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    'A Dangerous Method' & 'The Skin I Live In' Latest Gala Presentations At New York Film Festival

    Get ready New York, the stars are on their way for the New York Film Festival and this afternoon, organizers announced two big additional special gala presentations to the slate.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    NYFF: Cronenberg's Dangerous Method and Almodovar's Skin I Live In Added to Galas

    Auteurs David Cronenberg and Pedro Almodovar are joining the line-up of the 49th New York Film Festival line-up with two new galas. Both are edgy sexually transgressive dramas from Sony Pictures Classics, which is also releasing the opening night film Carnage. Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley, will debut at Venice, play NYFF October 5 and open in theaters November 23. Almodovar's The Skin I Live In, starring Antonio Banderas, played to mixed reaction at Cannes and will open October 14, right after its gala on October 12.

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    Book Review: 'Straw Dogs' Retains The Controversy & Thematic Pull Without The Sleaze

    It has been 40 years since Sam Peckinpah released "Straw Dogs," and four decades on, the film still remains a powerful and sometimes hard to watch piece of work. Starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George, the film centers on David (Hoffman), a American mathematician who moves with his new bride Amy (George) to her hometown of Wakely, Cornwall in England. Some locals are hired on to do some repairs on David and Amy's farmhouse and they immediately take a disliking to the brainy David, and in an act of intimidation, they strangle their cat, leaving it hanging from a light inside the home. Things are then taken up a notch when David, lured into a distant area in the woods on a hunting trip with those same workmen in an effort to bond with him, his wife is raped by their ringleader, Amy's former lover Charlie Venner, and then again, by another man. The temperature is raised even more when David accidentally hits Niles the village idiot -- and pedophile who unbeknownst to him has just killed a local girl -- with his car driving home late one night in the fog, takes him home and reports the accident. Finding out that David has Niles, a crew of local men come to his house looking for the body pitching David in a final fight to save his home in a battle that will restore his crumbling masculinity in wake of the rape of his wife of the taunts of the workers at his home.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Danny Glover Will Star As Mad Scientist In New Sci-Fi Thriller "Mentryville"

    If we held a competition for "Hardest Working Man In Showbiz" Danny Glover would probably make the top 10; seems like every other week, we're announcing that he's attached to star or co-star in some film or TV project. He'll be on that list right alongside Samuel L. Jackson.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Film History On A Platter—DVD reviews

    If you believe major studio spokespeople, the DVD business is dying, to be replaced by downloading and cloud storage of films and TV shows. But the business-related news stories that repeatedly state these facts don’t take account of smaller companies like Criterion, Flicker Alley, and Kino that cater to film buffs and still provide a valuable product that can’t be replicated online.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    What's Will Smith Training For In This Video Clip?

    I really don't know how TMZ gets close enough to Will Smith to grab this footage (dated 8/12) which they say is of him testing out the gym's facilities, including a 20-minute MMA training session with Jamall "X Factor" Johnson; apparently, he's on the market for a new gym in Philly. Funny, I figured he'd have one in his friggin' house.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Torchwood: Miracle Day, Episode 6, The Middle Men, Recap and Review

    In the sixth episode of sci-fi series Torchwood: Miracle Day, writes David Chute, the series turns mystical. “If schemes and conspiracies are being plotted,” says Stuart Owens (Ernie Hudson), an executive at PhiCorp (big pharma personified), “they must be seen only as patterns, waves. Shifts that are either too small or too vast to be perceived. Someone is playing the system right across the planet with infinite grace.”

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Controversy Over The Help

    The Help has stirred up many emotions since it opened on Wednesday. But that hasn't prevented the film from becoming a hit. It grossed over $35 million since it opened and already made back its budget of $25 million. While I'm sure that Participant and Dreamworks would rather not have the controversy, they are sure happy with these opening numbers.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Brand New Clip From South African Crime Drama "How To Steal 2 Million"

    Here's a clip from South African neo-noir thriller How To Steal 2 Million, which I profiled about a month ago, and was impressed by - at least based on what I read about it and seeing its trailer.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Critics, Academy, Men, Women: The Help vs. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    Oscar Watch: Critics, Academy, Men, Women: The Help vs. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    It's not surprising where @spikelee falls on The Help. He's retweeting the articles that support his views, from indieWIRE's Eric Kohn to Michael Phillips in The Chicago Tribune. UPDATE: And The Association of Black Women Historians also disapproves.

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