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    Ron Livingston Has The Unenviable Task Of Preparing Sarah Palin For Debate In 'Game Change'

    With Julianne Moore (as Sarah Palin), Ed Harris (as John McCain) and Woody Harrelson (as Steve Schmidt, John McCain’s senior campaign strategist and adviser) the cast for HBO's "Game Change" is already stellar and has added yet another strong player into the fold.

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    Tribeca 2011: "Jesus Henry Christ" Is a Disappointment We Should Have Seen Coming

    I suppose that this movie was inevitable. After a decade in which “500 Days of Summer,” “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Juno” made great success out of quirky humor and eccentric characters, we were bound to some day find ourselves face to face with a miserably mediocre attempt to keep the creativity going. “Jesus Henry Christ” tries so hard to be original, cute, funny and unique but just ends up looking foolish and exhausted. Bad jokes, over-extended gimmicks and horribly written supporting characters whirl around your head as you attempt to find some sort of redeeming narrative. Unfortunately, not even the heavy handed voice-over helps with that.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Boyz N The Hood" Coming Out On Blu-ray DVD In July

    So while we're waiting for Warner Home Video to resolve that pesky annoying music clearance rights situation which has stalled the previously scheduled blu-ray DVD release of Spike Lee's Malcolm X ,which we reported was supposed to come out this past January, Sony has announced today that they will be releasing John Singleton's first feature Boyz N' The Hood in the blu-ray format in July.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Interview with Paula van der Oest, Director of Black Butterflies (Repost)

    Black Butterflies is the tumultuous life story of South African poet Ingrid Jonker who struggled desperately to gain the love of the men in her life. Her father (played by Rutger Hauer) was an official in the apartheid government who censored work like Ingrid’s and felt she was an embarrassment to him. The two of them disagreed on politics and she could never get past the fact that he was never going to agree with and support her work. She also seemed to fall in love with inappropriate men and the love of her life novelist Jack Cope (Liam Cunningham) served as a father figure/lover, and while they loved each other deeply Ingrid had many deep demons that hounded her and their relationship deteriorated. Carice Van Houten gives a very intense and penetrating portrait of a delicate and incredibly talented female artist who just had a very difficult time surviving and after one too many betrayals by her father she no longer was able to continue.

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    $9 Million Added To Budget, More VFX Houses Hired To Finish 'Green Lantern' In Time For Release Date

    It seems completely against common sense, but as studios continue to turn toward making expensive tentpoles their bread and butter, they also seem to be shrinking the production timelines for these films with one year or less now becoming the norm. "X-Men: First Class" will be coming in under the wire to make it's June release date; "Hunger Games" is still casting and it's now eleven months until it's scheduled to hit theaters and "The Avengers" just started filming this week for a release date that will arrive almost exactly a year later. And with special effects usually dominating these films, filmmakers and effect houses are feeling the crunch and some hard lessons are being learned as a result.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    AFI Lifetime Award to Morgan Freeman: Pitt, Hanks, Mirren, Nicholson, Eastwood To Pay Tribute

    The American Film Institute is honoring Morgan Freeman with their 39th Lifetime Achievement Award. The Gala Benefit on June 9 (airing on TV Land June 26) will host the following committee members to play tribute to Freeman: Ben Affleck, Jim Carrey, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Ashley Judd, Helen Mirren, Mike Nichols, Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt, Sidney Poitier, Robert Redford, Tim Robbins, Steven Spielberg, Hilary Swank, Denzel Washington and Alfre Woodard.

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    'Fast & Furious' Franchise May Be Moving From Cars To Heists In Future Films

    The Onion Hilariously Interviews Screenwriter Chris MorganOn the face of it, this weekend's "Fast Five" pretty much seems like yet another rote entry in the series, but for Universal, the film is anything but usual. According to the LA Times, the film is budgeted somewhere between $125-170 million, the most expensive film yet in the series that thus far has kept expenses on each outing under triple digits. But more importantly, it will find the franchise shifting gears (pun intentional) moving away from the gearhead origins and shifting into something else, a heist series that won't require new viewers to know anything about the previous films.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Writers of the Summer Movies

    Notice anything in common?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Episode 3 Of New “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” Web Series Starring Michael Jai White

    Here’s episode 3 of the highly-anticipated Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series that was commissioned by Warner Bros. Jax (Michael Jai White), Striker (Tamoh Pennikett), Sonya Blade (Jeri Ryan) and Kano (Darren Shahlavi) all feature.

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    Tribeca Review: Shallow Infidelity Drama 'Last Night' With Keira Knightley Lacks Heat Or Chemistry

    While it boasts a strong, marquee-named cast and some decent performances, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes and French actor/director Guillaume Canet ("Tell No One," Marion Cotillard's baby daddy) Iranian-American screenwriter Massy Tadjedin's directorial debut, "Last Night," is an unconvincing portrait of unhappiness and marital disenfranchisement. A largely hollow couples-in-crisis infidelity drama, the picture lacks any romantic or sexual electricity, and doesn't possess many glimmers of substantive sparks. Characters go through the motions, but rarely do they echo in any resonant manner. While "Last Night" attempts to document the collapse of a marriage during one evening and the occurrences and issues that lead up to such an unfortunate event, it simply leaves one yearning for much, much more.

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