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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Tina Fey Bossypants Excerpts: The Mother's Prayer for Its Daughter

    In case you live under a rock, 30 Rock creator-star Tina Fey's new book, Bossypants, is getting good reviews like this one in the LAT:But any concern that Fey, like so many before her, has been ruined by fame is quickly dispelled by "Bossypants," a book that reminds you why Fey has succeeded where so many have failed — because she is precise, professional and hilarious. At first, "Bossypants" appears to be just more of the same — there's Fey on the cover looking fabulous but not owning it (her airbrushed face is framed by two large and hairy male arms) and the back is filled with fake and self-deprecating quotes regarding her appearance and talent. Pay them no mind; inside lies a collection of autobiographical essays that should (but of course won't) prove once and for all that pretty is nowhere near as important as funny, and funny doesn't work without that rare balance of truth and heart.

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  • The Playlist
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    Look Out Camelot, Fernando Meirelles Developing Biopic 'Onassis'

    While it didn't get more glamorous when John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Lee Bouvier tied the knot, after the President passed on she entered another high profile power marriage with Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. And now it looks he's about to get his own movie that will profile his touchy relationship with the Kennedys.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    SUN TV, Canada's FOX News, Hits The Airwaves Today

    SUN TV, Canada's answer to FOX News, launches today at 430pm. And this embarrassingly low rent and downright farcical promo reel suggests we should expect production values that make the rest of Canadian television appear downright American...

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At 'Rubber' Director Quentin Dupieux's Next Film 'Wrong'

    He managed to make a film about a killer tire something completely surprising and unexpected, and while all director Quentin Dupieux would tell us about his next film "Wrong" is that it's "about a missing dog...But the movie’s really funny" we're pretty damn curious to see where he takes that idea.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: New Footage In Latest 'X-Men: First Class' TV Spot

    Watch this one while you can because it looks like someone snatched this from a post-production house and dropped it on the web.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Cowboys Are Still Riding High

    I know a little something about fanzines, having published one for many years. Young people may not even know the term, which predates the Internet, with its sites and blogs, by many decades. Back then, before there was even widespread access to photocopy machines, I inherited Film Fan Monthly from its founder, Daryl Davy, in May of 1966 and combined it with my much more modest publication, Profile, which was then printed on a mimeograph machine. With a schoolmate, at first, and then my dad, I continued producing FFM every month—which included licking stamps, stuffing envelopes, and hauling bins to the post office—for the next nine years. (If you’re curious, you can explore and even purchase vintage issues HERE.)

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  • The Playlist
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    'A Serbian Film' To Get NC-17 Theatrical Release, Edited & Unrated VOD Release

    There hasn't been a film more controversial in recent memory than Srdjan Spasojevic's "A Serbian Film." If you thought you could handle torture porn, this one takes it to a whole new level with rape, necrophilia, and pedophilia all depicted quite graphically in the film that supposedly acts as a metaphor for Serbian politics. Coming under fire in nearly every country that has played it -- the British film board cut four minutes before allowing it to be released, while Sitges Festival director Angel Sala faced a lawsuit for programming the movie -- the film will now be getting a U.S. theatrical and VOD release.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    A Curation of Nicolas Cage Debacles, Difficulties & Dinosaur Skulls

    A Curation of Nicolas Cage Debacles, Difficulties & Dinosaur Skulls

    The trouble with a movie star who runs afoul of the law in the age of chasing celebrity hot topics to build traffic, is that when you mess up, the media piles on you, big time. Nic Cage's run-in with the New Orleans cops this weekend is a case in point. We round up some of the more responsible coverage:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Student Academy Awards 2011 Add Foreign Student Category; 575 Films Compete

    Five hundred and seventy-five films will compete for the 2011 Student Academy Awards, in its 38th year. The winning films, selected from the pool of films from 136 US colleges and universities as well as 32 countries, will be presented and screened on June 11 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Since 1972, the Academy has encouraged student filmmakers with this competition, which gives medals as well as cash grants to winners in each of its five categories: Animation, Narrative, Documentary, Alternative, and new this year - the Foreign Student Film category.

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  • The Playlist
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    Dayo Okeniyi & Amandla Stenberg Join 'Hunger Games' As Thresh & Rue

    This one is for the "Hunger Games" die hards because this writer hasn't read the books, nor does he intend to, so everyone else will have to sound off if this is good casting or not.

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