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    The Playlist Summer 2014 Movie Song Mixtape

    When it comes to the delicate art of the mixtape, context is everything. And in the context of us hurtling toward the end of summer (ok fine, there’s another month left, and a few big releases still on the calendar, but we’re getting nostalgic nonetheless) we thought we’d emulate Star-Lord (Chris Pr...

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    Mike Tyson Says He & Jamie Foxx Are Moving Forward with His Biopic. Hopes CGI Can Assist

    The obvious question here is: how will a 46 year old Jamie Foxx will play a Mike Tyson during his amateur and professional boxing days (from his teens to his early 20s)?

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    'Happy Christmas' Stars Melanie Lynskey and Mark Webber Dive Off the Deep End with Joe Swanberg

    Joe Swanberg is familiar to many as a Mumblecore director--which means he writes, directs, shoots, often acts in and improvises his way through his low-budget naturalistic movies, although his last one was done on a somewhat grander scale that required some writing and organization--"Drinking Buddie...

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    The 10 Best Concert Movies Ever

    The concert movie is a strange and ambitious thing, marrying live music to moving pictures and permanently fixing a fleeting, one-night-only live event for the masses so that you can recreate it alone, on tape, whenever you like. It's a noble objective, but a difficult one. If you like, you can just...

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    R.I.P. Robert L. Drew, the Father of American Cinéma Vérité

    The family of documentary filmmaker Robert L. Drew issued this statement on his passing.

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    Review: 'Get On Up' Starring Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Viola Davis And Octavia Spencer

    “You cats ready?” Chadwick Boseman’s James Brown asks the audience, breaking through the fourth wall, early in “Get On Up.” It takes a lot of confidence for a character (and a filmmaker) to take this direct approach. The asides to the camera would feel forced if the biopic were covering almost anyon...

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    Open Doors Co-production Lab Will Focus on Sub-Saharan African Cinema This Year

    Aims to help the directors and producers of the projects selected find partners for completion financing, and enable them to make their films.

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    Interview: 'Go Down Death' Director Aaron Schimberg Talks Structure, Reviews, And 'The Da Vinci Code'

    Fever dreams can be scarring. However, if you’re filmmaker Aaron Schimberg, you can take that harrowing dip into the subconscious and make it into the fine, singular work “Go Down Death.” His debut film follows a few lives in a desolate village ravaged by constant bombing and unending trauma, changi...

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    'True Blood,' After 9 Years and 7 Seasons, Finally Took On Hurricane Katrina

    The television series "True Blood" is no stranger to metaphor, and it isn’t afraid to hit an allegory pretty hard. Previous seasons have alluded to the conservative right, prewar anti-Jewish legislation, and religious fundamentalism. Now, in its seventh and final season, "True Blood" is not only plu...

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    Watch: Quidditch Finds Life After Harry Potter in 'Mudbloods' Trailer

    Born in the pages in between tales of murderous trolls and three headed dogs named Fluffy, Quidditch has evolved into the club of choice for thousands of students.

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