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    Netflix Change Their Minds Again, Scrap Qwikster, No Longer Splitting Into Two Companies

    Things have been pretty rosy for Netflix these last few years. Starting as a humble VHS-rental company in 1998, they swiftly became the market leader in DVD rentals, helping to pretty much bury Blockbuster, delivering one billion discs by 2007, and reaching 23.6 million subscribers as of April this year. They've also been ahead of the game in delivering a streaming system, which is, after all, where the home video market is heading, and have become the first stop for film fans looking for online content. And 2011 was going pretty well for them; they announced plans to roll out in Europe in 2012, and are going to be producing their own high content with big names involved, starting with the David Fincher/Kevin Spacey collaboration "House of Cards" next year.

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    NYFF: Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky Talk Ethics, Media & Witch-Hunts In The West Memphis Three Docs

    Documentary Filmmakers Of The 'Paradise Lost' Movies Talk The Challenges Of Making Films About Wrongly Convicted MenIt’s not easy to distill the story of the West Memphis Three and the three “Paradise Lost” documentaries (though reading our review of “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” might provide some pretty good context).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sundance May Not Be Big Factor in This Year's Oscar Race

    Sundance May Not Be Big Factor in This Year's Oscar Race

    Even with Sony Pictures Classics behind it, Jeff Nichols' Take Shelter, which has earned raves for Michael Shannon, failed to lure audiences this weekend. Hopefully it will build strong word-of-mouth and critics group votes at year's end. But even though Sundance has launched multiple Oscar nominees of late--15 in 2010 alone--will other Sundance fave raves Win Win, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Like Crazy and Another Happy Day meet that same fate?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    The “Queen Hussy” Chronicles w/ Pete Chatmon: Issue 3

    Last Sunday we premiered the first episode of Queen Hussy, kicking off the 50,000 View Challenge. It's our first foray into the space so there's a lot of daily learning, but we're happy thus far with the views we've compiled. There are a few special videos being cut right now, so once those are off the chopping block I'll drop 'em here in the 'ole Chronicles. In the meantime, I'm going to talk about the week that was...and what's in store for the coming weeks.

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    Ray Manzarek's Book About Jim Morrison Faking His Death Is Being Turned Into A Movie

    This writer would certainly rather watch something or read about the history of The Doors than actually listen to them, the band's history, and particularly that of charismatic front-man Jim Morrison providing enough material for Oliver Stone to make his 1991 biopic, "The Doors" (even if it's a rather lesser entry in the director's ouevre). Two decades on, it seems that another Morrison-centered project may be heading to the big screen, one that actually comes from one of his bandmates, no less, and one taking a more fantastical look at the musician.

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    Watch Now: Noel Clarke Discusses Prison Drama "Screwed" (New on DVD/Blu Ray)

    Based on Ronnie Thompson’s autobiographical account of his time as a prison officer, Screwed is an intense and violent portrayal of life behind bars.

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    Grants to Grab

    Deadline October 10: At Tribeca Film Institute grants are available to support exceptional storytellers from the U.S. and around the world.How? Through funding: over a million dollars annually in grants for both narrative and documentary films and new media projects. Through real-world connections: In an era of the easy "Like" we create opportunities for filmmakers to genuinely connect with industry professionals and with each other. Through support: We offer guidance and provide one-on-one assistance through the filmmaking process.Why? Because well-told stories bring communities together. They captivate us, and they have the potential to cross cultural, religious and socioeconomic divides like nothing else.

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    Short Starts: Watch Steve Martin in a 1956 Disney Documentary and in His Oscar-Nominated 1977 Film

    Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at an early film by Steve Martin, who co-stars in "The Big Year," which opens this Friday.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Boardwalk Empire 2.3 – The Noose Tightens

    Walking the Atlantic City boards this week, David Chute is only mildly annoyed.The show should be generating a lot more suspense, at this point, as Nucky Thompson’s enemies (a significant percentage of them driven by long-festering family resentments) move to choke off his sources of supply (with help from the Coast Guard) and chase off his customers (Jimmy’s buddy Al, in Chicago, may have helped out with this, although ambiguity remains).

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    London Film Festival: Sandra Hebron Steps Down, Looks Back

    As Sandra Hebron’s reign as Artistic Director at the London Film Festival draws to a close, Matt Mueller asked her cast an eye over her final program and look back over her time steering Europe’s largest public film festival.After nine years holding the London Film Festival (LFF) reins (she stepped up from deputy in 2003), well-regarded Sandra Hebron decided that this year’s festival – its 55th edition – would be her last. The decision was partly foisted upon her as she opted not to apply when the British Film Institute declared their intention to merge her post with that of the artistic director of BFI Southbank (the old National Film Theatre). It’s not that Hebron didn’t fancy the added workload, more that it just seemed the right time to make a clean break. “I’ve been here a long time and I’m genuinely interested to see what somebody else does with the festival,” she says. “I’m a big believer in cultural renewal.”

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