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  • Hope for Film
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    Niall McKay on "Ten Do's and Don't About Programming A Niche Film Festival"

    We have to build the audiences for the things we love. We vote for the culture we want with our dollars. It's not enough to help bring beautiful & better films into this world; we have to find the ways to make them social, so that the communities can discover them. I hold incredible respect for the curators. I think such activity is part of the producers' job description. I have run a screening series now for two years; it may not be easy, but it is rewarding.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Lebanon Official Oscar Entry Where Do We Go Now?

    Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Lebanon Official Oscar Entry Where Do We Go Now?

    With Almodovar's The Skin I Live In out of the foreign Oscar race (Spain chose Black Bread instead), as I had suggested, Sony Pictures Classics has indeed picked up U.S. rights to its fourth foreign language Oscar submission, Lebanon's Where Do We Go Now?, directed by Nadine Labacki, which played at Cannes and beat out considerable competition to win the audience award at Toronto.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Rooney Mara Wanted For Spike Lee's "Oldboy"

    Courtesy of our friends at Twitch:

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: More Peeks At 'The Adventures Of Tintin' In New Spanish Trailer

    Update: Steven Speilberg's "THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN" has jumped up two days and will now be released on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Top 5 Films - Nikyatu Jusu

    Nikyatu Jusu - the first Shadow And Act Black Filmmaker Challenge winner, who also claimed her rightful spot on the Shadow And Act Black Filmmakers To Watch list, lists her 5 favorite films. It's a few months old, but I'm only just finding out about it *ahem.*

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  • The Playlist
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    'Paranormal Activity 3' Trailer Hits, Global Anthropological Experiment With Film Masochists Begins

    Just when you thought "The Blair Witch Project 5: It's Witchin' Time!" nailed the coffin shut in the accidentally successful, cheapo-scare found/footage genre, the fucking godawful "Paranormal Activity" films had to light that shit afire again. Why? Because the Oren Peli-directed film cost (and looks like it cost) about $50 to make and grossed $193 million worldwide thanks to chowder-headed audiences with nothing better to do with their time. You do the math on that awesome profit margin. These films are essentially made for a nickel and pay for themselves about 15 times over -- "Paranormal Activity 2" grossed $177 million. Essentially, the success of "Paranormal Activity" means Paramount will continue to crank these films out endlessly.

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  • The Playlist
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    Spielberg Films Shuffle: 'War Horse' Moves To Christmas Day; 'The Adventures Of Tintin' On Dec 21

    2011 for Steven Spielberg is much more difficult than it was in 2005 -- the last time the super-prolific filmmaker released two films in one year. In 2005, you had "War of the Worlds" in the summer and six months later you had "Munich," and very little had to be done by way of managing time between Paramount ("War of the Worlds") and Universal ("Munich").

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  • Press Play
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    LIFE'S WORK: THE FILMS OF ROMAN POLANSKI - Chapter 3: Uniting the Fragments: Cul-de-Sac

    “Roman Polanski” is a fragmented name, one that encompasses numerous identities and connotations. To some, “Polanski” is the child who survived the Krakow Ghetto during World War II. To others, he is the womanizer whose wife was brutally murdered by a homicidal cult. And still, to others, he is the criminal who fled to Paris while awaiting a statutory rape trial. Yet, to a select group of cinephiles, actors and filmmakers, the name “Polanski” is an adjective, one that ignores the “man’s” personal life and describes the “artist’s” prolific career, which spans nearly six decades. This career produced numerous films that exemplified the “Polanski” style; they explore the psychology of the psychotic, they blend the conventions and iconography of various genres and, oftentimes, they look towards pessimism as a means of comfort. It is Polanski’s third feature film, Cul-de-sac (1966), that best exemplifies the “Polanski” style. The film unites the various elements of a “Polanski film,” creating a self-proclaimed masterpiece.

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  • Spout
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    "The Whale" and "Jane's Journey" are Necessary Films for 2011 Documentary Fans

    Two new documentaries, both already out in limited release and headed for expansions, are necessary for anyone keeping up with the nonfiction film trends of this year (read Daniel James Scott's piece from Documentary magazine on this zeitgeist). If you've seen or are interested in seeing "Project Nim," "Buck" and "One Lucky Elephant" (the last despite my scathing review), you have to add "The Whale" and "Jane's Journey" to your list or queue (do we still use that term now that Netflix is screwing it up?). Each is surprisingly essential to the discourse and surprisingly an engrossing entertainment.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jose Padilha Says 'Elite Squad' Sequel Is His Scorsese-Like Take On Cops & Politics In Brazil

    Brazilian Auteur Talks "Fascist Vs. Marxist" Perspective In Filmmaking, Police Corruption, Social Politics & MoreJose Padilha may currently be best known for directing the upcoming remake of Paul Verhoeven’s “RoboCop,” but rest assured that the Brazilian filmmaker is anything but a purveyor of style brought in to polish off a classic property. His previous work, including the documentary “Bus 174,” the police thriller “Elite Squad,” and its new sequel “The Enemy Within,” was not only hugely successful in his native Brazil, but it was all distinguished by a sophisticated, incisive commentary on contemporary culture which will undoubtedly come in handy as he revisits Verhoeven’s iconic satire.

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