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  • Shadow and Act
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    Review - "Colombiana" (Well... It's Better Than "Transporter 3")

    Reposting my review since the movie officially opens today, and all the discussion that follows in the comment section. Feel free to jump in...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Today's Birthdays - 8/26/11 (Evan Ross and Keke Palmer)

    Evan Ross welcomes 23 today. His list of film credits include ATL, Life Support, Pride, Life Is Hot In Cracktown, Moozlum, Case 219 and 96 Minutes in which he won the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival. The Family Tree, a comedic indie flick he also appears in, will hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles today.

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  • Spout
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    DocuWeeks: "The Mexican Suitcase" Fascinates on Multiple Levels

    A major surprise for me this week is Trisha Ziff's documentary "The Mexican Suitcase," which begins an Oscar-qualifying run at NYC's IFC Center today as part of DocuWeeks (the Los Angeles run begins September 2). Fascinating on multiple levels, the film tells the story of a case (in reality three cases) of negatives legendary to photo historians and found in Mexico City in the 1990s. Inside are 4500 photographs taken by famed war correspondents Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David "Chim" Seymour during the Spanish Civil War, all thought completely lost for almost 70 years (they weren't recovered and revealed to the world's attention until 2007, when Ziff retrieved them). To put it in perspective for cinephiles, it's kind of like when the extended cut of "Metropolis" was recently rediscovered in Argentina. Literary nerds, imagine if Hemingway's early manuscripts (the ones infamously lost in 1922) suddenly turned up.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Too Much Revealed of The Artist, Weinsteins' Marketing Dilemma

    It's one of the unfortunate tried-and-true tenets of film marketing that the more you reveal in a trailer, the better you grab audiences to see your film. The Weinstein Co. faces a challenge as far as selling Michel Hazanavicius' Cannes best-actor-winning The Artist to audiences.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Dont Be Afraid Of The Dark—movie review

    As you may already know, that modern master of Grand Guignol, Guillermo del Toro, saw the 1973 TV movie Don’t be Afraid of the Dark when he was a boy, and it scared the daylights out of him. He’s wanted to remake it ever since, and wrote a script with Matthew Robbins around the time he made his first American feature, Mimic (1997). Years went by, and when the pieces finally fell in place to put it into production he was busy with The Hobbit, so he selected newcomer Troy Nixey to fill his shoes after seeing an impressive short-subject he made. (The picture was finished two years ago but went into distributor limbo, from which it has just emerged, thanks to the newly-formed FilmDistrict.)

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Holly Robinson-Peete's Replacement On "The Talk" Is...

    Last week we announced here on S & A that CBS was not renewing Holly Robinson-Peete's contract on their daytime gabfest The Talk. (That article, by the way, was literally stolen verbatim word-for-word by other gossip websites. Not that I'm complaining. That goes with the internet territory) However, not having ever watched the show I found it interesting, according to the majority of our commenters, that Peete and co-host Leah Remini, who was also dumped from the show, were the only real reasons to watch the show.

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  • The Playlist
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    Keira Knightley's 'London Boulevard' & Julia Roberts' 'Fireflies In The Garden' Get Fall Dates

    Update: Yahoo have the new trailer for the film which seems to pretend Hayden Panettiere isn't in the movie anymore.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Johnny Depp Reunites with Hunter S. Thompson

    One of the movies that is not hitting the fall fest circuit this year is The Rum Diary, Bruce Robinson's long-delayed film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's semi-autobiographical novel. The new trailer (below, which will be attached to new release Don't Be Afraid of the Dark) begins with a burp. FilmDistrict opens the film October 28.

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  • eugonline
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    Graham Leggat. Farewell, Pal.

    The passing of Graham Leggat yesterday is not just a loss for his family, friends and the city of San Francisco. Graham's death at the young age of 51 is a blow to the burgeoning art house cinema movement in this country.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Kirsten Dunst Braces For The End Of The World In U.K. 'Melancholia' Trailer

    The world is coming to an end, so what do you do: panic or accept your fate with an eerie calm? Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kirsten Dunst offer up both sides of the coin in Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia," which now has a new trailer as it gears up for its U.K. release next month.

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