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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Preview: The Help, 30 Minutes or Less, Must-See is Formula 1 Doc Senna

    Girl of summer Emma Stone leads a strong cast in The Help, destined to please mainstream crowds but not necessarily critics and the Academy. Meanwhile, Jesse Eisenberg returns to the big screen for the first time since his Oscar-nominated role in 2010's The Social Network with what is meant to be lighter comedy fare--30 Minutes or Less--but the film is now mired in controversy. Working Title's racing doc Senna is a must-see, while The Last Circus is a "one-of-a-kind experience that will confound, befuddle and amaze," and Littlerock is a "little gem." Glee: The 3D Concert Movie and Final Destination 5 should pull younger audiences. Details, trailers and reviews for these films and more are below:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Ryan Gosling Is Cooler Than You, And Too Cool To Answer Esquire's Questions‬

    "I have no shame whatsoever in admitting that I, like, totally want to be Ryan Gosling," tweeted Lost writer Damon Lindeloff recently. He is not alone. Even the mighty Esquire Magazine seems intimidated by an actor who is too cool for the room.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Diahann Carroll And Obba Babatunde Will Be Honored At 21st Annual NAACP Theatre Awards

    Tony winner Diahann Carroll and Tony nominee Obba Babatunde will be among those honored at the 21st Annual NAACP Theatre Awards, which takes place on August 29, at the Director's Guild of America in Los Angeles.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    UK's Channel 4 Planning Public Screenings For Debbie Tucker Green's "Random"

    Talk about perfect timing (or maybe bad - depending on your point of view). U.K.'s Channel 4 and Film4 are planning a series of public screenings for Brit playwright Debbie Tucker Green's film Ransom, adapted from her own stage play.

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  • The Playlist
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    Photoshop Disasters Hit Posters For 'A Good Old Fashioned Orgy' & 'And They're Off...'

    It's summer, and by the looks of these latest posters, it seems the real graphic designers are on vacation and the interns are stepping in the while they're gone and they might have some explaining to do. The term "Photoshop disaster" is thrown around pretty liberally and sometimes without merit, but in these cases, it's the nicest possible way to put it.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    I'm Gonna Explode: Evan Glodell's "Bellflower"

    Writer-director-editor-star Evan Glodell’s debut film Bellflower starts in media res. We’re treated, within its first thirty seconds, to a fragmented blend of flipped cars, backwards footage, and slow motion. Then, before what we’ve seen folds back into itself, comes to an end, and the film proper starts, there’s an epigraph: “Lord Humungus cannot be defied.”—Lord Humungus. The significance of this quotation makes itself plain soon enough: Bellflower positions The Road Warrior’s antagonist as the ultimate embodiment of masculinity, an ideal to which best friends Woodrow (Glodell) and Aiden (Tyler Dawson), two Wisconsin natives living in California, desperately aspire even as they know in their heart of hearts that they’ll never match it. This attempt—and subsequent realization of its futility—lasts for the duration of the film. A sort of apocalyptic Bill and Ted, Woodrow and Aiden pass the time blowing things up, building a flamethrower, and modifying cars with add-ons like a whisky dispenser. Exclamations of “dude,” “sweet,” and “awesome” abound in their repartee, often as they work toward making the real world more closely resemble that of their favorite film. But they’re far from “tough guys.” Woodrow and Aiden live in their own bubble, but upon realizing the ever expanding disparity between the world they’ve dreamed up and the one in which they actually live, they know it’s soon to burst. Read the rest of Michael Nordine's review.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Texas Killing Fields Debuts at Venice, Lands Stateside Release Date

    Finally! Anchor Bay has picked a release date for Venice competition title Texas Killing Fields, starring Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain and Chloe Grace Moretz, on October 7 (Italian trailer below).

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At 'American Psycho' Director Mary Harron's 'The Moth Diaries'

    It has been six years since we've heard from Mary Harron, at least on the big screen. The director who made waves with the one-two knockout of "I Shot Andy Warhol" and "American Psycho" stumbled with the workmanlike and disappointing "The Notorious Bettie Page" and spent the next few years largely working in television. Well, she's back and headed to Venice with the hopes that her latest effort "The Moth Diaries" will put her on the map. Certainly, with the story centering around vampires, she's locked onto a genre that is currently en vogue.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Can We Create The Future Of Indie Marketing & Distribution -- Or Is It Already Dead?

    We speak of the need to utilize PMDs (aka Producers of Marketing & Distribution) on Indie/TFF movies these days, but how do these people get trained (not to mention, paid for)? Where do they learn their skill sets? Two or three years into this DIY Indie Movement of sorts, can you name more than three or four people (at best) who do this? Isn't this the missing piece? How come we all aren't doing more to train these folks?

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  • The Playlist
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    Ava Sambora Cameos In Judd Apatow's Next Film; Paul Rudd Not Sure Which Characters Will Make The Cut

    In the internet age, it's pretty difficult to anything under lock and key for too long, but Judd Apatow has thus far done a pretty damn good job at keeping the details of his "Knocked Up" spinoff under wraps. What we do know is that it's not a direct sequel exactly, but rather, it picks up with Pete and Debbie (Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann) five years after the events of the first film, thought that's about it. Well, shooting is underway and another name has joined the film. Variety reveals that the 13-year old Ava Sambora -- yes, the daughter of rocker Richie Sambora -- will cameo in the film as the best friend of Maude Apatow, who reprises her role as the eldest daughter of the couple.

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