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    Grant for Docs About Animals

    Late Deadline: October 1, 2011Presented by The Humane Society of the United States, the ACE Documentary Film Grant seeks to inspire filmmakers to portray animal issues in their films in creative and compelling ways. The First-Place Winner of the ACE Grant receives a $20,000 USD cash prize that can be applied to a documentary in any stage of development or production, or in need of finishing funds. Second- and Third-Place winners receive $2,500 and $1,000 awards, respectively.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy Shorts and Foreign Submissions Due October 3, Leading Foreign Contenders

    The Motion Picture Academy has set 5 pm Monday, October 3 as the deadline to submit complete entries in the Live Action Short Film, Animated Short Film and Foreign Language Film categories. Last year 65 films qualified for the foreign language Oscar race. Only five will be selected by the foreign language committee, headed by producer Mark Johnson.

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    More Developments with Forthcoming Dwayne Johnson Thriller "Snitch"

    In yesterday's post on Michael K. Williams, the actor made mention of being cast in Snitch, the new thriller starring Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon.

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    More: casting, FYI
  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trey Parker and Matt Stone Talk Book of Mormon, South Park, Scientology on 60 Minutes

    Matt Stone and Trey Parker talk to 60 Minutes about the success of their Tony-winning Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon, as well as their starving artist days and the rise of South Park. You can watch the episode below; more web extras are here.

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  • The Playlist
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    Antoine Fuqua To Direct 'Suge Knight' Documentary For Showtime

    Well, of course he is. Still attached to the forever gestating "Tupac" biopic, Antoine Fuqua, who shows no sign of stopping signing onto things, will team with Showtime and direct a feature length documentary about notorious hip hop mogul Suge Knight.

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    Antoine Fuqua Set to Direct Suge Knight Doc for Showtime

    Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) is set to direct and produce a new documentary project based on the life and exploits of Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    IMDb Launches Free Trivia iPhone and iPod Touch App

    If you are the largest movie website in the world, what do you do when you want to broaden your already huge readership? If you're the mighty Internet Movie Database (110 million unique visitors per month, 2 million video views a day), you take your popular mobile apps one step farther and devise a free entertainment trivia game for the iPhone and iPod Touch. (It's playable on an iPad, but in a small window.) So IMDb chief Col Needham has given movie geeks everywhere (remember Trivial Pursuits Silver Screen Edition?) something to play with while they're waiting in line. (No wonder he was advising me to switch from my BlackBerry to an iPhone at Cannes.)

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Meta 'Art History' Is NOT Recommended For Joe Swanberg Newbies

    The very first shot of “Art History” features a close-up of a woman’s hand placing a condom on an erection. If you needed any further clues that prolific indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg has no intention of going mainstream any time soon, the director has a cock for you to look at. While his “mumble core” allies are moving on to more broad or genre interests (Mark Duplass and Greta Gerwig might as well star in a CBS sitcom at this point), Swanberg soldiers on, approaching the academic depths usually plumbed by late-career artists freed by their lower budgets.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    You're Next Reviews: Adam Wingard's Horror Wins Big at Fantastic Fest, A Treat for Genre Fans

    Adam Wingard's horror confection You're Next just ate up the competition at Fantastic Fest after premiering in Toronto's Midnight Madness. Lionsgate scooped it up, because both audiences and critics are hot and bothered by what could be that rare horror film breakout in an often disappointing genre.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Kalliope's Van Gogh Biopic Seeks Director

    The rich, dramatic story of Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh--who has his own museum in Amsterdam-- hasn't been brought to life (in English, anyway) in a feature film since Robert Altman's underappreciated Vincent and Theo (1990), starring Tim Roth. Vincente Minnelli's 1956 Lust for Life memorably starred Kirk Douglas as Van Gogh; Anthony Quinn won the supporting actor Oscar as Paul Gauguin. Australian Paul Cox also directed a 1987 documentary on the painter, featuring John Hurt reading his letters (clip below).

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