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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    CinemaCon: Paramount and Warner Bros. Pitch 'G.I. Joe,' 'Madagascar 3,' 'Rise of the Guardians,' 'Dark Shadows,' 'The Hobbit' at 48 FPS, and Two Cruise Starrers

    CinemaCon works on several tracks. The studios jet in their talent for dog & pony shows and clip reels, showing off their wares to the theater owners who will book them in the coming year. There was an audible gasp Tuesday when Johnny Depp sauntered across the Caesar's Palace Colosseum stage...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Van Sant's 'Promised Land' Begins Production with Damon, Krasinski, DeWitt, MacDormand, Holbrook & McNairy

    Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land," written by and starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski, begins production this week in Pennsylvania. Participant is co-producing with Focus Features, which holds worldwide rights; the film will be shopped at Cannes and is slated for release next winter.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Strange Fruit' A Solid, Fascinating Look At The Groundbreaking Failure Of The Beatles' Apple Records

    While Radiohead weren't the first band to break free of the coporate machine, and drop an album on their own terms, they were easily the most promiment. And while this was par for the course for underground artists and bands through the '80s and '90s who thrived within a specific independent framework (that was arguably co-opted by the mainstream post-Nirvana, but that's another discussion), but the release of In Rainbows opened the eyes of acts of similar stature, that they didn't need to rely on the expensive machinations, and iron clad contracts of a major record label to survive. And in fact, they could sell less records and earn more money to striking it on their own. Now, if a band isn't founding their own label, they at setting vanity shingles under corporate umbrellas at the very least, and taking a stronger say in how they conduct their careers. But all this might not have been possible were it not for The Beatles.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Application Deadline Imminent For Firelight Media’s Producers’ Lab Mentorship Program

    Another opportunity worth taking full advantage of; if the idea of working with acclaimed, award-winning documentarian Stanley Nelson and his team of writers, editors, producers, fundraising specialists, etc, doesn't at all entice you, then, well, it's your loss! :)

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  • The Playlist
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    Tribeca Review: 'Replicas' Sadly Seems More Interested In Cheap Thrills Than The Haneke-Level Chills It Promises

    The Hughes family is one just barely clinging to hope after a terrible tragedy. Following the loss of their daughter, Mark (Josh Close), Mary (Selma Blair) and their preteen son Brandon attempt to heal together at their upstate vacation home, the air thick with tension. Mark has been working so hard that by the time he’s taken a break in the wake of their loss, Mary doesn’t even recognize him. And yet, they’re the ideal candidates for suffering in the moody, disquieting “Replicas.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Peter Jackson's 48fps Presentation Of 'The Hobbit' At CinemaCon Gets A Mixed Response

    While the fact that Peter Jackson was shooting the upcoming "The Hobbit" films in 3D at 48 frames-per-second rate instead of the standard 24 frames-per-second has been around since proudction started, in gained a bit more steam last week. There were concerns about how prepared (or not) theaters would be for the blockbuster film come December, to show it in the format that Jackson intends it be viewed. The short version, is that exhibitors/theater owners will need to upgrade the software on their 3D projects to handle 48fps, and it's not cheap (about $10,000). However, the selling point is that 48 fps offers a crisp viewing experience, free of any motion artifiacts, juttering or any other anomalies sometimes present in 24 fps screenings. Win/win right? Unfortunately for Jackson, it's not quite a slam dunk. Presenting 10 minutes of footage today in the fancy new format at CinemaCon, the screening left many unimpressed.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Happy Birthday Barbra

    Today is Barbra Streisand's 70th birthday.   Even if you are not a fan -- and I don't know how you could not be -- this woman has had an extremely impressive career.  Singer, songwriter, actress, director, producer, fundraiser, activist -- there is no one like her in the entertainment business.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Also New On DVD: Acclaimed Egyptian Ripped-From-The-Headlines Drama "Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story"

    Courtesy of AfricanDiasporaDVD.com, where you can exclusively purchase a copy on DVD of the award-winning drama Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story (also known as Ehky ya Scheherazade in Arabic), the "bold and brave" (according to Variety) drama from Egyptian filmmaker Yousry Nasrallah.

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  • The Playlist
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    Tribeca Review: 'Nancy, Please' Showcases The Worst Nightmare Of The Timid Grad Student

    We've all known people like Nancy. The title character of Andrew Semans' "Nancy, Please" is a real pill, dark eyes, slumped shoulders, and an eternal pout. There's always drama in Nancy's life, and she's always expressing it physically. She's always impetuous, always difficult, and frequently nasty, as if lashing out not against a single person but the world at large. In spite of it all, her punk sneer and angular sensuality is also sharp like a knife, tight like a fist. And for young potential PhD Paul, she is an out-and-out boogeyman.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Revisiting "New Jack City" 21 Years Later; How Well Does It Hold Up?

    Sergio's post just beneath this one, announcing the Blu-ray release of New Jack City got me thinking... now there's a movie that just doesn't hold up 21 years later! Although some would say that it didn't "hold up" during the year of its release! 

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