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  • Shadow and Act
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    On-Set Pics Of Lenny Kravitz, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr In Costume In 'The Butler'

    The film is scripted to cover several decades in the life of Eugene Allen, the White House butler who served many presidents; So, based on the outfits and wigs, what period do you think we're looking at here in these photos? 

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  • The Playlist
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    R.I.P. Chris Marker (1921-2012): Watch 'La Jetee' & 'Sans Soleil'

    Sad news to begin the week, as word comes this morning that experimental filmmaker Chris Marker has passed away, just one day after celebrating his 91st birthday.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Award-Winning Jazz-Infused Animated Feature 'Chico & Rita' On DVD/Blu-ray/VOD In Sept.

    A wonderful way to start the week, with an announcement that one of the most engaging films I've seen this year will be arriving on home video (DVD, Blu-ray, VOD and digital) in less than 2 months, and the rest of you who haven't yet seen it, especially as we've continued to praise it here on S&A (since last year), will finally get your opportunity to do so.

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  • The Playlist
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    Recap: Walt Learns About Overhead In 'Breaking Bad' Episode 3 'Hazard Pay'

    If the first two episodes of “Breaking Bad”’s thus far excellent fifth season were mostly concerned with tying up loose ends from last season while setting the stage for the next phase of the story, episode 3 titled “Hazard Pay,” begins moving forward in earnest. The breakneck pacing is likely a result of creator Vince Gilligan and co. realizing exactly how much story they have left and how few episodes they have to tell it. And while we, as an audience, know that the journey of these final episodes will probably involve Walt undergoing the final phases of his transformation from family man to drug kingpin before he (or those closest to him) suffer for his sins, the trajectory will still surprise. Just as Walt has grown accustomed to outsmarting his opponents by thinking several steps ahead of them, the writers too, play on our expectations, sometimes giving us what we think might be coming but never quite in the ways we expect.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Weekly Roundup

    Here's a round-up of some of the stories we didn't get a chance to cover last week but wanted you to know about.

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  • Criticwire
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    The Criticwire Survey: The Movie Title That Describes Your Life

    This week the critics pick a single title that sums up their entire life.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Louie' Gets Renewed For Fourth Season; AMC Developing 'Area 51' With Gale Anne Hurd

    Singular in its completely unfettered, direct process from development to screen, “Louie” has quickly emerged as the natural extension to Louis C.K.'s unique voice, and in the middle of its strongest season to date, FX has announced plans for the obvious while AMC look to the future beyond “Breaking Bad” with a new show of their own.

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  • The Playlist
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    James Mangold Latest Director Linked To Long Developing 'Le Cercle Rouge' Remake

    It is now nearing a decade since Hollywood has tried to crack the nut of bringing Jean-Pierre Melville's stone cold classic noir/procedural "Le Cercle Rouge" to the big screen, and it has seen a ton of talent come and go in that time. Back in 2004, it was set up at Paramount with John Woo attached to direct a script by Jeff Pinker ("Alias," "Fringe"). He eventually left the project and Johnnie To ("Election," "Time & Tide") assumed the director's chair. This incarnation seemed to gather steam, amassing a cast that one point had Liam Neeson, Chow Yun-Fat, Orlando Bloom, Tim Roth and Alain Delon (who starred in the original) attached or offered roles, with a Brit List script by Steve Knight ("Eastern Promises," "Dirty Pretty Things"). That never came to pass, and more recently, John Hillcoat was offered a chance to direct , while Jaume Collet-Serra also kicked the tires on it. Now another director will give a shot.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Emergency Room Doc "The Waiting Room" Kick Starts Fall Release

    I'm happy to report that Peter Nicks' timely observational E.R. doc "The Waiting Room" survived through its Kickstarter campaign. Early on Friday, it looked as though the award-winning doc might not make it in its fight to raise $70,000 to aid in its theatrical rollout. But fans and funders came through in support of this important documentary: a deeply empathic view of America's dysfunctional medical system, where both the uninsured and their emergency healthcare providers are doing their best with the limited hand they've been dealt.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: 'Machete Kills' Set Report With Mel Gibson Explores Assassin Role, William Sadler Drops Character Poster

    With Robert Rodriguez seeming to operate on an ever-increasing wave of meta-filmmaking, in which off-hand pop culture jokes turn suddenly into reality, it's difficult to imagine his projects actually happening until they're released in theatres. Such is the case with “Machete Kills,” his sequel to the 2010 Danny Trejo actioner, but as a few new updates from both cast and behind-the-scenes crew show, it's definitely a reality indeed.

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