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    On Pirates and Piracy.

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    A Few Great Pumpkins V—Sixth Night: Empire of Passion

    When an established auteur breaks away to make his or her first—and in many cases, only—horror film, watch out. Film history is full of such instances, from old masters (Clouzot's Diabolique, Bergman's Hour of the Wolf, Kubrick's The Shining, and, to a certain extent, Pasolini's Salò) to contemporary art-house arbiters (Claire Denis's Trouble Every Day, Bruno Dumont's Twentynine Palms, Lars von Trier's Antichrist); these are films in which the director's concerns don't get displaced but rather find a pure outlet of expression. Utilizing horror tropes can give filmmakers free reign for extremes, whether in terms of extraordinary content, styli...

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    Toolkit | A Look at this Weekend's FIND Filmmaker Forum; Full Schedule

    A weekend packed with filmmaking insiders and insights, Film Independent's annual Filmmaker Forum is set for the final weekend of this month, October 29 - 31. A screening of Doug Liman's "Fair Game" and a keynote by Lionsgate’s Joe Drake will kick-off the event and will be presented this year with i...

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    Nicolas Cage Will Be Playing Two Parts In 'Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance', But Won't Be Villain

    One of your most eagerly-anticipated films of 2012, if you recently suffered a significant injury to the brain, or have only ever watched films with the words "Rider" and "Ghost" in the title, is probably "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," the sequel to the disastrous 2008 Marvel Comics adaptation ...

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    "Monsters" Unleashed.

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    MGM Lenders Approve Spyglass Takeover Bid

    The MGM lion has had many lives--the fabled studio has run through many chiefs over the decades, but Carl Icahn is not going to be one of them. Mary Parent is gone, and so is Harry Sloan, as well as UA's Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner. Finally, we know, the newest chieftans are the Spyglass duo Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber; their plan to take over the studio after it emerges from bankruptcy has been approved by MGM's lenders, reports the LAT. The vote was delayed when Lionsgate's largest shareholder, agitator Carl Icahn, tried to mount a rival bid to buy MGM's debt for 53 cents on the dollar. Icahn also owns about 12% of MGM's debt, or $500 mi...

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    Not Fit To Print: New 'Scream 4' Images, 'Step Up 4Ever' Announced for 2012, 'Disturbia' Suit Filed

    New 'Footloose' Images, A Miley Cyrus Film With Demi Moore Gets Picked Up By Lionsgate, An Acme Looney Tunes Spin-Off, & More Junk We Couldn't Bother Writing Full Stories AboutIt's the weekend, content dump time! We've been talking about our old "Short Cuts" franchise title which was essentially sho...

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    Liev Schreiber & Samuel L. Jackson Circle Brad Anderson's 'Jack'

    Last spring, a new film from "Machinist" director Brad Anderson was announced. Titled, "Jack," the project had John Cusack set to star in the film that told the story of a doctor who falls in love with the titular character who they have been assigned to rehabilitate after an accident. When memories...

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    BEACHWATCH Takes October FilmSlam

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    Michael Moore Writes A Boot to the Head Election Memo

    Michael Moore is worried--as are many Democrats--about the midterm elections Tuesday, which could return control of the House (if not the Senate) to Republicans (many of them right of center) and bring on true governmental paralysis. He'll be on Rachel Maddow Friday night on MSNBC, at 9:00pm ET/PT. ...

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