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Unite for Japan: Stars Ask for Donations for Post-Tsunami Relief

As I watched this video, I realized how upset I am about what happened in Japan. Ken Watanabe organized this plea for help, aided by Johnny Depp, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ben Stiller, John Legend, Jonah Hill, Paula Abdul, Ben Affleck and many others. The PSA launched today. Unite for Japan.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2011 7:49 AM
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Playbill Gives Jersey Shore the Oscar Wilde Treatment

Playbill has made Jersey Shore high brow. Check out the hilarious first and second videos in their series, in which transcripts from the reality show are done in the style of Oscar Wilde, through the characters of his play, The Importance of Being Ernest (as performed by Santino Fontana and David Furr).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 27, 2011 7:35 AM
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Prom Early Reviews: Formulaic Tween Fantasy Flick or Stereotype Reinforcer?

Prom Early Reviews: Formulaic Tween Fantasy Flick or Stereotype Reinforcer?
Disney's Prom opens April 29. It stars Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell, DeVaugh Nixon, Danielle Campbell, Yin Chang, Nolan Sotillo, and more. Joe Nussbaum directs a script from Katie Wech. Reviews, picture and the trailer are below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 27, 2011 6:44 AM
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Tree of Life Debuts in Cannes After All: New Poster, Music

If it was ever in doubt, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (USA May 27) will in fact debut at Cannes, despite Icon UK's one-time insistence that they would open it ahead of the fest. The distributor admits that they will not be releasing the film, after wrangling with foreign sales company Summit over the deal terms. Spokesman Zak Brilliant of Icon told the Guardian: "[We] will not now be releasing Tree of Life on 4 May. There is a legal issue ongoing for the film which we hoped to resolve but were unable to do so."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2011 6:00 AM
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The Killing: What Does Linden's Abstracted Look Mean?

One of my favorite things in The Killing, the successful new AMC series remake of the original Danish global hit, is the way homicide detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) takes a long slow burn as she susses out a new location. One of my friends calls it a "meaningful stare, that long, long shot when she is thinking, or being sympathetic." Another calls it an "abstracted" quality. It turns out that folks are debating what these slow reaction shots mean, exactly.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2011 5:49 AM
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HBO's Game Change Starts Filming with Moore as Palin, Harris as McCain: Cast Pictures, Palin Tweets

Julianne Moore stars as Sarah Palin in HBO's Game Change, while Ed Harris plays running-mate John McCain, Melissa Farman (Temple Grandin) plays Bristol Palin, Larry Sullivan plays Palin's deputy chief of staff Chris Edwards and Jamey Sheridan plays McCain's speechwriter/campaign advisor Mark Salter (complete photo mash-up below, actors in said order on the right).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 27, 2011 4:32 AM
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Venice Film Fest 2011: Aronofsky to Head Competition Jury

Darren Aronofsky considers the Venice Film festival to be his good-luck charm. He debuted in Venice both The Wrestler, which won the Golden Lion in 2008, and Black Swan, which opened the festival last year. Both went on to become top awards contenders; Natalie Portman won the best actress Oscar. His first film to compete in Venice was The Fountain in 2006.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2011 3:55 AM
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Trailer Watch: Immortals Features Shiny Things Like Muscles, Women, Weapons and CGI

The new HD trailer for Tarsem Singh's Immortals showcases muscles, weapons and prop-babes. The film stars new Superman Henry Cavill, Luke Evans, Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto, Isabel Lucas, John Hurt, Kellan Lutz, Stephen Dorff and Joseph Morgan. It hits theaters in 3-D November 11.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 27, 2011 3:14 AM
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SFIFF 54 Day Five: Time Travel, from Cave of Forgotten Dreams to Children of the Princess of Cleves

Meredith Brody reports on the latest festival screenings from San Francisco:The Frenchwoman who introduced Children of the Princess of Cleves gave us an invaluable bit of information that cast the film in an interesting light. President Nicolas Sarkozy said that reading the required “Princess of Cleves,” published in 1678, made no sense for a high school student who would be working as a cashier in two years. Many in France were incensed by the comment, big surprise -- as am I – wasn’t Sarkozy, despite a wealthy background, posited as “l’homme du people” when he ran for President? Here’s real-time news: when I Google Sarkozy, the news pops up that he and Carla Bruni are expecting their first child together – posted 13 minutes ago! I also learn that Sarkozy was a mediocre student, and had to go to a crammer to pass his baccalaureate, the exam that determines whether or not you can go on to college.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 27, 2011 3:02 AM
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Two or Three Things I Know About Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein amuses me. When I first met him in 1987 in Cannes, he was a hungry indie distributor on the rise hawking Lizzie Borden's Working Girls. I've tracked him and interviewed him and annoyed him over the years--and the video interview below reveals some of the things I know about him.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2011 10:34 AM
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