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    Film Independent Names 12 Screenwriters Lab Fellows

    Film Independent released the names of the 12 fellows who made the cut for the 2010 Screenwriters Lab, now in its 11th year. In Los Angeles, from August 12 to September 16th, the fellows will hone their craft and lift their scripts to the next level – and closer to production - with the guidance of instructor Meg LeFauve (screenwriter/producer) and guest mentors and speakers Nicole Holofcener ("Please Give") and José Rivera ("The Motorcycle Diaries"). This year’s participants, who attend the Lab for free, include: Tina Mabry, Morgan R. Stiff, Leena Pendharkar, Nicolas Citton, Dominika Waclawiak, Topaz Adizes, Chris Mason Johnson, Kate Stayman...

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    Untold Disney Stories—And More

    book review: THE LION AND THE GIRAFFE by Jack Couffer (BearManor Media) The author of this colorful memoir may not be a household name, but he’s been involved in everything from Walt Disney’s The Living Desert to Out of Africa, from Disney animal movies like The Incredibl...

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    HBO's Overlooked Treme: Are Emmy Voters Racist?

    I finally finished watching David Simon and Eric Overmyer's brilliantly executed Treme, and reread the terrific NYT Magazine feature on how they put the series together, and why HBO was willing to indulge them. Overmyer looks back at season one and ahead at season two.

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    Premature But Non-Permanent Return To Bloggery Because of the "Black Swan" Trailer

    I'm still going to try and keep away for the next two weeks as my to do list depends on it, but I came home tonight to find the "Black Swan" trailer online and my blogging impulse was too strong to ignore. This is probably the trailer I was waiting for more than anything re: this fall season (though I still greatly anticipate "True Grit," "The Fighter," "Rabbit Hole," and, yes, "The Beaver"), and it does not disappoint. It thankfully makes the film look more "Requiem For A Dream" than "The Wrestler." And even like the 2010 ballet world remake of "All About Eve" except on acid with lesbian sex I'd been hoping for. And I'd suspect Searchlight ...

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    Reasons You Didn't See "Scott Pilgrim." Film Blog Water Cooler 8/17/10

    I despise box office reports, analysis and anything else having to do with the immediate gauging of a new film's success, probably because a lot of times it takes me a few weeks and sometimes a few months to get around to seeing a movie I'm interested in (it took me 66 days to finally fit in "I Am Love," for example). And I hate to say it, but the incessant references to a four-day-old title as "a bomb" or "disappointment" occasionally affects my desire to see it. "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" may not have made a lot of money its first weekend compared to other new movies. But word of mouth should be good to this one, if we hold back the prem...

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    Sexy Vampires: From Rolling Stone's True Blood Cover to Burton's Dark Shadows

    Got to give Rolling Stone points for one of the most memorable covers in some time. (Here's the True Blood story that goes with it.) Clearly, sex, nudity and vampires sell.

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    New Fox Initiative Recycles 35mm Films into Clothes

    In a new green initiative, Twentieth Century Fox’s Latin American division will collaborate with Asia’s Grumex World Enterprises to recycle 35mm films and trailers into synthetic fibers that will be used to manufacture clothes, packaging and other products. Having successfully used the operation in Mexico for two years, Fox extended it to Latin America in June 2010 (Brazil, still in the planning phase, will be last to adopt the practice). After Grumex collects the film material in each country, they will shred it and ship it to Hong Kong where specialized machinery treats and transforms it into polyester. Their goal is to recycle over 20,000...

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    Stormtrooper in the Rain - Special Edition

    Straight from Star Wars Celebration V, it's a deleted scene from "Return of the Jedi." Just kidding. That clip's been taken down, unfortunately, and all I've got is a consolation. The below video is a "Special Edition" of a video posted to YouTube last fall of an Imperial Stormtrooper dancing to Mint Royale's remix of "Singin' in the Rain." The funny thing is it's making fun of the "Star Wars" Special Editions by inserting unnecessary CGI mini-troopers and an R2-D2, but this is simply just another meme. But I figured I'd post it, because I was reminded of the connection between "Star Wars" and "Singin' in the Rain." If only there was some kin...

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    dvd review: Black Orpheus

    (Criterion Collection)

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    Dragon Tattoo's Rapace Goes Hollywood as Remake Goes English, Jolie as Go-To Action Star

    - Noomi Rapace took herself out of the running for David Fincher's adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - the Swedish adaptation won her the country's Oscar equivalent for best actress. Rapace wants to expand her career in new directions, and is spending the week in LA meeting with directors, according to THR (including McG and Ridley Scott), producers (Avi Arad and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura) and studio executives at Paramount and Warner Bros. to plan her attack. Repped by UTA and fluent in English, Rapace could burst into Hollywood off the momentum of Dragon Tattoo's success. But it's Rooney Mara who will grab the career hype as she ch...

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