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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    In the No, Run-Up to Telluride: The Show from Swinton and Clooney to Veloso and Waters

    We have several folks covering festivals this year--David Gritten and The Playlist are in Venice while Meredith Brody and I are in Telluride--along with Eugene Hernandez, who's covering for indieWIRE. Here's Meredith's first missive:Part of the appeal and the mystique of the Telluride Film Festival, aka the Show, is that you’re buying a pig in a poke. Since the Festival doesn’t release any of its program, whether new titles, tributes, or revivals, in advance, you have to trust in its distinguished reputation -- as Roger Ebert has memorably written, “[It’s] like Cannes died and went to heaven…” -- and take a leap into the void.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Don Cheadle is a Vicious Captain Planet

    Don Cheadle takes on the challenging role of Captain Planet, aggressively saving the world from evil humans and tiny dogs. Watch as he makes everyone around him go green or leaf (his pun, not mine). Along with Oscar-nominee Cheadle, this Funny or Die clip features Gillian Jacobs, Brenda Song, Efren Ramirez, William Moseley, and James Davis:Don Cheadle is Captain Planet from Don Cheadle

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Happy Happy is Norway's Official Entry for Best Foreign Language Film

    The Norwegian Oscar Committee has submitted Anne Switsky's feature directorial debut, Happy, Happy, to Best Foreign-Language Feature Film, after it took the top prize at Sundance. Happy, Happy's victory at Sundance marked the first time that a Norwegian film won fest's World Cinema Grand Jury Prize.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Another Trip to the Moon with Méliès: Behind the Digital Restoration of VFX Landmark

    While waiting for Hugo (Nov. 23), Martin Scorsese's 3-D valentine to Georges Méliès, TOH columnist Bill Desowitz writes a fascinating account of how digital advances made possible the painstaking restoration of the first movie blockbuster from the father of special effects, A Trip to the Moon (1902). The new version of the landmark 14-minute short, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, will screen at Telluride this weekend and at the Academy's Goldwyn Theater on Tuesday. What a way to mark the 150th anniversary of Méliès's birth.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Interracial Love Story "Sonny Boy" Will Represent The Netherlands In Foreign Language Oscar Race

    The film is called Sonny Boy - a Dutch film that tells the true story of the "forbidden" relationship between Waldemar Nods, a 19-year-old student from Suriname, and Rika van der Lans, a married Dutch woman in her 40s, and mother of 4 children. The pair meet in the 1920s, fall in love, and Rika becomes pregnant soon thereafter, causing a scandal with far-reaching consequences, leading up to the World War II.

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  • Spout
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    Trailer for Tom Tykwer's "3" Gives Everything Away But That's Okay

    There was a while in which I thought German filmmaker Tom Tykwer could do no wrong. Following his breakout here in 1999 with "Run Lola Run," I loved everything of his, including (especially) the extremely under-appreciated "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer." Then he did the Clive Owen action thriller "The International," which outside of the precisely constructed Guggenheim shootout was decidedly too bland. I don't mean visually so much as narratively. It was well directed, but of course he didn't write the screenplay and so it lacked his trademark injection of happenstance at every corner. If you too like that element of Tykwer's movies, you'll appreciate his dry (yet often wet) screwball comedy "3," which opens in the U.S. this month and now has a new trailer aimed at American audiences.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Greta Gerwig Says Handsome Men Are To Be Avoided In Clips From 'Damsels In Distress'

    It has been thirteen long, long years since Whit Stillman's last film, "Last Days Of Disco," and while we've seen images and read plot details about his forthcoming effort "Damsels In Distress," today we finally get our first real taste of the film, as a clip has hit the interwebs.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Talk: Venice and Telluride, Carnage, Ides of March, W.E., Contagion, The Artist

    In Contention's Kris Tapley is here in Telluride with me, while Guy Lodge is in Venice. We all got on Skype for this week's Oscar Talk, which delves into early reaction to Venice titles from George Clooney (The Ides of March), Madonna (W.E) and Roman Polanski Carnage and a movie Kris and I saw in L.A., Steven Soderbergh's Contagion, as well as Cannes title The Artist, which is showing in Telluride. Friday Kris and I should get a crack at The Descendants, Martin Scorsese's George Harrison doc and Albert Nobbs, starring Glenn Close.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Lynette Howell on "Producing Is Supporting New Talent Through More Than Just Production"

    If you are a regular reader of this blog, or follower of mine on Twitter, I think you know that for me a Producer only deserves that credit when they truly commit to support the project from beginning to end. You also probably know how challenging I find the calling of producing these days, when we are required to do more and more, and are rewarded, at least financially, less and less.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Your Most Anticipated Fall Movies? (Survey)

    Well... there goes another summer movie season; this one, in my opinion, has been one of the least interesting in recent years. Very little appealed to me. So very little... then again, maybe I'm just getting even grumpier in my *old age.*

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