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  • Caryn James
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    The South Park Creators' Earlier "Book of Mormon" Musical

    Last night I saw a critics’ preview of The Book of Mormon, the new, already-sold-out Broadway musical from South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and Robert Lopez, co-creator of Avenue Q. I’m sworn to secrecy until the review embargo lifts at 10 P.M. Thursday, but I can tell you this isn’t the first time the South Park guys have dealt with Mormons in song. In one of the series’ funniest episodes ever, a Mormon family moves to town and we get a musical explanation of their religion.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Kill the Irishman Makes History

    Going out on two separate theatrical tracks -- specialized through Landmark (Sunshine in N.Y. and on 3rd Street in L.A., as well as commercially where it opened in Cleveland (the land of this legendary gangster and yet telling a story never told before putting The Irishman on a par with Al Capone in Chicago and Lucky Lucciano in New York) in three theaters last week and expands to six more this second week, Kill the Irishman is given a 82% audience rating by Rotten Tomatoes and a 65% critics rating, making it rank 4th highest with only The King's Speech, The Fire and True Grit above it.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Working Man's Comedy Larry Crowne Stars Hanks and Roberts

    Tom Hanks directs himself and Julia Roberts in blue-collar romantic comedy Larry Crowne (July 1). The script by Hanks and Nia Vardalos starts off with him getting fired, then taking a public speaking class at a local college taught by an uninspired Roberts. Yes, somehow, he wins her over.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Streisand/Hooper Gypsy Movie Remake is Dead, and Sondheim Killed It

    Blame Stephen Sondheim. For those of you who missed the news, Barbra Streisand's planned remake of the musical Gypsy has bit the dust, at least for now. And it reportedly had Oscar-winning The King's Speech director Tom Hooper attached.

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  • The Playlist
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    SXSW Review: A Chance At Another Beginning Illuminates The Path To 'Another Earth'

    At the start of “Another Earth,” there are two shocks administered to the audience. The first is that another planet has been discovered on the other side of the Sun, and it so closely resembles Earth that the brand new discovery is being referred to as Earth 2. This would be a galactic shocker, of course, but we are moved more by the second shock, which is the recklessness of teenaged Rhoda (Brit Marling), who drunkenly crashes her car into the vehicle of composer John (William Mapother). John survives, but his wife and child are now dead.

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  • The Playlist
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    Taylor Kitsch, Salma Hayek & Olivia Wilde Circle Oliver Stone's 'Savages'; Jennifer Lawrence Out

    The allure of the tentpole has snatched Oscar-nominee Jennifer Lawrence into tween fandom and out of a much more interesting (though less lucrative) project. Deadline reveals -- and recent reports have hinted -- that Jennifer Lawrence has dropped out of Oliver Stone's drug cartel thriller "Savages." However, a host of new names have popped up for the film as it moves toward its summer production start.

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    The First Films

    Today is the 116th anniversary of the first day ever a film was shot: March 19, 1895, in Lyon, France. Louis Lumière, aided by his older brother Auguste—-their family name, with startling appropriateness, in French means “light”—-had invented a machine (and patented it a month before) that photographed, printed, and projected motion pictures. They called it the Cinématographe, from the Greek for “writing the movement,” and from which we got “cinema”—-in more ways than one.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    FP-Gate. League Responds, and a Red-Band Trailer Arrives.

    One of the more amusing evenings for me at SXSW this year arrived at the world premiere of "The FP," a bat-shit insane homage to crappy '80s movies with a modern twist, focused on warring gangs competing in a bastardized form of Dance Dance Revolution. Here's my review, and a snapshot from the afterparty.

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  • The Playlist
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    Judd Apatow To Produce Comedy About Celebrity Charity 'Do Gooders'

    Sort of like the comedic equivalent of Scott Rudin, getting Judd Apatow to produce your film is a stamp of approval most writers and filmmakers would kill for. This year, Apatow will find his named attached to a handful of highly anticipated comedies including "Bridesmaids," the Paul Rudd/Jennifer Aniston vehicle "Wanderlust" as well as the soon-to-be-lensing collaboration between Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel, "Five Year Engagement." But the ever busy writer/director/producer has added another project to his growing slate.

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  • Hope for Film
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    What's In A Title?

    I confess. I struggle with titles. They may well be the most important marketing & discovery elements of a film. But they are more too. The best titles are akin to lines of poetry that evoke other feelings and thoughts, while uniting them around the work in question.

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