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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Napa Valley Film Festival Call for Entries

    Talk about Location! Here is the place you want to go. Paradise! And they are now focusing now on the unique Artist-in-Residence program created with the sublime Meadowood Resort & Spa who will be housing (for up to five nights!) the directors of the films in the Dramatic Features Competition. This Festival holds promise to be the most comfortable and creative venue in the U.S. Filmmakers are invited to submit for the inaugural Film Festival November 9-13, 2011, featuring new independent films as well as Napa Valley’s finest food, wine and hospitality Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) Co-Founders and Directors Brenda and Marc Lhormer are accepting film submissions for the first annual Napa Valley Film Festival until June 30 through Withoutabox. Showcasing the best of new independent cinema along with the Napa Valley’s finest food, wine and hospitality (with partners like Chef Thomas Keller of The French Laundry, Chef Michael Chiarello, Emmy-winning host of the Food Network’s Easy Entertaining and more than 50 award winning wineries in the region), NVFF will debut November 9-13, 2011 with a five-day festival spread over four of the valley’s postcard-perfect towns.

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  • The Playlist
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    L.A. Film Festival: Eric Wareheim's 'Kewl Vids' A Great Look Back At His Music Videos

    Plus A First Look At The Trailer For 'Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie'Of the curated programs we've seen this week at Los Angeles Film Festival is a retrospective of the music video work from Eric Wareheim that also included an uncensored version of his short film with Tim Heidecker, “The Terrys.” The actor/director was on hand for the event this past Thursday, so not only did we have the chance to see his eye-popping videos projected on the big screen, but we got to hear him speak afterward about his directing process, making it on MTV and his latest endeavor, a feature film.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Leaked 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' Trailer Still Looks Awesome In French

    In just a couple of days, "Transformers: The Dark Of The Moon" will swoop over multiplexes worldwide delivering loads of robot smashing fury, but for us, the most anticipated moment of that film will happen even before it begins. The trailer for the franchise sequel/refresh of sorts "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" will be unveiled in front of the Michael Bay film, and if this (curiously well shot) bootleg of the French version is anything to go by, it looks pretty damn great.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    First Look at The Raven: Cusack Frighteningly Passable as Edgar Allen Poe

    Until this first-look photo, it was difficult to imagine John Cusack, likeable and attractive, as the mysterious and macabre Edgar Allen Poe. But in the upcoming The Raven (Relativity, March 12, 2012), loosely inspired by Poe's life, Cusack looks craggy-faced and alarming as the American gothic literary genius. The film is shooting in Serbia for Baltimore circa 1846; Luke Evans (Tamara Drewe), Alice Eve (She's Out of My League and Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) co-star.

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  • Caryn James
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    “True Blood” Enters Fairy Land

    If you’re going to add werewolves, fairies and witches to a vampire story, you better make sure you can handle the extra-human overload. Last season True Blood lost me with its leaden theme of Nazi werewolves. The new fourth season (beginning Sunday on HBO) piles on even more characters with loony powers.

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    L.A. Film Fest Reviews: Songs by Animal Collective & Bon Iver Can't Save 'The Dynamiter'

    Plus Iranian Indie 'Please Do Not Disturb'"The Dynamiter" opens in the fields of the South with two young brothers (one fourteen, one eight) throwing sharpened sticks they've made at a pile of hay. We keep seeing wannabe Malick-like cuts and shots as the older brother is telling a joke, the sky is an amazing blue, and "Banshee Beat" by Animal Collective plays in the background. This sets the tone for the rest of the film; one of shallow cliches, disingenuous nostalgia, and a coldly calculated style.

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  • Week of Wonders
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    #Silverdocs: A Winner!

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  • The Playlist
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    Rewind: Beatty, Tarantino, Cronenberg & More In The Week In Movies, June 19th-June 25th

    It was a rowdy week at The Playlist. In addition to gaining a clearer picture of Quentin Tarantino's Spaghetti Western-tinged slavery drama, "Django Unchained," we saw the return of Warren Beatty, while we checked out the Oscar race, brought you new trailers and said goodbye to a living legend.

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    The Coen Brothers Next Film Will Take On The '60s New York City Folk Scene

    Will Be Loosely Based On The Life Of Dave Van Ronk; Will They Shoot On 16mm?It wasn't too long ago that we got our first morsel of info on what the Coen Brothers might be following up their adaptation of "True Grit" with. We sat in on a conversation the sibling directors had with Noah Baumbach at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center earlier in the month and they revealed they were at work on a music-based project. While they were mum on most of the details, they said it was “kind of like ‘Margot At The Wedding,’ ” Baumbach’s 2007 film, in which during the immediate opening of the film, the audience is just dropped into a scene already in progress without any setup or establishing shots or narration to let them know what’s going on. Joel Coen also suggested that the music in the mystery film would be "pretty much all performed live, single instrument." Well, there is now a much more complete picture of where the Coens will be venturing next.

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