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    The Social Network

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    Women to Blog About: Orly Ravid, Founder, The Film Collaborative

    to bring attention to the lack of parity between women and men in our industry, I have been putting a ♀ next to women directors, business owners, company heads to bring awareness of what I am calling The Female Factor in the business. To step up upon my soapbox for a moment: I want to assist in bringing a conscious awareness to the fact that if 50% of the population in our target audience is not represented by any where near 50% in the creative input and commercial exploitation of cinema, then the the scales are very much out of balance and the resulting product is also askew. To create is to influence and to influence is to profit. To obt...

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    What's Your Favorite Movie of the Summer So Far?

    We've already passed the temporal midpoint of the Summer 2010 movie season, but this weekend marks a kind of center to this year's blockbuster frame. There's a particular film we've all been waiting for, especially given that few other Hollywood spectacles have wowed us to this point. Will "Inception" be the game changer for what has until now been an unremarkable summer? Although not outstanding, the early reviews for Christopher Nolan's original action-fantasy are about average in relation to his other works, and while it's unlikely to be anywhere close to the box office behemoth that "The Dark Knight" was, it should at least be one of the ...

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    film review: Inception

    Everyone is different. I don’t like mazes, puzzles, Rubik’s Cube, or most of Christopher Nolan’s films. He delights in creating cinematic puzzles but I always sense the wheels turning, instead of getting caught up in the action. Obviously he has the imagination to devise ingenio...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Jolie Transcends Gender, Action Star Shortage, Banks as Tinkerbell

    - Angelina Jolie is the first actress to transcend gender. It's hard to argue that any other actress, dead or living, can do what she can. Sony paid her $20 million up front for Salt, reports THR. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura agrees that it's unusual for a female to be an action star. But in Joli...

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    Next Wave of Inception Reviews: Less Effusive

    One sign of a movie worth seeing more than once is that you also want to read more than one review. Rarely have I been more compelled to read what my respected colleagues have to say about a new film. Now that those reviews are pouring in, Inception's Rotten Tomatoes ranking among "top critics" has ...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Biutiful, A Film of Inarritu

    Will Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's long-awaited follow-up to Babel (which scored seven Oscar nominations in 2007 including best picture) find a stateside home? Word is, CAA is on the verge of making a deal for the Spanish-language Biutiful, which earned divided reaction in Cannes, although Javier Ba...

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    The New Spout

    Welcome (back) to Spout, the blog devoted to the movies you love. I’m Christopher Campbell, your lead blogger as well as a curator of others’ writings, which will primarily focus on and serve as prompts for discussions of great and important films and filmmakers. Maintaining a critical yet positive ...

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    Out of the Blue: Pedro González-Rubio's "Alamar"

    The other day, while strolling a humid Brooklyn street, I overheard a twentysomething woman talking to her friends about her movie predilections. Her life is stressful, as it turns out, her work hours long and her job serious. When she goes to the movies, she wants to unwind, to take in easily digestible entertainment—to, as she put it, “put her brain on autopilot.” That this person plausibly represents a key urban intellectual demographic that was once connected and clued in to what was going on in film outside the multiplex and is now resigned to Hollywood’s paltry offerings, while justifying her artistic and emotional laziness on grounds o...

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