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    Academy Silents Series Draws Crowds

    What works in theater programming is creating events, whether it's talent Q & As (Errol Morris and Tabloid subject Joyce McKinney have been drawing crowds) or rarely-screened classics at LACMA, which drew good numbers for its French films The Earrings of Madame De last weekend followed by Saturday's double feature of Robert Bresson's Pickpocket and Jacques Demy's Bay of Angels starring a dazzling Jeanne Moreau as a bad girl gambling her way around the French Riviera. Even dusty silents can be a a draw, reports Cari Beauchamp:"The Summer of Silents," currently mid-way through its eight weeks series at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and S...

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    Winnie the Pooh vs. Harry Potter

    It's curiouser and curiouser. Why would Disney put poor old Winnie the Pooh up against the mightiest franchise finale ever? New TOH columnist Bill Desowitz, who covers the inside workings of animation, visual effects and below-the-line filmmaking in Hollywood at his new blog Immersed in Movies, talk...

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    Weekend Box Office: Harry Potter 8 Beats The Dark Knight's Opening Weekend Record UPDATED

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 smashed opening weekend records as moviegoers flocked to the ultimate event movie, the last in Warner Bros.' beloved eight-film series based on J.K. Rowling's global literary phenomenon. (See Richard Corliss's fine summation in Time.) Anthony D'Alessandro...

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    Marilyn Monroe Blows Up Big in Chicago

    Marilyn Monroe's dress in Seven Year Itch recently sold at auction for $4.6 million, and now her iconic image standing over a subway grate is on view as a giant sculpture in Chicago. Check out every angle of the 26-foot Seward Johnson sculpture in this full slide show and here.

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    Anthony Kaufman's MUST READ New Blog: Reel Politik

    I have long felt the indie film community has needed someone to write regularly and call attention the various issues that both effect our life as filmmakers, and how film, in all its various forms, effect our life as citizens, societies, and individuals. What an awesome gift for us all that Anthon...

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    Weekend Box Office (July 15-17)

    I've said it before and I've said it again, I don't get these Harry Potter movies. I've seen them all and they're like the EXACT SAME MOVIE over and over again. I'm not even sure the image above is from the latest HP movie because, as I've just said, they're the EXACT SAME MOVIE. Could you tell the ...

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    Exclusive: ‘Captain America’ Screenwriters Discuss The Sequel & Possible Flashback Structure

    Paramount and Marvel clearly have high hopes and strong confidence in their forthcoming release of “Captain America: The First Avenger,” which hits screens July 22nd. They’ve already deployed screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely to begin work on a sequel, which will most likely follo...

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    What Black Director Would YOU Put On A Magazine Cover?

    In case you haven't heard (and as you can see below) Tyler Perry is the cover story for the upcoming August 2011 issue of Ebony magazine. WHAT AGAIN??? That makes it the 546th time he's made the cover. That's only beaten by the 634 times he's been on the cover of Essence.

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    Jack & Gwen Meet Jack & Chloe (Sort Of) In Smashing Torchwood: Miracle Day - Rendition

    David Chute reviews the second installment of the BBC/Starz SF mini-series Torchwood: Miracle Day. Even better than the first, episode two set a much faster pace, hop-scotching between subplots unfolding simultaneously on two continents and on a trans-Atlantic airliner jetting between them.

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