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    Anna Faris Rom-Com 'What's Your Number' Is Much More Awesomely Titled 'Sex List' In France

    Movie titles getting translated for foreign markets is a timeless, mostly very hilarious art, which usually results in all meaning or coherence being completely stripped from the name of the film. But rarely, like an eclipse, comes a translation that not only nails the premise of the film, but is actually in improvement on the original title.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Marilyn Monroe Gets New Stamp, Movie Starring Michelle Williams, Is Everywhere

    We can't get enough of Marilyn Monroe, it seems. The U.S. Postal Service will honor director Billy Wilder, the enduring director of the classics Double Indemnity, The Apartment, Seven Year Itch, and Some Like It Hot (joining John Ford, John Huston and Frank Capra in their Great Film Directors series), by emblazoning his hottest star on a 2012 "Forever" stamp.

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    The Amazing Race: Is Hiding Your Films Until Dec, The New Anti-Film Festival Circuit Buzz Builder?

    Plus Why 'Apes' Actor Andy Serkis Has No Shot At Oscar & Why 'The Help' Is Not A LockSummer is fading away, and we're gearing up for festival season right now: we're packing our bags for Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York as we speak. And the inevitable consequence of the films that will be making their debuts means that the awards season will start to crystallize a little more. Up to now, most of the films have been under wraps, but we'll soon find out if heavy hitters like "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "The Descendants" and "My Week With Marilyn" will continue to figure into the conversation. But all that is for another time. What interests us this week is those films which won't hit the festivals at all, and won't be seen until the very end of the year.

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  • Hope for Film
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    David Geertz on "How To Extract The Value Of Your Film When You Need It Most"

    Metaphors reveal truths. Analogies help us have deeper understanding. Perhaps we have been looking at our business in the wrong way. Today Brave Thinker David Geertz offerrs up a fun new vision on how to see what we all are doing.

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  • The Playlist
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    So, Apparently There Is Another 'The Grudge' Movie In The Works

    For a brief moment there, Hollywood was obsessed with J-horror. "The Ring" and "The Grudge" remakes were both massive hits, each spawning a sequel (the latter even got a third, straight-to-DVD entry), but that seemed to be the extent of interest from audiences. Other attempts to bring remake to the big screen like "Dark Water," "Pulse" and "One Missed Call" couldn't match the success of the predecessors and Hollywood has largely stayed away from the genre since. But both "The Ring" and "The Grudge" are still bonafide brands of sorts, titles that still resonate with a certain segment of horror audiences so no surprise that another attempt is going to be made to milk money out of one of the franchises.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Preview Of "Surprising Europe, the Life and Times of Ssuuna Golooba" (An African In Europe)

    Ahh yes... a familiar struggle. I appreciate the first-person POV here.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Taking a Break

    Will be back after Labor Day.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    So Long, Jack

    What a strange, emotional, unexpectedly beautiful week it's been here in Toronto. If you're Canadian, you're well aware of that fact. If you're not, perhaps you should be.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Even Athletes Get the Blues: in Stellar Win Win and Hoop Dreams, Sports Aren't Just About Victory

    This week in "Now and Then," Matt Brennan writes about two sports movies — Win Win, now on DVD, and Hoop Dreams , the classic documentary from 1994 — that are about a lot more than sports. Watch the trailers below: In the weird and wonderful films of writer/director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor), everyone’s running from something. With a homey, lived-in style and a strong command of performance, his three films behind the camera capture the particular anxiety of suburban life. And though he’s never lost his sense of humor, McCarthy’s progression from oddball character study to fully conceived narrative depicts real people and real worries. Win Win only amplifies the trend: without quite meaning to, McCarthy has emerged as a master of middle-American quiet.

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    "The Hunger Games" Gets A Teaser Trailer...

    It debuted during last night's MTV VMAs.

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