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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Brendan Fletcher "An Indie Process in a Conventional System?" Part 1

    There are so many traps to avoid when making a feature. It is hard to NOT lose sight of the forest for the trees. The greatest visions get cut back due to the limits of practicality. The enormous task of world building often leaves nuance back by the gate. And how do we ever do something original in this world of Super Abundance. Some say there are only six stories to tell -- but there are 45,000 films produced globally per year.I have a particular love for ambitious film. I truly admire those who reach beyond the realm of reason. When I met Brendan Fletcher prior to him making his first feature, I knew he was such a soul. When I saw his film MAD BASTARDS, it was reaffirmed, but now that I am learning more of the process, I think he may be much more than that. Brendan will be guesting for the next few days, as he lifts the curtain and opens the kimono for our inspection.

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  • Caryn James
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    What the Founding Fathers Didn't Do, But Palin-Bachmann Think They Did (Video)

    In honor of the Fourth of July, here's a Revolutionary Primer, a mangled but funny version of U.S. history in which Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O'Brien imagine the damage Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann might do as history teachers.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    link we like: AMERICAN VAUDEVILLE MUSEUM

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  • Hope for Film
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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    New Dirty Girl Edit Hits U.S. October 7, Stars Dark Knight Rises' Juno Temple

    New Dirty Girl Edit Hits U.S. October 7, Stars Dark Knight Rises' Juno Temple

    Harvey "Scissorhands" Weinstein has returned to the editing room on several films in Weinstein Co.'s promising fall line-up, from Madonna's W.E., The Iron Lady and My Week with Marilyn to Toronto pick-up Dirty Girl, a high school bad girl comedy written and directed by whippersnapper Abe Sylvia. TWC released a sassy pink-and-yellow U.S. poster last week; its rocking over-saturated pastel tint, dazzling accessories, chipped nail polish and hair color firmly set the film in 1987 territory, as Brit ingenue Juno Temple’s blazing eyes peer over the reflection of an unending Oklahoma road.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post Alex & Andrew Smith: "Crowdfunding = Barnraising: We All Have To Do Some Heavy Lifting"

    It's kind of hard to find the appropriate analogy for what we do, particularly these days. Often I am tempted to think it is running full speed against a brick wall without any protective headgear on, hoping that a door may open the moment before impact. But those are on my down days. Usually I can see us all working together, building bridges, fusing connections, doing the labor that will lift the culture in many ways. It shouldn't be so hard to describe that, but I still struggle.Which is one of the reasons I was so pleased to reconnect with Alex and Andrew Smith, twin brothers, whose go to it attitude and willingness to reach high with their ambition has never been lagging. They look for the truth of it, and don't shy from the honesty of the hard work. Which is why the analogy they unearthed for crowdfunding for their guest blog today is so fitting.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Snap! Crackle! Pop! Rice Crispies Commercial

    I woke up this morning humming the jingle for a 50s commercial whose lyrics I still remember. How powerful is that? And I still eat the Kelloggs cereal. Here's the animated musical Rice Crispies commercial:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Spike Lee Can’t Get Funding, Ashton Kutcher vs. Village Voice in Social Media Brawl

    Spike Lee can’t get financing for his films, even with Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster joining a follow-up to Lee’s most successful feature, Inside Man. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Lee griped about everything from Do the Right Thing’s Academy snub in 1989 and making a film with LeBron James to his hesitancy about acting and Obama’s reelection. Lee's difficulties acquiring backers are countless, but he's particularly peeved that due to his 2008 financial disaster, the World War II period piece Miracle at St. Anna, even though Inside Man was his most successful film, "we can’t get the sequel made. And one thing Hollywood does well is sequels. The film’s not getting made. We tried many times. It’s not going to happen.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Rewind: Chatty Shia, Mysterious 'Prometheus' And The Week In Movies, June 26th-July 2nd

    This week was active at The Playlist. Speculation about "Prometheus" led to a load of weird, gossipy rumors powering the film news industry leading up to the opening for "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon." Meanwhile, The Playlist produced a number of can't-miss pieces of original content.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Jon Mortsugu: "Out With The Punk, Long Live The New Wave"

    When I got started making movies in he late 80's, I didn't know if our films would ever be seen or find a home. I took great comfort in the fact that others were doing it too though. When I learned first of Gregg Araki and then Jon Mortsugu -- and hence a west coast indie revolution -- I knew what we were doing was bigger than us. Everyone's approach and content was different, but damn it was bold. No one was spending much and we were starting to get it seen. The LA films we edgier and, well, louder. Mortsugu's titles alone project his attitude well: SCUM ROCK, FAME WHORE, MOD FUCK EXPLOSION, & HIPPY PORN. Today he guest blogs on how the digital revolution has lead him to lower the punk rock flag.

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