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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    RIP Polly Platt, Production Designer and Producer, Driving Force for Directors

    I first met producer/production designer Polly Platt on the set of Terms of Endearment, which went on to earn five Oscars including best picture. Truth is, the movie might not have turned out as well without her. It was TV executive producer/writer James L. Brooks' debut as a film director, and featured his strong screenplay based on the Larry McMurtry novel. But Brooks sought steering and advice from Platt, who earned an Oscar nomination for Terms of Endearment for art direction/set decoration, and continued to supportively work for Brooks at Gracie Films, and on subsequent Brooks projects including Broadcast News and I'll Do Anything.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    The Top 25 Film Schools In The World (Lists)

    The hopeful auteur's dilemma - to go to film school, or not go to film school? That is the question. You say you're currently weighing those options? Maybe this list will assist.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Ghost Protocol' Moves To Dec. 21 & Faces 'Dragon Tattoo'; 'One Shot' Set For February 8, 2013

    Paramount has shuffled the deck on a couple of upcoming Tom Cruise projects and it looks like the actor is ready to test his star power this holiday season.

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  • Spout
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    "El Bulli" Satifies Only the Most Refined and Patient Palates

    The acclaimed Catalan restaurant El Bulli, which permanently closes its doors as a dining establishment this weekend, is not a place for normal folk. Rated consistently as one of the best restaurants in the world, the high-end, hard to book hideaway of haute cuisine is well known to foodies for its exceptionally creative, truly experimental avant-garde dishes -- half science, half art. And I guess in whole food and drink, too, but most us will never really know how any of it tastes, especially not now that it's being turned into a "culinary research foundation." Thanks to Gereon Wetzel's documentary "El Bulli: Cooking in Progress," however, we at least get to winess the science and art of head chef Ferran Adrià and his staff over the course of one year. But like the place and its menu, the film is not for normal folk.

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  • The Playlist
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    Mimi Leder To Direct 'All Quiet On The Western Front' Remake; Is Daniel Radcliffe Out?

    Yes, classic film fans, prepare to sigh loudly and furrow your brows -- and rightly so -- as a remake of Lewis Milestone's 1930 WWI drama "All Quiet on the Western Front" is getting a remake. And not only that, it's going to be from "Deep Impact" and "The Peacemaker" director Mimi Leder. Ugh. But if this all sounds somewhat familiar, well, it kind of is.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Christmas in Compton" and Black Holiday Classics

    Yes it's July, and maybe an odd time to discuss films that focus on the winter holidays. Or it could be the perfect time, since production schedules often dictate that films hitting screens in December are shot in summer or spring.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sony Picture Classics Acquires Kasdan's Darling Companion, Starring Keaton, Kline

    Sony Picture Classics has preemptively acquired the domestic rights to Darling Companion from Minneapolis-based Werc Werk Works (Howl, Life During Wartime).

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Men in White Aprons: An Interview with Gereon Wetzel, director of "El Bulli: Cooking in Progress"

    Men in White Aprons:An Interview with Gereon Wetzel, director of El Bulli: Cooking in Progressby Ohad Landesman

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Deutchman Takes Over as Chair of Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program

    Ira Deutchman, ever since his early days as an indie film distributor, always gave good quote. He went on to do many things, including co-founding Emerging Pictures, but for 24 years he was a popular professor of professional practice at Columbia University's School of the Arts. That's one of the reasons he was so smart about things--he always had an overview. Now Dean Carol Becker is appointing Deutchman as the new chair of Columbia’s Film Program. Deutchman will succeed Jamal Joseph, who has stepped down as chair after five years.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy Hosts New 20th Anniversary Print of Thelma and Louise and Q & A

    The Academy will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Thelma & Louise by screening a new print of the iconic Ridley Scott movie that turned the traditional buddy movie on its head. Screenwriter Callie Khouri won an Oscar for this story of two Southern women (Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis) who escape their domestic traps and begin a whirl-wind crime spree. Released in 1991, the film was an immediate critical, commercial, and cultural success (the trailer is posted below). Scott was nominated for a best director Oscar for, among other things, an ensemble of great performances, including breakout Brad Pitt.

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