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    Close Encounters of the Daft Punk Kind

    Everyone is super excited that Daft Punk is composing the score for "Tron: Legacy," which comes out in December. What if they also did the music for other returns to old sci-fi movies. Say..."Close Encounters of the Third Kind," for example? There's not likely to ever be a sequel to that one, but Steven Spielberg has recut the 1977 film before so maybe he could re-release it with a new score by the electronic music duo replacing the Oscar-nominated original by John Williams. No, that would never happen, either, but thanks to the power of some YouTube users we can at least see what that would look like. Check out a clip of the climactic light ...

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    Idris Elba as Alex Cross, Bateman's Reckless Masturbation, Fair Game's Identity Crisis

    - It's no longer Morgan Freeman's time on the James Patterson murder mystery series (Kiss the Girls, Along Came A Spider). The veteran actor last played the role of Dr. Alex Cross in 2001, but now a new man is taking over the role for Cross, the next cinematic installment in the best-selling series: Idris Elba, of The Wire, The Office, and Obsessed. The 37-year old Brit actor has a long TV and film resume and is due for a meatier lead in a studio feature. Although he's stepping into a role played by Freeman, he's reminiscent of Denzel Washington circa 1999's The Bone Collector. Washington at 43 was in his prime: dignified, sexy, powerful. Dav...

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    John Sloss and Sheila Nevins to Headline IFP Conference

    Über-sales agent John Sloss and Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films, will headline the Independent Filmmakers Project's Filmmaker Conference Sept. 19-23 in New York. The theme of the conference will be the "Future of Film," and will also feature Liz Rosenthal, founder of the cross-medi...

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    Bye Bye Blogs: Denton's Gawker No Longer Blog Network

    Nick Denton, the snarky Brit who pioneered successful blogging at the mighty Gawker Media blog network is leaving the format behind, mainly because Gawker has outgrown blog software's limitations. (I must say, a scan of Gawker's entertaining headlines is a reminder of what works on the web.) Finally, giving big stories more play for longer periods of time works better than letting them move down in the ever-refreshing blog feed--and helps to lure the website holy grail: new reader regulars. "The relentless pace of news has overwhelmed the blog format of old. Interesting news gets buried as new headlines flow onto the page," writes Valleywag o...

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    REVIEW | Checking In: Spike Lee's Return to New Orleans Uneven But Still Essential

    In 2006, Spike Lee's sprawling HBO documentary "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" delivered the definitive look at the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Katrina on the lower class residents of New Orleans. While other investigative reports on the disaster have come and gone, Lee's portra...

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    "Red Riding" Trilogy on Netflix Watch Instantly?

    I was hoping to spotlight the "Red Riding" trilogy this week in lieu of doing a DVD pick. The three films (fully titled, in order, "Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974," Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980" and Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983") won't physically be released on DVD and Blu-ray until August 31, but they all hit the digital platform a few days ago via Netflix's Watch Instantly service. I think exclusively. There is a lot of mainstream appeal with the trilogy at the moment, including new Spider-Man Andrew Garfield starring in the first movie, its comparability to the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" films (aka the ...

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    No Oscar Future for Dragon Tattoo or Rapace

    It's all very well for folks to love the books and/or movies of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels, but the notion that these films will somehow have an Oscar future is silly. Throwing Rapace into the Oscar race while she's in town for meetings reeks of media manipulation. UTA is fannin...

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    Up in the Basement

    Many people consider the idea of getting paid to watch movies a laughable luxury, the prospect of attending daytime screenings a dream job as compared to showing up at an office. So what about the notion of seeing 70 films in two weeks, beginning at 9 in the morning and finishing up at 7 p.m. or lat...

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    New Living Room: from Netflix Streaming to Google TV

    At book group last night, we not only picked David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas (in development with the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer), but debated the relative merits of TiVo and Roku, the best way to get Netflix streaming on TV and the breadth of the Netflix catalogue of free-stream titles. I use my PS3 an...

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    Bigelow's Triple Frontier, Republican vs. Democrat Women, The Expendables' Patriotic Divide

    - The Wrap uncovered an email of Paramount interest re: what's in the cards for the studio (unofficial). For example, Kathryn Bigelow's next feature Triple Frontier (written by Hurt Locker Oscar-winner Mark Boal), an action-adventure set in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil), may star an ensemble of Will Smith, Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Christian Bale. A thriller is in the works from Bad Robot mastermind J. J. Abrams (the original idea about the game "7 Minutes in Heaven" turning deadly came from Lost director Jack Bender, who may take the reins). The script for the Tom Clancy reboot featuring a new Jack Ryan needs re...

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