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    Fantasia '11 Review: 'Attack The Block' Is The Real Deal Bruv, Believe

    We're just over seven months into 2011, and we've already seen a staggering number of alien-oriented films, and for the most part, they haven't been friendly. In "Battle: Los Angeles" a ragged military crew squared off against the space invaders, while in the upcoming "Cowboys & Aliens" Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford will use old-timey western know-how to fight off the creatures from beyond. But there is another interesting trend developing even among this this little niche of films: kids are frequently the ones being called upon to save the day. In J.J. Abrams' "Super 8" best friends and junior high classmates outwit their parents and the military to save their town and the Earth, and later this year, "The Darkest Hour" will find Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby helping a group of youths against another batch of extraterrestrials. But between those two films will be the hotly buzzed "Attack The Block," a film that shares with "Super 8" a plot about some very young kids who find some very vicious creatures in their midst, but in all other respects is completely, refreshingly and excitingly different.

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    Short Starts: "The Ballad of Nessie" and Disney's Nostalgia Problem

    I had no idea that there was a new animated short attached to “Winnie the Pooh” before I walked into the theater, and I assume most of America didn’t know either. Imagine my delighted surprise when “The Ballad of Nessie” unfolded before me on the screen. Theatrical shorts are few and far between these days, with only Pixar consistently interested in producing this neglected cinematic form. Disney used to dominate the world of animated shorts but hasn’t produced them with any degree of regularity in decades. It’s a special treat to see a new one, especially attached to a film featuring Winnie the Pooh, a bear whose first appearance on screen was in the form of theatrical featurettes in the late 1960s.

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    When Are Films Political? LALIFF film acquired by International Film Circuit

    Skylight Pictures’ award-winning new film, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, will bow theatrically September 14 at New York City’s IFC Center via distributor International Film Circuit followed by a national rollout. It can be seen at LALIFF this Monday July 18 7:30 pm at the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Blvd.

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    Acclaimed Danny Glover Drama "The Harimaya Bridge" Gets DVD/Blu-ray Release Date + New Trailer

    We covered this film on the old S&A site, while it was still playing the festival circuit, and when it enjoyed a lengthy though limited theatrical run in 2010.

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Mentalist' Star Amanda Righetti Joins 'The Avengers'

    We can't say we've really watched the CBS psychic police procedural "The Mentalist" but as it heads into its fourth season this fall, it's clear there is an audience for the show and it looks like the cast are beginning to capitalize on that popularity. Lead actor Simon Baker has logged time already in films like "The Killer Inside Me," "Women In Trouble" and upcoming financial crisis drama "Margin Call" and now co-star Amanda Righetti will add a tentpole to her CV.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Final Thoughts on the Women's World Cup

    If that game wasn't entertainment then nothing is. A nail biter and while I love the US women, the Japanese played yesterday like the US had been playing all tournament. Scrappy and coming from behind and poaching on mistakes and just digging deeper. The shorter women out muscled the taller US team and the US should have know it was coming because they did the same thing to Germany.

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    David Oyelowo Lends His Thespian Skills To $40,000 Sci-Fi Dystopian Short Film "Rahab"

    Principal photography just wrapped last week Friday on Ava DuVernay's sophomore feature narrative effort Middle Of Nowhere, which co-stars David Oyelowo, who also just wrapped production on a short sci-fi film he stars in called Rahab, based on an idea that won the 2011 Enter The Pitch contest.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Winding Down Harry Potter's Visual Effects

    Winding Down Harry Potter's Visual Effects

    One of the mysteries of the Harry Potter series is how much Hollywood--and the Academy--have underappreciated the high-level craftsmanship on display throughout. Immersed in Movies' Bill Desowitz looks at the impact the end of the series will have on its visual effects artists.There's more at stake than the most successful film franchise in history coming to a halt with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. There's also a cottage visual effects industry in London that now has to get weaned off the wizard of Hogwarts.

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    New Look At Karl Urban In 'Dredd'

    So, what's the deal with "Dredd"? The comic reboot has been flying way under the radar pretty much to the point of complete anonymity, which is a bit odd for a film that was tipped for release sometime this year (though with no release date set that's looking pretty unlikely). The film wrapped a very long time ago and unlike every movie these days which teases with stills and other marketing ephemera before it's released, there has been pretty much zilch except an early fuzzy look at Karl Urban in his full kit.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    QVC Bans Jane Fonda From Promoting Her New Book

    It's not like Jane Fonda was going to go on QVC to promote god-forbid feminist issues, she was going on QVC to promote her new book Prime Time: Love; Health; Sex; Fitness; Friendship; Spirit; Making the most of all of your life which comes out in early August.

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