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    The Academy: Who's the Boss? President Tom Sherak Explains Changes

    The Academy: Who's the Boss? President Tom Sherak Explains Changes

    As president of the Motion Picture Academy, Tom Sherak was very much the guiding force behind presenting Dawn Hudson to the board of governors before their ratifying vote Thursday night. The meeting lasted more than five hours before they brought new CEO Dawn Hudson and her COO partner Ric Robertson in to meet their applause some time before midnight.

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  • Spout
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    Memo to Moviemakers: Let's Have a Moratorium on this Overused Song

    Given that it's now kind of part of an Oscar-winning score, Edvard Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" has earned all the prestige it has ever needed. And it didn't even need much more before landing in the brilliant Henley Royal Regatta scene of "The Social Network," as arranged by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Since being composed 135 years ago (for Ibsen's "Peer Gynt"), the epic tune has been one of the most well known pieces of classical music ever. Or do I only think that because it's been used in so many films and trailers in my lifetime that it's up there as seemingly one of the most significant works ever written? Covers by bands such as The Who, Electric Light Orchestra and pretty much any prog rock group ever only adds to its familiarity and status. But right now its presence is in overload.

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  • The Playlist
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    Arnie Considering Big-Screen Comeback In Ji-Woon Kim's 'Last Stand' & Antoine Fuqua's 'The Tomb'

    Limited by a two-term limit as governor, his inability to run for President (due to being born in Austria), and the fact that he fucked up the California economy royally, legendary action star Arnold Schwarzenegger's flirtation with politics seemed to come to an end at the start of this year. But as one of the few actors recognizable by his first name alone, and boosted by a cameo in last year's "The Expendables," even an eight-year gap between starring roles ("Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" being the last) wasn't going to prevent Arnie from being courted by the studios.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Hungry Like the Wolf: Joao Pedro Rodrigues's "To Die Like a Man"

    There’s a part of João Pedro Rodrigues that likes to get down to brass tacks. In the first scene of his 2000 debut, O Fantasma, a dog scratches and yelps at a locked door. Cut to the action inside the room, and we see a black-suited figure right out of Feuillade, busily penetrating a man whose mouth has been stuffed with cotton. In Rodrigues’s sophomore effort, Two Drifters, we’re served up a series of similar shocks: a passionate farewell kiss between two men is swiftly followed by the bloody death of one of them, then by a funeral where a female stranger fellates the corpse’s ring off his finger. These first two films take the universe as one big erogenous zone, in which anything—an ass, a motorcycle, the wall of a public shower, even a tombstone—is waiting to be humped. No need for foreplay; we’re assaulted with the climax right out of the gate. And in its aftermath we meet another Rodrigues, one who withholds, who occludes and mystifies that sense of clear narrative purpose other filmmakers tend to reveal in bold letters. The films circle ritualistically around their initial blast of sensation. In its quest to reconcile the life of imagination and primal desire with the physical realities that close in around us, Rodrigues’s cinema sets his characters off sniffing, licking, and rubbing up against this implacable world in hopes it will respond.

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  • Spout
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    In Honor of John Boehner: 5 Movies without Government

    So unless President Obama and Speaker Boehner come to some sort of eleventh hour arrangement, the government is going to shutdown at midnight. What’s it going to be like? Will the staff of the Department of Agriculture be forced into the streets of Washington, with only pitchforks and a few potato diggers to fend for themselves? The vision is bleak – to quote the hilarious Glen Weldon: “Wild-eyed Senate pages in shredded blazers will stalk the DC streets, using their khakis to garrote passersby [while] at night, the sewers echo with the keening of hollow-eyed creatures that were once Capitol Hill reporters.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Beautiful NSFW Trailer For Lars Von Trier's 'Melancholia'

    Well, this is a pleasant surprise on a Friday morning -- the first trailer for the new Lars Von Trier movie, the end-of-the-world drama, "Melancholia." Coming off the single most controversial film of his career, "Antichrist," the beginning of this clip, which has debuted at the film's official site (via @TimeOutFilm), might take fans of the unpredictable Danish helmer by surprise -- it strikes one as a rather conventional wedding-set drama, reminiscent of "Rachel Getting Married," or even Dogme classic "Festen."

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    More Live from Transmedia Hollywood 2: Visual Culture and Design

    Another entry by guest blogger, Meredith Levine. Meredith Levine is a second year MA student of Cinema and Media Studies in UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television. She has been working on the Transmedia Hollywood conference since its inaugural year in 2010.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jessica Biel Eyes One Of The Two Female Leads In 'Total Recall'

    While we don't really see the point of a "Total Recall" remake, the casting is certainly moving in interesting directions. Colin Farrell has the lead role and just a couple of weeks ago, a bevy of beautiful women were shortlisted for the two female lead roles in the movie. As you might remember from the Paul Verhoeven version, those principle roles are: Lori, the wife of Farrell’s character, Doug Quaid, who turns out to be more than she seems (a part played by Sharon Stone, in her breakout role, in the original), and Melina, who Quaid becomes romantically involved with (Rachel Ticotin in the original, although the role has been re-envisioned substantially). Kate Bosworth, Diane Kruger and Eva Mendes were said to be in the running for the former, while Paula Patton, Jessica Biel, Eva Green and Mendes (who’s up for both parts) are reading for the latter. Well, it looks like one is down with one more to go.

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  • The Playlist
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    Armie Hammer's Non-Digital 'Social Network' Twin Josh Pence Joins 'The Dark Knight Rises'

    Well, this is some pretty good karma. Josh Pence had perhaps the most unenviable role of any actor last year. He starred in David Fincher's "The Social Network" but you didn't see him. Why? He was the guy who had his head digitally replaced by Armie Hammer who played both Winklevoss twins. Bummer. But he was a good sport about it all and it looks like he's about to get some face time (ha!) in one of the biggest movies of 2012.

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  • The Playlist
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    VFX Artist Tim Miller Graduates To The Big Time, Will Direct 'Deadpool'

    Well, the director's chair for the gestating "Deadpool" has been filled by some interesting folks thus far. Robert Rodriguez sat in it first before conflicts with "Spy Kids 4" ousted him and he was replaced by Swedish newcomer Adam Berg last fall. And as Ryan Reynolds hopes to carve out time in his schedule to make it happen, another helmer has come aboard.

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