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    Producers to Watch: Jonathan Dana

    By guest blogger Peter Belsito:Jonathan Dana is an independent producer and former distribution executive currently at CODE Entertainment. He is known for the quality and number of his productions and his longevity in the L.A. and international film business at the highest levels.Also a good guy and friend. More than just a friend, he introduced us to the founders of Withoutabox, David Straus and Joe Neulight, in 2000. Jonathan was one of the original investors in WAB and supervised the launch of WAB with Joe and David. Six years later reminded us to give them a call. That call resulted in our joining forces which resulted in IMDb, an Am...

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    Rome Day Two: Piazza Farnese, Coliseum, Forum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain

    Monday night, again I crossed the ancient Tiber, lights twinkling, via the Ponte Sisto to Rome's equivalent of the Left Bank, Trastevere, where the Italians seem to be. The trattoria recommended by my apartment agent was closed, as he had feared (the city is just starting to wake up from its August ...

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    13th Arpa International Film Festival's 2010 Program

    13th Arpa International Film Festival's 2010 Program

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    MAD Brings Cult Director Jodorowsky Retro to U.S. for First Time

    MAD Brings Cult Director Jodorowsky Retro to U.S. for First Time

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    Cusack as Poe, Cameron Decries "Bottom of the Barrel" 3-D, SNL Newbies

    - John Cusack will be channeling Edgar Allen Poe in director James McTeigue's iteration of The Raven, not rivals Jeremy Renner or Ewan McGregor. Based on a fictional script from Hannah Shakespeare and Ben Livingston, The Raven follows Poe's final five days, when a serial killer uses Poe's stories as...

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    John Woo Wants to Make IMAX Debut with Flying Tigers Epic

    At lunch in Rome yesterday, Variety's Justin Chang and I were decrying how much John Woo's masterful two-part historic epic Red Cliff, which was a huge hit in Asia, was largely overlooked by stateside press and audiences. (My favorite film last year, I included it in my top ten of the decade as well...

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    Debating the "Last Exorcism" Ending (Spoilers)

    I'll admit right away that I haven't seen "The Last Exorcism," this past weekend's most lucrative yet not necessarily most popular movie. As a commenter astutely pointed out recently, I'm not "built for the horror genre" but I periodically view some horror films "out of some morbid fascination." This is true, I guess, though I've also been too busy to make time for the film despite a minor interest built up from colleague's recommendations. Anyway I thought it was enough that I'd watched the latest from horror filmmaker Neil Marshall -- "Centurion," which isn't scary so much as bloody -- and honestly if there's any kind of horror movie I like...

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    Rome Day One: Vaticano, Castel St. Angelo, Piazza Navona, Campo Dei Fiori

    After a long travel day, I was up bright and early to grab a caffe latte and walk briskly along the ancient Tiber River--my apartment is one block from Ponte Sisto in the old center city--to huge bright St. Peter's Square and the Vatican. The scale of St. Peter's Basilica is so stunning that more th...

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