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French Animators, Kanye West and Knee-jerk Reactions: Why “All Of The Lights” Is Not A Case Of Plagiarism

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April 7, 2011
French Animators, Kanye West and Knee-jerk Reactions: Why “All Of The Lights” Is Not A Case Of Plagiarism

When the video for Kanye West’s “All Of The Lights” hit the Internet it was almost guaranteed to cause controversy. The man never fails to achieve at least some outcry in everything he does. Within moments of it’s release, bloggers were at their keyboards claiming foul play on the part of the video’s director...
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Will Smith and Son Jaden Smith to Star Together in Sci-Fi Adventure

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April 4, 2011
Will Smith and Son Jaden Smith to Star Together in Sci-Fi Adventure

Will Smith will co-star with his son Jaden Smith in a futuristic sci-fi adventure, as yet untitled. Will Smith’s own production company, Overbrook Entertainment, will produce the film in partnership with M. Night Shyamalan and it will be released through Columbia pictures. Overbrook Entertainment was started by Will between 1997 and 1999 and is...
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Johnny Depp Stars in ‘The Rum Diary’

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March 29, 2011
Johnny Depp Stars in ‘The Rum Diary’

The Rum Diary is an adaptation of a novel written by Hunter S. Thompson in the early 1960’s, but wasn’t published until 1998. Depp plays the leading character in the movie and it’s the second film he’s starred in that was written by Hunter S. Thompson, the first being Fear And Loathing In Las...
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Amy Adams Wins the Role of Lois Lane in Zack Snyder’s ‘Superman: Man Of Steel’

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March 29, 2011
Amy Adams Wins the Role of Lois Lane in Zack Snyder’s ‘Superman: Man Of Steel’

Director Zack Snyder has finally decided who will play Superman’s love interest, Lois Lane. Amy Adams received a phone call from Snyder on Sunday from Paris, France. Snyder has been hired by Warner Bros to direct the next installment of the Superman series slated for a December 2012 release. Adam’s will no doubt be...
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Cedar Rapids: Feel-Good Vulgarity

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March 25, 2011
Cedar Rapids: Feel-Good Vulgarity

The latest film from indie director Miguel Arteta (Chuck and Buck, The Good Girl) is reminiscent of a Frank Capra film, but with a lot more sex jokes. If it were written by one of the screenwriters in Robert Altman’s brilliant film The Player, the pitch might have been: “Think Mr. Smith Goes To...
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Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79

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March 23, 2011
Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79

Elizabeth Taylor’s publicist today announced that Taylor had died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure, from which she’d been suffering since 2004. The English/American actress, one of the greats from Hollywood’s golden era, was renowned for her great beauty and talent. She died peacefully surrounded by her four children,...
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The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins’ Sci-Fi Trilogy Coming To The Big Screen

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March 19, 2011
The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins’ Sci-Fi Trilogy Coming To The Big Screen

Written by author Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games is a Science Fiction novel targeted at young adults. It is the first book in a trilogy; the second novel is called Catching Fire, followed by the third book Mockingjay. The three books have already been adapted for the big screen by screenwriter Billy Ray. The director...
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Girl Power: Hollywood Actresses Increasingly Producing Their Own Movies

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March 18, 2011
Girl Power: Hollywood Actresses Increasingly Producing Their Own Movies

Increasingly, there is a growing cluster of movies in Hollywood being made by the actresses who star in them. How To Be Single is the title of Drew Barrymore’s second movie following her first directorial debut of the movie Whip It (2009), which garnered much acclaim from critics, but not with audiences. How To...
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Parlez-Vous Foreign?

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March 17, 2011
Parlez-Vous Foreign?

It struck me immediately after seeing a trailer for The Next Three Days (2010) that it was remarkably similar to a movie released in cinemas almost 18 months earlier. A bit of quick research after arriving home confirmed suspicions that this film is one of an increasing number of “English language remakes”. But why remake...
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Hollywood Production Deals Back On The Rise

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March 14, 2011
Hollywood Production Deals Back On The Rise

Hollywood producers can all breathe a sigh of relief because harmful cost cutting by the major studios appears to have abated, albeit for the time being. In the past six months, production deals at the major studios have increased by 5% to a total of 152. Big names like Roy Lee, Darren Aronofsky, John...
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The Disappearance of Alice Creed: A Limerick Review

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March 13, 2011
The Disappearance of Alice Creed: A Limerick Review

There once was a girl named Alice, Tied up all day she could not piss, Twists and turns occur, And sadly for her, The film is a bit hit and miss. Larry McCloskey is a writer for The Big Screen as well as a contributing author to A&E Playground. Contact the Author: LarryMcCloskey@ArtsandEntertainmentPlayground.com
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Animated Lookalikes of the Week: Stuart Broad and Willow Smith

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March 13, 2011
Animated Lookalikes of the Week: Stuart Broad and Willow Smith

A few months after the release of Toy Story 3, England cricketer Stuart Broad was asked via Twitter whether he saw the resemblance between himself and Andy. To be honest it was not even a question that needed asking — the answer is clearly that Pixar had based Andy’s appearance on the blonde bombshell. Just have a...
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Revival Of The Western Genre

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March 12, 2011
Revival Of The Western Genre

In both its classic and hybrid forms, the western was pronounced dead. But now a new generation of filmgoers are welcoming it back, prompting a rebirth of the western genre, albeit in hybrid form. Hero Complex examined the search for the new old west in Hollywood. It looked at Rango (2011), which is filled...
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