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  • Hope for Film
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    Prepare To Have Your Mind Blown: PowerToThePixel Announces Project Line Up

    A couple years back I was asked to give the Keynote Address at PowerToThePixel's Annual Cross-Media Forum. It is not an exaggeration to say that the people I met and the knowledge they shared blew my mind. I saw the potential for immersive culture. I witnessed the growth of a community of visionaries. I had my hope restored for the culture, art, and society.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: New Trailer For 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 1' Confirms It'll Be The Comedy Of The Year

    It's here. The moment we've been eagerly waiting for as much a year. The moment that meant that we couldn't go to sleep last night, for all the butterflies doing somersaults in our tummies. The moment that caused us to press the 'refresh' button 783 times in a minute, for the last 180 minutes. Yes, the latest, and presumably final, trailer for "Twilight: Breaking Dawn -- Part One" is here, debuting tonight over at Yahoo. And the good news is, it displays the same wit, invention and razor-sharp comic timing that made the three previous films such laugh riots.

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  • Press Play
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    IN THE CUT: SALT, directed by Phillip Noyce

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Press Play is proud to present Part II of Jim Emerson's In The Cut series. In this piece he deconstructs an action sequence from Phillip Noyce's 2010 hit Salt to highlight compositions, camera movements, editing and spatial awareness. We have included the full, uninterrupted scene so the viewer can compare Jim's analysis with the finished product.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Preview Twin Cities Black Film Festival Selection "Men Ain’t Boys" On Black Manhood

    The Twin Cities Black Film Festival takes place this month (September 15-17) in Minnesota. While the opening film selection is a familiar flick with the S&A readership, Moozlum, the black manhood documentary Men Ain't Boys will also be screening.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    IFP, Film Society Announce Emerging Visions Selections (Alrick Brown, Lanre Olabisi Make The Cut)

    Congrats to Alrick brown and Lanre Olabisi who both have projects selected for a collaborative program between The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), called Emerging Visions.

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  • The Playlist
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    Hugh Grant Joins All-Star Cast Of Tom Tykwer & The Wachowskis' 'Cloud Atlas'

    I'm Just A Boy/Girl/Robot, Standing In Front Of A Girl/Boy/Post-Apocalyptic Tribesman, Asking Them To Love Him/Her/ItIt might be difficult to throw a rock in a multiplex in the next few months without hitting a movie starring Matt Damon, Jude Law or Rachel Weisz (let alone Jessica Chastain, who has enough movies to play on every screen), but not every actor has the same work ethic. Some like to take their time over their films, picking only the roles that really interest them; Daniel Day-Lewis, for instance. Some stick fairly rigorously to a one-movie-a-year-policy. And some would rather do pretty much anything than make movies; in particular British star Hugh Grant, who's made no secret of his dislike for the whole actually-shooting-a-film rigmarole.

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  • The Playlist
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    Marc Forster Talks 'World War Z' 'Quantum of Solace' & The Risk Of Failure

    We love a chameleon here at The Playlist; few things make us happier than a director who's able to leap between genres and style with aplomb. And Swiss-born director Marc Forster is, if nothing else, a chameleon. In the decade since he broke through in the U.S. with "Monster's Ball," the helmer has tackled grim drama, charming period biopics, supernatural thrillers, quirky comedy and tentpole actioners, to name but a few. Some worked, some didn't, but he's not likely to be predictable any time soon.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    From Stitch to Screen: Contemporary Canadian Costume Design (TIFF 11)

    I just moderated a panel on something I knew absolutely nothing about until two weeks ago when I began to delve into the job of a costume designer in film. A film is hard enough to make, so how could the job of costume designer seem even more difficult? The imagination involved, the convincing of the producer and director that the designer's vision enriches their own vision for the film, the convincing the actor to step into into the character by wearing the costume, the management of cutters, sewers, the buying of clothes, of fabrics, ordering fabrics from China, making 30 copies of each costume, keeping the blood stains on each in sync with a film shot out of sequence...there is so much to do!!30 bloodstained shirts, please (Alex Kavanaugh)From the wild and ostentatious to the understated and subdued, from period drama to sci-fi, costume design is a craft that covers every fabric worn on screen. Celebrated Canadian costume designers gathered to discuss their trade, their role in bringing a story to life and the challenges facing their business and industry. Produced in association with The Canadian Alliance of Film and Television Costume Arts and Design (CAFTCAD) and Otherworldly: The Art of Canadian Costume Design, an exhibition opening September 2, 2011 in TIFF Bell Lightbox’s Canadian Film Gallery.Alex Kavanagh – Costume Designer, Splice, Saw 3D: The Final Chapter, Repo: The MusicalHeather Neale – Costume Designer, Goon, Guy Madden's Keyhole, both premiering in TIFFDelphine White – Costume Designer, Videodrome, Tideland, Bulletproof Monk, Jim Sheridan's Dream House coming out September 30

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  • Caryn James
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    Up Close and Personal (and Even Closer) with Robert De Niro (Video)

    As part of Jimmy Kimmel Live's coverage of the 2011 Toronto Film Festival, Guillermo Rodriguez- in native Canadian attire- gets an exclusive interview with acting legend Robert De Niro. What interview would be complete without a call from Mom and a hug to end it all? --Natalie Wright

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'I Don't Know How She Does It' Is A Pained, Unfunny, Politically Questionable Bore

    One of the "charmingly neurotic" tics of the main character of "I Don't Know How She Does It," played brittlely and with affected strain by Sarah Jessica Parker, is making to-do lists. Since the year is 2011 and editing software has come a long way, we see her visualize the list as the prepares for sleep – everything from arranging her daughter's play date to doing some Kegel exercises (yes, seriously) – with words and small images appearing tattooed on the ceiling of her bohemian chic Boston apartment (accompanied by a never-ending stream of voice-over narration). While watching "I Don't Know How She Does It," which at a swift 89 minutes still feels longer than the "Three Colors" trilogy combined, you'll be tempted to make a similar mental inventory of things that you could (and should),instead of watching this wretched claptrap, which we're fairly certain has single-handedly set the feminist cause back a good 35-40 years.

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