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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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  • The Playlist
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    Oscar Season Gets Literary As ‘Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close’ Dated For Christmas Day

    Warner Bros.' Oscar stable only has two entries this year -- Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" and Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" -- and if we had to put our money on one to be a serious heavyweight, with all due respect to Clint, we'd have to back Daldry's flick. Why? Well, he's repeating a formula that has worked very well for the director of "The Hours" and "The Reader" in the past.

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  • The Playlist
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    Benjamin Walker Heads To 'Paradise Lost' As Michael; Pic Will Feature Battles In Heaven, Hell & Eden

    Say hello to Benjamin Walker because, even though he may not be a household name just yet, he's certainly well on his way. The actor who featured in small roles in films like "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Kinsey" got a major career boost, snagging the lead in Timur Bekmambetov's forthcoming "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," launching him onto the Hollywood radar. He was among the many early candidates for "The Bourne Legacy," and while he won't be flexing his muscle in that franchise, it's not a big deal, because he's just bagged a major tentpole.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Our Obligation To Share

    There are so many things that we need to do in order to make independent film a sustainable and vibrant culture and industry. That said, we are in a better place to do that than ever before. For the first time in our culture, we can say that that vision is dependent on no one else other than those who participate in it. The question is whether we are up for the challenge.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer for Improvised Action Drama "513"

    This project has been in post-production for a while now, as it was filmed back in 2009. According to its imdb, it should be released sometime this year, maybe. I also didn't see it profiled at the site, so here we go.

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