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    Nine Goes to the Movies

    Nine is a popular number at the movies these days. Last week I saw Shane Acker's animated dystopian adventure 9, featuring the voice of Elijah Wood, which opens September 9, 2009. Wednesday night I see Neill Blomkamp's alien thriller District 9, produced by Peter Jackson. The German film Cloud 9 ope...

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    Paramount Dumps Stiller Picture, Marc Pease Experience

    Paramount will open The Marc Pease Experience on a contractually minimal ten-market release outside of New York and L.A. on August 21, sources close to the movie confirm. Todd Louiso's orphaned indie film starring Ben Stiller and Jason Schartzman is a casualty of the demise of Vantage--and the depar...

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    'District 9' = Man Vs. Prawn Vs. Man

    'District 9' = Man Vs. Prawn Vs. Man

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    Save LACMA Film Protests

    My e-mail is inundated by folks who want to save the LA County Museum of Art film program. L.A. film fans are pissed that LACMA saw fit to close it down before most of us knew that it was threatened. Here are eloquent editorials from critics Todd McCarthy and Ken Turan.

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    In Honor of John Hughes...

    In Honor of John Hughes...

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    Weekend Box Office, Surviving Newspapers, Revisiting the 80s

    It's no surprise that G.I. Joe, which has been described as a bad movie that is fun, grossed $100 million around the world this weekend. But the $175-million action adventure's 18% drop from Friday to Saturday suggests that word-of-mouth could cause a sizable plummet next weekend. Judd Apatow's Funn...

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    Young Victoria Goes to Apparition

    Over the weekend, Apparition closed a U.S. distribution deal for Toronto Film Festival closer The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt in what could be her breakout role carrying a movie as the youngest British monarch. As is typical these days, the new distrib run by Bob Berney and backer Bill Pohl...

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    Fox, Cody, Kusama, Reitman Talk Jennifer's Body

    The prospects for smart horror comedies are dicey. Audiences tend to get confused when their genres get too mixed up: are they supposed to laugh or be terrified? Look at the lackluster summer b.o. for Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell. Mixing sex and horror is also risky, as the feminist thriller comedy T...

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    Aimed at Bolstering Passion for Cinema, LAFF's Rosen Heading to SF Film Society

    In what may be a bit of a stunner for U.S. fest insiders, Los Angeles Film Festival director of programming Rachel Rosen has been named director of programming for the San Francisco Film Society, which produces the annual San Francisco International Film Festival and other events in the Bay Area. Ro...

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    Bloggie & Bloggia

    Bloggie & Bloggia

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