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  • SydneysBuzz
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    The Film Industry in Cannes (last part) - The Film Festival

    They say Cannes "stays in your blood" and it's true! Three weeks later, here's the final interview from my trip. I wanted to finish my interview tour of the movie business with a real blue collar film festival so I sat down for a drink with Rachel Richardson-Jones, aka "Lady Grimm"; a film producer and director of the Grimm Up North International Film Festival of Horror and Cult Films.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Best of the Week: LA Film Fest Reviews, 'Girls' & 'Newsroom,' Plus Remembering Andrew Sarris

    This week on TOH, we covered the heck out of the ongoing LA Film Festival, looked at the excellent Season 1 run of "Girls" while rounding up mixed reviews for the soon-to-start Season 1 of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," and culled early critics' reactions to "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." All this and more below!

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  • The Playlist
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    Patrick Wilson Joins Season 2 Of 'Girls,' Will Possibly Romance Hannah

    The guys Hannah has encountered in "Girls" thus far have all had their own quirks (except for maybe Lou Taylor Pucci who was almost too normal): Adam (Adam Driver) is slightly sexually deviant, uniquely individual, at times disarmingly sweet and yet, he will pee on you in the shower for a laugh; Marnie's ex-boyfriend Charlie (Christopher Abbott) is nice and earnest to the point of tedium while Ray (Alex Karpovsky) has an opinion and insight about nearly everyone, and it's usually not positive. Could Patrick Wilson be the dude to show Hannah there are some normal guys in New York City?

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    To Rome With Love—movie review

    The best thing about being a Woody Allen fan is the certainty that if you don’t like his latest film, he’s already got another one in the oven. Following the unprecedented audience reaction to 'Midnight in Paris', Allen has conceived a multi-character mosaic of stories set in the Eternal City...but, sorry to say, 'To Rome With Love' falls flat.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    A Black Film Festival Undressed (Getting To The Point Where Desires Of Curators & Filmmakers Meet)

    A Black Film Festival Undressed (Getting To The Point Where Desires Of Curators & Filmmakers Meet)

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Bourne Legacy' Gets Out Of 'The Dark Knight Rises' Shadow & Will Now Open On August 10th

    How wide will the wings of "The Dark Knight Rises" spread? Well, let's put it this way: when "The Dark Knight" opened in 2008, it was the number one movie at the box office for four straight weeks, and stayed in the top ten for 11 weeks on its way to a $533 million domestic haul that helped push it over a billion worldwide. And it's probably pretty safe to assume that Batman will dominate long and hard once again this summer.

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  • The Playlist
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    Rufus Wainwright Working On A Movie Musical (Loosely) Based On His Own Life

    In a way, it has always seemed like the life of Rufus Wainwright was headed for the big screen. The son of famed Canadian folk music legends Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, he was born into something close to music royalty. But he forged his own musical path, performing weekly shows in his hometown of Montreal before cutting early demos (listen to one of the songs below) that found their way into the hands of famed producer/arranger Van Dyke Parks who passed it onto DreamWorks head Lenny Waronker, and the next thing you know, he had a record deal (Jon Brion produced his first album). And over the course of six albums, and a couple more live albums, Wainwright showcased himself to be a premiere pop songwriter, with influences as wide-ranging as Tin Pan Alley and high opera, all while putting his own baroque spin on things; Elton John has called him the greatest living songwriter. But Wainwright has battled his demons too, surviving a rape as a teenager, with a life of excess that has included a pretty hard addiction to drugs.

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  • Criticwire
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    From the Wire: Is 'Brave' Pixar's First "Disney Movie?"

    One writer argues that "Brave" represents a turning point at the vaunted animation studio.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Documentary About Modest Mouse's Second Album 'The Lonesome Crowded West'

    Long before Modest Mouse became guest stars on "The O.C." (remember that?) and best-selling Grammy nominees, they were just another Northwest indie rock band. But they showed tremendous promise from the start. And their second album, the sprawling double LP The Lonesome Crowded West, was an early highlight with the ambition (The Moon And Antarctica) and sharp songwriting (Good News For People Who Love Bad News) they would show on subsequent albums. It's hard to believe that it's been fifteen years since the album dropped on the tiny indie shingle Up Records.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    LAFF: 'Middle of Nowhere' Gets Two Standing Ovations; DuVernay & Cast Talk Black Films Reaching Audiences In A Meaningful Way [New Teaser]

    Ava DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere" played to a full house and two standing ovations at its Gala screening at the LA Film Fest on June 20. The drama is honest and immersive, moving and sexy, funny and unexpected.

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