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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Animation, Old And New

    Whatever your taste in animation, a handful of new DVD and Blu-ray releases offer stimulating and even jubilant experiences. If you like edgy, experimental work I heartily recommend Nine Nation Animation from New Yorker Films, a compilation of recent short subjects that range from the odd to the sublime, and encompass a variety of filmmaking techniques. I’m especially drawn to the deadpan humor of Flatlife by Jonas Geirnaert of Belgium, in which we observe people in four apartments—two on one floor and two below— whose actions affect one another without really meaning to. Other films...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Katori Hall's "Hurt Village" Gets Its Cast & World Premiere Date; Does Sundance Screenwriters Lab Mean Movie Adaptation Too?

    Her award-winning play The Mountaintop is still on Broadway, playing incredibly well to capacity houses daily, and playright Katori Hall is already set to go on her next work, a new project titled Hurt Village, which we've already told you about in past posts.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'London River' A Gentle Current Pain, Anger & Acceptance In The Wake Of Terrorist Attacks

    When Elisabeth (Brenda Blethyn) first hears about the suicide bombings that shook London on July 7, 2005, it's from her television set a world away in Guernsey. Among the pastoral setting of her farm, the events that are happening miles away seem even more horrific and unbelievable, but her shock is coupled with a genuine concern. It's not long before she's on the phone to her daughter Jane, who is living in London, looking to be reassured that's she okay. She leaves a message. After not hearing from her, she calls again. And then again, leaving voicemails each time. And that's when worry turns into motherly panic and Elisabeth soon heads to the big metropolis to find her daughter.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    What Angelina Jolie and Meryl Streep Have in Common

    I know I am lucky.  I get to watch and think about movies and write about them and talk about them.  But being a blogger, I don't very often get to see the people in the movies or those who make the movies - especially when they are big stars.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    WATCH: Hillary Clinton's Incredible Speech on LGBT Rights at the United Nations

    This 30 minute speech that Hillary Clinton gave before the United Nations in Geneva has been making the rounds today, and don't let its hefty timestamp discourage you from watching the entire thing (sadly we live in an era where 10 minute+ on the internet has become downright epic). It's a well-written, affecting and powerful call to arms for LGBT rights in a world that still has a generally disturbing take on the issue:

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Funny & Charming Trailer Arrives For 'Five-Year Engagement' Starring Jason Segel & Emily Blunt

    Need to wash the stink out of your eyes that was "The Three Stooges" trailer? Give "Five-Year Engagement" a spin, the promising rom-com from the unstoppable team of Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller (we'll politely overlook "Gulliver's Travels").

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  • Shadow and Act
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    First Full Poster For "Joyful Noise" (Queen Latifah, Dolly Patton, Keke Palmer) Surfaces...

    This looks terrible (full poster below)! Surely this isn't the best the creatives handling the marketing materials for the film could come up with.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: New Trailer For 'The Iron Lady' Gives Margaret Thatcher The Epic Cinematic Treatment

    The one thing that has always bothered this writer about the whole idea of "The Iron Lady" is that Margaret Thatcher isn't exactly the most sympathetic of politicians. In fact, in the eyes of many, she's one of the worst Prime Ministers Britain has ever had (unless you're a hardline conversative, in which case she's a wet dream). So, we're still not quite what to make to "The Iron Lady," and this new trailer doesn't help.

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  • The Playlist
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    Danny Boyle Re-Ups With Underworld, Names Group Music Directors Of 2012 London Olympics

    One thing is for sure: Danny Boyle fucking loves electronic music duo Underworld (nee Carl Hyde and Rick Smith). After using choice cuts of theirs for the soundtracks to "The Beach" and "Trainspotting" (where their propulsive "Born Slippy" was memorably used at the close of the film), they became full-on collaborators with the filmmaker, co-composing the score to his trippy sci-fi flick "Sunshine" (with John Murphy) and creating the steam punk-y score to his "Frankenstein" stage show that blew our minds earlier this year. Well it seems like he just can't get enough of those guys, as Pitchfork points out that he has just hired them to serve as the musical directors for the opening ceremonies for next summer's 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Awards Watch: Contenders Play Nefarious Cinema Icons in Somewhat Ridiculous NYT Video Gallery

    Check out The New York Times' Touch of Evil video gallery from their Hollywood issue. With a slew of awards contenders--including Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Viola Davis, Kirsten Dunst, Glenn Close, Ryan Gosling, Gary Oldman, Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Jean Dujardin and Adepero Oduye--the videos --paying homage to "nefarious icons" of cinema--range from clever and cute to creepy and ridiculous.

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