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  • Spout
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    On VOD: "Beware the Gonzo" Feels Dated But Evokes the Charm of Minor 80s Teen Movies

    If only Bryan Goluboff's debut feature, "Beware the Gonzo," were made in the 1980s. This tale of teen 'zine rebellion almost has a Savage Steve Holland feel to it, minus almost all of the humor and general absurdity, and I could easily picture John Cusack and Curtis Armstrong in lead roles filled instead by Ezra Miller (who seems more interested in emulating Justin Long and Max Fischer) and Griffin Newman, respectively. Though Newman's character, "Horny" Rob, is actually more like the Armstrong of "Revenge of the Nerds." It's quite the Reagan-era nerds-versus-jocks underdog teen comedy, but the lower tier stuff, not John Hughes. And about rival school newspapers rather than athletic or general popularity contests. It would have been better with William Zabka as the villain, and if not Cusack as the Hunter S. Thompson-worshipping "Gonzo" Gilman, then perhaps Casey Siemaszko or Keith Gordon.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Isaiah Mustafa Joins Cast Of ABC's "Charlie's Angels" Reboot

    Maybe forever to be known as The Old Spice Guy, or The Man You Wish Your Man Could Smell Like, or Luke Cage wnnabe... Isaiah Mustafa has signed on for a recurring role on ABC’s upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot.

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  • The Playlist
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    Author Robert Harris Says Paul Greengrass Is Going To Direct An Adaptation Of 'The Fear Index'

    Meanwhile, Greengrass Says 'Memphis' Will Get Made In "Due Course" Updated: Reps for Paul Greengrass confirm that he is indeed attached to this project.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Long-Delayed Fireflies in the Garden, Starring Julia Roberts, Finally Gets October Release

    Back in 2007 when Julia Roberts was tributed by the American Cinematheque, they screened a clip from her upcoming midwest family drama Fireflies in the Garden. The film debuted in 2008 at the Berlin Film Festival and was released around the world (Tomatometer: 28%). Four years later, finally, after the film was extricated from the financial quagmire of Senator Entertainment, a never-before-seen director's cut of Fireflies will be self-distributed to stateside theaters in four major cities on October 14, with Roberts looking fresher than she has in years and Ryan Reynolds a much bigger star. “I am so pleased our film will finally get a theatrical release in the U.S.,” said rookie writer-director Dennis Lee. “Anyone familiar with our story knows the road to this moment has been paved with challenges. It’s not lost on me how much care and determination it took to bring Fireflies to light. I am so grateful for all the support I’ve received.”

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Short Subject Documentary Film Entries Due September 1 for 2011 Oscars

    Documentary filmmakers must submit their short subjects to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the deadline of Thursday, September 1 for consideration for the 84th Academy Awards.To be eligible, the documentaries must complete a seven-day commercial run in a theater in either Los Angeles County or in the Borough of Manhattan in New York, between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2011. All paperwork must be completed and received by the Academy no later than 30 days after the end of the qualifying run. For films completing their qualifying run after August 1, all paperwork, including legal contracts, must be completed and received by the Academy by 5 p.m. PT on Thursday, September 1.

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  • Press Play
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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: Why are so many modern action movies terrible?

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Press Play is posting a column written for Salon by publisher Matt Zoller Seitz, about Matthias Stork's video essay "Chaos Cinema."

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    On Some Faraway Beach: Hynes at Fårö

    Reverse Shot's Eric Hynes was lucky to be selected for one of the sweetest gigs in the film-festival world: a trip to Sweden's remote, greatly uninhabited Fårö Island, where Ingmar Bergman lived for decades and died in 2007, for the annual Bergmanvecken (Bergman Week). It's worth all the Torontos, Venices, and Cannes combined—that is, if you still have that unadulterated love for the dour Swedish master and prize things like, oh, natural splendor and unspoiled beauty. Hynes wrote about his experiences on the island for Moving Image Source. Definitely dig in: he touches upon Bergman and Liv Ullman's love (literally etched into the wood of his home); the impressive and always a bit scattershot lineup of the festival; Bergman's private video collection (yes, he owned Play It Again, Sam and The Hitcher) and of course, the place itself. Hynes is especially lovely when describing the sensation of just being there, "when the early summer light simply lingers deep into the night, where the rocky coastline antagonizes the oddly placid sea, when a lightning storm slowly rolls landward, in old red barns that reveal themselves as arthouses that feel more like churches, where wild strawberries actually grow underfoot." Read on.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Human Quotient of New Doc Semper Fi: Always Faithful Overcomes Flaws

    Human Quotient of New Doc Semper Fi: Always Faithful Overcomes Flaws

    Semper Fi: Always Faithful , Rachel Liebert and Tony Hardmon’s affecting if imperfect exposé of water contamination at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, takes its title from what the Corps website calls “more than a motto — a way of life.” Some life. From 1957 to 1987, the USMC exposed nearly one million people to toxic cleaning agents in Camp Lejeune’s drinking water. Then the Corps tried to cover it up. (Watch the trailer below.)

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  • Press Play
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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: The Rough Magic of "Louie"

    In its own quiet way, the brilliant second season of Louis C.K.'s sitcom goes where no show has gone before

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    More Sneak Peaks: Dragon Tattoo's Elevator Scene Probably Not as Cool as Drive's

    We know Rooney Mara (Lisbeth Salander) is meant to look intimidating in this picture, but it will be tough for even David Fincher to top the romantic and horrific elevator scene in Nicolas Winding Refn's yet-to-be released Drive. With four months to go until the December 21 release of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, we're hoping Sony saves a few of the best images for the big screen.

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