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    Blackjack Returns: The New Adventures of Arron Day (Fundraising)

    Watch the pitch below from writer Alex Simmons on reviving the 1990s comic book series he created called, Blackjack, the Adventures of Arron Day. And if you're buying what he's selling, by all means, click within the Kickstarter widget underneath to donate to his cause. I trust you'll do the right thing :)

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Today's Birthdays - 6/30/11 (David Alan Grier and Paris Barclay)

    Stage and screen actor David Alan Grier welcomes 56 today. The Detroit native and Yale Drama School graduate received a Tony nomination for playing Jackie Robinson in the Broadway musical The First. He's appeared in dozens of productions including A Different World, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, Alf, Equal Justice, Boomerang, Blankman, Jumanji, Martin, In Living Color, Life with Bonnie, Crank Yankers, Bewitched, Law & Order and Bones. His next film appearance will be in the upcoming We The Peeples alongside Kerry Washington, Craig Robinson and Kali Hawk.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Holiday Weekend Box Office Gets Off to Record-Setting Start with 3-D Transformers: Dark of the Moon

    Holiday Weekend Box Office Gets Off to Record-Setting Start with 3-D Transformers: Dark of the Moon

    The buzz has grown to a crescendo on Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Whatever you do, see the movie in IMAX 3-D, because Bay and ILM VFX supervisor Scott Farrar have taken on the challenge of outdoing the 3-D standard set by James Cameron's Avatar and by Jove they've done it. (I saw it at IMAX's own screening room; here's perfectionist Bay's letter to theater projectionists.)

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  • The Playlist
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    Movie Gods Intervene? Matthew Fox Drops Out Of 'World War Z'; Ed Harris Too

    A deeply disturbing universal truth shifted between the years of 2007 and 2010 during the six-year run of "Lost" that shakes us to the core. Seth Rogen dutifully recognized in 2007's "Knocked Up" this sharp and spot-on observation: "You know what's interesting about Matthew Fox? Nothing!" The world chuckled, concurred and moved on. But somewhere between the release of that movie and present day, Fox's rather amusing, poor reaction to the little dig (even if scientifically recognized as truth, it's a comedy, dude), things changed and Fox became a entertainment magazine cover person bound for stardom thanks to the growing popularity of "Lost."

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  • Press Play
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    SIMON SAYS: What is a "bad" movie? Not GREEN LANTERN. And definitely not ZARDOZ

    [Editor's note: This piece marks the debut of SIMON SAYS, a weekly column about popular culture.]

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Naomie Harris Working On Jane Austen-esque Film But With Black People

    Lifted from an interview with Naomie Harris on the Little White Lies blog:

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  • The Playlist
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    The Essentials: 5 Tom Hanks Performances

    For comedians aspiring to be dramatic actors, there is no better model than Tom Hanks. A two-time Academy Award winner and five-time nominee, this unflashy, modern-day Jimmy Stewart or Henry Fonda has also shown every struggling actor on earth that if you persevere you can actually make people forget you started out as a comedian and then simply a romantic comedy lead (remember the dreaded "You've Got Mail" and "Sleepless in Seattle" years). Hell, if you endure long enough you can even wipe out the memory of TV movies like "Mazes and Monsters" and sitcoms like "Bosom Buddies" (where's that other dude now?).The first man to win back-to-back Best Actor Oscars since Spencer Tracy, he embodies a kind of fundamental decency like few others, but to stereotype him in that way does the star a disservice: like Stewart and Fonda, some of his most engaging performances come when he subverts that persona.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    EXCLUSIVE: Morgan Spurlock's Greatest Movie Ever Sold on Blu-ray & DVD August 23

    Morgan Spurlock's Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold will debut on DVD and Blu-ray on August 23. Check out our interview with Spurlock and the trailer.

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  • The Playlist
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    Interview: John C. Reilly Talks The Hardships Of Being A Guidance Counselor In 'Terri'

    High school is painfully dull, incredibly awkward, and definitely not what teen-comedies make them out to be. Sure there are parties and sex, but as far as the day-to-day routine goes, it's less like "American Pie" and more in tune with the "Elephant" (well, at least the film's first two thirds…) Maybe some of us have fond memories of those later teen years, but honestly, Judd Apatow hit the nail on the head with this quote: “College is the reward for surviving high school. Most people have great fun stories from college and nightmare stories from high school.”

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  • Spout
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    Watch Every 2011 Action Movie at Once in This Awesome Mashup Montage

    First off, congrats to "Another Earth" and "Bellflower" for making the cut as two of the more obscure films to be featured in this primarily Hollywood blockbuster-centric mashup. More kudos to the former, actually, for kicking it off. Foreign martial arts flicks are to be expected, even those not well known at the multiplex, in a montage of the year's action movies (set to "This is War" by 30 Seconds to Mars), but these Sundance favorites should feel they've made it now that they're being spliced up against stuff like "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and "Fast Five." Of course, indie or studio, these films do pretty much come from similar influences. Don't be mislead negatively by their inclusion, though. While this montage pieces together a kind of generic blockbuster-friendly narrative from the parts of 45 similar-minded movies, reminding us how formulaic the genre currently is, neither "Another Earth" nor "Bellflower" is as familiar or predictable as the majority of these titles.

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