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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    Three Points - Exhausted from Prep

    Three Points - Exhausted from Prep

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  • Spout
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    Tonight: See the Inspiring Documentary "Jane's Journey" Followed by Live Q&A With Jane Goodall

    Documentary fans nationwide should make plans tonight to attend a special one-night only screening of "Jane's Journey," Lorenz Knauer's surprisingly superb film on Jane Goodall. It's probably the most hopeful and inspiring doc I've seen since "The Interrupters." This film is a little more like an ad for an organization (Roots & Shoots) than even that crowd-pleaser, but it's similarly forgivable for primarily promoting a cause and specific program because it's the sort that just can't be denied (well, as we see in the film, Goodall and her son don't always see eye to eye). Also, like "The Interrupters," "Jane's Journey" is a polished work with great storytelling -- in addition to and regardless of the positive advocacy elements. It's a quiet, respectful biographical portrait of Goodall and the work she's done for chimpanzee and (now) human preservation. It's also filled with gorgeously shot footage from her travels around the world, including new visits to the wild ape habitat of Tanzania, where her career began.

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  • The Playlist
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    Lionsgate To Turn 'Dead Island' Into A Movie With The Guy Who Produced 'The Mummy'

    Remember earlier this year when the trailer for the videogame "Dead Island" dropped and every nerd with a controller creamed their pants? And then there was all kinds of premature news about a movie adaptation before the game had even arrived, leading publishers Deep Silver to put the kibosh on the rumors, saying back in February, “We are looking for quality above all else for a movie based on ‘Dead Island.’ We want to do it the right way as film realizations of games (or vice versa) usually fail to deliver what the fans were looking for. We will not go down this route with ‘Dead Island.’ Deep Silver profoundly believes in the quality and value of its Dead Island IP.”

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Brazil's Dezenove Announces Details on 2011-2012 Production Slate

    With the recent announcement of developments with its 2011-12 productions, Dezenove Som e Imagens has established itself as one of the fastest-rising production houses in Brazil.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Descendants, Clooney, Streep Top Gurus 'O Gold Oscar Rankings

    Descendants, Clooney, Streep Top Gurus 'O Gold Oscar Rankings

    The Gurus have spoken. Post-festivals, Alexander Payne's The Descendants (1) has taken over the frontrunner spot from Steven Spielberg's unscreened period war adventure War Horse (2). Interestingly, Spielberg was considering submitting the film to Venice but decided not to do so. He usually likes to wait until the last possible minute to show his films. It's better NOT to be at the head of the pack, anyway. The Descendants' George Clooney (1) is also at the front of the Best Actor race.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Short Teaser For D.C. Sniper Thriller "Blue Caprice" (Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond)

    Here's a short teaser clip for Blue Caprice, which I found on director Alexandre Moors' website. The thriller, written by Ronald Porto and currently filming in NYC, stars Isaiah Washington in the role of the Washington D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad, who took the lives of at least 10 people in a random killing spree in October of 2002.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Let It Play: An Interview with "Weekend" director Andrew Haigh

    British filmmaker Andrew Haigh’s Weekend has become one of the indie breakouts of 2011. Why that’s especially noteworthy is that it happens to be a romance between two men—and one that doesn’t shy away from the ins and outs of gay sex. As evidenced in his debut film, Greek Pete (2009), Haigh isn’t timid about such graphic depictions—but he’s also more interested in mind and soul than body, constantly negotiating between them to create something transcendent. Read more from Michael Koresky on the film here, and, below, read Eric Hynes’s interview with Haigh, who worked for years as an editor in the film industry (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Hannibal Rising) before striking out to make his own personal cinema.

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  • The Playlist
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    Lars Von Trier Embraces His Persona Non Grata Status In Poster For 'Melancholia'

    Lars Von Trier seems to have taken to heart the old Groucho Marx adage of not belonging to any club that will have him as a member. The director who famously ruffled feathers this spring at Cannes with his terrible Nazi "joke" -- and who caused more consternation by not apologizing for it -- has decided to give himself a character poster for the U.K. release of "Melancholia." What's more, his is the only one stamped with an "official" Cannes Persona Non Grata stamp. You gotta love it.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Documentary on Congolese Street Musicians, "Benda Bilili!" Hits American Theaters This Week

    We initially covered Benda Bilili! back in February when it was chosen to screen at South by Southwest Film Festival. Since then, it has continued on through the festival circuit and this week, will receive a limited release in the U.S. and Canada.

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  • The Playlist
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    Lee Daniels Will Visit 'Valley Of The Dolls' For NBC

    In case you didn't get the memo, period programming is the new black. Thanks to the runaway success of "Mad Men," ailing network channels who have been losing viewers to better programming on their cable rivals have been falling over themselves to try and replicate the popularity of AMC's show. This past weekend, ABC bowed the very expensive looking, though somewhat middling "Pan Am," while NBC is already two episodes deep in their poorly received "The Playboy Club." Perhaps sensing they might need to get another show moving if 'Playboy' doesn't pick up, the network is looking to one of the most popular melodramas of all time to try and find a winner, and have now found a helmer who knows his way around a genre to help out.

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