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  • Shadow and Act
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    Angolan Actor Hoji Fortuna Talks Career And Growing Notoriety As "Viva Riva!" Villain + Box Office

    CNN's Isha Sesay sits down with Angolan actor Hoji Fortuna to discuss his career, and his award-winning performance as the menacing César hellbent on recouping his gasoline booty in Djo Tunda Wa Munga's Viva Riva!.

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    Diablo Cody Dreams Of Brian Wilson Biopic, Teases Her Own Directorial Ambitions

    Dustin Lance Black Admits TIFF Cut Of 'What's Wrong With Virginia' Was "Pretty Bad," Planning New EditThe L.A. Film Festival is proving to be quite the headline-making event with several stories already flying out of the west coast. Now, at a meet titled "Coffee Talk: Screenwriters," scribes Diablo Cody and Dustin Lance Black have provided updates on their current slate of projects.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Killing Ends Its First Season

    The Killing ended its first season last night and surprise! it did not wrap up anything and only created more questions. I really thought we would get some closure but I am impressed that people were left frustrated. This show has really polarized people and that's really a good thing. One of the best things about The Killing is the female lead Detective Linden played by Mireille Enos. She is a different type of female lead. She's not light and breezy like other cops like Brenda Lee Johnson on The Closer and she doesn't have the smart retorts like Jane Rizzoli of Rizzoli and Isles. I don't think she smiled once, and I'm pretty sure she didn't wear any makeup. If anything, she reminds me of Kay Howard played by Melissa Leo in Homicide. She just kept her head down, tried to solve the case while trying to hold the rest of her life together.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: New Clip Reveals The Creation Of The Universe In 'The Tree Of Life'

    With all the attention being showered on Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" it's easy to forget that his latest endeavor puts the "art" firmly in "arthouse" and despite the star power behind the film, it's very much Malick's camera and thematic ambition that is the central focus of the film. While the story does (eventually) center on a coming-of-age and the troubled relationship between a young boy and his father, before we get there, Malick takes viewers through the creation of the universe, a stunning, gorgeous sequence that takes up much of the first third of the film. To help accurately capture what the cosmos might have looked when the world as we know it was shaped, Malick enlisted visual effects legend Douglas Trumbull.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    50 Cent & Antoine Fuqua Starting New Production Company To Develop Action/Dramas

    Renaissance man (rapper, producer, actor, etc) Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is reportedly teaming up with director Antoine Fuqua to start a new production company.

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  • The Playlist
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    Evangeline Lilly Is Tauriel & Barry Humphries To Portray Gorkin The Goblin King In 'The Hobbit'

    Yep, there's more movement in the Shire. Just a few days after Luke Evans and Benedict Cumberbatch came aboard Peter Jackson's massive two-part "The Hobbit," the director himself announced a couple more names joining the production today on Facebook.

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    Book Review: 'Crazy 4 Cult' A Celebration Of Cult Movie Fandom

    There is, in Los Angeles, a very cool art gallery called Gallery 1988. Once a year they hold a show called Crazy 4 Cult, in which they invite underground artists (some of them quite famous, like Shepard Fairey, who did the Obama “Hope” poster and co-starred in the art world puzzle-box “Exit Through the Gift Shop”) to contribute, imprinting their specific style onto a moment or image from a classically cultish movie. Also, once a year Kevin Smith masturbates to gay sex.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Julie Taymor Talks Spiderman at LA Theatre Conference

    I'm a bit obsessed about the Julie Taymor/Spiderman situation. Mostly I'm obsessed because of what this will mean for her career, but also what it will mean for other women's careers. Since her departure from the show several months ago, the narrative has been created by everyone else by her, mostly by necessity, since it didn't make sense for her to speak while she was trying to negotiate terms. But still, she was made out to be this incredibly difficult person who would not listen to reason and change the show so that it would be more commercial. Hardy any blame was given to the musicians The Edge and Bono who had never written a musical before, and during crucial times when the show was in previews were unable to be in the country because of prior commitments to U2.

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  • The Playlist
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    Poster For 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' Reveals It Stars Steve Carell's Crotch & A High-Heeled Shoe

    We know it's pretty much the heart of the summer, but if you have plans to spend the last weekend of July doing anything other than sit in a movie theater, you might want to consider rearranging them. On one of the busiest release dates in recent memory, there seems to be something for everyone: blockbuster fans get "Cowboys & Aliens," lovers of cult films get "Attack the Block," those who like "Scarface"-esque dramas with breakout lead performances get Dominic Cooper in "The Devil's Double," indie types get Miranda July's "The Future" or Brendan Gleeson in sweary Irish action-comedy "The Guard," subtitle-philes get French thriller "Point Blank," documentary fans get "El Bulli" and "Life in a Day," and people who hate their kids get "The Smurfs."

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    Today's Birthdays - 6/19/11 (Phylicia Rashad and Zoe Saldana)

    Texas native Phylicia Rashad welcomes 63. The veteran stage and screen actress has appeared in productions such as The Love Boat, One Life To Live, Uncle Tom's Cabin, A Different World, Blossom, The Cosby Show, Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored, Touched By An Angel, Everybody Hates Chris, A Raisin In The Sun, Psych, Just Wright and For Colored Girls. In 2004, she became the first African-American actress to win the Tony Award for "Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play," for her role in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun.

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