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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Silverdocs Fest 2011 Slate Opener is Swell Season, Closes with Revenge of Electric Car

    Running June 20-26 in Washington, DC, the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival (in its ninth year) announces its complete lineup of 108 films from 52 countries. The Swell Season will open the festival, and Revenge of the Electric Car will close. The lineup across the fest's five sections (Sterling US Feature Competition, Sterling World Feature Competition, Sterling Short Film Competition, Silver Spectrum and Spotlight Programs) includes films from directors Chris Hegedus, D. A. Pennebaker, Marshall Curry, Whitney Dow, Alex Gibney, Steve James, James Marsh, Chris Paine, Michael Rapaport and Jim Whitaker.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Episode 3 Of Chiwetel Ejiofor's New BBC Crime Series "The Shadow Line"

    A little late in posting last week's episode, but here it is...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Entertainment Weekly's Best of Summer: Bateman, Galifianakis, Aniston, Carell, Gosling, Abrams, More

    EW's Best of Summer edition is on newstands May 27. As for the Best of Summer Movies, they've culled some soundbites from the stars. A selection is below.

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  • The Bin
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    Friendly Fires Bring the Boogie to Webster Hall

    British indie group brought the boogie last night to Webster Hall. Photo by Nigel M. Smith.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    The Last Remaining Seats

    What could be better than watching a classic movie in a great theater, surrounded by like-minded people? Last night I was proud to introduce the opening night of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s 25th annual festival known as The Last Remaining Seats. Once a year, vintage films are screened in a handful of our city’s remaining movie palaces on Broadway downtown. These theaters—which truly deserve to be called palaces—generally seat about 2,000 people, and they’re usually full, as tickets sell like hotcakes the minute the series is announced every year. Opening night spotlighted Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window at the Orpheum; upcoming Wednesday evening programs feature The Music Man, Captain Blood, King Kong, Zoot Suit, Sunset Blvd, and Safety Last, at the Los Angeles Theatre, the Palace, the aforementioned Orpheum, and Sid Grauman’s original Million Dollar Theatre, all on Broadway.

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  • The Playlist
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    Disney Sets 'The Lion King' For 3D Release On Sept. 16; 'John Carter' Is No Longer 'Of Mars'

    So, after the slightly lower than expected domestic opening (but still massive overall haul) for "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" reports surfaced that perhaps audiences were fatiguing on paying out extra dollars on top of already high movie ticket prices for the 3D experience, especially families. Well, apparently, Disney doesn't feel that's the case.

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  • Caryn James
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    Watch Crosby, Nash and Fallon: Jimmy Fallon's Fake Neil Young Reunites With Old Bandmates

    Jimmy Fallon has been doing a dead-on impersonation of Neil Young for a while now, but last night it became more authentic than ever when fake-Neil sang with guests David Crosby and Graham Nash. Authenticity only goes so far, though; the song they covered was Miley Cyrus's "Party in the U.S.A." Take a look.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Memorial Day Weekend: Will Hangover Part II Break Records?

    The weekend box office is expected to continue at a torrid pace, reports Anthony D'Alessandro.Unlike last year, when Memorial Day weekend box office hit a nine-year low of $192.7 million, industry executives aren’t planning to shed tears this weekend. Building upon the box office recovery which began four weekends ago with Fast Five (current B.O. $188.1 million), Memorial Day looks to restore its boffo record-breaking glamour.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    "The Tree of Life" Day 4: The Space Between the Spaces

    The Tree of Life is a movie of infinite moments, culled from one person’s singular experience and placed side-by-side in a free-floating mosaic. The best of the film’s posters plays off this idea: still images from different scenes are gathered in a patchwork, though not ordered according to the movie’s nonlinear chronological progression. Whether conscious or not, this separates the poster’s purpose (to sell) from the film’s (to represent, or better, re-present). Interestingly, several of my colleagues have said that certain images in Terrence Malick’s semiautobiographical opus are little more than affected bric-a-brac pilloried from perfume commercials (a shot of a commedia dell’arte mask sinking through the ocean is a frequent target for criticism) or computer screen savers (in the case of the “creation of the cosmos” interlude, featuring work by special-effects legend Douglas Trumbull and others).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Terrence Howard In "The Ledge" Starting Today

    A reminder that you can now watch The Ledge - the drama/thriller which Terence Howard co-stars in as a detective sent to talk a young a young college professor out of committing suicide. The professor, standing on the ledge of a high-rise building, determined to jump is interrupted by a Howard's detective, who has recently suffered his own tragedy; the two spend time discussing the circumstances that brought each of them to the brink of suicide, and, in the end, convincing themselves and each other that life is worth living.

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