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  • The Playlist
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    'G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes' Looks To Get Jinx With Elodie Yung

    While we sort of don't really care about "G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes" this writer likes these stories if only because it's an excuse to look up the elaborate back story some dumb toy solider was given. It's kind of amazing that somebody actually sat down and thought these out no matter how cornball they are.

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  • Caryn James
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    Watch Conan O'Brien's Commencement Speech, Where Nietzsche Meets the Cartoon Network

    Want the satisfaction of graduating without all the pesky course work? Watch Conan O’Brien’s very amusing commencement speech delivered at Dartmouth over the weekend.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Luther" As A Comic Book

    I'm sick today folks... came down with a nasty cold last night, so posts from me may be erratic today, as I fall in and out of my drug-induced stupor.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt' Lacks Sizzle

    Among the great food cities of the world, New York City stands near the top. Home to some of the finest restaurants and most interesting, challenging cusine anywhere, it's a foodies delight. However, for those working in the industry in the Big Apple, the restaurant business can eat you alive. With restaurants making it or breaking it on the word of a handful of highly influential critics, with customers that are savvier than ever, building a career as a chef is a endeavor that only the most deliriously passionate can survive. A combination of long grueling hours, little to no recognition during those all important, but taxing years as a sous chef or apprentice, and the high wire act of finally striking out your own and opening your own restaurant can defeat even the most inspired and talented chefs. But for Paul Liebrandt, his situation was almost ten times worse.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    The True Adventures of the World's Greatest Stuntman

    by Vic Armstrong with Robert Sellers; introduction by Steven Spielberg

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Laura Ziskin, Who Produced More Than Spider-Man, is Dead at 61 UPDATED

    Laura Ziskin has succumbed to cancer, which she had fought valiantly for seven years. She produced Spider-Man and To Die For, and one of the best Oscar shows ever, and launched Fox 2000. She was a class act who will be missed.

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  • The Playlist
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    Robert Downey Jr. Says Jon Favreau May Consult With Shane Black On 'Iron Man 3'

    You may or may not have heard, but this weekend in Los Angeles, the L.A. Times geek blog, Hero Complex held its own little festival. Jon Favreau and HC webmaster Geoff Boucher were scheduled to talk about Favreau's career-making turn as the director behind 2008's wildly successful, "Iron Man" on Sunday night at the Chinese 6 Theatre in Hollywood and a little unannounced guest appeared: none other than Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Neil Patrick Harris's Fabulous Tony Awards Opening Number: "Broadway's Not Just For Gays Anymore"

    Suck it, Anne Hathaway and James Franco, this is how it's done:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Neil Patrick Harris Wraps Tony Awards with a Rap

    Neil Patrick Harris did another yeoman job hosting the Tony Awards Sunday night, which sent Trey Parker and Matt Stone's best musical The Book of Mormon home with nine wins (I interviewed them here; the complete list of winners is here). One highlight was a host face-off with Hugh Jackman. (Yes, we want the Aussie song-and-dance man back as Oscar host--but if he can't do it, Harris would do!) Another was Harris's opener, during which Brooke Shields muffed her lines. In case you missed the show, Harris raps the Tony Awards to a close in the video, below, along with the lyrics, written during the show by In the Heights' Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tommy Kail. Well done.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    In Memoriam: Laura Ziskin

    While most producers names are not known, Laura Ziskin is not one of them. Yesterday, at 61 she lost her battle with breast cancer. She was a woman who came into the business like other women in the 70s as a personal assistant not because that's a job that is a stepping stone, but because those were the only jobs that women could get in the 70s.

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