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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Strike Back, Episode 10 – Season Finale (Spoilers)

    David Chute wants you to hoist a few in honor of Strike Back, and it's not just an excuse to drink: this short-spoken Cinemax show actually has a lot to say.The first question for the fans is: Does it add up? Did it make sense? And then: How do we feel about the way the surviving Section 20 team members responded? Lifting a glass to the departed in a case like this, I’d argue in the affirmative on all points, and would go a step further: Understanding why this ending works for Strike Back is to understand what the series, at heart, has always been about.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Weekend B.O. (Oct.21-23) And A Question...

    I'm a dope. I mean really. I could kick myself. How come I didn't come up with the idea for Paranormal Activity? I mean the premise is so simple. Set up a video camera, have absolutely nothing happen for 20 minutes and then have a lamp jump off the table by itself and everyone jumps out of their seats. The result... instant box office smash!

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekly Wrap: Gothams & Awards, Upcoming A-List Projects, Festivals, Reviews, Media Watch & More

    INTERVIEWS: Zachary Quinto Talks Wall Street Drama Margin Call, Star Trek, Comes Out; And Alexander Payne Talks The Descendants, Clooney, Next Black and White Film

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer for Rom-Com "He's Mine Not Yours" (Caryn Ward, Jason Weaver, Gabrielle Dennis)

    Airing on BET this December, He’s Mine Not Yours will star Gabrielle Dennis (The Game), Jason Weaver (Lottery Ticket, Dysfunctional Friends), Caryn Ward (The Game), Carl Payne (Martin, Girlfriends), Clifton Powell, Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Game, 35 and Ticking) and Darius McCrary.

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  • The Playlist
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    Wim Wenders Discusses Painful 'Hammett' Collaboration With Coppola, Friendship With Nicholas Ray

    Filmmaker Talks 5-Hour Version Of 'End Of The World,' Sam Shepard, Unfinished Version Of 'Hammet' & More At NYFF Q&AWim Wenders' route to filmmaking was a circuitous one. At the age of 21, he landed in Paris determined to become a painter, but cinema had been in his DNA from an early age. He made super 8 movies as a child and became a local neighborhood projectionist at the age of 6 when he inherited his father’s antique film equipment; so cinema seemed like a natural path. But for years, he turned his back on movies, and it wasn't until he saw an Anthony Mann retrospective -- sidetracked from his painting aspirations in a Paris cinematheque -- that he began to fully understand that cinema had its own authors and "had a language of its own.” He then began a 40-year affair with the medium that continues to this day.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Herzog Talks Death Penalty Doc Into the Abyss, Myth of Indie Filmmaking, and Getting Shot At

    Herzog Talks Death Penalty Doc Into the Abyss, Myth of Indie Filmmaking, and Getting Shot At

    The 7th Annual Film Independent Forum (presented by indieWIRE) kicked off at the DGA Friday night with a screening of Drake Doremus' Like Crazy and a Saturday morning keynote Q&A with filmmaker Werner Herzog, covered by Sophia Savage:

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  • Hope for Film
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    Design The Perfect Landing Page For Your Film's Website?

    What are the top individual film websites? What are the top ones not funded by a major distributor?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Morelia Festival Three: Woman Without a Soul, Santa, The Last Cristeros, the President's Wife

    Morelia Festival Three: Woman Without a Soul, Santa, The Last Cristeros, the President's Wife

    Meredith Brody continues her enviable Mexican sojourn at the Morelia International Film Festival: The choice is easy for me for the first film today, even though there are ten competing screenings (however, three are at another Cinépolis multiplex, Las Americas, that I’ve been warned off by Festival vets because it’s far from the Festival center and requires a taxi ride). Still, there’s an eclectic and tempting array that includes The Guard, in the International section, an Irish film by John Michael McDonough starring Brendan Gleeson, unseen by me although released in the US in mid-summer; a program featuring three films by Yolanda Cruz, a young Mexican filmmaker and graduate of UCLA who works on border films; Michael Nyman’s Nyman with a Movie Camera, a shot-by-shot reconstruction of Dziga Vertov’s Man With A Movie Camera using footage Nyman has shot over two decades; and The Runway, another Irish film, by Ian Power, fortuitously starring Demian Bichir, who was a Mexican day laborer in last night’s A Better Life, but herein incarnating a South American pilot who crash-lands in remote Ireland. (Always nice to see an actor in two different parts, so close together.)

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  • The Playlist
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    LFF '11 Review: Michael Winterbottom's 'Trishna' Is Picturesque, But Entirely Lacking In Passion

    Over his career, Michael Winterbottom has hopped frequently from genre to genre, from subject matter to subject matter, rarely covering the same territory twice. But one of the few things he has returned to is the work of Thomas Hardy. The late 19th century British author has so far inspired two of the director's films: 1995's "Jude," an adaptation of "Jude the Obscure" with Kate Winslet, and "The Claim," a version of "The Mayor of Casterbridge" moved to a Californian mountain Western setting.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Also New On DVD & VOD - Sean Baker's "Prince Of Broadway"

    I missed this in my weekly "New On DVD/Blu-ray/VOD" post earlier this week.

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