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  • Shadow and Act
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    The Sound Of "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes"

    CG apes aside, I can say that this one actually one of this summer's most entertaining flicks, in my not-so humble opinion...

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Everyone Looks Depressingly Old In The 'American Reunion' Teaser Trailer

    When "American Reunion" comes out next spring it will have been nine long years since the gang from "American Wedding" last saw each other, and unfortunately, time has not been on their side. Universal has released a teaser trailer of sorts, that is little more than a photobooth montage of images of the newly assembled cast, but, god, we feel fucking old. Pretty much everyone here has really aged and not for the better (Seann William Scott...dude, what happened?) with the exception of Alysson Hannigan who still looks like her perpetually perky, youthful self.

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  • Spout
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    NASA Wants Us to Know That "Apollo 18" is NOT a Documentary

    Documentary-style horror films, those with the "found footage" angle, are so old hat now that nobody should be confused as to their validity. But you never know, and there are possibly still some people who think "Blair Witch Project" and even the more recent "Paranormal Activity" are completely true. Might this also be the case with "Apollo 18," the sci-fi/horror flick sold as a real UFO cover-up by NASA that's opening tomorrow? Given that The Weinstein Company didn't screen it for critics, there might not be enough written about "Apollo 18" in mainstream media to keep the gullible in check. Fortunately, NASA is attempting to get the word out, and I'm happy to oblige. The following clarification is from the Los Angeles Times:

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  • The Playlist
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    'Total Recall' Scribe Mark Bomback To Rewrite 'The Wolverine'; Viper To Play A Bigger Role

    With the start date of "The Wolverine" recently being pushed from this fall until next spring (so that Hugh Jackman can star in Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables"), the filmmakers are making the curious decision to rewrite the Christopher McQuarrie script that, according to everybody, was great and good to go before Darren Aronofksy bailed and the earthquake shook Japan. Typical Fox meddling? A need for more explosions? Unnecessary tinkering? Or truly making it the best story it can be? It's probably a bit of each, but fans should be worried as Variety reports that Mark Bomback, the man behind "Live Free Or Die Hard," "Unstoppable" and next year's "Total Recall" reboot is now taking his word processor to the material.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Viola Davis Talks About The Impact Cicely Tyson Had On Her

    The publicity machine for The Help doesn't stop. In the clip below, Viola Davis tells Gayle King how much of an impact actress Cicely Tyson had on her.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Call and Response

    Despite the aghast reactions of many, at Reverse Shot we're pleased as punch with our decision to not include space for readers' comments on the site proper. If you want to leave a screed, you can always send us a letter, as in the olden days, or plop one out right here on the blog. But the thoughtfulness of our writers and the rigor of the editing process we so dearly believe in simply don't allow for frothing fan boys to smear our pages with their spontaneous mind-droppings. (If we allowed comments on Adam Nayman's The Dark Knight review, for instance, you can be assured that the words "fag," "fuck," and "you" would forever be part of that page.) As Nick Pinkerton says in his fourth entry on his Sundance Now blog, The Classical, "As anyone who has perused the Comments section of virtually any YouTube posting can tell you, these forums function principally as a clearing house for semiliterate jeremiads and jaw-dropping racism." It's not that we don't love you, commenters, faithful readers...it's that we just want you to get your own damn site.

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    Kevin Smith's Comic Book Reality Series 'Secret Stash' Gets 6 Episode Order From AMC

    With cable TV now proving to be the stomping ground for directors with ambitious stories to tell, Kevin Smith is preferring to play things safe, and stick to the well worn route he has traveled all these years. So if you're expecting Smith to visit AMC -- the home of "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead" -- with a project as daring as "Red State" (for example) you're shit out of luck.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Pt. 2 With Directors of "Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise And Fall of The Spook Who Sat By The Door"

    Continuing my interview with Chrstine Acham & Cliff Ward, the directors of Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise And Fall of The Spook Who Sat By The Door, we get answers on author and screenplay writer (and documentary star) Sam Greenlee’s FBI monitoring, how it was to interview the great Paul Butler, and what’s in store for Cliff and Christine in the future…

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Call For Entries: 1st Annual JC (Jersey City) PowerHouse Short Film Festival

    The specifics...

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  • The Playlist
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    'Shame,' 'The Artist,' 'The Descendants,' 'Albert Nobbs' & More Journey To Telluride This Weekend

    'Tinker Tailor Solider Spy' Remains MIA On North American Festival ShoresWhile Venice has kicked off the fall festival season in grand style, the awards season really starts with Telluride. Reactions from the hippie resort film festival have proven to be a crystal ball at both box office and awards season performance and for many studios, cause to tweak and adjust their fall plans accordingly based on what happens in Colorado. Moreover, with TIFF right around the corner, a strong showing at Telluride can often put a previously under the radar the film into a strong spotlight in Toronto. "Up In The Air," "Juno," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Brokeback Mountain" are just some of the films that have benefited in the past, and with today's announced lineup, we could see the game change for a few more films.

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