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    Rewind: The Week In Movies, April 11-17

    It was a busy week at The Playlist, with announcements for "Man Of Steel" and "The Dark Knight Rises," a few big trailer premieres and, our biggest thrill, the announcement of the Cannes '11 lineup. We decided to cull together the ten news stories this week that generated the heaviest debate, so if you missed anything, feel free to click away.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office Roars Back as Best Opener of Year Rio Beats Scream 4 Horror Fest

    Weekend Box Office Roars Back as Best Opener of Year Rio Beats Scream 4 Horror Fest

    The spring box office finally brought upbeat news as animated family movie Rio beat sequel scary movie Scream 4, marking the year's best opening, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:

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  • Caryn James
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    Watch Two Mysterious New Clips from “The Killing”

    The Killing, AMC’s atmospheric detective series set in Seattle (apparently during monsoon season), continues to pile on the mysteries in tonight fourth episode, as Sarah Linden (the enigmatic Mireille Enos) tracks down the person who murdered teenager Rosie Larsen. You don’t even have to choose between The Killing and the premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones tonight, but if you watch the splashy, silly new Medieval fantasy series back-to-back with this sharp contemporary mystery, be prepared for your head to spin.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: Zeina Durra and Elodie Bouchez The Imperalists Are Still Alive! By Melissa Silvestri

    From the opening shot of artist Asya (Elodie Bouchez) naked save for a machine gun and a hijab on her head, one can tell that The Imperialists Are Still Alive!, written and directed by Zeina Durra, is looking to flip the victim image of Muslim women on its head with a subtle sense of humor and observation. The Imperialists Are Still Alive! tracks moments in the life of Asya, an artist of mixed Middle Eastern background who lives a rock’n’roll lifestyle in NYC with a hip crowd while keeping tabs on the missing whereabouts of her friend in Lebanon. She lives her life day to day, and Durra keeps the films fresh and fun by never making Asya a self-pitying martyr, nor making light of life post 9/11 for people of Middle Eastern descent in NYC. Elodie Bouchez (of Alias and The Dreamlife of Angels) plays Asya with a keen awareness of her surroundings and a deep inner life that isn’t always obvious on the outside.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes Preview: This Must Be the Place Stars Sean Penn as Aging Rock Star

    Sean Penn stars in Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's English-language debut This Must Be the Place, which will premiere in competition at Cannes. Sorrentino's masterful portrait of seven-time Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti Il Divo, featuring a tour-de-force performance by Toni Servillo, was compelling even to an outsider to labyrinthine Italian politics. (Here's Variety's review, trailer is below.) The biopic was a hit at Cannes in 2008.

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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Angarano Talks 'Ceremony,' Working With Kevin Smith & Steven Soderbergh

    23-year-old actor Michael Angarano is more than just a face in the crowd of thirty-odd young studs that crops up whenever a new superhero or tween franchise is announced. After turning heads with minor roles in “Almost Famous” and “Seabiscuit,” the Brooklyn-born thesp eventually graduated to lead roles in homegrown superhero flick “Sky High” and eccentric Jared Hess movie “Gentleman Broncos.” However, nothing prepared anyone for his transformative comedic turn in “Ceremony,” which saw Angarano playing Sam, a manic and insecure children’s author who has seen a few too many Wes Anderson movies and read maybe a bit too much J.D. Salinger.

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  • The Playlist
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    Poster Round-Up: 'Cars 2,' 'Hangover 2', 'Apes,' 'Popper's Penguins,' 'One Day,' 'Abduction'

    Another week, another batch of new posters being unveiled for Summer Blockbuster hopefuls. First up, we have a new theatrical banner for "Cars 2." The triptych image shows off the film's international setting and is full of stunning detail which you can get a better look at over at Apple. The film features Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy, ugh) heading overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. We're still not sold on the film itself but we're crossing our fingers that it could be fun. If anyone can pull it off, Pixar can.

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  • Spout
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    Full Frame 2011: "Scenes of a Crime" Challenges Our Ways of Seeing

    Though I was unable to attend the 2011 Full Frame Documentary Festival this week as planned, partly due to my accreditation being through Cinematical/Moviefone, for which I no longer work, I was able to see this one selection from the program and so am reviewing it as a single piece of Full Frame coverage.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Google Video: Happy Birthday Charlie!

    Google celebrates Charlie Chaplin's 122nd birthday (born April 16, 1889) with an homage YouTube video from Google's Doodle team (more classic clips and links below):

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