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    VIDEO ESSAY: Where Experiment Meets the Mainstream

    In an age of redundant remakes ("Total Recall," "Fright Night"), attempted revamps ("21 Jump Street," "The Three Stooges") and even 3D re-launchings ("Titanic 3D," "Star Wars: Episode 1 - 3D") of past Hollywood fare, it’s easy to become disheartened at the current state of film and television.

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    In His Own Words: Doug Tirola Shares a Scene From 'All In - The Poker Movie'

    Below writer/director Doug Tirola shares a scene from his poker documentary "All In - The Poker Movie," which features interviews with Matt Damon, Kenny Rogers and Ira Glass. It's currently available on DVD and iTunes, and hits VOD May 1.

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    Ridley Scott is Charlize Theron's Fantasy Director: See Why in 'Prometheus' Featurette

    June 8 is fast approaching, which means the "Prometheus" marketing is amping up to make the wait unbearable. Check out this new making-of featurette, with Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Guy Pearce singing the praises of director Ridley Scott and his vision:

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    New Trailer for 'Brave' Decries Princesshood

    When Disney/Pixar's "Brave" finally arrives June 22, anti-princesses everywhere may have reason to celebrate. In the meantime, check out the new trailer below. The tomboy heroine with bow-and-arrow is reminiscent of current box office badass, "The Hunger Games"'s Katniss ...

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    VIDEO - Motion Studies #29: Vertigo Variations

    This first part of an hour long video essay spins an elaborate tale of a lifelong obsession with Hitchcock's masterpiece.

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    Jonathan Lethem's State of Cinema Address at San Francisco Int'l Film Festival

    Check out Jonathan Lethem's State of Cinema address from April 21 at the San Francisco Int'l Film Festival:

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    Trailer Watch: Hope Springs Starring Meryl Streep

    What do you think about this one. It opens in the slot in August where movies targeted at women like Julie & Julia and The Help have been quite successful. It's directed by the same guy who did The Devil Wear Prada. After watching the trailer I'm not so sure about this one. Tommy ...

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    Take A Look At The New Web Series "She Got Problems"

    I'm totally convinced that web series are increasingly the way to go to see more realistic, honest or simply just different (i.e.eccentric and quirky) portrayals of black folks. Hollywood is too corrupted, small minded and firmly stuck in their ways to even attempt that. Issa Rae could tell...

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    Trailer Watch: Romeo & Juliet in Yiddish Directed by Eve Annenberg

    Synopsis: Eve Annenberg's gritty, funny new feature stars predominantly non-actor twenty somethings who grew up speaking Yiddish as a first language in Brooklyn. This is possibly the first narrative film acted by both men and women in this much spoken, colloquial Yiddish in over seventy yea...

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    Trailer for Hillcoat's 'Lawless' Whets Our Appetite Prior to Cannes Debut

    The trailer for John Hillcoat's prohibition-set "Lawless" -- set to premiere in competition at Cannes -- has arrived. Nick Cave wrote the screenplay, an adaptation of Matt Bondurant's novel, "The Wettest County in the World." The star-studded cast of Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeo...

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