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  • Shadow and Act
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    Tyler Perry: "Spike Lee Can Go Straight to Hell! You Can Print That” (UPDATE: Audio)

    UPDATE: Lee Bailey at EURWeb was also present for the below press conference, with his tape recorder in tow, thankfully; so you can actually hear it all instead of just reading the words:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Jiro Dreams of Sushi Goes to Magnolia Before North American Tribeca Premiere

    North American rights for Jiro Dreams of Sushi have gone to Magnolia, which plans to release the film later this year. Jiro Dreams had its world premiere at the Berlinale and will make its North American premiere at Tribeca on April 21. The film follows 85-year old chef Jiro Ono and his son, Yoshikazu, who is heir to his legendary Tokyo restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Animated 'Batman: Year One'; Film Will Premiere At Comic-Con

    There is perhaps no storyline as canonical within the Batman catalog as Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One." Hugely influential, as the title suggests, the story takes place shortly after the death of Bruce Wayne's parents and tracks the young crimefighter's first steps into becoming the masked superhero. As everyone knows by now, Darren Aronofsky briefly worked on bringing it to the big screen in the early aughts, but Warner Bros. shelved the idea at the time. Well, Miller's tale is finally getting the movie treatment, though not in the form you might expect.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Great Gatsby Cast So Far: Edgerton Joins DiCaprio, Maguire, Mulligan, Fisher

    UPDATE 5/18: Australian actor Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom) will play Tom Buchanan.

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  • The Playlist
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    Catherine Zeta-Jones Gets Evil With 'Rock Of Ages'

    It has been a long, long time since we've seen Catherine Zeta-Jones on the big screen. Ok, she did make the rom-com "The Rebound" with Justin Bartha a few years back but that film is still trying to find a buyer, but a big role in the upcoming "Rock of Ages" might get fresh interest in that title which is currently sitting on a shelf.

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  • Spout
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    "Dumbstruck" Documents the Underappreciated Craft of Ventriloquism But Has Little to Say

    There is definitely something going on with puppetry lately, as Mark Goffman's "Dumbstruck" is the third documentary I've seen about a segment of the art form in six months. It's also the first to officially hit cinemas, since it debuted in Atlanta last Friday and continues a limited expansion this weekend in NYC and DC. (for further openings, head to the film's Facebook page). Compared to the others -- Sundance hit "Being Elmo" and underrated DOC NYC selection "Puppet" (both of which play IFFBoston next week) -- the form and subject matter of "Dumbstruck" is quite basic and specialized. It tackles the world of ventriloquism from a very communal center, and its full appreciation is likely limited to that same tight community and fanbase.

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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Bay, Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron & More Stand Up Against Premium VOD Plans

    As you may have heard over the past few weeks, the major studios (with the exception of Paramount), will be testing the waters this spring with a new premium VOD plan that will make films available in your own home 60 days after they hit theaters. As outlined by Deadline, the plan right now is limited to DirecTV subscribers who have HD DVRs, but for $29.99, you can get a crisp copy of a film complete in high definition and 5.1 surround sound and 48 hours to watch it as many times as you want. But the program is starting slow, kicking off with "Just Go With It," and introducing a new film every two weeks. But needless to say, theater owners are incensed. Already battling for audiences, they see this move as the death knell for the theatrical movie going experience. Well 32 filmmakers -- including Michael Bay, Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, Michael Mann, Todd Phillips, Guillermo del Toro and more -- have now issued an open letter to the industry citing their concerns and they make some valid points.

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  • The Playlist
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    Oscar-Nominated 'Restrepo' Director Tim Hetherington Killed In Libya

    Tragic news today as reports are surfacing that Tim Hetherington, photographer and Oscar nominated co-director of "Restrepo," has been killed in Libya.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Happy 4/20!

    Happy 4/20!

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  • Shadow and Act
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    TONIGHT: Shadow & Act Livecast Season 2, Episode 3

    If you’ve been missing our live podcast shows, you get a chance to redeem yourself tonight (Wednesday, April 20th) from 8PM to 9PM EST! Join me and the rest of the S&A crew–Sergio, Monique and Stephanie–as we discuss some of the hottest topics concerning black cinema.

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