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    Watch: Four Very Slightly Different Teaser Trailers For Pixar's 'Monsters University'

    We'd hoped that last year's "Cars 2" was something of a blip on the Pixar track record. A disappointing film, to be sure, made to keep the merchandising behemoth alive (and it doesn't hurt that John Lasseter is an auto-nut), but we figured the studio's near-impeccable run of greatness would swiftly return. But the word on "Brave," which opens this week, has not been encouraging. Most of the reviews, including our own, have suggested that, while it's not as cynical as last year's Pixar entry, it's failed to meet the high standards we've come to expect from the animation giants.

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    Dominican Republic Film Awards

    June 11, President Leonel Fernandez, in a special activity at the National Palace, delivered the first two certificates, one to the first foreign movie to apply for the fiscal incentives as offered by the new law, and the other to the first Dominican film done under the new law. The foreign film was THE TRUTH with Andy Garcia as Actor and Executive Producer, and the Dominican film was EL REY DE NAJAYO (THE KING OF NAJAYO JAIL).

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    HEATHER The Tree of the Summer Solstice June 20 - Oak 11

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Warner Bros. Sets Release Date For Star-Studded 'Cloud Atlas' (Tom Hanks, Halle Berry Headline)

    One of the very few films remaining in 2012 that I can say I'm genuinely looking forward to seeing... Warner Bros has set a release date for for Cloud Atlas - the adaptation of David Mitchell’s epic labrynth of a novel co-directed by Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, and starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Keith David, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Wishaw, James D’Arcy and Zhou Xun.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Is Science Fiction Coming To Africa? Or Is It Already Here?

    Initially it was very difficult for me to imagine a sci-fi story set in Africa... because all the sci-fi I'd been exposed to... had been western sci-fi... mainly centered around the future of the West. It was extremely difficult for me to imagine a future Africa. And when I tried, I even thought that some of the ideas I had were frankly patronizing.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Congress Calls for Slashing of Arts Funding (again)

    Get ready for more belt-tightening. Today, the U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee proposed a $132 million allocation to the National Endowment for the Arts in the upcoming fiscal year -- $14 million below the current funding level, and $22 million less than the amount contained in President Obama's budget. 

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    The Film Industry in Cannes - The Exhibitor

    No discussion of the film industry is complete without talking to an exhibitor. As a filmmaker, it's imperative to get a viewpoint from the first place that a customer might be putting forth hard cash to see your film! Peggy Johnson, Executive Director of the nonprofit Loft Cinema, a mission-driven, independent art house in Tucson, AZ offered me some thoughts on exhibition.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer's 'Cloud Atlas' Now Arrives On October 26th; Susan Sarandon Plays An Indian Man

    So just how messed up and bonkers will The Wachowskis' and Tom Tykwer's adaptation of David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas" be? Well, Hugh Grant will apparently be doing a lot of "killing and raping," and as for Susan Sarandon? She tells Postmedia that her small role finds her playing "an Indian man." Huh? We're getting ahead ourselves a bit, because the good news is you'll be seeing this sooner than expected.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    LAFF Mid-Fest Report: Reviews, Exclusive Clips and Ursula Meier Talks Oscar-Worthy 'Sister' (VIDEO)

    Halfway through Film Independent's LA Film Fest, we've sampled a spectrum of films, among them a gala premiere ("Seeking a Friend for the End of the World"), an indie debut ("Pincus"), indie gems ("Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Gimme the Loot"), a foreign stunner ("Sister") and powerful docs ("The Invisible War," "Birth Story").

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    Peter Berg To Direct Mental Disability Drama 'Father's Day'

    Lest you think "Battleship" springing a leak at theaters might have tanked the career of Peter Berg, guess again. The director was smart enough to make a one-for-them-one-for-me deal with Universal way back in 2009 when he signed on for the board game movie, so he's already getting set to shoot his Navy SEAL movie "Lone Survivor" for the studio this fall with Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster. He's also got that "Friday Night Lights" movie kicking around, and now he's adding one more movie to his plate.

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