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    A Very "American Psycho" Oscars?

    Fun trivia (I think at least):

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Latino in Sundance (and Slamdance)

    Last year's blog on Latin America in Sundance had more to say and more films to choose to talk about, including Lucy Walker's acclaimed Waste Land which I loved back then. This year's Slamdance has 3 Latino films. One, Drama, is most notable because of its filmmaker. Matias Lira spent much time here in L.A. and we even eagerly sponsored him for his green card. Matias graduated UCLA Film School and stayed on as an acquisitions person for a large Latin American distributor. He seemed to be the only genuine Latino here and looked like he was going to go to the highest levels possible here. But Chile suddenly awoke and created a film world where the number of films increased from 4 a year to 20 and he acquired a distribution company, Bazuca Films, also known as BF Distribution, which today commands 20% market share. The next thing I knew he was back in Chile producing their first gay film, and then, he told me he was going to direct. And so today Drama is showing in Slamdance. Be sure to see it and to meet Matias if you have any interest in in Latin America cinema today, this man has his finger in every pie. Drama won won the $80,000 post-production prize for works in progress from Latin America at last year's Festival Del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano in Havana and was one of two winners of the first notice of fund IBERMEDIA 2008.Matias Lira

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Gamers Get Serious in 'Well Played.'

    One of the more significant gaps between the various generations of media consumers alive today has come from the influence of videogames. Initially relegated to the arcade, videogames only became available as complex interactive experiences for non-professionals with the advent of the console and computer games some twenty-five years ago. So if you were born around that time, there's a much stronger chance that you have at least an appreciation for videogames than people unconvinced of their aesthetic merits. As a casual gamer, I try to follow all the latest developments, not only for the sake of keeping in touch with the cultural zeitgeist but also because it seems to correlate with one of my main interests -- namely, cinema. Great games are often both cinematic and a form of interactive cinema that can suggest new directions for the medium. That's why I've been devouring the academic text "Well-Played 2.0: Videogames, Value and Meaning," which was released online earlier this week. Two pieces in particular jump out at me.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Posters Cut To the Point

    Oscar Posters Cut To the Point

    The new Oscar poster-unveiled as part of the Academy's "You're Invited" marketing campaign-- is out. The Academy is sharing several pieces of artwork as wallpaper and profile icons with the public at Oscars.org, and selling posters as well.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sarah Jessica Parker Joins 'New Year's Eve'; Zac Efron & Halle Berry In Talks

    You've got hand it to Garry Marshall, or at least the agents surrounding this project, the director knows how to corral an ensemble comedy. Following on the heels of "Valentine's Day" which included Julia Roberts, Ashton Kutcher, Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Patrick Dempsey, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Topher Grace, Queen Latifah, Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner and more, Marshall has scored another name brand cast for his follow-up project and spiritual sequel/re-do in another holiday setting, "New Year's Eve."

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  • The Playlist
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    Weinsteins & Miramax Make Deal For Sequels To 'Bad Santa,' 'Rounders,' 'Shakespeare In Love' & More

    And who says originality in Hollywood is dead. Oh wait.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Winona Ryder Got TWO Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations This Morning

    For her work as part of the "Black Swan" ensemble, AND for her performance in the TV movie "When Love Is Not Enough." This plus the amazing press she got today regarding her anti-Semite, homophobic experiences with "The Beaver" star Mel Gibson is enough to proclaim this "Winona Forever Day," as far as I'm concerned.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Acrobats Strip for Pope Benedict XVI

    The catholic church in an amazing viral video nutshell. This is unreal:

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    Don Cheadle's Biopic Of Miles Davis Has A Completed Script But Is Now Waiting On Financing

    Don Cheadle has been planning a biopic on the life of legendary jazz musician Miles Davis for quite some time now, and it looks like they've finally made some significant progress with a script by writer Steven Vegelman now completed and the project simply waiting on financing.

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  • The Playlist
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    Mel Gibson Will Act Like A Crazy Person -- Legally -- When 'The Beaver' Opens On March 23, 2011

    In what is the TMZ equivalent of "The Tree Of Life" trailer dropping today, following its official trailer release, Summit has now pegged the Mel Gibson comedy "The Beaver" for a March 23, 2011 release.

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