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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    The 2011 New York Film Festival | Collective Destiny: LE HAVRE

    The 2011 New York Film Festival | Collective Destiny: LE HAVRE

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Darryl Roberts' "America The Beautiful 2" To Premiere in N.Y. and L.A. In Oct.

    If you recall earlier this month I wrote about Darryl Roberts' 2007 documentary America The Beautiful of which as I said "chronicled the sudden rise and steep fall modeling career of a back then, 12 year old professional model, Gerren Taylor, who suffered a near mental breakdown and major self-esteem issues, when, at age 14, her career came to a sudden halt".

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  • The Playlist
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    'Half Nelson' & 'Sugar' Duo Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden Will Get 'Hate Mail'

    Oh man, well this is eerie. Just yesterday we were chatting around The Playlist water color discussing our recent interview with Anthony Mackie in which he discussed what working with Ryan Gosling was like. The pair of course are starring in the current filming "Gangster Squad" but before that, they squared off in Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's remarkable debut film "Half Nelson." Talking amongst ourselves, we noted how much we really liked their scenes together (particularly the one below) and moreover, how we hoped that we'd soon be hearing of a new project from the directing pair. Well, here we are.

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  • The Playlist
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    Woody Harrelson Is Going To Pull Some Jedi Mind Tricks In 'Now You See Me'

    While Woody Harrelson has earned acclaimed for his post-"Cheers" dramatic work, the actor still likes to have some fun. In fact, prior to the TIFF premiere of Oren Moverman's "Rampart," Harrelson did everything from the raunchy comedy "Friends With Benefits" to the disaster movie "2012" to low-fi superhero pic "Defendor." And while those films are certainly a mixed bag, his next turn could see the actor taking part in some high class genre fare.

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  • Press Play
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    LIFE'S WORK: THE FILMS OF ROMAN POLANSKI - Chapter 4: Chinatown: Frames and Lenses

    [EDITOR’S NOTE: Press Play is devoting much of its content this week to a study of the films of Roman Polanski, whose new movie Carnage opens the New York Film Festival this Friday, September 30. We are counting down to the event by running a new video essay every day this week under the title Life’s Work: The Films of Roman Polanski. Chapter 4 of the series is a video essay by contributor Jim Emerson called Chinatown: Frames and Lenses. You can view Chapter 1 of this series, Polanski’s God, here. You can view Chapter 2 of this series, Spaces, here. You can view Chapter 3 of the series, Uniting The Fragments: Cul-de-Sac, here.]

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Ted Hope Shares 99 Steps for Making Good Movies; 1. Maintain Wonder & Love for The World...

    Check out producer (and iW blogger) Ted Hope's 99 Recommended Steps for Making Good Movies:1. Maintain wonder & love for the world & most/some of the people.2. Recognize the barriers & be empowered by my desire for change.3. Find an inspiring idea & the correct collaborator for it.4. Maintain love & respect for the film industry.5. Develop script.6. Fall in love with project.7. Get non-financier, non-buyer industry types to give feedback on script.8. Maintain wonder & love for the process.9. Further develop script.10. Maintain respect for collaborator(s).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Tonight's Live Podcast Featuring "Dark Girls" Producers Bill Duke + D. Channsin Berry Rescheduled

    Unfortunately folks, tonight's live podcast will have to be rescheduled due to an unforeseen circumstance. Long story short, S&A podcast host Monique is actually in the hospital now after taking a bad fall on her way to a film screening. Her foot is being checked out for a possible fracture. Don't worry, I had a chance to speak with her and she's still in good spirits.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Homeland' Star Diego Klattenhoff Joins Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

    Sometimes when one door closes, another one opens. You might recall that back this spring "Homeland" star Diego Klattenhoff was reported to be taking a role in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises." As these things sometimes go, the scheduling couldn't be worked out and he didn't wind up doing the film, but fall is here and the actor has bounced back with a part in another mega movie.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe & Thomas Jane Get Wasted In Red Band 'I Melt With You' Trailer

    Here's a midlife crisis gone so awry that no amount of hugging it out with your bros is gonna solve it.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The East: Clarkson Set to Join Scripter-Star Marling, Page, Skarsgard in Batmanglij's Eco-Thriller

    Zal Batmanglij's The East, written with his Sound of My Voice collaborator/co-writer/producer Brit Marling (clip below), will star Marling and Alexander Skarsgard, and is inches away from casting Ellen Page. The thriller is about a woman (Marling) who works for a firm that is hired by corporations to protect them from big business haters and environmentalist radicals. She must infiltrate one such anarchist group, 'The East,' which is led by Skarsgard. Page, fresh from Woody Allen's Bop Decameron, will play his one-time lover and a member of the group; according to Variety, Felicity Jones was originally attached. UPDATE: Patricia Clarkson and Toby Kebbell join the cast as Marling's boss and “a doctor who was treated with a tainted drug that caused him to have Parkinson’s-like symptoms,” respectively [FSR].

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