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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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  • Shadow and Act
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    "The Hunger Games" Gets A Teaser Trailer...

    It debuted during last night's MTV VMAs.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'The Debt' An Uneven Thriller Powered By Strong Turns By Jessica Chastain & Helen Mirren

    After its predecessor “Killshot” got a cursory limited release before being scuttled off to DVD and the film before that, “Proof,” hobbled in and out of theaters, “The Debt” is director John Madden’s first film in more than a decade to receive a theatrical run of more than 1600 screens, but an overbearing sense of self-importance undermines its box office potential, much less the effectiveness of skillful performances by a mostly-talented cast. Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain, sharing the screen as the same character as much as current and next generations of great actresses, sustain a frequently overwrought (and overlong) tale of Mossad agents dealing with the truth of their past and fiction of their futures, while Madden handles Nazi war-crime subject matter with a predictable degree of melodrama.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Pedro Almodóvar Is Guest Director for AFI Fest, Screens Law of Desire

    After his heavy promo duties on The Skin I Live In, which debuted at Cannes and now heads for Toronto and New York festivals, Pedro Almodóvar is lending his curatorial skills to Los Angeles' AFI Fest (which runs in Hollywood November 3-10) as guest artistic director. It's the 25th anniversary of the fall film festival as well as Almodóvar's 1986 film Law of Desire, which will screen at the fest, and his production company, El Deseo S.A. 

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  • The Playlist
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    James Toback Isn't Happy No One Told Him About Martin Scorsese's 'The Gambler' Remake

    Just as the east coast was going to bed and/or gearing up for Hurricane Irene and the west coast was gearing up to go out on the town, it was announced that "The Departed" trifecta of director Martin Scorsese, writer William Monahan and star Leonardo DiCaprio were all taking on a remake of Karel Reisz‘s 1974 film “The Gambler.” If you missed the news, don't worry, you're not the only one as that film's writer James Toback, was only hipped to the project thanks to housemate Brett Ratner (yes, they apparently live together). Needless to say, he was pissed.

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