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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    'Cloud Atlas' Q & A: Wachowskis and Tykwer Talk Indie European Filmmaking, Multiple Roles (VIDEO)

    While "Cloud Atlas" is meeting mixed response, the three-hour epic was a delirious joyride for me. Truth is, except for the flat "V for Vendetta" and the final pixel-struck "Matrix" movie, I've admired all of the Wachowskis' output, even "Speed Racer." These filmmakers have it all: strong writing chops, an instinct for entertaining audiences, and compelling visual style. They know how to create characters you care about, to fashion an engrossing narrative that carries you along, and to make your eyes pop with stunning cinematography. What they saw in David Mitchell's novel "Cloud Atlas" was an opportunity to weave six seemingly disparate but related stories in vastly different time zones into a sumptuous cinematic feast.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Immersed in Movies: Disney Gets Subversive with 'Wreck-It Ralph'

    Disney's definitely back with "Wreck-It Ralph" (opening November 2). In fact, this unexpectedly witty and inventive videogame comedy/adventure is the surprise of the animation season and the Oscar wild card, although I haven't yet seen DreamWorks' "Rise of the Guardians," which also looks creatively bold and will likely be a major contender.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: TV Spots For 'The Hobbit' & 'Breaking Dawn 2' Promise An Epic Beginning & Ending

    Though "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" have little in common except unnecessarily long movie titles, they are both franchises that are beginning and ending, respectively, this fall. And they both are trying to catch you at home as you try and find a "Seinfeld" re-run to tell you they are coming to theaters.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Kasi Lemmons Boards 'Agaat,' Will Adapt & Direct South African Apartheid Drama

    Kasi Lemmons, director of "Eve's Bayou" and "Talk to Me," is attached to adapt and direct South African apartheid novel "Agaat," written in 2010 by Marlene van Niekerk. The rights to the book have been optioned by producers Patrick Holzen, Mark R. Harris and Debbie Vandermeulen. Holzen states, “It took a long deliberation to find the perfect person and I can’t imagine the project with anyone else now. [Lemmons'] previous projects have dealt with themes of social change, empowerment and love, which are our themes as well. Kasi is a formidable talent with a unique perspective that was essential to adapting this masterpiece.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Julia Loktev On 'The Loneliest Planet,' How Roberto Rosselini & Mikhail Kalatozov Inspired The Film & More

    Few were prepared for Julia Loktev's astounding "Day Night Day Night," a harrowing bare-bones drama about a young, innocuous woman preparing to become a suicide bomber. Though it was only her second film (and her first narrative), the project exhuded the confidence and prowess of a more seasoned filmmaker -- contemporary American indies just don't come like this, especially from someone with little experience under their belt. It was something special, and those it touched made sure that Loktev was on their radar.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Watch This: The Michelle Obama Diaries - Produced by Issa Rae

    We had previously written that Issa Rae was a woman in media to watch. She continues to produce content that proves that. Her latest is The Michelle Obama Diaries.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer For 'Yellow Fever' (Mixed-Media Film Exploring 'Globalized' Beauty & African Self-Image)

    First, a note from the filmmaker (Ng'endo Mukii) in her own words:

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  • The Playlist
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    Composer Philip Glass Contributing Original Pieces To Park Chan-Wook’s 'Stoker'

    There are many reasons to already be stoked for uh, "Stoker," but principally among them: director Park Chan-wook, Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and a score by Clint Mansell, all wrapped up in a promisingly Hitchcock-ian thriller. And now we have another bit of news that may sustain your excitement until the film is released next spring.

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  • The Playlist
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    Caleb Landry Jones Joins Xavier Dolan's 'Tom A La Ferme'

    It seems Caleb Landry Jones has taken a shine to Canadian auteurs. The actor (known to most as Banshee from "X-Men: First Class") recently teamed with Brandon Cronenberg for his uneven, but still undeniably freaky and fun "Antiviral." And now he's joined up with a three-time Cannes attendee and rising young talent Xavier Dolan for his next effort.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Song of the Week: Chairlift's "Amanaemonesia"

    This week's pick is from a band that you've probably discovered, like me, in an Apple commercial that launched the fourth-generation iPod Nano in 2009 via their second single "Bruises".  Since then, I've always kinda had a crush on their electro-pop music. Unfortunately, the trio got split up. So everyone kind of forgot them, including myself.  But no! The New-Yorkers Caroline Polachek, and Patrick Wimberly had a second album released earlier this year. The first single of this album  is the strange song I'm recommending today... You'll like them if you like : MGMT, Of Montreal, The Knife What to wear while listening to that song : A really big oversized 80's graphic sweater What to do while listening to that song : Dance awkwardly in your living room What to eat while listening to that song : Alphabet soup in a thermos.

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