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    ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Will Be The Wachowskis Next Film, Shooting To Start Spring 2012

    First cropping up in the middle of the summer, the mysterious "Jupiter Rising" (now being called "Jupiter Ascending") was added to the already lengthy list of movies being eyed by The Wachowskis. And since 2008's eyeball-melting "Speed Racer," they've certainly had no shortage of movies to choose from. While "Cloud Atlas" is now in front of cameras, “Hood,” an “urban retelling” of the Robin Hood mythology with Will Smith sought to star, and the R-rated Iraq War gay romance picture “CN-9” (aka “Cobalt Neutral 9”) were also tossed around as possibilities. But the former sounds, frankly, pretty terrible and latter is not going to get financing from any major studio ever, so it looks like the sibling duo will go back once again to their comfortable sci-fi territory for their next flick.

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    The Sopranos

    About ten years ago, I was talking with critic Matt Zoller Seitz, and he said that one of the things he thought which made the HBO series THE SOPRANOS (all six seasons available on DVD) such an exceptional show was the makers’ willingness to let certain scenes play in continuous action, without a cut, allowing audiences simply to observe the actors minus any manipulation via editing or noticeable camera pyrotechnics. (Full disclosure: I had a recurring role on the show starting with the second season, playing Dr. Melfi’s—-Lorraine Bracco’s---shrink, Dr. Eliot Kupferberg. I also directed an episode for season five.) Matt’s underlying point was that this way of working hardly exists any longer in features, and its unfortunate lack has a lot to do with the off-putting nature of so much current mainstream product, most of it cut like music videos or commercials, no shot allowed to last more than a few seconds at most.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Le Havre' Another Hilarious, Humane & Moving Film From Aki Kaurismaki

    The following is a reprint of our review from Cannes.

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    'Bad Teacher' Trio Director Jake Kasdan & Writers Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg Team For New Film

    While it wasn't the funniest R-rated comedy of the summer, "Bad Teacher" was certainly one of the most successful. Made on a slim budget of around $20 million, the film went on take in over $200 million worldwide, so no surprise that Sony are eager to get the creative team behind that film back together. And it looks like it's going to be another tale of jilted love.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Gotham Independent Film Awards Nominees Announced ("Pariah," "Gun Hill Road," Others Make The Cut)

    Congrats to Dee Rees on being nominated in the Breakthrough Director category for her much-buzzed about feature film debut, Pariah. Although I was surprised that the star of that film, Adepero Oduye, wasn't nominated in the Breakthrough Actor category.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    "Martha Marcy May Marlene" plus an interview with director Sean Durkin

    Like Jeff Nichols’s Take Shelter—its only real rival for the title of Fall’s Best American Film—Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene concludes on a shot that’s either totally declarative or sneakily ambiguous. In both cases, it’s up to the viewer to decide whether the filmmaker has placed all of his cards on the table or is still holding a couple close to the vest. The comparisons between the two films don’t end there, either. While largely dissimilar in terms of style and subject matter, Take Shelter and Martha Marcy May Marlene are movies that warily examine gender roles—flipped mirror images of characters looking for a way out to find themselves ever more tightly constricted. Read Adam Nayman's review

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Comments on the Age Discrimination Suit Filed Against IMDB

    At first when I read about the lawsuit, I didn't really take it seriously. Everybody's birth dates are on imdb. I go on imdb practically every day in order to find out how old people are. I like to look at see the age differences between male and female actors playing opposite each other, and I always like to look at the ages of women who play the mothers of other actors because you know that most times the women are never old enough to have given birth to the actor or actress she is supposed to be the mother of. My latest check was for the age difference -- 11 years -- between Dana Delaney and Joanna Cassidy who play daughter and mother on the ABC show Body of Proof.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    UK Docudrama "Dreams of a Life" Gets A New Release Date!

    Carol Morley's Dreams of a Life, starring Zawe Ashton is getting its UK release date pushed forward to December 16th. The move is due in part to its successful premiere and public screenings at this year's London Film Festival.We first brought the story to Shadow And Act readers in May and most recently earlier this month. For those of you who may have missed our past write-ups about the film and the grim true story it's based upon, check out this brief synopsis and clip...

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  • The Playlist
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    And So It Begins, 'The Descendants' & 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' Lead Gotham Award Nominees

    Well folks, the first batch of nominees this awards season have been revealed, with the Gotham Independent Film Award nominations landing this morning, giving an early peek at what will likely be some strong contenders down the line. Bear in mind, the Gotham Awards have little bearing on the eventual Oscar nods with only last year's Best Feature winner "Winter's Bone" factoring into the proceedings at the Kodak Theater. However, it does represent a good chunk of what you might see at the Independent Spirit Awards later in the year and if anything, these nominations confirm that Fox Searchlight is going to have another banner year on the statue circuit.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Vote For The Gotham Audience Award

    Six of the seven competitive categories at 21st Gotham Independent Film Award had their nominations announced this morning check out the full list of nominees here), but you can help them come up with the seventh: The Audience Award.

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