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    A Few Great Pumpkins IV–Seventh Night: Fantasia's "Night on Bald Mountain"

    Now that you've been sufficiently scared all week, it's time to party. Rarely has there been a better celebration of the spirit of Halloween than the magnificently unsettling "Night on Bald Mountain" segment from Walt Disney's 1940 labor of love, Fantasia. Putting aside obvious narratives of how this terrified many a tot (coming after nearly two hours of plotless, dialogue-free, near abstract animated sequences, this piece de résistance sent kids over the edge, often from boredom into manic freak-out mode), this perfectly petrifying short film, based on Modest Mussorgsky's 1860 composition, is simply the most effective hand-drawn spookshow of...

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    Director Taylor Wood to Marry Nowhere Boy Star Johnson

    I had heard about the love affair between 42-year-old artist/filmmaker Sam Taylor Wood and her 19-year-old star Aaron Johnson, who plays teen John Lennon in her debut feature Nowhere Boy, which closed the recent London Film Festival and opens stateside in 2010. Well, the BBC is announcing that they'...

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    British Answer to Netflix Booms

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    Streaming for Doha/Pakistan/Tribeca

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    Epix Launches October 30

    When I first heard that three studios--Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount--were bypassing pay-TV deals in favor of a new online streaming venture, I thought the new distribution order was at hand. While the other studios were still hung up on the old ancillary paradigm, this gang was skipping windows and ...

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    "Shining" Tops IFC Horror List

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    Miramax R.I.P.

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    A Few Great Pumpkins IV—Sixth Night: Witchfinder General

    by Andrew Tracy

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    Miramax Leaving NYC; Battsek Leaving Miramax

    Miramax Films will close its New York office and president Daniel Battsek is leaving the company, the Walt Disney Studios said today. The rapid, dramatic destruction of the iconic New York company comes just eighteen months after Miramax won the best picture Oscar for the Coen Brothers' "No Country ...

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