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  • Shadow and Act
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    The Shadow & Act Filmmaker Diary Series (w/ Matthew Cherry) Episode 8: "Meet Our Leads"

    Continuing on with the series. If you’re just joining us, click HERE to go back to the beginning, find out what this is all about, and catch up!

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  • The Playlist
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    Lovely One-Sheet Arrives For Paddy Considine's 'Tyrannosaur'

    As big fans of the actor from his work in films as diverse as "Dead Man's Shoes," "In America," "The Bourne Ultimatum," "My Summer of Love," "Hot Fuzz" and, most recently, "Submarine," we've been hugely intrigued by "Tyrannosaur," the upcoming directorial debut from actor Paddy Considine. The film, an extrapolation of his BAFTA-winning short "Dog Altogether," premiered at Sundance to strong reviews, and we've had an eye on the film ever since.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Simpsons' And 'Fantastic Four 2' Writer Don Payne To Pen Script For 'Thor 2'

    Yeah, we know, we're going to have to change our name to The Thorlist if this doesn't stop soon. Having exceeded expectations to become one of the top-grossing films of the year so far, Marvel are understandably keen to get moving on a sequel to "Thor", even with the character reappearing next summer in "The Avengers," and announced last night that Chris Hemsworth would be returning to the role in a sequel, which will hit theaters in the summer of 2013, although his director Kenneth Branagh, won't be at the helm again, although will be involved in some kind of producing capacity.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Taraji P. Henson Dishes On Her "Person Of Interest" Character + The Role She's Salivating To Play

    We've seen a couple of video previews of the upcoming new CBS action/drama series, Person Of Interest, neither of which included any footage of Taraji P. Henson's character - an omission I noted in my previous posts on the series, given that she's the lead female player in it, starring as a police detective. So really, other than what I just said about her being a cop, we haven't heard much else about the character she plays, and thus, don't know what to expect.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trade Watch: TheWrap Makes Changes, Adds Reuters, Schruers, Duralde, Willman

    Trade Watch: TheWrap Makes Changes, Adds Reuters, Schruers, Duralde, Willman

    Sharon Waxman's announcement today that "leading news organization" TheWrap is partnering with Reuters America serves to illustrate how hungry TheWrap is to grab a foothold. Here's the real deal. Variety let its Reuters deal go to The Hollywood Reporter some years back, and now THR--the dominant trade--doesn't need Reuters anymore.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Transformers 3 Set to Slaughter 2-D Field; Plus Terri, Aurora, Perfect Host, Uninspired Larry Crowne

    Transformers 3 Set to Slaughter 2-D Field; Plus Terri, Aurora, Perfect Host, Uninspired Larry Crowne

    Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, in all its 3-D glory, is going to score huge and remind us that good acting doesn't always accompany box office success. The visual payoff, especially in IMAX 3-D, is worth the ticket price, and reinstates 3-D as a positive cinematic achievement after months of disappointments. One critic speculates: “One gets the feeling that if [director Michael] Bay could stop including people in his films altogether we’d all have a much better time with this franchise.” Tom Hanks' adult-targeted counterprogrammer Larry Crowne, despite having America's Sweetheart (Julia Roberts) and America's Other Sweetheart (Hanks himself), is having a hard time convincing anyone it's worthwhile. The WSJ's John Anderson says: "You wonder who thought any of this was funny."

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  • The Playlist
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    In Theaters: Crashy Crash Space Robot 'Splosion Fest

    And a very merry "Transformers" weekend to you too! Celebrate America's birthday by indulging in the fireworks fest that is Michael Bay's third "Transformers" epic, wherein modern American history gets rewritten, Shia LaBoeuf gets a new PYT whose reputation he can disparage in two years, and the city of Chicago gets its turn as the 'burb that gets destroyed in the most spectacular way possible! If wanton destruction isn't your thing, take your grandparents to go see Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in "Larry Crowne." Or your little sister to go see "Monte Carlo." Or get outside, bare some arms, eat some grilled meat and drink some domestic beers. It's only appropriate. Also Happy Canada Day to our Canadian brethren. I'm not sure how they celebrate that, but I sincerely hope it's with fire and meat, like how we do. And to our friends in the U.K., do you have a holiday this weekend? If not, I suggest having an ironic 4th of July party-- cut the sleeves off a t-shirt and the legs off some jeans, put on some aviators, drink something out of a can and light something on fire. There you go! Yay!

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  • Caryn James
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    Jon Stewart On Mark Halperin's Obama-Bash

    When commentator Mark Halperin called President Obama a dick on Morning Joe – he quickly apologized on the show and was almost as quickly suspended by MSNBC – the incident caused a flap that Jon Stewart typically got to the heart of. Issues of journalistic decorum? Forget it; as Stewart says, that horse left a barn a long time ago.

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  • The Playlist
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    Adrianne Palicki To Play Lady Jaye In 'G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes,' Bruce Willis Eyed For Role Too

    'Star Trek 2' Confirmed To Have Slipped From Summer 2012The train for the "G.I. Joe" sequel "G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes" keeps on barreling forward: it's only a few days since D.J. Cotrona and RZA came on board the pared-down, recast sequel to the 2009 toy adaptation, and now another no-offence-but-not-exactly-A-list actor has signed on, with Deadline reporting that "Friday Night Lights" veteran Adrianne Palicki has signed on to next summer's follow-up, which "Step-Up 3D" and "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" director Jon Chu is helming.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Preview "Tula, The Revolt" (On The 1795 Slave Uprising In Curacao)

    Currently in development is this slave uprising project titled Tula, The Revolt, from Dutch director Jeroen Leinders.

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