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    KIM MORGAN: MY SUMMER OF LOVE is a wise drama about female friendships and sexual power

    By Kim MorganPress Play Contributor

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  • The Playlist
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    Marvel Is Going To Give 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Their Own Movie

    It's no surprise that Marvel has been trying to figure out what to do with their movie franchises now that they've pretty much milked their A-list characters. There are only so many "Iron Man" movies you can do (we hope) and the comic house is now looking to get their second tier characters on the big screen. As you know, "Ant-Man" and "Doctor Strange" are pushing ahead and last year, chatty Marvel head Kevin Feige hinted at what may be around the corner saying, "I think what Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction have done with 'Iron Fist' lately is exciting. I think 'Black Panther' and Wakanda has some amazing potential to be a feature film. 'Doctor Strange,' as you've mentioned. There are some obscure titles, too, like 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' I think they've been revamped recently in a fun way in the book."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Two Clips from One Day, Starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess: Destined To Be Hit or Miss?

    Check out a clip from Lone Scherfig's One Day below and another one at IMDb. Here's a look at the poster, more details. Official trailer is also below. One Day opens August 19. This clip is better than the teaser trailer, which had a woeful voiceover, but we're not feeling it yet, especially not with the fake British accent--need to see this one.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    See Jane Age: Fonda Talks Body Love, Aging, Men & More in Harper's Bazaar

    September's issue of Harpar's Bazaar features Jane Fonda, who at 73 continues to figure herself out and reflect on her life. On her struggles with body image, she recalls being brought up in the 1950s:“I was taught by my father that how I looked was all that mattered, frankly. He was a good man, and I was mad for him, but he sent messages to me that fathers should not send: Unless you look perfect, you’re not going to be loved.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For TIFF Vanguard Entry & Controversial Cannes Critic's Week Winner 'Snowtown'

    Here's the thing with film festivals, you may head into them thinking that you already know what the "must see" films are but inevitably, the real surprises and pleasures aren't easily predictable and arise from smaller flicks that thanks to word of mouth begin to take on a life and shape of their own. Such was the case with "Snowtown," a film that played the Cannes Critic's Week sidebar back in May (and took home a FIPRESCI Prize) and was a picture we heard murmurs about before we left for France, and once we arrived on the Croisette was something that kept coming up in conversation. And after turning heads -- and revolting many -- in Cannes, it's headed for Toronto and a trailer has arrived.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Red Band Trailer For 'The Sitter' Is Basically 'Superbad'/'Pineapple Express' With Kids

    It seemed earlier this spring everyone's funny bone was severely damaged when no one showed up for the awesomely retarded "Your Highness," David Gordon Green's R-rated fantasy adventure. Maybe it was the swords or perhaps James Franco, but for whatever reason, no one wanted to get with it. Your loss really, but Green is back for another stab at the R-rated apple with "The Sitter."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Viola Davis Creates Production Company w/ Period Piece On Black Homesteaders + New HBO Deal Project

    Just read a new Times magazine profile of Viola Davis in anticipation of the release of The Help, which she stars in. But don't worry, while the article laments Ms Davis' *unfair* status in the industry, having to play supporting BBF or downtrodden roles more often than not (she took the minister role in Tyler Perry's Madea Goes To Jail partly because she'd gone 7 months without getting any other work at the time), I'm not going to talk about The Help (again).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    What Would You Say Is The Most Important Black Film Of The Decade?

    Funny but we haven't asked this question before on S & A, so why not go ahead ask it now. What, in your opinion, is the most important black film of the past decade? For me the answer is pretty obvious... Precious.

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    James McAvoy, Jamie Bell & Alan Cumming Set For Irvine Welsh's 'Filth'; Filming Starts January 2012

    Earlier this year, in an interview with The Daily Record, James McAvoy hinted at a tantalizing potential project on the horizon saying, "I'm looking at a part soon, like the second half of this year, that is quite extreme I mean, quite full on mental." While the actor is currently shooting the crime drama "Welcome to the Punch," the premise of that film -- about a London detective whose old nemesis, an armed robber, reappears after five years away -- doesn't sound "quite extreme" or "full on mental." However, one project that has been floating with his name attached is an adaptation of Irvine Welsh's "Filth" and it now seems the long-gestating project is coming together.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Movies Get Close to NY Times Best Sellers List, from The Help to The Hunger Games

    While it will be a long long time before any book series rivals the enduring global popularity of Harry Potter, which jumped from books into films, it took a little less than one month for Kathryn Stockett's novel The Help, about the lives of African American maids working for white employers in 1960s Mississippi, to make it onto the New York Times Best Sellers List. Granted, it was in the 'Also Selling' section, at number 29, but the book had only been out for three weeks.

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