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    CinemaCon: When Independent Films Became Mainstream

    This survey was presented at the film industry's annual convention in Las Vegas - once called ShoWest and now under NATO management and with a new name - CinemaCon. It's priceless. It seems to have been geared to a more mainstream audience trying to learn about who this mysterious "arthouse/indie" customer might be and how to reach out to them and it might be skewed by the sample size and definition - it certainly seems to be different from the impressions of the audiences defined in January by The Arthouse Convergence Conference. More on that later, perhaps...we'll see how the trades cover this story, if they do.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' To Play The Cannes Film Festival?

    Will Johnny Depp join what is shaping up to be an already star-studded Cannes Film Festival this year? According to press in France, the answer is yes.

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  • Caryn James
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    Before HBO's "Cinema Verite," Watch the Real "American Family"

    One day in the 1970’s the Loud family decided to let cameras follow them around, and before you knew it we had Snooki and table-tossing Real Housewives. An American Family, the first successful reality television series, gripped the country and kept social commentators chattering in 1973, and for more than 20 years has been unavailable. Now substantial, and pretty amazing, excerpts are on the website of WNET, the New York station that produced the series.

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  • The Playlist
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    Bill Hader Says Script For Les Grossman-Centric 'Tropic Thunder' Spin-Off Is Done

    Considering that it was both a reasonable box office success -- it took in close to $200 million worldwide -- and fairly warmly received (even picking up an Oscar nomination for Robert Downey Jr), it's surprising the extent to which the 2008 all-star comedy "Tropic Thunder" has slipped from memory -- we enjoyed it, but it's certainly not a film we find ourselves ever rewatching. But there's one aspect of the film that backers at Paramount are certainly keen to keep alive: Les Grossman, the vulgar, hirsute studio executive played by Tom Cruise in an against-type, near-career-reviving cameo in Ben Stiller's film.

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  • The Playlist
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    From The Department Of Obvious Casting: Jesse Eisenberg Wooed For New Woody Allen Film

    The following is a missive from The Department Of Obvious Casting -- a branch of the Department of Labor.

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  • Caryn James
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    Don't-Miss TV: Exhilarating Film "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child"

    Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child is Tamra Davis’ extraordinary close-up look at the artist. Davis and Basquiat were friends, and she filmed an extensive interview with him in 1986, two years before he died. More than two decades later, she used that interview as the centerpiece for a film as colorful and lively as the 80’s SoHo it brings back to life. It’s rare for a film to immerse us so thoroughly and intimately in an artist’s life and work.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jamaican Crime Classic 'The Harder They Come' Headed For A Remake

    Some films are inextricably tied to their soundtracks. It's hard to think of, say, "The Graduate," without Simon & Garfunkel coming to mind, or "Harold & Maude" without Cat Stevens. Fan-favorite directors from Quentin Tarantino to Wes Anderson are known as much for their skills at compiling mixtapes as they are for their filmmaking. But few soundtracks have had such gigantic impact as the one to the 1972 Jamaican crime movie "The Harder They Come," written and directed by Perry Henzell.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Daydream Nation

    It arrives in select theaters May 6 and on DVD and Blu-ray May 17.

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  • The Playlist
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    Alec Baldwin Joins Woody Allen's Next Rome Based Film

    Alec Baldwin is certainly not wasting any time in filling up his calendar now that the debacle that is "Men In Black 3" is behind him, and "30 Rock" will be wrapping up soon for the season. He's already signed on for the indie "Lucky Them" with Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church and Allison Janney (that will shoot later this year), not to mention the mega-musical "Rock Of Ages," and it looks like once he's done singing and dancing this spring, he'll take a trip over to Italy.

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  • The Playlist
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    Stage Review: Danny Boyle's 'Frankenstein' Is A Haunting Horror Show

    When we interviewed Danny Boyle a few months back, around the time that his humanist survival tale "127 Hours" was hitting screens, we overheard him talking to someone about his upcoming "Frankenstein" play. "Would it play on the West End?" the person asked, referring to the London version of Broadway. "No, no, no," the typically exuberant Boyle said. "It's a little too extreme for that crowd."

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