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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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    Women ♀ Directors Roundtable at LALIFF

    Top Left to Right: Consuelo Alba, Yvette Ederly, Sydney Levine, Isabel Cueva, Fina TorresFront Left: Sarah Vaill, Right: Carmen Marron.(Photo by Veronica Zarate)

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    Fantastic Fest Adds 16 Including U.S. Debut of "Stone"

    Austin's Fantastic Fest has added 16 films to its lineup, with the U.S. premiere of John Curran's "Stone" joining this year's fest, taking place September 23 - 30. The latest batch include what the fest teased as a "bayou-dwelling psycho-killer, a disturbed housemaid, Muay Thai bone-crushers, blood-...

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    film review: Flipped

    Because it shares a time period and sense of nostalgia with the well-remembered Stand By Me (1986), Flipped has been pegged as an official companion piece for director Rob Reiner. There’s some validity to this, especially since the soundtrack is filled with familiar oldies, which also added to the ...

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    SnagFilms Creates New Educational Channel, SnagLearning

    SnagFilms Creates New Educational Channel, SnagLearning

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    Now "Mission: Impossible" is Being Rebooted?

    That's sort of the case, according to a report from Variety, looking further into the "Mission: Impossible IV" updates I wrote about yesterday. The trade claims Paramount is so unhappy with the box office performance of Tom Cruise's "Knight and Day" that it wants to distance the "Mission: Impossible" franchise from the actor's past within it. The structure will be different, featuring only two agents (Cruise and Jeremy Renner) -- so I guess Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg aren't being brought back? -- and the title is rumored to be doing away with both the "Mission: Impossible" and the "IV" parts and going with something akin to "The Dark Knight" ...

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    Exquisite Corpse: 8 MM Film Experiment

    It's surreal.

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    Is "Mission: Impossible" the Only Franchise to Keep Getting Better With Age?

    I think so. It's a bit of a toss-up, but I just barely prefer John Woo's "Mission: Impossible II" to Brian DePalma's initial adaptation of the "Mission: Impossible" TV series. I didn't particularly like either of the first two installments, to be honest, but Woo's style of action filmmaking kept me more engaged than that of DePalma, who couldn't get me past that convoluted plot. I surprisingly loved "Mission: Impossible III," apparently more than some others (and not just based on its disappointing box office). I mean, casting Philip Seymour Hoffman as the villain was all the work the...

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    Somewhere Flies Over the Rainbow to Venice

    This weekend you will not be getting any Emmy coverage from me, as I'm off to Italy, first for a Roman holiday, then to Venice via speed train to cover the festival. There I expect to see Somewhere--as well as talk to director Sofia Coppola. Focus has released a new clip, below.

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    As of Today, Netflix on Your iPhone

    As of Today, Netflix on Your iPhone

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