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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Hebe Tabachnik, Palm Springs International Film Festival Programmer is Honored

    We love Hebe!!!

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Quentin Tarantino’s Official Top Eleven of 2011

    Here is Quentin Tarantino’s official Top Eleven of 2011, per the Tarantino Archives. I am happy to see that Tarantino shares my love of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," as a script and as a movie. I love it that "The Artist" ties with another Weinstein Co. film, "Our Idiot Brother." He does seem to admire Hazanavicius, as he puts him on his best director list. As "Iron Lady" and "My Week with Marilyn" are also on his list, methinks he is being kind to the Weinsteins.  

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  • The Playlist
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    Chris Evans Has Great Taste, In Talks To Star In Bong Joon-Ho's Sci-Fi 'Snow Piercer'

    Even though he's now a bona-fide A-lister thanks to the success of "Captain America: The First Avenger," we're not sure people give Chris Evans enough credit. He's consistently been the best thing in crummy movies from "Fantastic Four" and "The Losers" to "London" and "Puncture," and when he gets the right material, like his raucous cameo in "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" or an impressive dramatic turn in Danny Boyle's "Sunshine," he really flies. Even his contribution to last summer's period superhero film seems to be undervalued; the film only half works, but that it works at all is in large part down to Evans' note-perfect performance in a difficult, near-saintly role.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "The Strange Thing About the Johnsons" Actress (Daniele Watts) Joins Cast Of "Django Unchained"

    Been a little while it seems since we posted any casting notices for Django Unchained; I guess the main black characters are already in the bag - Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson - and much of the rest of the casting that's been announced over the last sveral months, we don't really care about for obvious reasons :)

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  • Shadow and Act
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    First-Look Footage At Anthony Mackie In "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"

    We've seen the first official poster for the film, as well as at least one still photo of the title character (played by Benjamin Walker) in action; but we really haven't seen anything of Anthony Mackie who assumes BBF duties (or as he jokingly makes comparisons in the below video... it's like 48 Hours; he's the Eddie Murphy character) in the upcoming revisionist actioner Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

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  • The Playlist
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    20th Century Fox Want 'Chronicle' Director Josh Trank To Helm Reboot Of 'Fantastic Four'

    Marvel's plan to dominate the comic book movie world has one major problem; rights to some of their key properties were sold back in the 1990s to other studios -- Fox taking crown jewels like "X-Men," "Daredevil" and "The Fantastic Four," with Sony landing perhaps the best known character, "Spider-Man," along with the less celebrated "Ghost Rider."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Spike Lee Says He Financed "Red Hook Summer" Himself + Has No Distributor Yet + Plot Spoiler & More...

    Some bits and pieces of info worth sharing that I came across while reading THIS New York Times Sundance 2012 profile - specifically about veteran filmmakers like Spike Lee and Stephen Frears debuting their films at the festival, competiting with filmmakers much younger for eyeballs and distributors; putting them in a position that they don't often find themselves in.

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    The Lost Films of Laurel and Hardy

    The most popular and successful comedy team in entertainment history was Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, the timid thin one and the bossy fat one, who made an unbroken string of shorts (20 minutes each, as many as 13 a year) from 1927 to 1935, and features (averaging two annually) from 1930 to 1945.  Since they began so near the 1929 arrival of full sound, and moved into talkies more smoothly than practically any other stars, comic or otherwise, it is often forgotten that they began in silents.  Indeed, purists have always maintained that the best of Laurel and Hardy were their silent two-reelers—-all made in the first two years of the team’s existence—-and that the level of hilarity they achieved without dialog was never matched in the talking era, even though their voices perfectly suited the pantomimed personas they had so brilliantly established.  These rare silent comedy classics have been collected in ten DVD compilations under the umbrella title, The Lost Films of Laurel and Hardy (confusingly made available originally by Image Entertainment under volume numbers 1-10; check through Amazon.com).

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Danish Love in Palm Springs Goes to Argentina: SuperClasico

    In Palm Springs this past weekend we sat down for a crowded screening of this Danish comedy SuperClásico (ISA: The Match Factory). The audience loved it, really over the top response.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    SnagFilms Acquires Worldwide Theatrical, TV, Digital Rights To Artist Winfred Rembert Doc (Dates, Clips)

    It screened just 2 days ago here in NYC at the Maysles Cinema, but I missed it; couldn't make it.

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