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    Lisbeth Salander: Next Generation Bond or Holmes?

    Amid all the hubbub over the casting of Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander in the Hollywood film version of the Millenium Trilogy, David Chute delivers a compelling argument for why Salander is a defining character for the ages. We shouldn't fuss over the different movies, Swedish or American, he asserts, because there will be more versions to come, ala James Bond, or yes, Sherlock Holmes:Fans should not be too quick to denounce as greed-heads Hollywood producers who envision the "Girl" series as a potential mystery/action franchise, one that could carry on telling new stories indefinitely -- not when their inspiration could turn out to be the ...

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    David Michod Talks Aussie Gangster Flick Animal Kingdom: Sprawl vs. Menace

    Australian hit Animal Kingdom, which just opened in limited stateside release to stellar reviews, is that rare movie that surprises you with the discovery of an exciting new writer-director. David Michod's crime drama won the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic world cinema at Sundance last January, where...

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    Trailer and Awards Watch: Love and Other Drugs

    Twentieth Century Fox is planning an awards-campaign for its R-rated sexy romance Love and Other Drugs, from writer-director-producer Edward Zwick (Glory, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond). He is that rare studio director who is conversant in both the language of mainstream big-budget moviemaking and...

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    Weekend Box Office: Expendables Pulls Men, Eat Pray Love Gets Women

    Both Sylvester Stallone and Julia Roberts marked their best openings in years with a boost from a raft of action stars in The Expendables and femme fans of the Elizabeth Gilbert bestseller Eat Pray Love, respectively. Comic-book youth film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World stumbled out of the starting gat...

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    Kickstarter and Two Pet Projects

    I've been following Happy: The Movie by the Academy Award Nominees for Genghis Blues and A Long Night's Journey into Day. As of last month they had 377 backers and had reached their fundraising goal of $33,000 (actually raised $36,238)! Check out Roco Belic's newest film here

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    Montreal World Film Festival: Around the World in 12 Days

    Montreal World Film Festival, August 26 to September 6 is still under the reins of its founder Serge Losique along with his longtime colleague Daniele Cauchard as his invaluable second-in-command. Its huge lineup (430 films) come from 80 countries. There are 10 categories of screenings. It's got ...

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    Trailer Watch: James Brooks' How Do You Know

    This How Do You Know trailer looks promising. Closely observed relationship comedy is what writer-director James L. Brooks does best. He sweats years over these originals to make them come out looking effortless and funny, and only rarely does he miss (Spanglish). And each of the stars--Reese Wither...

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    Spout About: "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" (Spoilers)

    This is a prompt for a discussion of the film "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" If you haven't seen it, you could be spoiled, though it's really not the kind of movie where knowing plot details is a bad thing. And no text is going to adequately explain or describe the freshness of the visuals, so you're...

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    Enzian Honored

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    Could "Better Off Dead" and "One Crazy Summer" Have Been Made Today?

    Karina Longworth interviews Savage Steve Holland at LA Weekly, timed to this weekend's double feature of his cult classics "Better Off Dead" and "One Crazy Summer" at the Cinefamily theater. The filmmaker turned kid-show producer claims those movies couldn't be made today, but I have to disagree. I ...

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