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  • Shadow and Act
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    Nelson Mandela Became South Africa's President Today... Watch "The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela"

    Today in history, May 2nd, 1994... Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress claim victory in South Africa's first multi-racial election. Mandela, who spent nearly 30 years in prison under Apartheid rule, became the country's president - a position he held for 5 years, until June 1999.

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  • The Playlist
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    Confirmed: Guy Pearce Joins Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'

    Rumors had been flying around for the past few days about Guy Pearce taking a role in Ridley Scott's highly anticipated and top-secret "Prometheus" after CHUD caught wind of some intel from their sources. We put in a few calls and it turns out that morsel of info is bang on.

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  • Spout
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    Short Starts: "Thor" Star Chris Hemsworth in "Ollie Klublershturf vs. The Nazis"

    This short film opens with a fart joke. It’s not really even a joke so much as an enormous fart noise and a reaction shot, which set things off to an abrupt and jarring start. While beginning with this sort of sophomoric humor isn’t exactly a good sign, the rest of the short more than makes up for it. “Ollie Klublershturf vs. the Nazis” is a hilarious and eccentric piece of time travel comedy that is not just conscious of its own absurdity, but runs with it. Written by Damon Lindelof (of “Lost” fame), it stars a small cast with great comic timing and chemistry, including a clean-cut Chris Hemsworth as a Nazi in disguise.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Osama bin Laden is Dead Tweets, New Yorker Covers, Newspaper Boost, Bigelow/Boal Rewrite UPDATED

    President Barack Obama had a great weekend--he not only blitzed Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents' Dinner but then celebrated with America and the world his administration's successful Pakistan Navy SEAL operation to execute Osama bin Laden. His death has proved a boon for old media: May 2's front pages are collectors' items. @NYTimes tweets that it printed 165,000 extra copies of today's historic paper, 2.5 times the normal order. The Washington Post added 35,000. See our gallery of NYorker Bin Laden covers below.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Pics: 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn,' 'Three Musketeers' & 'Stranger Tides'

    A bunch of new pics to start your week, so let's dive right in, shall we?

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Clive Owen's House Is Haunted In 'Intruders' Trailer From Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

    Spanish helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo got himself onto the Hollywood radar fairly quickly with the one-two punch of "Intacto" followed by the solid "28 Weeks Later." He's already tipped for "The Crow" reboot/remake -- though that seems to be tied up in legal woes for the moment -- but he's got another film on the way that will try to spook you silly.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott Talk Girls With Guns

    One of the fun things that is happening in the NY Times is that they have unleashed their film critics to talk casually about films on different topics. It's so nice to hear opinions from Manohla Dargis -- and Scott -- not in the context of a review. This past weekend the two discussed the new trend of young women kicking ass in films. Both of them are very thoughtful in their comments with Dargis getting some great digs in on the lacks of female role sin films in general.

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  • The Playlist
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    Tristan Patterson Talks Form of 'Dragonslayer' And Creating An Authentic Experience

    Writer and director Tristan Patterson is flying pretty high right now. His first feature-length film "Dragonslayer" just won the Jury Prize for Best Documentary at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and he's in the middle of negotiations for distribution. The film follows Josh "Skreech" Sandoval, a pool skateboarder from California, in his daily wanderings. Patterson took some time while promoting his film at the Independent Film Festival of Boston to sit down with us to talk about the odd form of his documentary, what type of viewer he's interested in and what it was like to win a major award after only one film.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    2011 Tony Awards Nominations Announced Tomorrow; A Quick Look At Eligible Black Performers/Shows

    Star of stage and screen, Anika Noni Rose, will join Matthew Broderick in announcing the nominees for the 2011 Tony Awards (essentially the stage equivalent of the Oscars - theater's highest honor), tomorrow morning, May 3rd; and this year's list of potentials has a decent representation of African American talent, some who just might actually walk away with some hardware when the awards ceremony is held on Sunday June 12th, broadcast live, beginning at 8/7c on CBS.

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  • The Playlist
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    SFIFF ’11: Terence Stamp Talks About Working With Fellini, Bill Clinton the ‘Priscilla’ Fan

    Friday night at the San Francisco International Film Festival, actor Terence Stamp (“The Adjustment Bureau,” “Valkyrie”) was presented with the Peter J. Owens award for excellence in acting. To celebrate the award, Stamp appeared on stage with film critic Elvis Mitchell to tell stories of a decades-long career that saw him rise to the level of leading man, then experience a period as a bit part player, and then journey back into the spotlight. Following the conversation was a screening of the rarely shown “Toby Dammit,” the Stamp-starring and Federico Fellini-directed segment of the 1968 Edgar Allen Poe adaptation collection called “Spirits of the Dead.”

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