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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Spring Fest Mania: Brit Week Meets American Idol, TCM Classics, LAT Fest of Books

    A pile-up of events are crowding this week in LA. Brit Week kicked off Tuesday with the annual champagne party at the British consul general's mansion in Hancock Park. BAFTA producer Nigel Lythgoe's six American Idol kids roamed the lawn followed by cameras, soaking up attention. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa introed Royal cousin Lord Freddy Windsor, who raised a toast to the Royal couple, and eschewed the fish and chips.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SFIFF 54 Day Seven: A Useful Life, Oliver Stone Tribute, The Last Buffalo Hunt, Attenberg

    Meredith Brody's diary entry for SDIFF day seven: The film-going day begins with inserting a DVD into the player, which I guess means staying rather than going. It’s A Useful Life, a film directed by a former employee of the Cinemateca Uruguaya, Federico Veiroj, about a longtime employee of the Cinemateca Uruguaya in Montevideo (which occasions a notation in the opening credits that the movie does not reflect the actual Cinemateca Uruguaya in any way shape or form). Said rather sad-sackish employee (played by an Uruguayan film critic with the young/old face of an obsessive) has spent a quarter-century doing all that’s necessary in showing films to the public – programming, introducing, talking on the radio, even repairing a seat in the theater.

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  • Spout
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    ¨Lebanon, Pa.¨ Adds Some Genuine Humanity to an Embattled Political Issue

    Today in America every political issue has two sides. That’s a bit of a reduction, but hear me out. We seem to have reached a stage in our national discourse in which every political or social conflict is not only portrayed as having two opposing viewpoints but that the irreconcilability between these two is presumed from before the discussion even starts. Compromise has become a concept without meaning. Therefore, creating a narrative about rural and urban, right and left meeting head to head takes daring enough. To have protagonists who are not simply arguing from one side but seeking to extract some sort of genuine meaning or guidance out of the muddle is just risky.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Meagan Good Cast in 'Californication'

    In case you can't get your Meagan Good fix on the big screen (her films Jumping the Broom, Video Girl, and Ticking will all be released this year), get ready to see her on the small screen in Showtime's Californication.

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  • The Playlist
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    Surprise: Steven Soderbergh To Shoot Stripper Pic 'Magic Mike' Starring Channing Tatum In September

    'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' To Shoot In February 2012, 'Liberace' To Follow In The SummerFirst off, Steven Soderbergh does still plan to step away from directing with more or less the same timeline, however he's a workhorse and seeing another interesting project cross his desk -- luckily for us -- he's decided to squeeze in one more picture onto his schedule.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Cry of Jazz Screening at Indiana University Today!

    We were just alerted to today's screening of The Cry of Jazz, a film by Ed Bland that we covered on the site late last year.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Preview: Fast Five Pumps Testosterone, Prom Tween Fantasy, 13 Assassins, Cave 3-D, The Arbor

    It's a weekend of extremes, with the Fast Five testosterone-fest, a Prom tween fantasy, not one but 13 Assassins and a Hoodwinked Too! that no one asked for. Several indie gems are mixed in with some less-inspiring releases: we recommend Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams in 3-D and Clio Bernard's documentary on playwright Andrea Dunbar, The Arbor, a film that turns the term 'documentary' on its head but "once you settle in, [Bernard's technique] proves enormously effective," writes ThePlaylist. "Barnard is able to expertly weave the narrative, dropping hints of the darkness early on while never quite giving the game away."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer For "The Miracle Of Spanish Harlem" Co-starring Andre Royo From "The Wire"

    Here's a feel good holiday movie titled The Miracle Of Spanish Harlem. Directed by Derek Velez Partridge, it stars Adrian Martinez, Andre Royo, Tony Plana, Priscilla Lopez and Fatima Ptacek.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    The Writing's on the Wall: Werner Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams"

    In 1994, three cave explorers probing the Ardeche valley in southern France discovered a passageway blocked by a pile of stones. They cleared the path, entered the cave—and stumbled upon one of the most significant prehistoric art sites ever discovered. On the walls of Chauvet Cave, as it became known, were perfectly preserved paintings of horses, mammoths, cattle, lions, rhinos, even a chimera of a woman with a bison’s head, among other wonders. They are still the world’s oldest known paintings, dating back to the Ice Age, 30,000 to 32,000 years ago.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For 'One Day' Starring Anne Hathaway & Jim Sturgess Is One Long Meet Cute

    We'll start off by saying this is something we were definitely looking forward to and we're still holding out some hope, but the first trailer for "One Day" starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess is a bit wobbly, to say the least.

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