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    Watch: Behind-The-Scenes 'Battleship' Clip Tries To Prove Rihanna Is A Naval Weapons Specialist

    The movie doesn't come out until next spring, so we're not sure why Universal is getting a behind-the-scenes look at "Battleship" out so early, or why they've chosen to do it when most people are on vacation and/or headed back to school. But their marketing department gets paid the big bucks to make these kinds of decisions so they probably know what they're doing, but it seems the first order of business is getting us to believe Rihanna is a woman in uniform in this movie.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The Greatest of All The Amazingly Scathing Madonna/"W.E." Soundbites

    A quick return to the blog with good reason: I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the remarkably scathing reviews of Madonna's "W.E." out of Venice. So much so that I'm actually more excited to see the film than when I suspected it might be slightly better than mediocre. A camp classic seems born! And no review has made me more certain of this than Shane Danielsen's deliciously mean take here at indieWIRE:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Telluride: Clooney Caught in Ides of March Fest Tug of War

    Telluride: Clooney Caught in Ides of March Fest Tug of War

    The Venice Film Festival opened with The Ides of March, and Toronto has it booked too. Telluride wanted--and George Clooney wanted--the film to play Telluride as well as part of its Clooney Tribute. So he included a clip from late in the movie--a "spoiler" he told me at the annual patron's brunch--thinking folks would have seen the film. But no, it was not possible to book it in Telluride after all. Sony wouldn't show it to the fest, in deference to Toronto. So Clooney's got The Descendants here.

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  • The Playlist
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    In Theaters: 'Shark Night 3D,' or 'A Good Old Fashioned Orgy'?

    Feel that morning chill? That's right, it's undoubtedly September, and film fans should be rejoicing. Goodbye and good riddance, August 2011, you were not one of those Augusts that defied the stereotype as the summer dumping ground. In the past few years, auteurs like Edgar Wright ("Scott Pilgrim vs. the World") and Quentin Tarantino ("Inglorious Basterds") boldly ventured into the month of August with varying degrees of success, and many hailed these maneuvers as groundbreaking for August's status. Well... August 2011 promptly set all right again with the dismal releases we've experienced.

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  • The Playlist
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    Venice '11 Review: Jet Li's 'The Sorcerer & The White Snake' Is Wuxia-Lite, With Bad Action & CG

    It might have a highbrow reputation (something anyone who's caught one of the sidebars can confirm), but that doesn't mean that the organizers of the Venice Film Festival don't like to watch a little ass get kicked sometimes. Last year, in fact, was something of a banner year for action at the festival, with "13 Assassins" and 'Detective Dee' in competition, and "Machete," "The Town," "Reign of Assassins" and "Legend of the Fist" all playing out of it. 2011 is a little lighter on the chop-socky, but there is a single film that's here to let film critics scratch their face-punch itch, and that's the Jet Li vehicle "The Sorcerer & The White Snake." Directed by Tony Ching, who not only helmed the classic "A Chinese Ghost Story," but also served as action director/choreographer on the high octane likes of "Shaolin Soccer," "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers," so expectations were high that at the very least that we'd see some spectacular fight sequences, and possibly even something that transcends the genre, as "13 Assassins" did last year.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Raphael Saadiq Will Play Sam Cooke In "The Playboy Club"

    Raphael Saadiq has signed on to play Sam Cooke in one episode of NBC's upcoming 1960s-set The Playboy Club, which, as we all know by now, I'm sure, Naturi Naughton co-stars in.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer For Award-Winning And Shocking Doc "The Witches Of Gambaga"

    Still making rounds on the festival circuit, the award-winning documentary The Witches Of Gambaga brings light to a devastating practice taking place in Ghana.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Less Than One Week Before Opening Of DCShorts Film Festival, Sep. 8 - 18

    Just a reminder-- for all S&A readers who live, or will be, in the DMV from September 8 - 18, tickets are still being sold for the DCShorts Film Festival in showcase packages. So, if you plan on attending, this isn't something you would want to wait until the last minute to decide on. For more info on tickets, click HERE.

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  • The Playlist
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    Michel Gondry's 'We & The I' Shooting Now; Centers On A Premise With Time Travel & A Youth-Machine

    During SXSW 2010, French filmmaker Michel Gondry first revealed to us a new lo-fi and under-the-radar project he was working on called, "The We & The I."It's [about] kids on a bus...it's about the group effect, how people in groups transform when the group is dislocated," he said in somewhat convolutedly. "Because everyone jumps out of the bus at different times, there is a smaller group and how the relationships evolve."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Venice: David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method Review and Press Conference

    David Gritten reviews David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method from the Venice Film Festival. It's a rave. David Cronenberg brought his Freud-Jung movie A Dangerous Method to Venice today, and received an enthusiastic reception from a packed press screening. Stars Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley joined him on the press conference, along with his long-time collaborator, producer Jeremy Thomas and co-stars Vincent Cassel and Sarah Gadon.

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