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    What Cinematic Siblings Do You Identify With?

    Will anyone watch "Your Highness" this weekend and think to themselves, "Danny McBride and James Franco really remind me of me and my brother?" Will anyone be identifying with the sibling relationships in "Soul Surfer" or the documentary "American: The Bill Hicks Story"? I have no idea, but I am surprised that many people I know don't have a favorite group of cinematic siblings they relate to. I have always responded particularly to representations of fraternal trios in movies, and I thought this was common. So given that this coming Sunday (April 10) is something called National Siblings Day (brothers, send me gifts), I thought I'd ask if I truly am alone in this obsession.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    President Obama's Re-Election Campaign Ad; Directors Who Could Do It Better

    We all knew Obama would run for re-election. The real question is why use such a dull campaign video? Watch it below. Movieline suggests five Hollywood directors who would do a better job. Our favorite two are below.

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  • The Playlist
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    Keanu Reeves Says 'Bill & Ted's 3' Script 6 Weeks Away, Reveals Small Plot Details

    It seems that people looking for a nostalgia-fueled sequel have found something else to focus their attention on since "Ghostbusters 3" is dead for now until Bill Murray decides to get around to giving the script a read and maybe throwing his old pals a bone by agreeing to show up and do what he's asked. So instead, we have "Bill & Ted's 3," another sequel that everybody wants to talk about but does anybody actually want to see it?

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  • The Playlist
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    Keepin It Real: Kelly Reichardt Called Bullshit On Modern Equipment For Anti-Western 'Meek's Cutoff'

    And 7 Other Things We Learned From Michelle Williams, Zoe Kazan & The Director Who Kept Her Actors In The Dark Back in September of 2009, we heard the quiet rumblings of a new Kelly Reichardt film, thanks to an interview with confidante/sometimes-producer Larry Fessenden with the A.V. Club. The film sounded like a micro-budgeted, anti-Western and we set it high on our anticipated list, waiting patiently for more inklings of news.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Top 25 Newspapers on Twitter; David Carr Beats LA Times

    The top 25 newspapers on Twitter, according to The Wrap's media columnist Dylan Stableford, are led by the New York Times-- ahead by a large margin but not growing as fast as many others--followed by The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and in fifth place, The Los Angeles Times.

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  • The Playlist
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    Allegations Of Infidelity In Paul Greengrass' 'Memphis' Script Troubled Martin Luther King Estate

    Lee Daniels' 'Selma' Also Ran Afoul Of MLK FamilyWe wished it was some kind of cruel April Fool's Day joke, but last Friday it was revealed that Universal was bailing on "Memphis," the Martin Luther King Jr. pic that was written and set to be directed by Paul Greengrass. The project was a big one. It was being prepped to start shooting in June with a release date already targeted for MLK weekend in February 2012. Universal pulled funding and claimed tight scheduling as an issue, however Deadline revealed that the estate of the late civil rights leader was "highly critical" of the film and threatened to openly and publicly condemn the project if it ever went in front of cameras. And now, more details have come to the fore.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Your Highness' Is Fantasy That's Gloriously Absurd, Hilarious & Balls-Out Irreverent

    The potential failure of something calling itself "Your Highness" and being marketed, in the most blatant of terms, as a medieval stoner movie, is fairly, er, high. These are untapped waters, and a fairly ballsy decision for Universal, after several big-budgeted near-bombs, to make a big budget, very-R-rated comedy that riffs on the esoteric spate of sword-and-sorcery movies from the 1980s (like Playlist favorite "Krull"). In short: it could have been truly, eye-rollingly awful.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    In The Works: Nolan Helps Snyder with Superman; Working Title's Trash; Flight of Conchords's Hobbit

    - Zack Snyder is under pressure. Empire talks with the Sucker Punch and Superman: Man Of Steel director, who is confronting skepticism following Punch's critical beating. Producer Christopher Nolan, thankfully, is offering plenty of help for the Superman reboot. No surprise, with people asking questions like, "Does Sucker Punch Spell Doom For Superman: Man of Steel?" Says Snyder, "Chris has been amazingly generous with me [with the Superman storyline]…He's making [The Dark Knight Rises] but he takes time if we're knocking around ideas for the script." And why wouldn't he? "Honestly," adds Snyder, "he wants us to make the best movie we can and he's just interested in helping with that without messing up the process. I think it's amazingly generous of him."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Let's Talk About Sex: A Call to Action for the Sake of American Teens' Health

    New York beauty photographer and commercial director James Houston's expose about sex attitudes, Let's Talk About Sex, launches with a national broadcast on April 9 on cable network The Learning Channel, with New Video's digital/DVD release set for April 12. The documentary aims to raise awareness about how to protect teens against unplanned pregnancy and STDs. See trailer here and below.

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  • The Playlist
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    Joe Wright Says He Tried To Call Paul Greengrass For Advice On How To Shoot Action For 'Hanna'

    At first glance, it's hard to believe that the upcoming teenage assassin flick "Hanna" is from the same director who brought you "Atonement," "Pride & Prejudice" and "The Soloist." Brimming with beautifully choreographed set pieces, you might think it was directed by a seasoned action director, not a helmer giving it a whirl on his first time out. We caught up with director Joe Wright at WonderCon over the weekend and he admitted that he tried to reach out to one of the most influential action directors for the past few years for some tips, but couldn't get past his voicemail.

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