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    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. This post will be updated in sections according to the program schedule. The event is also being micro-blogged on twitter by @transmediahwood and #TH2

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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  • The Playlist
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    David Gordon Green Explains Why 'The Sitter' Was Pushed To December

    Filmmaker Says The Comedy Is Like 'After Hours' Meets 'Adventures In Babysitting,' But Has Strong Dramatic NotesA funny thing happened to director David Gordon Green ("All The Real Girls," the upcoming "Your Highness") on his detour into the mainstream: he stayed there a little bit longer than he had originally anticipated. "After 'Your Highness' I wanted to do a character piece. I love working with kids, I wanted to be in NYC and I literally had that guideline," Green said in an interview with The Playlist this week. "But at that point I was knew I didn’t want it to be a comedy."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Preview: Tough Girls vs. Male Juveniles, Must-Sees Hanna & Meek's Cutoff

    Comedies Your Highness and Arthur present mainstream escapist fun and antics (from the likes of Danny McBride, James Franco and Russell Brand), as well as thankless supporting females (Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Garner) while Focus's Hanna leads the line of strong female leads (Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett), followed by Meek's Cutoff's Michelle Williams and Soul Surfer's Annasophia Robb and Helen Hunt. Vera Farmiga steals the show in well-reviewed indie release Henry's Crime; Uma Thurman adds star power to Ceremony. The Flixster forecast puts must-see Hanna on top. Details, reviews, pictures and trailers for this weekend's offerings are below.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    If You're In Toronto This Weekend, Check Out "Littlerock"

    At the Royal Cinema in Toronto this weekend, Mike Ott's Gotham/Spirit Award winning "Littlerock" makes its Canadian debut... If you're in the city, do check it out (more on the film here via indieWIRE):

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  • Eric Kohn
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    "Melancholia" vs. "Another Earth": Which "Invading Planet" Movie Will You See?

    The trailer for Lars Von Trier's dark family drama "Melancholia" hit the web today, catching fire immediately for its freaky apocalyptic imagery and intense performances by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Anne Thompson compared the heavy symbolic content to Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life" trailer, which I broke down shot-by-shot a little while back. "Melancholia" isn't quite as visually dense, but it's certainly loaded with big ideas, although it have some company. "Another Earth," the low budget sci-fi effort directed by Mike Cahill and picked up by Fox Searchlight at Sundance this year, also involves the sudden arrival of a new planet adjacent to our own. "Another Earth" hits theaters July 20; "Melancholia" doesn't have a release date yet, although Magnolia Pictures will distribute it in the U.S.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Playlist's Guide To Assassins In The Movies

    We often don’t know where they come from, their real names or even why they do what they do. Yet, as an audience, we are frequently enamored with the glossy thrill of power offered to a hitman, a silent assassin disappearing into the night. Why hitmen have been such a genre staple isn’t hard to see - you put a gun into the hand of a major character, and boom! drama. The idea of a hired gun, someone whose line of work involves ending human lives without passion or emotion, is naturally fraught with tension and emotional weight.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    movie review: Hanna

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    movie review: Your Highness

    In theory, I suppose it would be funny—and incongruous—if in the middle of a serious costume drama a noble action hero uttered a four-letter word. Hearing Danny McBride do just that, repeatedly, in Your Highness not only isn’t funny but grows wearisome as the film plods along, seemingly unaware that it’s played all of its cards.

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  • The Playlist
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    In Theaters: Will 'Hanna' Fight Off 'Your Highness' Or Will 'Arthur' Drink Up The Box Office?

    2011 is apparently the anointed year of the Badass Chick, and this week we are double loaded with mini warrior assassin fairy Saorise Ronan in "Hanna" and bow-wielding Natalie Portman in "Your Highness" to erase that icky "Sucker Punch" feeling we've all been trying to scrub off. Oh and yeah, it just wouldn't be a weekend at the theater in 2011 without some kind of ill-advised remake, this week in the shape of "Arthur" with creeptastic Russell Brand.

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