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    We Are Here: The Pale Blue Dot, Narrated by Carl Sagan

    Check out the cool, unaccountably moving video (below) by David Fu to accompany the late great astronomer/educator/author Carl Sagan's reading of "We Are Here" from his 1994 book (I was a huge fan of Sagan's 1980 tour of the universe in the TV series Cosmos.) Here's some of the Wikipedia entry:

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    DOC NYC: Nonfiction downtown

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    What Works in 'Blue Valentine'

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    The Band Wagon

    Of all the many musicals Fred Astaire was in, the very best for my money is one of his last; he appeared in only four others afterward. And it’s among the most delightful, witty and charming in the genre’s history---Vincente Minnelli’s comic 1953 ode to show biz, THE BAND WAGON (available on DVD). The title is a tip of the hat to one of Astaire’s first successes, the 1931 Broadway show he did with his sister Adele; but only the name was borrowed since the movie is a totally new creation conceived and written by that hip and unpretentious, brilliantly inventive team of musical comedy wizards, Betty Comden and Adolph Green (Singin’ in the Rain...

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    Weekend Box Office: Biggest Horror Weekend Of All-Time For Cash-In Sequel

    This is purely inflation working its magic here, but the biggest horror movie opening has just happened. Horror is a curious genre - it never produces blockbusters, and the horror following mostly evolved through home video and then DVD, when a "scary movie" became the rental of choice for a particular type of consumer. This hasn't stopped studios from trying to capitalize, but usually big horror films are anomalies, and rarely are they tentpoles, given that the non-hardcore audience are either seeing the film out of curiosity, or going along unwillingly (date night - romance!). As a result, when a film is truly scary or upsetting, some peopl...

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    Weekend Box Office: Paranormal Activity 2 Scares Up $41.5 million, Hereafter Delivers Decent Bow

    Paranormal Activity 2 outperformed expectations with a jaw-dropping $41.5 million estimated opening weekend, thanks to Paramount's innovative interactive marketing campaign (see spot below). The studio held the top two spots with the horror sequel and Jackass 3D, Anthony D'Alessandro reports. In fact, with less product clogging multiplexes, films with strong WOM are holding better than ever, from Secretariat to The Social Network. (Here's IW's indie b.o. report.)Paranormal Activity 2 conjured up masses of moviegoers this weekend: the Paramount horror-thriller howled a hearty $41.5 million at 3,216 sites, a marvelous opening that outstrips the...

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    James Franco Shooting Hart Crane Biopic 'The Broken Tower' Next Month, Michael Shannon Joining Cast?

    Not satisfied with a gestating Ph.D at Yale University and a major shot at award season glory for his performance in Danny Boyle's "127 Hours," James Franco is reportedly deep in pre-production on his next directorial effort, set to begin lensing in two weeks.

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    Di Bonaventura Sees Old People; Scores with Red

    The beauty of success in the movie industry is that it often comes to people who zig when others zag, who have the balls to call something and fight for it. Recession times don't encourage risk-taking, so I am happy to report that producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has not given up the maverick streak ...

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    Jim Sheridan's 'Dream House' To Reshoot In December During Production Break On 'Dragon Tattoo'

    February 12, 2011 Release Obviously Postponed Jim Sheridan's psychological thriller "Dream House" has finally sorted out its previously revealed production scheduling issues with reshoots now set to take place in early December when star Daniel Craig is temporarily freed of obligations tp David Finc...

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    "Adios" & "Bomb" Take Top Austin Fest Honors

    Simón Saavedra's "Adios Mundo Cruel" and Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel's "Louder Than a Bomb" took top honors at the Austin Film Festival, winning Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature respectively. Set in the Chilean capital, Santiago, "Cruel," written by Jack Zagha Kababie and Enrique C...

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