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    'The Dark Knight Rises' Viral Gives Fans Chance To See 6 Minute Prologue For Free, Film Features 50 Mins. Of IMAX Footage

    'The Dark Knight Rises' Viral Gives Fans Chance To See 6 Minute Prologue For Free, Film Features 50 Mins. Of IMAX Footage

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Official Trailer For "Think Like A Man" Arrives!

    Scratch the CBS Insider report on the film I posted earlier today, which aired last night; here's the real thing, in full...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Peter Berg Says He Cast Rihanna In "Battleship" Because Of Her "Urban Swagger"

    “I spent a lot of time in the Navy thinking about who would make sense and who would bring an urban swagger to this character,” Berg explained of his idea to cast Rihanna. “Put a call in, had a great couple of meetings, and she’s a great girl, really hard-working, very smart, wants to be good, really strong work ethic, no attitude, no diva nonsense. She was great.”

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    Tomas Alfredson Hasn't Seen 'Let Me In' Yet But Has No Hard Feelings; Says 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Sequel Needs To Have A Great Idea

    2009’s vampire tale “Let the Right One In,” an adaptation of the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, was the polar opposite of the current vampire craze, a quiet, atmospheric and beautifully shot piece of cinema. Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s chilling take bears no resemblance to the likes of “Twilight” or “True Blood,” comparing favorably instead with cinematic classics “Rosemary’s Baby” or “The Shining.”

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Young Adult

    I heart Young Adult.  I heart it because it is an awesome and original story.  I heart it because Charlize Theron hits it out of the park as the horribly bitchy Mavis a woman stuck in her high school self because that was when she was queen.  You know when you look at the male football players in high school and they are so cute and so dumb but they rule the world because it is high school.  But you know that those are the same guys who wind up selling vacuum cleaners and developing a beer gut by the time they are 30.  The guys you were in awe of become the sad ones.  Mavis is one of those guys, but she is a girl.  She peaked at 16.  She was the golden mean bitch who I'm sure roamed the halls spilling slushees on the plebes.

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  • Press Play
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    TONY DAYOUB: TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY is a worthy remake filled with lonely characters

    The tall, athletic man introduced earlier in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as British Intelligence officer Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong) walks into a classroom and begins to write his name on the chalkboard. Only he does not write the name we’ve come to know him by. The typically garrulous young males attending the tony prep school remain blissfully unaware of their new teacher’s identity as he starts handing out the class assignment. But the viewer is all too keenly aware of who Prideaux is if only for the fact that we saw him shot in the back at the start of Tomas Alfredson’s film adaptation of the John le Carré novel. Is this a flashback? Or did Prideaux somehow survive the shooting? Prideaux’s mild demeanor belies his efficiency, a fact his students become aware of when a bird trapped in the chimney suddenly flies into the classroom in confusion. Prideaux rapidly pulls out a club from his desk drawer and swats the bird down to the ground where it continues to squeal in pain. As Alfredson directs the camera to capture the students’ horrified reactions, the sound of Prideaux beating the bird to death comes from off-screen.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Julie Delpy, Chris Rock Relationship Dramedy "2 Days In New York" Acquired For Spring UK Release

    It makes its official debut next month at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, but it's already been acquired for distribution... for UK audiences.

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    The Student Prince (In Old Heidelberg)

    Since for me the Polish-German master Ernst Lubitsch (1892-1947), once internationally famous for his “Lubitsch Touch,” is high among the ten best and most influential picture-makers of the western world--one to whose work I gravitate even more as I get older--it follows that if there happens to be a Lubitsch film on TV (more than likely TCM), it’s almost automatically the best movie of the week.  Based on the famous Sigmund Romberg operetta, 1927’s THE STUDENT PRINCE (In Old Heidelberg) [available, shamefully, only on VHS], one of Lubitsch’s last silent pictures, is not really typical of him--being neither a romantic comedy nor an historical drama--but rather an extremely moving sad love story. But the “Touch” is so present throughout, no one else could have made this picture: a lightly told and devastating romantic heartbreaker. It is an underappreciated work of Lubitsch’s, yet it is among his very best, coming just at the end of the glorious silent era. As Charlie Chaplin said of that lost period: “Just when we got it right, it was over.”

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    Backed by Ken Loach and Oliver Stone, New Doc Ties Iraq War Protests to Arab Spring & Occupy Wall Street

    In 2011, protest was certainly in the air, whether in the revolutionary demonstrations that shook the Arab world or the OWS movements that brought to light the injustices of global capitalism. What was the seed that brough forth such activist fervor? A new documentary, called "We Are Many," first reported about on Salon, aims to chronicle the rise of a world protest movement that began on Feb 15, 2003, with its day of coordinated protests in opposition to the then-imminent Iraq War.

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