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    Death Has A Ginger Beard In New Character Posters For 'Sightseers'

    Packing up the camper and hitting the road is a popular vacation choice for many, but never has it been depicted with such a gleeful streak of dark comedy as it is in Ben Wheatley's "Sightseers." The director of "Kill List" and "Down Terrace" continues his wicked pace with another new film headed to theaters, and it has four cheeky posters to give you taste of what's to come.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Watch: Spielberg and Day-Lewis Talk 'Lincoln' at Lengthy Q&A (VIDEO)

    Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis participated in a live Q&A session yesterday after a special screening of "Lincoln," directed by Spielberg and starring Day-Lewis as the 16th president. The full interview and a shorter clip, in which the pair talk about how they can use fear as a driving force in their work, both linked below.

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    Review: 'Here Comes The Boom' Is Like A More Violent, Less Funny Version of 'The Fighter'

    Kevin James is one of those actors who is so featureless and bland that he makes Tom Hanks seem, in comparison, positively exotic. With his doughy figure, dad-next-door face, and line delivery that suggests he's getting ready for the next big football game instead of commanding movies that cost tens of millions of dollars, he is so bereft of personality that you sense that he might just waft off the screen. Usually, though, he's nestled inside a Russian doll of higher caliber comedic talent, whether it's Will Smith in "Hitch" or Adam Sandler and his posse in a whole host of movies (including "Grown Ups" and "The Zookeeper"). Teaming him up with someone usually makes his bumbling everyman shtick slightly more palatable.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Ari Emanuel's Lessons to Live By: Stay Close to Intellectual Superiors, Fail

    Agent and co-CEO of WME and recent MOCA board member Ari Emanuel has posted a list of "Six Lessons I Live By" on LinkedIn. Bullet-point existential guides from the uber-successful tend to be littered with Hallmark platitudes, and Emanuel's is no exception. He does, however, focus on humility, which cuts through the hackneyed life-plan catnip a bit: Included in his advice are the imperative to "surround yourself with people smarter than you" and the warning that "[your daily] schedule makes you dumber."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    John Legend Sells Scripted Comedy Project To Fox, Based On His Own Life

    John Legend

    It was announced in July that John Legend and his Get Lifted Film Company had signed an exclusive deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop TV series for both cable and broadcast networks.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Another Day, Another Sexist Controversy

    Alfred Hitchcock is having a renaissance  this year.  First, Vertigo was named the Greatest Film of All Time in Sight and Sound's recent poll.  And now not one, but two, films that deal with Alfred Hitchcock are coming out this year.  The first, The Girl stars Sienna Miller and tells the story of how Hitchcock sexually harrassed Tippi Hedren.  The film premiered last week at the Hampton's Film Festival and will be shown on HBO on October 20.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Essentials: The Works Of Harris Savides

    As you might have already heard, today brings the awfully sad news that Harris Savides, one of the great working American cinematographers, has passed away at the age of 55. Savides was a relatively late-starter in features (his first stint as DoP was Phil Joanou's "Heaven's Prisoners" in 1996), but over the next fifteen years managed to work with a laundry list of great filmmakers, from James Gray and Gus Van Sant to Ridley Scott and Sofia Coppola.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    2012 Hollywood Black Film Festival Announces Exciting New Programming Lineup + Dates

    2012 Hollywood Black Film Festival Announces Exciting New Programming Lineup + Dates

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    R.I.P. Cinematographer Harris Savides (1957-2012)

    "I light a room and let the people inhabit it, as opposed to lighting the people," cinematographer Harris Savides told the Village Voice in 2004. "It's more organic. You want to protect the people you're working with, and there's a constant battle between the best light for their face and the best light for the story. You don't want to get to the point where the audience notices the light."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Eight Short Docs Selected for Oscar Shortlist; Many Previous Nominees

    Eight documentary short films have been selected for the 2013 Oscars shortlist, of which three to five will earn nominations. Full list below.

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