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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Current Vigilante Movie vs. Classic: Hauer as Hobo with a Shotgun vs. Eastwood as Dirty Harry

    Current Vigilante Movie vs. Classic: Hauer as Hobo with a Shotgun vs. Eastwood as Dirty Harry

    New to TOH this week, review column “Now and Then” takes on the current and the classic. Critic Matthew Brennan pairs reviews of movies newly available to homebodies — through Netflix, DVD, Amazon Video or good old-fashioned television — with a fresh look at the neglected, the forgotten, the classic, or the infamous. Two movies, a thousand words, and a little advice about what to watch (or not). And you don’t even have to leave the couch. (Trailers are below.)We lead off this week with Dirty Harry, textbook of Vigilantism 101 and Holy Grail of imitators for four decades. Your chaser, Hobo with a Shotgun, is part of that long line: the artillery may be heavier and the language coarser, but it’s a clear graduate of the Clint Eastwood School of Policecraft and Weaponry. It doesn’t go down as easy as promised — sort of like the night’s fifth tequila shot — but hopefully this inaugural column will. I guess the question you need to ask yourself is, “Do I feel lucky?” Well do ya, punk?

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Tabloid' Is Documentarian Errol Morris At His Wildly Absurdist Best

    Lately, documentarian Errol Morris has focused his films on terribly serious subject matter. 2003's "Fog of War" centered on Robert S. McNamara, one of the chief architects of the bloody, morally nebulous Vietnam War, and 2008's underappreciated "Standard Operating Procedure" told the story of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal through the photos themselves. The films were great, but they lacked the playfulness and oddball charm of earlier Morris films like his debut "Gates of Heaven" (about a pet cemetery) and 1997's "Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control," about a bunch of weirdos with amazing professions (lion tamer, topiary artist, robotics expert, and a man devoted to blind, mutant-looking mole rats). So it's something of a relief that Morris has largely left the dark stuff behind for his latest film, "Tabloid," a gripping, thought-provoking, laugh-out-loud love story that turns out to be one of the documentarian's very best films.

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  • The Playlist
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    Guillermo Del Toro's 'Mimic' Getting A Director's Cut BluRay Release With 7 More Minutes Of Footage

    While Guillermo Del Toro is still no stranger to facing hurdles in getting his films made -- his participation in "The Hobbit" was stalled out by the endless financial woes of MGM and more recently, his R-rated take of "At The Mountains Of Madness" was killed by a nervous Universal -- those are probably cakewalks between dealing with Bob Weinstein on his sophomore feature film "Mimic."

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  • The Playlist
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    It's Official: 'Oldboy' Is Now A Spike Lee Joint

    It's been one helluva day for Spike Lee news. In case you missed it this morning, word hit that the writer/director was reprising his role as Mookie from "Do The Right Thing" in a new, totally under the radar project called "Red Hook Summer." But it looks like the big, blockbuster project Lee was linked to last week is now official.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Confirmed! Spike Lee Will Direct USA Adaptation Of “Oldboy.” Will Will Smith Star?

    Well... it's no long just speculation.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Black Talent Shines Bright in Summer TV

    With tonight’s premiere of the final season of The Closer, yet another great cast that includes wonderful Black leads will be on the air for the summer. The Closer is one of those rare shows that with Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett, in past seasons Gina Ravera, and now Courtney B. Vance (in a recurring role) as the new chief-of-police, has more than one or at least significant African-American cast members that are allowed to shine despite such strong leads.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Hitler Freaks About the Closing of the 405 Freeway

    The latest subtitling of the Downfall Hitler video has the Fuhrer losing his shit over the impending closing of the 405 Freeway this coming weekend, which really is going to wreak havoc in the area.

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  • The Playlist
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    Peter Mullan Finds Himself Alongside British Rapper Bashy In The Thriller 'The Man Inside'

    While the name Peter Mullan may not be instantly recognizable, you've undoubtedly seen him onscreen before. With supporting roles in everything from "Braveheart" to "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1," as well as the upcoming Steven Spielberg epic "War Horse," Mullan has spread himself across the cinematic landscape. On the other hand, Ashley Thomas, better known by his fans as Bashy, is a name you've probably never heard unless you enjoy British hip-hop that steals pretty liberally from the far more enjoyable work of artists like Dizzee Rascal.

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    Academy to Archive Alamo Drafthouse/Mondo's Original Movie Posters

    Austin exhibitor Alamo Drafthouse/Mondo is teaming with the Academy's Margaret Herrick Library to archive their collection of original film posters created by graphic artists, which they've been producing since 2003.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Weinstein Company Acquires US Remake Rights To French Buddy Comedy "Les Intouchables"

    I keep saying that I'm going to finally commit to becoming fluent in French, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet! Any native French speakers in NYC who want to hook me up with some lessons, send me an email. Seriously...!

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