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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Another Taut, Tense Trailer for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    Check out the second trailer for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let The Right One In) and read more on the mighty combo of the John le Carre novel and all-star cast here. Tinker plays the Venice Film Festival late August, followed by a September 16 release in the UK. On November 18 the wait is over for US audiences.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    book review—Music Makes Me: Fred Astaire And Jazz

    by Todd Decker (University of California Press)

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Vivica Fox Talks Role In "Femme Fatales," Casting Choices, The "Vivica Fox" Brand, New Talk Show...

    Recorded at Comic-Con late last month. Shaky camera work, but I actually enjoyed the 13-minute conversation, and even got to know her a little more - especially when she talks about her motivations in the latter half of the recording.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Magic Trip' A Pleasant But Unremarkable Trip Down A Druggy Memory Lane

    Best known for his forward, concise, and unyielding documentaries attacking big business, the government, and the media, filmmaker Alex Gibney takes a brief sabbatical from the "heavy issues" and partners up with frequent editing partner Alison Ellwood for the Ken Kesey LSD-extravaganza "Magic Trip." The two cobble together footage and audio recordings from a free-wheelin' cross-country jaunt to the World's Fair in New York lead by the "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" scribe, the end result feeling something like a cross between Gibney's own "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson" and last year's enjoyable "Lennon NYC." However, much like those examples, those who are uninterested in Kesey and his generation (or worse, can't even stomach it) won't find much to bark about.

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  • Spout
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    "The Perfect Age of Rock N Roll" and the Problem With Bad Fictional Bands

    Scott Rosenbaum's "The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll" reminds me of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" for a couple reasons. The plots of both films involve a rock star who screwed over a former collaborator to gain fame with stolen songs. Appropriately, the new film seems to be biting off other music movies, as well, particularly "Velvet Goldmine" and "Almost Famous." But the biggest thing it shares with "Hedwig" over others is the failure to convince us of its fictional artist's plausibility for enormous success. The quality of music necessary for such iconic popularity among both critics and mainstream record buyers is just not there. And it's a shame given that Rosenbaum is clearly a fine scholar and appreciator of music history and seems to have intended for his movie to be the next great addition to VH1's "Movies That Rock" programming.

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  • The Playlist
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    'My Week With Marilyn' Starring Michelle Williams To Make World Premiere At New York Film Festival

    One film noticeably absent from the recent announcements for TIFF and Venice has been "My Week with Marilyn," teased by Film Society Lincoln Center in a Tweet this morning as a "movie about movies. Based on a forgotten chapter from memoir about young asst aiming to break into biz." Well, the New York Film Festival now has its centerpiece and another strong film added to the line-up for what will be a starry showing in the Big Apple this fall.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch “The Misadventures of AWKWARD Black Girl” Episode 7 (Web Series)

    Continuing on with Issa Rae’s Awkward Black Girl web series; She just dropped episode 7, which I embedded below, which was directed by Dennis Dortch (A Good Day To Be Black & Sexy):

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    My Week with Marilyn, Starring Williams, Goes to New York Fest; Weinsteins Face Packed Oscar Slate

    My Week with Marilyn, Starring Williams, Goes to New York Fest; Weinsteins Face Packed Oscar Slate

    One more piece in the fall film festival puzzle has dropped into place: The Weinstein Co's My Week with Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe on the 1956 set of The Prince and the Showgirl, will be the New York Film Festival's centerpiece world premiere gala on October 9. Closing night and the full 25-film line-up are yet to be announced. The upcoming 49th New York Film Festival will run from the opening night showing of Roman Polanski's Carnage through October 16.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Clips for Inspiring Documentary "I'm Carolyn Parker"

    The film documentary, I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful will screen at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. I'm Carolyn Parker, directed by Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Beloved, Rachel Getting Married), depicts the inspiring personal journey of ex-civil rights activist Carolyn Parker, as she returns to her community's flood devastation after hurricane Katrina and struggles to rebuild her New Orleans home.

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  • The Playlist
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    Olivia Wilde & Leslie Mann Talk About Breaking Out From The Scenery In 'The Change-Up'

    While this summer has seen a barrage of trends -- from superheroes to aliens to raunchy comedies -- perhaps prompting the most discussion around the season's cineplexes is the larger role women are beginning to play in those big, R-rated comedies. Kicking off the summer was the box office smash “Bridesmaids,” a quality raunch-fest but, in a rare twist for Hollywood, led by a cast of comediennes. And this Friday, "The Change-Up" delivers another big adult laffer with female characters that do more than just add to the scenery.

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