happy Family. Upcoming productions in the works include Good Deeds and For Better or Worse.

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    TIFF11: "Like Crazy" Raises the Bar on Romance

    What if “One Day” had been a good film? Better yet, where are all of the good romance movies? Romcoms included, every love story with big stars on screen seems to turn into a predictable disaster. Even the more interesting ideas and creative scripts seem forced into rote conclusions and overdone plot elements by the time they make it to theaters. What if for every mismanaged romantic movie there were an edgier, more provocative romance that spun from the same original notion? A “Friends with Benefits” with real danger of heartbreak, for example. For “One Day,” the alternatively intriguing film is the brutal yet endearing “Like Crazy.” If only all long-distance relationships on screen looked like this dynamic Sundance hit.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Wonderful Winklevoss Pistachios; Summers Calls Twins Assholes, Armie Hammer Escapes Their Fate

    Mark Zuckerberg may be No. 1 on Vanity Fair's New Establishment list, but The Winklevoss Twins are in bed with big money Pistachios. Wonderful Pistachios that is, and what a wonderful Winklevoss way to wake up to Tuesday. HuffPo shares this video and also relates the exchange between the made-famous-by-the-Facebook-movie twins and Harvard president Larry Summers. He says, "One of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at three o'clock, there are two possibilities. One is that they're looking for a job and have an interview; the other is that they are an asshole, this was the latter case. Rarely, have I encountered such swagger, and I tried to respond in kind." They then responded with this letter.

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    Eddie Marsan Plans Shakespearean Directorial Debut ‘Pell Mell’

    Roland Emmerich might be dementedly banging his apocalyptic drum of despair trying to disprove that William Shakespeare ever put pen to paper, but the playwright’s work has never been more popular, despite him popping his clogs almost four centuries ago. Ralph Fiennes already has his revisionist version of “Coriolanus” on the horizon, and just yesterday a more ethnically diverse version of “Romeo and Juliet” was announced, to co-star Vera Farmiga, Alan Arkin and Shirley MacLaine.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: From Hollywood to Bon Temps, and Nary a Feminist In Sight…by Emilie Spiegel

    Sunday night’s HBO lineup included both the series finale of Entourage and the season 4 finale of True Blood—two vastly different shows, herein considered together not only because they play back-to-back on the same network, but because, somehow, women have come to serve the same purpose on both (even though one is set in affluent, glamorous Hollywood and the other in working class, quotidian Bon Temps, Louisiana). Magical agents and magical witches aside, somehow, these two shows have created a narrative economy wherein women serve as motivating agents for men… ciphers largely devoid of their own desires and goals, or as a friend put it “Sookie Stackhouse is the MacGuffin of Bon Temps. She could easily just be replaced by a magical vase that everyone really likes.”

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    Watch 50 Cent Force Ryan Phillippe To Dig His Own Grave In New Clip From Heist Film "Setup"

    Here's a clip (courtesy of Blackfilm.com) from that 50 Cent/Bruce Willis/Ryan Phillippe teaming that I know you all have been waiting anxiously for, titled Set Up.

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    TIFF '11 Review: Fernando Meirelles' International Love Story '360' May Leave His Fans Heartbroken

    In a photo studio in Vienna, a sleazy photographer (Johannes Krisch) is coaxing a young Slovakian woman Mirkha (Lucia Siposová) into posing for her first nude pictures. We soon find out this man is also a pimp and the pictures are for luring clients on the internet. Her younger sister Anna (Gabriela Marcinkova) tries to persuade her to reconsider but she has her mind made up. She needs the money and wants to change her life. Her sister intones through darkly humorous voiceover “If there’s a fork in the road, take it.” It’s a highly provocative opening for what ends up being just a so-so anthology of interweaving tales, even though director Fernando Meirelles ("City Of God," “The Constant Gardener”) assembles an international cast with interwoven stories spanning Vienna, Paris, London, Bratislava, Rio, Denver and Phoenix.

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