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    Spout About: Todd Solondz's "Life During Wartime"

    Todd Solondz's latest, "Life During Wartime," is currently only playing in one theater, NYC's IFC Center, but since it had such a remarkable per-screen average over the weekend and since it's available nationwide on IFC's on demand service, let's get the ball rolling on a discussion now. Those who see it later, as the film expands distribution over the next month or so, can chime in when they're ready. Let me add that if you are one of those who haven't yet seen it but plan to, I recommend reacquainting yourself with "Happiness." Even though this is only being labeled a "quasi-sequel" to Solondz's earlier film, much of the plot of "Life Durin...

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    Festivals Come Together to Form New England Film Festival Alliance

    Festivals Come Together to Form New England Film Festival Alliance

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    Box Office: Inception Beats Out Salt on Boffo Summer Weekend

    Having already passed the $100-million mark, Inception and Leonardo DiCaprio beat out box office challenger Salt and Angelina Jolie this weekend, reports Anthony D'Alessandro. It was an embarrassment of riches at the weekend box office, as two films led by stars, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Inception and Angelina Jolie’s Salt, racked up $43.5 million and $36.5 million respectively.  Clearly both original pictures leaned on serious star power to launch their franchises, during a time when box office analysts have been questioning whether stars mean much these days. Inception had a remarkably small slip for a tentpole film of just 31%.  Typically an ac...

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    Box Office: "Wartime" Has Big NYC Debut; "Kids" Stays Strong

    While "Inception" and "Salt" battled it out for the overall box office crown, Todd Solondz's "Happiness" quasi-sequel "Life During Wartime" found very promising returns in its exclusive New York City debut to lead all per-theater-averages this weekend. According to estimates provided by Rentrak ear...

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    Comic-Con: Stabbing Over Seat Delays Universal Hall H Panel, Cowboys & Aliens

    There were many delays in Hall H Saturday. One of them came around 4:45 PM when one over-wrought attendee stabbed another in the face, causing what the cops called a minor injury. Here's Variety's report. Six thousand movie fans stood in long lines to get into the packed Hall for the Warner Bros. pa...

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    Fifth Dragon Tattoo Actress is Seydoux; Fincher Goes Goony at Con

    The mystery French actress who is one of the five contenders for the role of Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is rising starlet Lea Seydoux. European is good--she may be more fearless about showing her body.

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    Indies at Comic-Con: Eisner's A Contract with God

    At Comic-Con's Eisner Awards Friday night, writer-producer Darren Dean announced that he is adapting Will Eisner's graphic novel A Contract with God into an omnibus movie to be directed by four rising indie directors: San Francisco's Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy), New Yorkers Tze Chun (Chi...

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    Celebrating Glorious Gloria

    Gloria Stuart joined by fellow actresses Carla Laemmle and Pauline Wagner, all of whom are centenarians, at the "Academy's Centennial Celebration with Gloria Stuart." (photo courtesy of AMPAS)

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    Brief Thoughts on "Salt."

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    Comic-Con Day One: Tron and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Travel is hell, from the American Airlines flight out of Logan that was canceled--after three hours on the tarmac spent entertaining a cranky one-year-old--to the seventh circle of hell in San Diego known as Hotel Circle. I'm actually not staying there, but I always seem to wind up there in the middle of the night. I miraculously made it into Hall H in time for the Tron panel, and stayed there all day, ducking out to sit on the floor and try to recharge my laptop and BlackBerry, which were drained from my long travel stint. Thus I was rarely tweeting and lost one blog post when my computer expired, and failed to realize my Haunted Mansion sto...

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