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    Terrence Malick Wanted John Travolta & 15 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Days of Heaven'

    While many directors worry about the sophomore slump, Terrence Malick might be remembered most for his second film, "Days of Heaven." The film stars Richard Gere and Brooke Adams as a lovestruck young couple in early 1900s Texas. After Bill, Gere's character, kills his boss, the couple and Bill's sister Linda (Linda Manz) flee. While looking for work they stumble upon an idyllic farm run by a sickly, yet kind farmer played by Sam Shepard. When the farmer falls in love with Abby, played by Adams, Bill convinces her to enter into a sham marriage with him in the hopes he’ll die soon and leave them his considerable wealth. As one could guess, things go awry when Abby develops conflicting feelings of affection for the farmer.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Pariah" Gets An Official Theatrical Release Trailer And New Poster!

    A film we've talked about ad naseam on Shadow And Act, especially on the old site. We've been following the film, almost as long as the site has been around - roughly 2 years... and counting.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Super 8 Reviews: "Early Spielberg Classic," Spielberg & Abrams "Spiritually Clash On-Screen" UPDATED

    Super 8 Reviews: "Early Spielberg Classic," Spielberg & Abrams "Spiritually Clash On-Screen" UPDATED

    I went in to see Super 8 with modest expectations. I kept waiting for the movie to derail and lose its footing at some point. That never happened. I was instantly caught up with this group of kids trying to shoot a movie (the final result unspools over the closing credits, so stick around) and then figure out what sort of thing escaped from a huge train wreck to devastate their town. The rules of this movie are strictly Spielberg sci-fi universe, circa 1979, which is a wonderful place to be.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Idris Elba Reveals Bits & Pieces Of "Prometheus"

    Firs reported back in February, Idris Elba is one of the stars of Ridley Scott’s super secretive upcoming sci-fi thriller film, Prometheus that may or may not be a prequel to Alien. The film is currently shooting in the UK under strict secrecy, and oh-so very little has been released about its plotline, and its characters. No images, video, nothing.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Today's Birthdays - 6/09/11 (Gloria Reuben, Tamela Mann and Keesha Sharp)

    Gloria Reuben turns 47 today. The stage and screen actress appeared in 21 Jump Street, China Beach, Homicide, Shaft, Numb3rs, ER, Life Support, Drop Dead Diva, Law & Order and much more. Her next upcoming film will be the Steven Spielberg production Lincoln.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    From Britain With Love: Best of British Indies Kicks off with Toast at Lincoln Center

    The best of British indie cinema is landing June 11: "From Britain With Love." Six new films, curated by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and presented by the UK Film Council, will screen: Toast, In Our Name, Third Star (all US premieres) as well as A Boy Called Dad, Africa United and NEDs. The series kicks off in New York City but 30 additional venues for the screenings are listed here.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Hangover Part III Might Have a New Plot, Galifianakis & Cooper Slap Each Other Between Two Ferns

    The Hangover Part III will actually have a new plot, believe it or not. Zach Galifianakis tells Rolling Stone that his character will be broken out of a mental institution by cohorts Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms (sans tattoo). We don't really care. But here's Galifianakis interviewing Cooper on his Funny or Die series, Between Two Ferns. It's funny. In fact, we're thinking of starting a regular column called "Things That are More Entertaining Than The Hangover Part II." Here are parts 1 and 2.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Talking With Tommy Wiseau

    Check out part 1 of my interview with "The Room" director/writer/star Tommy Wiseau over at indieWIRE, which I have to say was one of the most entertaining interviews I've ever had the privilege of taking on. The first time I ever saw "The Room" was roughly 4 years ago, when a friend cleverly set up this scenario: At his apartment, after six of us had smoked a whole lot of weed, he put "The Room" with little to no explanation of what it was we were about to watch. I have never been so confused/laughed so hard in my entire life. So as weird and rambling as Wiseau was, he was also undeniably sweet and sincere, leading me to a newfound appreciation for the man who once (unintentionally) made me choke on a nacho because I was laughing so hard.

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  • The Playlist
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    Listen: James Franco's Musical Act Kalup and Franco, Debut EP Hits July 12th

    Short Gucci-Sponsored Film 'Rebel' (Maybe) About Brad Renfro Gets An Amazing BillboardThe man of a thousand trades, James Franco, is already quite the renaissance man so why not add musician to his already lengthy list of various artistic activities? Frankly, we're surprised it hasn't happened sooner.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    movie review: SUPER 8

    If you’re wondering what’s missing from so many big-budget, effects-driven Hollywood movies, the answer lies in J.J. Abrams’ Super 8: heart and passion. What’s happening onscreen really matters to the young people in the story—so it matters to us, too. Moreover, there’s no cynicism or aloofness in these characters or the way they’re depicted. Just look at the face of newcomer Joel Courtney, who plays the leading role in Super 8, and you see the kind of guileless all-American boy we don’t find too often in contemporary films.

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