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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Helen Mirren & Billy Crystal Star in When Harry Met Sally 2...Or, Grampires

    When Harry Met Sally 2 with Billy Crystal & Helen Mirren from Billy Crystal[Funny or Die]

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes 2011: Bong Joon-ho Serving as President of the Camera d'Or Jury

    Korean director Bong Joon-ho will serve as the president of the Camera d’Or jury at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The jury will choose the best first film presented in the fest's official selection of Competition and Un Certain Regard contenders during the Critics' Week and Directors' Fortnight.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Ashland Independent Film Festival Runs April 7-11, Awards Shearer, Spurlock

    Ashland Independent Film Festival Runs April 7-11, Awards Shearer, Spurlock

    Thursday I'm heading up to Oregon's Ashland Independent Film Festival (the tenth), where I'll be interviewing this year's AIFF Rogue Award winners, Harry Shearer (This is Spinal Tap, The Big Uneasy) and Morgan Spurlock (The Greatest Movie Ever Sold). I will also check out Measure for Measure and Julius Caesar at the famous Ashland Shakespeare Festival. I'm on the film fest's doc jury, along with filmmaker/blogger A.J. Schnack and doc PR master Judy Arlington. We'll hand out awards Sunday night.

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  • The Playlist
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    Q&A: Joe Wright Talks 'Hanna,' Says He Was "Terrified" At First About Directing The Action Sequences

    Says 'Oldboy' A Work Of "Genius," Cites Robert Bresson's 'Pickpocket' As An Inspiration & Is Totally Bored When Shooting Blue ScreenThis weekend, there will really be nothing quite like "Hanna" in theaters. Oh sure, there's "Sucker Punch", another film about ass-kicking girls, but it lacks the kinetic energy of Joe Wright's film, which features a cast led by Saoirse Ronan and co-starring Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett through some dynamic action set pieces in the film about Hanna -- a girl who also happens to be a highly trained assassin -- who is on the run from the CIA.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For Roland Emmerich's 'Anonymous' Thin On Plot, Big On Ridiculous Misuse Of Radiohead

    We suppose you gotta sell a costume drama conspiracy movie about whether or not Shakespeare actually wrote his massive body of work somehow. But setting it to Radiohead's "Everything In Its Right Place" is just plain dumb.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Film Noir: Mildred Pierce...And More

    When I was a kid, the first sign of spring was the arrival of the Good Humor truck in my neighborhood, bringing my favorite ice-cream pops (like the unforgettable Chocolate Éclair). Nowadays, I know it’s spring when the Noir City: Hollywood Festival arrives at the Egyptian Theater, under the auspices of the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation. For this 13th annual event, Eddie Muller (the Czar of Noir), Alan K. Rode and their cohorts have cooked up another interesting schedule, introducing rare and unusual titles from the 1940s and 50s, many of which are not available on DVD.

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  • The Playlist
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    Another Dusty Springfield Biopic Now In The Works

    Like proposed films about Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix and James Brown, a biopic about legendary singer Dusty Springfield seems to have been in development hell for years. The last we heard anything about the Springfield film was last spring when it was reported that James Mangold was eyeing the project as a potential gig and at one time had Nicole Kidman slotted for the lead role with "The Hours" writer Michael Cunningham penning the screenplay. That project still seems to be stalled, but over in the U.K. a separate film is now brewing about the crooner.

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  • Caryn James
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    Less Froth, More Nazis: A Darker “Upstairs Downstairs”

    The new Upstairs Downstairs is as visually glittering as you might want. The camera swirls around a crystal chandelier in the opening credits; the stylish young owners of 165 Eaton Place have painted the walls in the entry hall a beautiful peacock blue. And glamor? Wallis Simpson drops by a cocktail party, Cecil Beaton comes to photograph the family, and the soon-to-be King George VI stops by to chat, without the hint of a stutter. But there is also a Nazi who crashes the party, a Fascist chauffeur, and a Jewish maid who has escaped from Germany.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Tina Fey is Knocked Up

    Last month Tina Fey weighed in the The New Yorker with an excerpt from her recently released semi-memoir Bossypants that she was struggling to decide whether or not to have a second child. I'm sure when she wrote the piece she was ambivalent, but when the piece came out and spurred a conversation about working moms and the entertainment she was clearly already pregnant since she announced yesterday that she is five months pregnant.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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