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  • Shadow and Act
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    Anthony Mackie Talks "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and "Gangster Squad"

    In a recent interview with Collider, Anthony Mackie discussed what attracted him to Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, currently in post-production, and his role in the Ruben Fleischer directed 1940's cop crime drama, Gangster Squad, which he's currently filming opposite Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone and others.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: The Couple From 'Once' Deal With Fame & Love In Trailer For 'The Swell Season'

    One of the truly amazing stories of the 2006 awards season belonged to the little indie film that could, "Once." Directed by John Carney and starring The Frames member Glen Hansard and his The Swell Season collaborator Markéta Irglová, the musical story centered on an Irish busker (Hansard) who strikes up a relationship with a Czech immigrant (Irglová). "Once" became an arthouse sensation, taking in over $20 million worldwide, on a microscopic budget of $150,000. And the Academy sat up and took notice as well, with the film winning a statue for Best Original Song for "Falling Slowly," leading to one of the most touching Oscar speeches in recent memory. Well, the story didn't end there for either Hansard or Irglová.

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  • The Playlist
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    Because 3D Doesn't Cost Enough, Sony May Make You Pay For Your Own Glasses In 2012

    Is This Really The Best Move When 3D Audiences Are Declining?It seems every month or so, a new trend or blip on the radar is hailed as the new box office savior at the multiplex. In the past couple of weeks, "The Lion King" has spurred conversations that studios may find new revenue streams by dusting off their catalog titles and bringing them back to the big screen. Earlier this year, backed by the surprise box office success of "The Adjustment Bureau," "The Lincoln Lawyer," "True Grit," "Black Swan" and later in the summer, "Midnight In Paris," the minor budget adult drama was seen an untapped and lucrative market. But before all of this, 3D was heralded as the game changer for the industry that kick new life into tanking ticket sales. The nearly $3 billion worldwide success of James Cameron's "Avatar" ushered in a wave of 3D movies that, early on, did indeed give studios a considerable revenue bump. While the actual quality of these (mostly converted) movies was wildly uneven, it seemed audiences were embracing the format. Theater owners who invested millions in buying digital projectors and upgrading their cinemas breathed a sigh of relief, but something strange happened in 2011. No one was rushing to 3D anymore.

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  • The Playlist
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    DreamWorks Hire 'E.T.' Scribe Melissa Mathison To Adapt Roald Dahl's 'The B.F.G.'

    Compared to other authors, Roald Dahl has had better luck than most with cinema adaptations. OK, so Tim Burton's gaudy, joyless "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is still fresh in the memory, but most of the film versions of Dahl's books -- the Gene Wilder-starring 1971 "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," Nicolas Roeg's "The Witches," Danny DeVito's "Matilda," Henry Selick's "James And The Giant Peach" and Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" -- have successfully captured the spirit of Dahl's work while also managing to stand on their own two feet on the big screen.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Simply the Worst: Robert Altman's "O.C. and Stiggs"

    Auteurism is a kind of romance. There’s the rush of recognition when you see that first film by a soon-to-be favorite director, the presence of a unique soul whose predilections and perspective radiate through the familiar confines of cinematic syntax and speak directly to you. The initial thrill deepens into something familiar yet rewarding over the next film or two. Their flaws become all too apparent over time, but perhaps you learned to forgive those. What keeps you up nights is something more fundamental: the possibility that the quirks and oddities and flights of fancy that initially drew you to them might not stand up to scrutiny after all. Watching a bad movie from a revered director is like watching your significant other get drunk at a party. Normally appealing eccentricities become shrill and sloppy. Purported charm and quick wit begin to look suspiciously like threadbare shtick. You can’t just walk away—but you wonder: is this what other people see in them all the time?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch New Teaser Trailer For "Soul Man" (The "Blade Runner" Meets Blaxploitation Animated Project)

    Nice! I think it's safe to say that many of you were just as excited as I was, when the 1st 1-minute teaser for the upcoming animated feature called Soul Man, was posted about 6 months ago on the old S&A site.

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  • Spout
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    New Suge Knight Documentary in the Works. For Now Watch His Interview in "Biggie & Tupac"

    Showtime is getting into the high profile documentary business, possibly to compete with HBO's prolific and successful nonfiction division, and has announced a new series of works made by prominent filmmakers about prominent personalities. Up first is a doc about controversial rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight to be directed by Antoine Fuqua, who is best known for narratives like "Training Day" but is no stranger to the nonfiction side of cinema. He helmed the popular 2004 blues concert film "Lightning in a Bottle" and produced the 2005 Los Angeles gangs history "Bastards of the Party." This new project should be a piece of cake, since as far as I can tell Knight is in full cooperation. His current record label, Black Kapital, is doing the soundtrack.

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  • The Playlist
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    James D'Arcy Joins 'Cloud Atlas'

    Even with an already starry cast that will feature the actors playing multiple roles, it seems there is still room for one more in The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas," as Variety report that James D'Arcy has boarded the film.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Preview: "Spirits of Rebellion" - A Documentary Film About The L.A. Rebellion Film Movement

    I actually don't believe there's ever been a film/documentary that told their story has there? I can't recall one at the moment. But if there has been one, I'm sure someone reading this will say so.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: Retro-sexism: What’s the Allure? by Emilie Spiegel and Sarah Bloodsworth

    This fall’s crop of new TV series includes The Playboy Club and Pan Am, two shows set in 1960s, both centering on young women doing “glamorous” jobs and allegedly redefining what it meant to be a woman in mid-century America. Both shows infer that being a Playboy Bunny or Pan Am stewardess (respectively) could be a progressive opportunity for a young women—a chance to break out of the molds set by their mothers and to live out their own dreams in a freer society. In either case, the jobs themselves aren’t terribly liberating... in fact, all exclamations about “new breeds of woman,” and “choice” aside, the gigs are largely based on retro (even for the 60s) archetypal male fantasies of docile, servile, perfectly beautiful women.

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