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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Arthouse Audit: 'Sleepwalk With Me' and 'Samsara' Open Huge

    It's been a strong summer for specialized movies, but no weekend has had two major new openings like this one. Two new films, "Sleepwalk With Me" and "Samsara," should better than expected results. Among expanding films, "Robot and Frank" showed the most strength, but several other longer-playing films are also finding modest audiences, helping to sustain robust summer business.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Chris Rock Working On 'CB4' Sequel; Wants To Approach From 'Grown Man Rapper' POV

    It's been a very long time since I last saw Chris Rock's This Is Spinal Tap-esque satire of gangsta rap music.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Box Office Top Ten: Anti-Obama Polemic Performs on Weak Weekend, 'Premium Rush' Starts Slow UPDATED

    While three new studio releases started off shockingly slow, the strongest showing was "2016: Obama's America," an anti-Obama polemic that-- on just over 1,000 screens-- rose to eighth place after several weeks of more limited play. Overall business was typical of the summer dog days.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Wide's "CLIP" censored by the Russian Ministry of Culture, will screen in Toronto

    Clip, a Serbian arthouse movie that swept a prestigious European festival this year was banned from screening in Russia by the Culture Ministry, prompting allegations of censorship.  Banned over indecent language and scenes of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as “pornographic” depictions of sex between minors, the decision spells a new era for the Culture Ministry, headed since May by Vladimir Medinsky, a conservative-minded PR specialist with a controversial reputation.  The ban was signed by Deputy Culture Minister Ivan Demidov, known for his radical Orthodox Christian views, Sam Klebanov, the prospective Russian distributor of Maywin, said.

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  • Criticwire
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    Weekend Reel Reads: Mailer, Kael and Ruiz

    This week's collection features a consideration of the films of Norman Mailer, a tribute to the prose style of Pauline Kael and a closer look at how Raul Ruiz' final film came to fruition.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Weekend B.O. Aug 24-26 ('Sparkle' Drops Big Time)

    I'm not going to deal with that 2016: Obama's America film which did so well this weekend, since Courtney below has done an excellent piece below on the film. Well except to allow me to say that if anyone had made a film on Willard (his real first name - like the rat) Romney and that cult he belongs to that believed that black people were the devil (as Chris Rock accurately said) until recently (and probably still do), who would go see it? 

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  • The Playlist
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    Box Office: 'The Expendables 2' Wins Weak Weekend, Conservative Doc '2016: Obama's America' Surprises

    There was a brief moment where August still seemed viable for blockbuster pictures. Generally, the month has been viewed as the weak sister of the hot season, usually a dumping ground for once-promising projects that fell by the wayside, gathering little attention from students preparing to return to school. A string of August hits over the last decade changed that, but here we are, back to the dog days. Last summer was plagued by low attendance for films like "30 Minutes or Less," "Conan the Barbarian" and "Fright Night," and if this weekend is anything to go by, with "The Expendables 2" handily defeating an onslaught of unattractive new product, we're in for even lower grosses. In fact, it's the first weekend in a decade where no new film opened to over $7 million. Ouch.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Inaugural Online Film Festival "The Shortlist"

    The 12 finalists for the first annual “ShortList” Online Film festival, August 20 - September 4, 2012 include shorts prize winners from the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Venice Film Festival and the LA Film Festival, and come from the United States, Kenya, Italy, Brazil and elsewhere. The shorts will screen exclusively for an online voting audience on http://shortlistfilmfestival.com through Sept. 4.

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  • The Playlist
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    Rumor: Are The Wachowskis Another Possibility To Direct 'Justice League'?

    The big directorial vacancy right now in Hollywood is the one for "Justice League," the superhero team-up movie that Warner Bros. hope will help them catch up to the success of Marvel's "The Avengers." The studio unsuccessfully tried to get the supergroup going a few years back with George Miller at the helm, but with Christopher Nolan's Bat series wrapped up and "Man of Steel" on the way, it's now a major priority for the studio, with a script commissioned from "Gangster Squad" scribe Will Beall and an active hunt for a director underway in the hope that the film would provide a launching pad for other DC heroes like Wonder Woman, The Flash and a revamped Green Lantern.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Why the Success of Anti-Obama Doc "2016" Doesn't Mean Anything for the Presidential Election

    SInce it's opening in theaters, I've been downplaying the success of the anti-Obama doc “2016: Obama’s America,” based on conservative author Dines D’Souza’s conservative book “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.” Now that the film is proving to be a strong box-office contender, and that's now an indisputable fact with ticket sales exceeding $5 million over the weekend, and growing, let's look at this piece of right-wing propaganda another way: Just because it's making money doesn't really mean anything this election season.

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