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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Kristen Stewart as a Way More Interesting Snow White

    Kristen Stewart as a Way More Interesting Snow White

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  • The Playlist
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    Fan Alert: Four Original Cast Members Will Cameo In Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'

    If done properly, there's nothing better than a self-referential cameo to get audiences excited about a re-make or adaptation (fingers crossed for Johnny Depp in "21 Jump Street," and director Fede Alvarez recently confirmed Bruce Campbell's appearance in "Evil Dead'). Bloody Disgusting has reported that at a "Dark Shadows" panel at Comic-Con 2011, it was announced that four original cast members of the cult '60s show will be making cameos in Tim Burton's long-gestating adaptation, starring Depp. Stars Lara Parker (Angelique), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans and Josette du Pres), David Selby (Quentin Collins) and the one and only Jonathan Frid (who played Barnabas Collins in the TV show, the role Depp has taken over) spent three days filming at Pinewood Studios. No word on what their roles will be or how they will fit into the movie.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Immortals' Use Of 3D Enhances Storytelling, Yet Director Tarsem Doesn't Believe In Its Longevity

    Comic-Con '11: After Sony’s "The Amazing Spider-Man" presentation Friday afternoon, Comic-Con attendees appeared to have relatively few other films or properties to get excited about. But Relativity Media maximized the potential of their upcoming sword-and-sandal opus "Immortals" with a panel featuring cast and crew members as well as a presentation of some footage which, as one colleague put it, felt about perfect for screening in the convention’s centerpiece showroom, whether or not its charm translates to commercial success down the road.

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  • Spout
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    Short Starts: Watch Miranda July's Maddeningly Whimsical "Nest of Tens"

    I don’t entirely understand this new wave of Miranda July enthusiasm. She does have a film coming out this weekend, but that alone can’t fully explain this rush of good will for the director/writer/actress/performance artist. The New York Times Magazine just gave her quite the feature and even Michael Idov has changed his mind after previously dissing her in song. Not that I’m bitter, but I’m not the biggest fan of “The Future” and as it turns out July’s early short films are mildly stress inducing. So to remind everyone of why Idov took issue with this multi-talented performer in the first place, here’s a look at “Nest of Tens.”

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    Liev Schreiber Joins P.J. Hogan's 'Mental' Starring Toni Collette

    Anthony LaPaglia & Rebecca Gibney Also Apart Of CastPJ Hogan, the director behind '90s hits "Muriel's Wedding"and "My Best Friend's Wedding," is once again returning behind the camera again, this time reuniting with his Emmy-winning former lead, Toni Collette for "Mental."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Two Documentaries Get Personal: The Kids Grow Up vs. Sherman’s March

    Two Documentaries Get Personal:  The Kids Grow Up vs. Sherman’s March

    Sometimes it’s personal, writes Matt Brennan in this week’s “Now and Then” column on the two documentaries The Kids Grow Up and Sherman’s March (trailers below):One is inherently subjective, a collation of interviews, impressions, laughter and tears. The other is only ostensibly objective, a historical artifact turned private heirloom. Both, however, are sure on one thing: there really is no place like home video.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    First Look At Gerard Butler, Souleymane Sy Savane In "Machine Gun Preacher"

    This flick come up in conversation during the last Shadow And Act Livecast.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ Brings The Bad-Ass, But Falls Short On The Mash-Up

    It was only about 15 years ago that Jon Favreau first arrived on the scene as the hipster indie film festival darling of “Swingers” fame. After sharing the screen with Vince Vaughn in one more flick and being quickly relegated to sidekick roles, Favs decided it was time to step behind the camera. But it wasn’t until the actor/director fully came to terms with his closet geek that he came into his own in Hollywood. Five years ago, newly skinny and holding a canister of film (we guess it would be a disc of data these days, but that just doesn’t sound as romantic) he came to Comic-Con to show off “Iron Man.” Fans were eager, though understandably skeptical. Sure, “Elf” was funny and “Zathura” showed promise, but was this former funny man really the right guy to give Tony Stark proper due on screen?

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Gerard Butler In Marc Forster's 'Machine Gun Preacher'

    Is that what an Oscar nominated role played by Gerard Butler looks like? For the filmmakers involved, they certainly hope so.

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  • The Playlist
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    Francis Ford Coppola Says Winemaking Is His "Day Job"; Blames Himself For The Current Sequel Craze

    Also Reveals 3D Sequences In "Twixt" Will Come In The Middle & At The End Of The FilmComic-Con '11: If there was one person no one would have predicted to steal the Comic-Con thunder in 2011, it was Francis Ford Coppola. The announcement of his presence at this year’s show, twenty years after a brief appearance for “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” in 1991, drew raised eyebrows and familiar rumblings of whether there should be more stringent qualifications as to what exactly qualifies a film or television project to show at the convention. But those doubts were quickly set aside when Coppola handed out Edgar Allen Poe 3D masks to baffled Hall H attendees upon entrance. In an age of remakes, reboots, rehashes and sequel mania, who would have thought it would take a 72 year-old director best known for work decades ago to bring a dose of fresh air to the rather predictable happenings of geekdom’s centerpiece?

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