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    Kiarostami 2.0: "Certified Copy"

    For the epigraph of his now-canonical Simulations, the late French philosopher Jean Baudrillard cited a curiously modern aphorism from the Book of Ecclesiastes: “The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth—it is the truth which conceals that there is none.” The line was apocryphal, of course. Yet legions of academics have quoted it in research papers and at conferences, never questioning the authority of their source, and missing entirely the point of the thinker’s deadpan prank. To a certain mindset, it hardly matters whether the attribution is fabricated. After all, simulations have a truth of their own.

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    John Cusack Starring In International Screwball Comedy 'Dictablanda'

    Ever since falling deeply in love with "Grosse Point Blank" as a twelve-year-old (followed swiftly by exposure to "Being John Malkovich" and "High Fidelity"), this writer has been firmly in the lifelong-fan-of-John Cusack camp. But being a Cusack fan has become deeply frustrating in recent years. His best performances ("Grace is Gone," "The Ice Harvest") go unsung, his paycheck roles get more and more depressing ("2012," "Hot Tub Time Machine") and his two most recent films, "Shanghai" and "The Factory" haven't been released at all, despite both filming way back in 2008. And that's without even mentioning his Twitter feed, a textbook example of why it's sometimes best to keep some distance from your heroes.

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    Unnecessary Animated Sequel Face-Off: New Trailers For 'Cars 2' & 'Kung Fu Panda 2'

    Plus 'Puss In Boots,' If You Hate Your KidsIt's looked for a while now to be a fairly grim year for animation, but things took an uptick this past weekend with "Rango' -- a gorgeous, offbeat, surprisingly adult western which, while not a home-run, has more than enough to recommend it. Unfortunately, things look to have peaked from here on out: next up is the pedestrian-looking "Rio," and the rest of the year brings a series of sequels from the big dogs of the animation world, Pixar and DreamWorks.

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  • Hope for Film
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    IndieFilmFinanceModelV2011.1 : The Ten Factors

    Last week I went into some of the factors determining how the Model for IndieFilmFinanceV2011.1 may be set. Previously, over at my old home, I spent some time trying to better define that model. If you were taking notes you probably recognized that what follows below ARE a the key factors, but I thought it was worth jotting them down for our cheat sheets:

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    WB Launches Movie Rentals on Facebook

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    Guillermo Del Toro Confirms 'At The Mountains Of Madness' Is Dead

    Update: Guillermo Del Toro also reached out to the New Yorker, telling the magazine, "Madness has gone dark. The ‘R’ did us in."

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    JDIFF '11 Review Roundup: 'Julia's Eyes,' 'A Somewhat Gentle Man'

    The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, aka JDIFF, first inaugurated in 2003, wrapped its packed 11-day run on Sunday 27th February. Our "man" (read: "woman") on the ground, was in attendance - here are some short reviews of just a few of the many films screened.

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    JDIFF '11 Review Roundup: 'Poetry,' 'Everything Will Be Fine,' 'My Words, My Lies - My Love'

    The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, aka JDIFF, first inaugurated in 2003, wrapped its packed 11-day run on Sunday 27th Feb. Our "man" (read: "woman") on the ground, was in attendance - here are some short reviews of just a few of the many films screened.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    DC Comics and Warner Bros. Hit WonderCon with Green Lantern Stars, Video, Vid-games on April 1

    DC Comics and Warner Bros. Hit WonderCon with Green Lantern Stars, Video, Vid-games on April 1

    Warner Bros., having promoed Green Lantern at Comic-Con in July is moving on to WonderCon in April. The Martin Campbell movie starring Ryan Reynolds as the DC superhero opens wide June 17 in both 2-D and 3-D. The studio is taking Reynolds and co-stars Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard to the comics convention at the Moscone Center in San Francisco for first-day signing festivities followed by a panel at 5.

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    Guillermo Del Toro To Direct 'Pacific Rim' Instead Of 'At The Mountains Of Madness'?

    Universal Balking At R-Rating & $150 Million Price Tag; Tom Cruise Not Confirmed For RoleIt's been a long, hard road for Guillermo Del Toro for the past few years. He held on as long as he could with "The Hobbit" before the constant delays eventually forced his hand to get out and moving on to something else. That salvation appeared to be in the form of "At The Mountains Of Madness," the director's longtime passion project, an adaptation of the novel by H.P. Lovecraft. It seemed to be moving forward as his next gig with James Cameron producing, and Universal reacting very positively to pre-production visuals presented to suits, and moreover, the ambitious project was set to come in at the approved $150 million budget. But it appears the studio isn't quite ready to pull the trigger on an R-rated horror big budget horror film.

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