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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Character Actors Keep Hollywood Afloat: Manohla Dargis Foresees Vast Democracy of Talent

    Actors, take note. NYT critic Manohla Dargis declares that it's a great time to be a character actor, who are responsible for the "ragged human details" that serve the richness of the upcoming TV season as well as the performances that "nibble on the corners of the screen."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Writing In Color: Writing "Race Neutral" Characters (Part 3 & 4)

    Courtesy of the Writers Guild of America, West Committee of Black Writers... here are parts 3 and 4 of their Writing In Color panel recently uploaded to YouTube. If you missed them, watch parts 1 & 2 HERE (really all worth watching):

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    DGA Stats on Directing TV Show A White Male Dominated World

    The DGA released a report this week on who directs TV shows and the news is abominably bad for women and people of color.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    On Location at the El Capitan

     

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  • The Playlist
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    James Franco Says He's Going To Direct Cormac McCarthy's 'Child of God'; 'Blood Meridian' On Hold

    James Franco -- man of many talents -- says a lot of things and puts his name to a lot of projects. Like any artist worth his salt, or any person with good taste in literature, Franco has begun to circle the works of Cormac McCarthy with the hopes of bringing them to the big screen. Earlier this year, it was reported that Franco was attached to direct "Blood Meridian" -- a forever in the works feature adaptation that has seen high profile names like Ridley Scott, John Hillcoat, Michael Haneke and Todd Field attempt to take it on in the past -- but little was heard about it since. Well, taking a jaunt up to Toronto this week to help promote his ambitious installation/documentary piece "Memories of Idaho," created out of the dailies for Gus Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho," Franco stopped by the TIFF Bell Lightbox for a Q&A and We Got This Covered were there to catch his update on "Blood Meridian" and the new McCarthy adaptation he's working on.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Toronto: 50/50 Debuts to Upbeat Reviews; Can It Beat the B.O. Odds or Land an Oscar Nod?

    Toronto: 50/50 Debuts to Upbeat Reviews; Can It Beat the B.O. Odds or Land an Oscar Nod?

    One of the big winners out of Toronto is Jonathan Levine's 50/50 (September 30), which succeeds by hewing close to its true story. Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives an awards-worthy performance in Will Reiser's semi-autobiographical script about his battle with cancer (see video below), and less successfully, Seth Rogen, basically playing himself, tries to keep his best chum laughing as he undergoes chemo and an operation, losing his girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard) as well as his hair. Anjelica Huston is the mother he does not want to share his illness with, and Anna Kendrick his neophyte shrink. Applause all around.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Rod Lurie Delivers 'Straw Dogs' For Dummies

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t: it’s probably a matter of time before every movie is remade, and as such, it was likely the appropriate moment for “Straw Dogs.” There’s no rhyme or reason to any of these remakes other than, "We have a catalog title, let’s just make sure it doesn’t go to waste rotting in our vaults." Ideally, each remake has its own deviation, a separate reason for existing. To Rod Lurie, who clearly has affection for the original movie, the task was simple: how to honor the spirit of the original film but make it an intellectually crippling affair, an ugly, irredeemable black hole of stupid contrivances, inconsistent characterizations, and melodramatic bullshit?

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  • Press Play
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    REELING AND SPINNING: Would you please please please please please please please stop talking?

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Press Play contributor Craig would like to dedicate this column to all those long-suffering people who have ever had to sit through a preview screening with loud people. By Craig D Lindsey

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Xosha Roquemore ("Precious") Cast Among Leads In New MTV Series "Dumb Girls"

    Xosha Roquemore has been cast as one of 4 leads in an upcoming new MTV series pilot titled Dumb Girls - an ensemble show that "revolves around a group of twentysomethings. It centers on Michelle, who is uber-competent at her job but foolish when it comes to guys. Supported by her stalwart friends Alex, Danny, who admits her likes her more than a friend, and Ian, she mounts a plan to get the guy she likes."

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    TAP Module 2 (Minus Me)

    Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP) kicks off its second module today in Halifax, and I'm not there to take part as I'm en route to New Mexico to launch production of my new film (details coming soon!)

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