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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    RS 29—Beyond Words: "Old Joy" and "My Dinner with André"

    In one of his Great Movies essays, Roger Ebert says that My Dinner with André was the first title that came to mind when a friend asked him if he could name a film that was entirely devoid of clichés. It’s an apt enough observation, except for the fact that at this point, thirty years after helping to usher in the American indie boom by proving that two characters trading dialogue in close-up could be the stuff of both compelling drama and robust per-screen grosses, Louis Malle’s film has, by no fault of its own, become a cliché: the celluloid gabfests against which all others are measured. Not to mention the subject of thirty years’ worth of variably executed parodies, from Andy Kaufman’s sweet short feature My Breakfast with Blassie, in which the late comedian took the Wallace Shawn role opposite pro wrestling legend “Classy” Fred Blassie as a roughneck version of André Gregory) to the recent Community episode “Critical Film Studies,” a well-played piece of pop culture riffage that has itself become a sort of conversation piece (Matt Zoller Seitz’s excellent appraisal in Salon can be found here).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Mos Def Joins Cast Of Showtime's "Dexter" In Multi-Episode Storyline

    The last time Mos Def was on any screen, big or small, was in 2009, when he costarred in Next Day Air, and an episode of House M.D. most notably. Since then, he returned to the stage to work with Jeffrey Wright and Nicole Beharie, amongst others, in the John Guare play, here in New York City, titled, A Free Man Of Color, which I saw, and reviewed on the old S&A site.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Movies In The Making - "For The Cause" (Fundraising)

    We always want to profile worthy films and filmmakers that will be of interest to our S & A readers, and so, with that in mind, we would like to present to you the fundraising trailer for the feature film For The Cause which will be directed by New York based filmmaker Katherine Nero.

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  • Spout
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    Demand It: Which Filmmaker Needs to Make a 3D Movie? Godard? Gilliam? Lynch?

    There are plenty of filmmakers who will never give 3D a chance. Walter Murch isn't going to return to Oz with a 3D follow-up (if he ever even directs a second feature), for instance. And there are plenty of critics who will continue to dismiss the format even after making at least one exception (see Roger Ebert and Murch united here), because many viewers who accept the historical and artistic significance of Werner Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" still can't buy into the effort as a whole. Even I, while thinking it a masterpiece, am irritated by some of the blurry motion in the exterior shots. I'm definitely fine with Herzog not making more 3D films if there is no similar need for spatial perception the way there is with the documentary record of the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc.

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  • The Playlist
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    Leonardo DiCaprio's 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Finds A New Home, Martin Scorsese No Longer Attached

    It’s been quite a road for the long-gestating “The Wolf of Wall Street” project, and adaptation of Jordan Belfort‘s tell-all autobiography of 1990s stockbroker decadence.

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  • eugonline
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    #Cannes: The 15 Must-See Films

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  • The Playlist
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    Cannes Pickups: Open Road Lands 'The Killer Elite'; Millenium Flies With 'Little Birds'

    Buyers are very busy at the Cannes Film Festival already in what is proving to be much healthier marketplace compared to last year.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Women Can Create Shows - The 2011-2012 Pilot Season

    As pilot season winds down and the shows get series pickups in the next couple of weeks, Neely Swanson took a look at the female writers creating pilots this year for Deadline and found that there was a big positive change from one season ago. Women actually have lots of shows in contention for pick up this season.

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  • The Playlist
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    Colin Firth & Emily Blunt Team For Lying, Thieving Dark Comedy

    Yep, more new projects from Cannes. Bear with us.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    I've Read Steve McQueen's "Shame" Script, And, Well, It's A Lot Like "Hunger"

    It may be should be somewhat of a coincidence that I found myself reading Steve McQueen’s script for his next film, Shame, currently in post-production, at the same time as Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. I say that because these two filmmakers couldn’t be more different in terms of style – for example, when one considers how each chooses to use dialogue; Tarantino revels in it; while in McQueen’s universe, the images almost solely tell the story.

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