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    Review: 'Premium Rush' Sputters To The Finish Line

    In an age where green screen is over-utilized, and costs are managed by shooting in the Midwest, Canada, or even Eastern Europe, there’s something classy and maybe even downright quaint about a film entirely set on the streets of New York City. Permit restrictions have long ended the days of most low-budget, scrappy productions making the city their home, so it’s probably worth acknowledging that the producers of “Premium Rush” spent a good amount of cash securing the locations for their pavement-pounding chase thriller. Regardless, there’s something refreshingly low-fi about rubber against the pavement of the world’s greatest city, and for a moment you forget that “Premium Rush” is a big, dumb, studio star attraction.

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    First Official & Bloody Look At Chloe Moretz & Julianne Moore In Kimberly Peirce's 'Carrie' Remake

    It would seem that, for whatever reason, folks are more curious than wary about Kimberly Peirce's remake of Brian De Palma's classic adaptation of Stephen King's "Carrie." Whatever the outcome may be, we're guessing that curiosity will continue to win out with the arrival of the impressive first official look at Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore, who'll be starring as timid high-schooler Carrie White and her fundamentalist mother Margaret respectively -- roles portrayed in De Palma's originally by Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SnagFilms Launches Online Film Fest 'Snag the Vote 2012'

    What better time than presidential election season for online indie distributor SnagFilms to launch "Snag the Vote 2012," a free online film festival running through Election Day? The fest will feature more than 100 documentaries highlighting ten key issues defining the 2012 presidential election, from Economy and Jobs and Health Care to Immigration, the Environment and National Security.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Preview Indie Dramedy 'Faisal Goes West' (Sudanese Man Working On A Texas Chicken Farm)

    Recently completed, and prepping to begin its film festival travels is director Bentley Brown's Faisal Goes West - an indie comedy/drama about a Sudanese man working in a Texas chicken farm; essentially, telling a larger story about how he and his family adjust to life in the USA.

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    Digging Through The Archives... What Happened To Djimon Hounsou's 'Thulsa Doom' Project?

    I'd say that the vast majority of new projects that are announced won't make it to the screen, for any number of reasons. Often it's due to a lack of financing.

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  • The Playlist
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    Netflix & DirecTV Considering Bringing 'The Killing' Back For A Third Season To Infuriate You Further

    When AMC canceled "The Killing" at the end of last month, it put an end to a show that was full of promise but wound up infuriating many viewers by drawing out the mystery behind the murder of Rosie Larsen across two wheel-spinning seasons. In fact, as the second season begun, we laid out the case why viewers should be very, very careful about continuing to tune in to a program that offered increasingly diminished returns. And in any event, audiences were indeed frustrated, as viewership dropped considerably to 1.5 million viewers for the season finale, a tumble from the 2.7 million who tuned in for the first episode. But remarkably, despite harsh criticism from both critics and fans, and clearly measured waning interest, "The Killing" may live on.

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    Remembering Phyllis Diller

    By now you’ve probably seen obituaries and tributes to comedienne Phyllis Diller. I want to share a personal memory that speaks to one facet of her personality you may not have read about: her kindness. Many years ago I appeared on a handful of TV game shows, just for a lark. When I taped a week’s worth of 'Password Plus', Phyllis was the other celebrity guest.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Pearl Cleage, Ayoka Chenzira Talk Their New Partnership That Will Bring Cleage's Novels To Screen

    On Monday, we announced the exciting news that filmmaker and professor Ayoka Chenzira had partnered with acclaimed best-selling author Pearl Cleage to bring her novels to the screen, in what has been dubbed The Pearl Cleage Film Project (www.pearlcleagefilmproject.com).

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    Review: Soccer & Street Life Collide In Sincere But Overwrought 'Hermano'

    They say soccer (or football as it's known everywhere except in the United States) is the world's game and it's easy to see why. With the only equipment necessary being a ball and a space to play on, it remains one of the most accessible sports across the globe, giving hope to anyone of any class, creed or color that they too can ascend to the heights of the game and reap the rewards. But for some that journey is made even more difficult by an array of social woes that can impede progess, cut short a career or even end a life. And somewhere between the aspirations and cold hard realities, is Marcel Rasquin's "Hermano."

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    Nina Simone's Daughter Opens Up Even More About Biopic, Answers Questions That Fill Gaps

    Nina Simone's Daughter Opens Up Even More About Biopic, Answers Questions That Fill Gaps

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