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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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    Metzger Gets Honor at Oldenburg International Film Festival

    Metzger Gets Honor at Oldenburg International Film Festival

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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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    Box Office: "Mesrine" Starts Strong For Music Box; "Low" Gets Going In Expansion

    While "The Last Exorcism" and "Takers" battled it out for the final weekend crown of Hollywood's summer, Jean-Fran├žois Richet's "Mesrine: Killer Instinct" was easily the top specialty debut, at least among those reporting estimates to Rentrak earlier today.

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    It's Thelma Todd Day on TCM!

    Thelma Todd and her screen partner ZaSu Pitts.

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    Lee Daniels and Sean Baker Talk Prince Of Broadway: An Honest Indie Gem

    Lee Daniels and Sean Baker talk to Sophia Savage about Baker's drama Prince of Broadway, which after lingering on the fest circuit, is finally hitting limited theaters September 3. Safe to say, Savage fell for this movie. So did Daniels.

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    Eric Rohmer vs. the 3-D Threat: August in Focus

    No movie made more money in August than "The Expendables," an old school action product so thoroughly decried for its empty, virile spectacles that you have to wonder if the majority of audiences pouring money into Sylvester Stallone's pocket have done so with full awareness of the blatant stupidity...

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    FUTURES | Magaly Solier, Star of "Altiplano" and "The Milk of Sorrow"

    In the year-and-a-half that have passed since "The Milk of Sorrow" won the Golden Bear at Berlin, the story of its star's discovery has been told often in the international press. Six years ago, Claudia Llosa, the Peruvian-Italian director of "The Milk of Sorrow," was scouting villages in Peru for h...

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    Oscar Talk Returns: Fall Fest Preview

    Kris Tapley and I are back on the case as the awards season launches Sept. 1 in Venice. I'll be filing from there. Next podcast: Friday week, when I will be reporting from Venice and Kris will be in Telluride.

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