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    Sexy Vampires: From Rolling Stone's True Blood Cover to Burton's Dark Shadows

    Got to give Rolling Stone points for one of the most memorable covers in some time. (Here's the True Blood story that goes with it.) Clearly, sex, nudity and vampires sell.

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    New Fox Initiative Recycles 35mm Films into Clothes

    In a new green initiative, Twentieth Century Fox’s Latin American division will collaborate with Asia’s Grumex World Enterprises to recycle 35mm films and trailers into synthetic fibers that will be used to manufacture clothes, packaging and other products. Having successfully used the operation in Mexico for two years, Fox extended it to Latin America in June 2010 (Brazil, still in the planning phase, will be last to adopt the practice). After Grumex collects the film material in each country, they will shred it and ship it to Hong Kong where specialized machinery treats and transforms it into polyester. Their goal is to recycle over 20,000...

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    Stormtrooper in the Rain - Special Edition

    Straight from Star Wars Celebration V, it's a deleted scene from "Return of the Jedi." Just kidding. That clip's been taken down, unfortunately, and all I've got is a consolation. The below video is a "Special Edition" of a video posted to YouTube last fall of an Imperial Stormtrooper dancing to Mint Royale's remix of "Singin' in the Rain." The funny thing is it's making fun of the "Star Wars" Special Editions by inserting unnecessary CGI mini-troopers and an R2-D2, but this is simply just another meme. But I figured I'd post it, because I was reminded of the connection between "Star Wars" and "Singin' in the Rain." If only there was some kin...

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    dvd review: Black Orpheus

    (Criterion Collection)

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    Dragon Tattoo's Rapace Goes Hollywood as Remake Goes English, Jolie as Go-To Action Star

    - Noomi Rapace took herself out of the running for David Fincher's adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - the Swedish adaptation won her the country's Oscar equivalent for best actress. Rapace wants to expand her career in new directions, and is spending the week in LA meeting with directors, according to THR (including McG and Ridley Scott), producers (Avi Arad and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura) and studio executives at Paramount and Warner Bros. to plan her attack. Repped by UTA and fluent in English, Rapace could burst into Hollywood off the momentum of Dragon Tattoo's success. But it's Rooney Mara who will grab the career hype as she ch...

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    La Soga and its Distributors and International Sales Agent

    Last year in Toronto the Dominican film La Soga caused some buzz. It now has chosen its release patterns with MJ Pekos of Mitropoulos Films ♀and Steven Raphael of Required Viewing consulting on all marketing and distribution elements in its North American release which will be done, along with inte...

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    "Let Me In" to Premiere at Fantastic Fest

    "Let Me In," Matt Reeve's remake of the Swedish vampire hit "Let the Right One In," will have its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest on Sept. 23 in Austin, festival organizers just announced.

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    Small Screen | Spike Lee Goes Back to New Orleans, Two French Classics on Criterion & More

    Four years after Spike Lee's two-part documentary "When the Levees Broke:  A Requiem in Four Acts" debuted on HBO, Lee follows it up with "If God Is Willing And Da Creek Don't Rise," another look at the country's gulf communities in and around New Orleans.  While the focus will be on the communities' ability to rebuild and stick together years down the line from Hurricane Katrina, Lee has implied that the BP oil spill and its effect on the region will play a role.  Cinematical's Christopher Campbell reports, "Reportedly the doc, which premieres on HBO August 23rd and 24th, was supposed to conclude with the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl victo...

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    Soul Kitchen

    Soul Kitchen

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    TIFF Adds 44, Last Night Closes Fest, Eastwood Debuts Hereafter, Let Me In Opens Fantastic Fest

    The fall fest shuffle continues as first Venice, then Telluride, Toronto, New York and finally London all lay in their programming. There's plenty of overlap among the new titles (as opposed to recycled Cannes fare, much of it from Sony Pictures Classics and IFC), but basically Venice gets to unveil...

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