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The Long And Winding Licensing Road To Sunday's 'Mad Men' Beatles Appearance

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 9, 2012 12:01 PM
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Any mention of the Beatles in popular media also comes replete with tales of conflict, blocked licensing rights, and frustration for those in pursuit of a few seconds of material. Master recordings of the group are considered an impossible goal, and on Sunday's “Mad Men” episode entitled “Lady Lazarus,” the group's inaccessibility even stood as a point of frustration for the characters. However, near the episode's end, as Don Draper (Jon Hamm) struck up “Tomorrow Never Knows” -- the original, not a cover -- while listening to Revolver, the moment carried with it a long history for creator/show-runner Matthew Weiner in the creation of those thirty seconds.

Alejandro Jodorowsky & Paul Schrader Fund New Films 'La Danze De La Realidad' & 'The Canyons' On Crowdsourcing Platforms

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 9, 2012 11:37 AM
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With the JOBS act, finally passed in Congress, boasting an incredible series of changes for crowdfunding projects, the methods for independent filmmakers and artists to finance their projects stand to get easier and more versatile real soon. And as Kickstarter and Indiegogo seem to generate success stories every day, it appears two major filmmakers feel confident enough to bring their new projects to the people.

David Lindsay-Abaire To Write 'The Family Fang' For Nicole Kidman & 'Rabbit Hole' Producers

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 9, 2012 11:22 AM
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2010 certainly wasn’t a lackluster year for film, perhaps that’s why “Shortbus” helmer John Cameron Mitchell’s emotionally gripping “Rabbit Hole” was seemingly swept aside. Telling the story of a grieving couple coming to terms after their young son dies in a horrific accident, it was a heartbreaking tale that we liked quite a bit, and so we were pleased to hear last February that Kidman would be teaming up again with “Rabbit Hole” producers for the familial comedy-drama “The Family Fang.” Now it looks as if producers are hoping to add a little more of what made their previous film work so well, in the form of a script by “Rabbit Hole” playwright and screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire.

Move Over 'The Avengers,' Clark Gregg Joins Jason Reitman’s 'Labor Day'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 9, 2012 10:57 AM
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Long relegated to post-credit sequences and scene-stealing bit parts as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel movies, it was nice to see actor Clark Gregg gain a little more screen time in this past weekend’s superhero brouhaha “The Avengers.” Granted, the silver screen was still mostly dedicated to the sweaty, muscle-bound (sometimes green) dudes in spandex, but Gregg had more than his share of moments, and has been consistently good with small parts in films like “(500) Days of Summer” and “The Usual Suspects.” He’s a bit part character actor who deserves a movie all his own – in fact he’s been in a few diverting short films entitled “Marvel One-Shots” centered on Agent Coulson—but for now he’s looking to move into some promising adult fare.

Chevy Chase Says 'Community' Could Be "Funnier" & Needs More Of His Kind Of Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2012 10:42 AM
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So NBC is right now deciding which shows they'll be bringing back next season, with the current word around town being (sadly) that returning comedies like "30 Rock" and "Parks & Recreation" will get short orders, meaning essentially half-season renewals. Bummer. The strategy there is that it will allow the network to pick up more shows in what sounds like a scheduling/marketing nightmare, but good luck to them on that. Anyway, one show that fans are also hoping will get the greenlight is "Community," whose fervent fanbase hasn't as yet converted into big time ratings. And if you ask Chevy Chase, the show could be funnier.

Ryan Murphy & His Leading Ladies Recreate Scenes From 'Repulsion,' 'Carrie,' 'The Birds' & Other Horror Classics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2012 10:24 AM
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Magazines doing photo spreads recreating scenes from iconic movies is nothing new. Vanity Fair seems to do it a couple times a year, and it was at the tail end of 2011 when the New York Times Magazine got in on the act enlisting a wealth of stars for a big awards season shoot that included, among others, Rooney Mara dressing up as Alex from "A Clockwork Orange." Now, "Glee" and "American Horror Story" creator Ryan Murphy is joining in, recruiting the leading ladies from his TV projects to participate in a horror-themed shoot for Elle.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Alfred Hitchcock's Masterpiece 'Vertigo'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 9, 2012 9:56 AM
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Voting is currently underway on the Sight & Sound poll for the greatest film ever made, which takes place every ten years, and is generally seen as one of the most definitive of such polls. And one film that's near-certain to place in the top ten, given that it's been there in every poll since 1982 (and placed second in 2002) is Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo." The film was relatively poorly received on release, and indeed, remained unseen for twenty years, one of the five films that Hitchcock bought back the rights for to leave to his daughter (the so-called Five Lost Hitchcocks, which also include "The Man Who Knew Too Much," "Rear Window," "Rope" and "The Trouble With Harry"). But since its re-release in 1984, the film has grown into the great director's most acclaimed masterpiece, and is now one of the most examined, deconstructed and written about films in the history of the medium.

Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kellan Lutz & Nina Dobrev Team For 'Kid Cannabis'; Sean Bean Leading 'Devil's Peak' Trilogy & More

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 9, 2012 9:42 AM
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"Project X" star Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kellan Lutz and Nina Dobrev are set to star in John Stockwell's "Kid Cannabis," a rags-to-riches drug tale based on a 2005 Rolling Stone article that follows an impoverished, depressed high school dropout who quickly finds himself managing a multi-million dollar marijuana smuggling operation across the Idaho-Canada border.

Huh? Hayley Atwell To Star In '10 Things I Hate About You' Semi-Sequel '10 Things I Hate About Life'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2012 9:20 AM
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Writer/director Gil Junger certainly hasn't been lacking in work. He's mostly a TV helmer jumping from show to show, wherever the next gig takes him, but "10 Things I Hate About You" remains his greatest achievement. The 1999 teen comedy starred Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a retelling of Shakespeare's "Taming Of The Shrew" that was more clever and enjoyable that it had any right to be. Junger tried to recapture the magic with a TV series that starred Nicholas Braun, Chris Zylka and Larry Miller and didn't last a single season, but he's going to be take another swing at the material.

Lynn Shelton's Relationship Dramedy 'Laggies' Is Still Alive; Paul Rudd Attached To Star

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 9, 2012 9:00 AM
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When indie filmmaker Lynn Shelton moved forward with her latest effort "Touchy Feely" which stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Scoot McNairy and Ellen Page among others, we had presumed the worst for "Laggies," the Andrea Seigel-scripted relationship tale Shelton was set to tackle next. Thankfully, it looks like that project has merely been shifted rather than removed from Shelton's calendar and it now has a Hollywood comedy stalwart on board.

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