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  • Spout
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    "Bombay Beach" Director Alma Har'el: "I'm Not a Documentarian, or a Filmmaker, or Anything."

    I sat down with "Bombay Beach" director Alma Har'el this week to talk about her hard-to-define new "documentary." Turns out she's hard to define as well, but the completion of her statement from the headline is this: "I’m just a person who likes to express herself and who is finding her way through it." She's a true artist, one who hopes you won't question her mixing of documentary and dance fantasy anymore than you'd judge a painter mixing two colors together. You can read the full interview over at the Doc Channel Blog, but here's a segment that I like, particularly because it proves most of the negative reviews are missing the point in complaining that it's not serious enough about its subjects.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Michael Fassbender Wants To Play In First Trailer For 'Shame'

    Sex, addiction, attraction, need, loneliness, fear, desire, connection, emptiness. There is so much to discover below the chilly surface of Steve McQueen's "Shame" that it's no wonder the film has been slaying critics and audiences during its fall festival run, which has seen the movie play Venice, Telluride, TIFF, NYFF, BFI London Film Festival and next the Festival Du Nouveau Cinema. Until now, unless you managed to catch one of those screenings, the only taste of the film has come from an array of stills and a couple of clips, but the first trailer, debuted at the Guardian, is a great sampler of what the movie has in store for viewers.

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  • New Deal Sally
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    Four Months and a Weekend

    This here dame has finally scribed another long-form essay and, lo!, it's about writer/director Andrew Haigh's extrordinary Weekend, which singlehandedly resuscitates the foundering genre of romance. Read it at the estimable site Press Play, baby dolls.

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  • Hope for Film
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    What Are The Common Themes Found In Indie Film?

    Themes resonate with communities. Communities congregate around common themes. Communities endure whereas films perish at a certain point in time. Community interest can revive forgotten works. Many different communities are vested in similar themes. Common interests between creators, financiers, and promotional entities can exist within the themes of work.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Harper's Bazaar Celebrates Iconic Scorsese Movie Scenes, New Casts: Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Gangs

    Harper's Bazaar celebrates Martin Scorsese by recasting and photographing some of his most memorable scenes, and talking with his collaborators. Here's a taste.

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  • The Playlist
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    Roger Avary To Direct Bret Easton Ellis' 'Glamorama' In 2012?

    The last time Roger Avary directed a film, it was in collaboration with Bret Easton Ellis. Together, the two of them were responsible for the hyperactive 2002 adaptation of "The Rules Of Attraction" and something of a spinoff in the mostly-improvisational "Glitterati" cut together from the extensive footage shot for Victor's European trip sequence. And how did that go? 'Attraction' pulled in less than $12 million worldwide, while "Glitterati" has only been seen by a handful of people and may never obtain any sort of release due to its pornographic content. So, naturally, Avary hasn't directed anything in almost a decade (not to mention his brief stint in jail). And in a perfect example of Hollywood logic, it looks like he'll return to directing with another collaboration with Ellis.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Rob Brown Joins Cast Of "The Dark Knight Rises"

    According to Variety, Rob Brown, last seen on the big screen in the 2008 Ernie Davis football biopic The Express, has signed on to join the cast of The Dark Knight Rises. The highly anticipated Christopher Nolan-directed action thriller, which we have given much coverage on the site, also stars Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman and Anne Hathaway. The Dark Knight Rises is set to be released July 20, 2012.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ben Foster, Paul Dano, Aaron Paul & Milo Ventimiglia In The Mix To Play John McClane's Son In Sequel

    Well, that didn't take long. Just one day after "A Good Day To Die Hard" got a new title and release date, the shortlist process has begun for the actor who helps Old Man McClane defeat some Russians as his son. And as it usually goes with this sort of thing, it's a grab bag bunch of folks.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    'Mountaintop' Playwright Katori Hall's Advice to Writers: "Become Your Dream"

    Katori Hall, writer of MLK play The Mountaintop and the forthcoming Hurt Village, had interesting words to share in a recent interview with the Huffington Post regarding her career and inspiration.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    London Fest Opening Night: 360 is “Love Actually… without the laughs," Saatchi Fete Ends Early

    Matt Mueller reports from the opening night of the London Film Festival, which ended too early for his taste:

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