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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Higher Ground—movie review

    How stimulating, and utterly refreshing, it is to see a movie with a distinctly female voice that deals with faith, and how one woman grapples with it, through good times and bad, throughout the course of her life. That Vera Farmiga gives an honest, empathetic performance should come as no surprise; she is one of the most gifted and daring actresses of our time, as she’s proved in such films as 'Down to the Bone',' Breaking and Entering', and 'Up in the Air'. This movie allows her to add “director” to her résumé.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    On DVD Today... Tyler Perry's "Madea's Big Happy Family" *Drags* Its Way Into Your Living Rooms...

    Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family is out on DVD today.

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  • The Playlist
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    Who Were The Winners And Losers Of The Summer Of 2011?

    As the summer winds die down with a flat and uninspired whimper, the realization sets in: the summer of 2011 was for the birds. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was the last major tent-pole to open, followed by sleeper hits like "The Help" and the not-so-successful R-rated action comedy, "30 Minutes or Less." Many had forecast that the overstuffed summer would prove disastrous, with Jon Favreau predicting that, "There’s not a weekend where there won’t be teeth on the floor," but ironically it's Favreau's film that proved to be one of the biggest box-office disappointments. Financially, films did very well with three billion-dollar blockbusters – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”-- helping the industry set a summer box-office record and nearly rebound from a horrible start to 2011 (Currently, 2011 revenue is running only 4 percent behind 2010, but in March, things were looking grim – 19% lower than the year previous).

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Downtown Independent Launches Film Finds

    If you don't yet know Christine Davila who has screened films for The Los Angeles Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Morelia Film Festival, and has been a Programming Associate at Sundance Film Festival since 2009, you should meet her through Downtown Independent, a theater which is establishing itself as a multimedia space in downtown L.A. at 251 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 and is launching a new monthly film series entitled Film Finds. This event, held on the first Thursday of every month launches this Thursday, September 1, 2011 with Austin-based filmmaker Geoff Marslett's animated astronaut love story, Mars, which premiered at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. Mars will be preceded by filmmaker Carson Mell's out of this world short film, Field Notes From Dimension X: Oasis. Mars, written & directed by Geoff MarslettThe series will boost these films' profiles as they begin their VOD/ DVD release. Downtown Independent will also pair each feature film presentation with a unique short film, followed by an interactive party with filmmakers, talent and special guests on their rooftop patio.Downtown Independent Special Events Programmer, Tatiana Tensen, created Film Find as a way to bring exposure to fresh and provocative feature films not widely seen outside of their successful festival runs who will pioneer their paths through the worlds of alternative film distribution. As an exhibitor it is important that we stay relevant in the rapidly changing world of film distribution. Film Finds creates an event where theaters can work in tandem with VOD / DIY film distribution while helping filmmakers find their audience. One of the greatest challenges filmmakers will face when doing DIY film distribution is creating awareness for their film. This event will not only be a launch pad for their release but, by giving the filmmakers a cut of the profit, this event will help fund the marketing needed to make their film thrive.Says Davila, These films represent some of the boldest and wildly original voices I’ve seen on the film festival circuit. More and more, filmmakers are choosing the DIY distribution model over the traditional theatrical route. Film Finds will provide that special communal theatrical experience to launch their film’s life on VOD/ DVD platforms where their artistic merit can be fully discovered. And nothing beats an epic screening party with the filmmakers in attendance, that we can share with the savvy and eclectic audience of the hip Eastside Los Angeles and popping downtown area.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    BFI London Film Fest To Close with Terence Davies' Deep Blue Sea, Starring Weisz & Hiddleston

    BFI London Film Fest To Close with Terence Davies' Deep Blue Sea, Starring Weisz & Hiddleston

    The BFI London Film Festival, in its 55th year, will close its fifteen-day festival (October 12-27) with the UK premiere of Terence Davies' The Deep Blue Sea. Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston and Simon Russell Beale star in the intense 50s drama, which will premiere in September in Toronto. Based on Terence Rattigan's play (here's a 1998 NYMag review), Weisz plays Hester Collyer, the wife of a high court judge (Beale), who leaves him for her lover (Hiddleston), an ex-RAF pilot...

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  • The Playlist
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    Nobody Puts Originality In A Corner: Maria Maggenti To Write ‘Dirty Dancing’ Reboot

    For anyone who has managed to go through their entire adult life without having seen “Dirty Dancing”: it's less a 1987 film about a seventeen year-old girl procreating with a lascivious Patrick Swayze, than a colossus that continues to bestride the world of cinema, distorting young boys’ and girls’ perception of romance along with it. Its drawbacks as a work of art, which are myriad, obvious and not really worth dwelling on, pale in comparison to the film’s continued profitability; if we needed further evidence of that, Deadline are reporting Lionsgate can provide it, as they have now tapped writer Maria Maggenti to pen an upcoming remake.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Thurgood Marshall Made History Today... Watch Laurence Fishburne Embody Him

    Today in history... August 30th, 1967, Thurgood Marshall was confirmed as the first black Supreme Court justice.

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  • The Playlist
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    Juliette Lewis Signs On To The Contemporary Noir 'Blood Or Water'

    What exactly happened to Juliette Lewis?

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  • The Playlist
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    Is 'James Bond 23' Titled 'Carte Blanche'?

    Updated: EON Productions officially deny the "Carte Blanche" title rumors. Their statement: "The new film is not going to be called Carte Blanche and will have nothing to do with the Jeffery Deaver book."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    First Look At "Soft Focus" By Rod Gailes OBC (2nd S&A Black Filmmaker Challenge Winner)

    Here's your first look still image from Rod Gailes OBC's Soft Focus - the winner of the second Shadow And Act $3,000 Black Filmmaker Challenge.

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