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    Sci-fi, Futurism and Alternate Reality: "Second Skin" Scores Between Hobby and Addiction

    Juan Carlos Pineiro's "Second Skin" borrows from several contemporary movie traditions. As a portrait of hardcore online gamers, it has elements of sci-fi and futurism in its vision of an entire society based in the digital realm. But people devoted to staying up all night on a "World of Warcraft" b...

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    John Hughes Dead of Heart Attack at Age 59

    John Hughes died of a heart attack Thursday while visiting family in Manhattan. He was 59.

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    11 More for Toronto (including Harmony Korine)

    The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) unveiled eleven new films in the Contemporary World Cinema category and seven films in the Visions category, a section that showcases filmmakers that push the boundaries of mainstream cinema. Included in the Contemporary World Cinema category are films from Iran, Bangladesh, Czech Republic, and the United States. The entries in Visions include "Trash Humpers," the new film from always controversial "Gummo" director Harmony Korine. "Trash Humpers" is described as a, "handheld video of a loser-gang cult-freak collective who do antisocial things in a non-narrative way, except for the song-and-danc...

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    Budd Schulberg.

    Budd Schulberg.

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    Ben Stiller Goes Digital, New Documentary Does the Same.

    Ben Stiller Goes Digital, New Documentary Does the Same.

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    Letter to the Studios: How Not to Market Adult Dramas

    Here's the first of a series of pieces (which do not necessarily reflect my POV) by guest bloggers on various aspects of the entertainment industry. Now based in Nampa, Idaho, Mike Kaplan is a veteran filmmaker (Never Apologize) and marketer who has managed campaigns for Stanley Kubrick (2001: A Space Odyssey) and Robert Altman (Short Cuts) among others. More recently, please note, Kaplan helped to introduce Clive Owen to American audiences with the sleeper hit Croupier and You'll Sleep When I'm Dead. Here's his argument for how the studios are killing adult dramas--through misguided marketing. Kaplan came up in a film industry that made pro...

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    Why Richard Corliss Thinks Netflix Stinks. And why that doesn't really matter.

    Why Richard Corliss Thinks Netflix Stinks. And why that doesn't really matter.

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    "Yes Men" Getting No Laughs from Exxon, Dow

    Anti-corporate pranksters the Yes Men are at it again - exposing corruption and human rights violations among some of the world's most powerful corporations via outrageous comic stunts - in their new film "The Yes Men Fix the World." Not everyone, however, is amused.

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    Jackson's Lovely Bones Trailer

    A while back, DreamWorks showed me some footage from Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson's adaptation of Alice Sebold's bestseller The Lovely Bones ; I was knocked out by what I saw. The film looked strong, different, unusual. The images popped. Saoirse Ronin (Atonement) plays the 14-yea...

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