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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Kaurismäki's "Le Havre" opens this Friday

    Aki Kaurismäki’s Le Havre starts like a caper film: two shoe-shiners stand at a railway station, waves of sneakers passing by. Then, a fine pair of leather oxfords stops before them. The camera tilts up to a man handcuffed to a briefcase, and, with his eyes darting around suspiciously, he lifts his shoe for a polish. He rushes off, and moments later we hear a gunshot. The churlish Marcel Marx (André Wilms) shrugs, “Well, at least I got paid first.”

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  • Press Play
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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: BOSS: Is Kelsey Grammer’s show the new WIRE

    Starz' "Boss" is a tour de force about politics, power and the press -- and the inevitability of corruption. By Matt Zoller Seitz Press Play Contributor

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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Bay & Jason Statham Both Say They Aren't Involved In Any 'Transformers' Sequels Right Now

    Looks like everyone jumped the gun a little bit on those "Transformers" sequels reported a couple of days ago. With Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner claiming he was already talking to Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay about sequels, and with trade reports buzzing that "Transformers 4" and "Transformers 5" would potentially shoot back-to-back with Jason Statham being eyed as the new lead, the news appears to have put the cart in front of the horse. Or something. As it turns out, both Bay and Statham have flat out denied their involvement in any forthcoming films.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The Many Amazing Remixes of Lana Del Rey's "Video Games"

    I was obsessed with Lana Del Rey's "Video Games" all summer, but now there's 3 new reasons to put it in heavy iPod rotation all over again:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Fox Launches Writer's Intensive to Target Diversity

    Described as a highly selective writer's initiative held at the Fox Studios in Los Angeles from February to May, the Fox Writer's Intensive ("FWI") is a new program launched by Fox's Audience Strategy division.

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  • The Playlist
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    Mark Romanek Tops The List To Direct Dan Brown's 'The Lost Symbol'

    Music video and commercials director Mark Romanek has had a bumpy ride in Hollywood of late. After making an impression with his debut feature "One Hour Photo," the director moved on up to the monster movie feature "The Wolfman" but walked away during the film's famously contentious production. Instead, he helmed an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's acclaimed novel "Never Let Me Go," but unfortunately, it didn't quite become the awards season horse or critical darling many expected, picking up mixed reviews and a muted response at the box office. Then there was his pilot for Fox, "Locke & Key," which was canceled, and despite recent airings at San Diego Comic-Con and New York Comic-Con in an attempt to revive interest, that too seems to have fallen by the wayside. But all that said, Romanek is still a respected helmer and over the past few months he's slowly been picking up heat, getting attached to direct a live action "Cinderella" film and being offered the chair for "The Wolverine" (which he turned down). Well, another big project may be coming his way and it will potentially reunite him with a star he was set to work with a few years back.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Vendome Appoints Acquisitions Vet Guy Stodel as Production Chief

    Vendome Pictures (Source Code, Larry Crowne) has named acquisitions exec Guy Stodel as president of production. He will report to vet producer and Vendome CEO Philippe Rousselet, who will oversee the Vendome slate, as well as Vendome’s Co-CEO Fabrice Gianfermi. Stodel will run and ramp up development and production of Vendome’s upcoming films; the goal is to produce two to three global commercial titles a year. Stodel leaves two years of indie production to join Vendome; he produced the American remake of French comedy Le Mac, starring Ed Helms. In 2008, Stodel joined the short-lived Paramount Vantage; he left in 2009 as exec v-p of production and acquisitions. At Paramount, Stodel acquired and developed the script Man on a Ledge, now a Summit release. Stodel came to Paramount from New Line Cinema, where he served as senior v-p of acquisitions and co-productions. Stodel was also an acquisitions exec at Lions Gate Entertainment.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    See Michael B. Jordan as a Superpowered Teen in 'Chronicle'

    Directed by Joshua Trank, Chronicle follows the misadventures of three high school buddies who develop uncanny powers after making an incredible discovery. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their darker sides begin to take over.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    John Singleton Suing MTV Films And Paramount Over "Hustle & Flow" And Lost Opportunities

    Looks like John Singleton is ready to kick some film industry butt...in court that is. Singleton is suing Paramount and MTV Films claiming they reneged on an agreement to finance and distribute 2 of his films after giving them distribution rights to Hustle & Flow, a 2005 film he produced starring Terrence Howard.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For 'Chronicle' Suggests There's Still Intriguing Life In Low-Budget, YouTubey Sci-Fi

    These days, anytime a trailer crackles with the lo-fi sound of a faux-found footage doc, a cinematic angel loses its wings. However, this first look at "Chronicle," a low-budget sci-fi film that 20th Century Fox is putting out next year, is admittedly fairly engrossing.

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