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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Reverse Shot 30: Simply the Worst

    Introducing Reverse Shot 30: Simply the Worst.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Mos Def Says He's Retiring "Mos Def" Name: "It's Time To Expand & Move On"

    Speaking with MTV this past weekend at Rock The Bells... (aka Yasiin):

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    Watch Trailer for South African Film About AIDS Orphan Boy "Lucky", Premiering at TIFF

    Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11th, Lucky, is a South African film written and directed by Avie Luthra. The drama centers about a 10-year old AIDS orphan boy named Lucky who leaves his Zulu Village after losing his mother, and finds refuge with an elderly Indian woman.

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    Thandie Newton UK-Produced Thriller "Retreat" Gets Official Release Dates & New Trailer

    Last update on this flick was in May; at the time, there wasn't a slotted release date for it. Now there is... at least for those in the USA and the UK.

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  • The Playlist
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger & Bruce Willis Will Take "Substantial Roles" In 'Expendables 2'

    Update: In a profile of the film as it gears up to start shooting Bulgaria, Company Town confirms that Chuck Norris, John Travolta and Jean Claude Van Damme are also on board for "The Expendables 2."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Rango Honored by Hollywood Film Festival

    In a shrewd bit of Oscar positioning, Rango is the first non-Pixar film to receive The Hollywood Film Festival's animation award, which will be presented by Starz Entertainment at the 15th annual ceremony on Oct. 24 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The festival is deployed by many Oscar campaigners as a promotional event on the road to the Oscars.

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    Weinstein Co. Launches Indie Label, Poaches Magnolia's Tom Quinn

    Marking a major loss for Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's Magnolia Pictures, The Weinstein Company is launching a new label focusing on innovative distribution strategies to be run by Magnolia's Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, who will be co-presidents. The unnamed New York-based TWC label will "bring new films and other specialty entertainment to audiences simultaneously across multiple digital and traditional platforms," said the Weinsteins in a release.

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  • The Playlist
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    Will Willem Dafoe Take A Role In Lars Von Trier's 'The Nymphomaniac'?

    Lars Von Trier is racking up the phone bills these days. Over the weekend it was revealed that the troublemaking filmmaker offered Stellan Skarsgard a role in his upcoming arthouse porno thingy "The Nymphomaniac." Sorry ladies, should he take the role, Stellan won't be banging anybody in the film, of which details are scarce other than the fact that it will center on “the erotic life of a woman from the age of zero to the age of 50.” But it appears the director has put in another call to another recent collaborator.

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    Simply the Worst: Otto Preminger's "Skidoo"

    The best thing that can be said of Skidoo is that it deserves its cult status. Among Preminger’s worst-received films, it’s in a class of its own. Forever Amber may be ugly, but it’s still romantic; Hurry Sundown offers comic relief in the performance of the Muppet-faced Madeline Sherwood; and Rosebud is impossible to concentrate on, but harmless, consisting mostly of people getting in and out of vans. Skidoo is a point in Preminger’s career his partisans would rather not think about (nobody can blame New York’s Film Forum for omitting it from its sprawling retrospective in 2008), but the inconvenient truth is that Skidoo is at least as “Premingerian” as any of his other projects. It is not the result of drunkenness, absenteeism, distractedness, or apathy, but instead the disturbing consequence of Otto Preminger left too much to his own devices. Nowhere in his oeuvre are the brushstrokes more visible. In addition to producing and directing, he was heavily involved in the writing as well. It is one of his only features not based on popular novel or play. He bought the original screenplay from William Canon (who's credited as the writer), tossed out all but the barest plot, and started free-associating. Unusual for a Preminger picture, it has the stamp of his personality all over it, right down to his direct-address voiceover entreaty, which kicks off the end credits: “Wait! Before you skidoo, let us introduce our cast and crew!”

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Chris Tucker Loads Up With 2 New Studio Projects

    Recall my post from mid-August on Chris Tucker's frustrations with the industry, given the lack of *interesting* roles being offered to him which he used to explain his absence from theater screens since 2007...

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