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    Watch: Trailer For 'The Raven' Is Basically A Pulpy, Period Version Of 'Se7en'

    The period-based serial killer movie is a rare beast, one that has produced more notable misses in recent memory ("From Hell") than outright successes, but "The Raven" looks like it could be the pulpy good fun that we've been missing. Boasting an inventive concept, the first trailer for the film doesn't promise Oscars, but does indicate a juicy, bloody procedural with some complex kills that would make Kevin Spacey's character from "Se7en" proud.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Can A Couple Truly Collaborate Creatively (And Survive?)

    Jealousy is great fodder for creation. Our hunger for love puts stress on us even once we have found it, earned it, and secured it. Love is both incredibly deep and incredibly delicate. It is strong and it is fragile. We can make movies about love until the end of time, and not even scratch the surface.Indie & Truly Free Film are both currently awash in collaborative filmmaking teams. Some are siblings, some are friends, and at least one of them is a couple: Sophia Takal and Lawrence Michael Levine. When I saw Sophia's GREEN, I was incredibly impressed and moved. Not only does Takal tackle the subject of jealousy straight on, she does it by also starring in it with her boyfriend/fiance; just to complicate things, their roommate, plays his lover. I understand creative challenges, but know I have a lot to learn when the creative challenges the personal. I asked Sophia and Lawrence to tell us a bit about how their collaboration came to be. Whether you aspire to work with your significant other, or just collaborate well with your team, the back and forth and growth that Sophia and Lawrence have committed themselves to, can all teach us a few things.

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    Helen McCrory Joins 'James Bond 23'; Bérénice Marlohe & Ben Whishaw Confirmed

    As the filmmakers get everything in place to start shooting soon, it looks like Sam Mendes is nailing down the final pieces of his cast for "James Bond 23" or as it will probably be called "Skyfall."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Winners Announced For Focus Features "Africa First" Shorts Program

    The winners for the 2011 Africa First short film program have just been announced and they include Ms. Oshosheni Hiveluah (from Namibia); Mr. Cedric Ido (from Burkina Faso); Mr. Mark Middlewick (from South Africa); Ms. Akosua Adoma Owusu (from Ghana); and Mr. Zelalem Woldemariam (from Ethiopia).

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    Michael Fassbender's Dirty Sheets Cover The Teaser Poster For 'Shame'

    When our own Oli Lyttleton saw "Shame" in Venice he declared Michael Fassbender's performance a "tour-de-force." When this writer caught up with it at TIFF, I couldn't help but agree and with the rest of the Playlist staffers screening it today at NYFF, one of them said that "Fassbender's performance is easily the strongest male performance of the year." Yes, he's that good in Steve McQueen's "Shame" but the question now to be answered is how the Academy will respond.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Episode 2 Of New Sci-Fi Web Series "Osiris"

    Here's the latest episode of the new sci-fi webseries Osiris. We featured the first episode last week and you can check it out HERE.

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Killing' Star Kristin Lehman Is A 'Golf Pro'; David Morse Enlists In 'World War Z'

    A couple bits of casting for you, one for a smaller comedy the other for a big budget zombie movie.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Forbes Top Earning Women In Entertainment 2011: Oprah, Lady Gaga, Gisele, Frankel, Swift, DeGeneres

    Oprah Winfrey and Lady Gaga are Forbes' two highest-earning women in entertainment, with $290 million $90 million, respectively. The rest of the top ten is varied but reminds that TV makes fortunes: Bethenny Frankel (reality star and Skinny Girl owner) - $55 million, supermodel Gisele Bundchen - $45 million, pop star Taylor Swift - $45 million, Ellen DeGeneres - $45 million, Judge Judy Sheindlin - $45 million, pop star Katy Perry - $44 million, pop star and new Academy member Beyonce Knowles - $35 million, and author Danielle Steel - $35 million.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill In 'The Avengers'; Trailer Arrives Next Week

    Can you tell the marketing campaign for "The Avengers" is heating up? Just like those pics from Tarsem's Snow White movie that landed earlier today, Marvel has been handing out pics to a variety of outlets and now a few more have cropped up. Nothing earth shattering really -- new looks at Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) -- but also a set photo that seems to reveal “How I Met Your Mother” star Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill.

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    Watch: 'Tower Heist' May Cost $60 On VOD, But You Can Watch This New Trailer For Free

    So is the timing on this coincidence or bad luck? Depends on which side of the fence you're on, but the question is, after watching this new trailer for "Tower Heist," do you think it's worth forking over $59.99 to watch it at home a few weeks after it hits theaters? Yeah, probably not.

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