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    The Originals: Could the 1990 "Captain America" Have Been Any Worse?

    This week I'll be seeing "Captain America: The First Avenger," an adaptation of a comic book I always avoided in my youth because the idea of a patriotically costumed superhero seemed so silly to me. At the time he was as hokey as Captain Planet or Ray Cycle, a character starring in a one-off comic published by the State of Connecticut at the start of the late '80s recycling revolution. Suffice to say I haven't been that excited about the new movie even if it is a part of the current Marvel repute (though "Thor" put a damper on that already for me). So to give myself some perspective, I watched the infamously bad 1990 film of "Captain America," assuming it would make the 2011 version seem like "Citizen Kane" no matter how terrible it is.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trey Songz Will Make Big Screen Acting Debut In New "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" 3D Reimagining

    Wait, you mean another version on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is being developed? As my Australian pals would say, Crikey!

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  • The Playlist
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    Crispin Glover Replaces William H. Macy In 'Freaky Deaky,' Film Now Has Weirdest Cast Ever

    Tom Arnold Also Circling A Role As Crispin Glover's BrotherHow far and strangely we've fallen. For "Freaky Deaky," the adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel that at one time had folks like William H. Macy and Sienna Miller in the leads before going through a few casting shifts and settling on the lesser, but still somewhat respectable quartet of Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Craig Robinson and Katie Cassidy. The cast was recycled again, settling on a straight-to-DVD strong bunch of Billy Burke, Christian Slater, Michael Jai White, newcomer Breanne Racano and Roger Bart. That pretty much killed whatever interest we had in the project -- until now.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Errol Morris Talks Mysteries of Tabloid's Joyce McKinney: Victim or Dominatrix, Virgin or Whore?

    Errol Morris Talks Mysteries of Tabloid's Joyce McKinney: Victim or Dominatrix, Virgin or Whore?

    Errol Morris knows that the luck of the Gods is with him. Suddenly, Brit tabloids are all over the media, and his new doc Tabloid is far more au courant than it might otherwise have been. Tabloid is a rare delight that does not have all the answers. Morris keeps us guessing.

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  • The Playlist
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    Captain Planet Film In Development At Cartoon Network

    With a TV series, toys, comics and video games already developed out of media mogul Ted Turner's brainchild, Captain Planet, the do-gooder environmentalist superhero is finally getting the big screen treatment. So for the millions who have been waiting in agony for a Captain Planet movie, today is your eco-friendly Christmas.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    White Audiences/Black Films And Other Tiresome Tales Of Ignorance & Myopia...

    "Movie producers are often reluctant to cast more than a few minority actors in otherwise race-neutral movies for fear that the White audience will largely avoid such films. Two experiments were conducted to test the idea that the racial makeup of a cast could influence White audiences' selective exposure to movies. Results revealed that actors' race does influence selective exposure in certain contexts... regardless of racial attitudes, White participants showed significantly less interest in seeing movies with mostly Black casts than in seeing movies with mostly White casts."

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  • Caryn James
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    Pie-Throwing and Political Theater: The Murdochs Testify in the NOTW Scandal (Video)

    What a difference a pie in the face makes. You’d have to go back to Bill Clinton’s live, televised deposition during the Lewinsky scandal to find television quite as gripping as the testimony of James and Rupert Murdoch’s before Parliament in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal – and that was before it turned crazy-slapstick with an attempt to toss a pie at Rupert, an act overshadowed by his wife Wendi’s flying leap at the attacker. (Actually the attacker threw a plate of foam, but it was a pie-in-the-face moment; watch the video below.)

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  • The Playlist
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    Cameron Crowe Says 'We Bought A Zoo' Soundtrack Won't Necessarily Feature Neil Young Or Eddie Vedder

    But Does Confirm It Will Likely Be Heavy On One Or Two ArtistsOne down, two to go. It's been a helluva busy year for director Cameron Crowe. He's already delivered one film, his Elton John documentary "The Union" and with five and a half months to go before the end of 2011, he will deliver two more movies. First, his long in the works Pearl Jam documentary "Pearl Jam Twenty" will premiere at the Venice Film Festival before hitting the "American Masters" series on PBS in October that will be followed by a DVD release. And then, just in time for the holidays, the director will drop his first feature film in six years, the dramedy "We Bought A Zoo." Based on the memoir by Benjamin Mee, with a script from “The Devil Wears Prada” writer Aline Brosh McKenna, the story follows Mee (Matt Damon), a single father who attempts to fulfill his late wife’s wish of moving their family to the titular animal sanctuary. Damon is joined by a solid ensemble that includes Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Angus MacFadyen, Elle Fanning, Patrick Fugit, John Michael Higgins and J.B. Smoove.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch: Director Alrick Brown Reacts To Selection Of His Debut "Kinyarwanda" For AFFRM Release #2

    As already announced, Alrick Brown's 2011 Sundance award-winner Kinyarwanda will be the 2nd film to be distributed theatrically via AFFRM (the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement). In the just-released video clip below, director Brown reacts to the news.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Director George Tillman Jr. Helming Story On The Worst Boxer Of All Time And Jennifer Hudson Project

    This story is a little different. According to Variety, director George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food, Men Of Honor, Notorious) is preparing to direct an untitled project about Peter Buckley, aka "the worst boxer of all time."

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