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    Whistle a Different Tune: Genevieve Yue on "The Sound of Music"

    It’s a minor detail, but if you watch The Sound of Music closely enough, you’ll notice that Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) keeps a whistle on him practically all the time. The whistle’s most striking use comes, of course, with the children’s thrilling entrance, the thunderous footsteps scrambling on the balcony, and then their march downstairs synchronized to their father’s command. But even when he’s returned from a sojourn in Vienna, presumably relaxed from a convertible mountain drive, he doesn’t waste a moment in reaching into his pocket to pull out his trusty boatswain’s whistle, shrilly reminding his children that tree-climbing...

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    Harry Potter, Lord of the Mashup

    The new Harry Potter 7 Trailer seems vaguely reminiscent of Lord of the Rings. Granted, both are fantasy films, but the sweeping helicopter shots of magical warriors running across fields and mountains seem a little too similar. Well there's a reason! Harry Potter will be traveling to Middle Eart...

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    Lone Scherfig's One Day Starts Filming with Hathaway and Sturgess

    Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess have started filming One Day, which David Nicholls adapted from his bestselling novel. Lone Scherfig (An Education) is directing; the ensemble includes Romola Garai (Atonement), Jamie Sives (Get Him To The Greek), Rafe Spall Hot Fuzz, Ken Scott (Charlie Wilson's War) a...

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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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    IFC Picks Up Last Chapters of "Tetsuo" Trilogy

    Fans of Japanese cinema will be happy to learn that IFC has recently acquired North American distribution rights to director Shinya Tsukamoto's final two installments of his acclaimed "Tetsuo" trilogy. The second film in the series, "Tetsuo II: The Body Hammer" was made back in 1992, while the concl...

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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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    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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