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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Run for Your Life: Benjamin Heisenberg's "The Robber"

    The protagonist of the Austrian film The Robber, the based-on-a-true-story first feature by Benjamin Heisenberg (yes, of those Heisenbergs), does two things, and pretty much two things only: he runs long distances and he robs banks. The nearest thing to a straight explanation we get for why Johann Rettenberger (Andreas Lust) so compulsively does the latter—with a latex mask, a shotgun, and an empty gym bag, and sometimes using a radio-blasting stolen car as a getaway vehicle, but just as often relying on his own two feet—comes when he gets home from a particularly long day of marathon training and sticking up strip-mall bank branches. He downloads the information from the heart monitor that has been strapped to his chest to his computer; an enormous spike appears right in the middle of the graph. Johann, an ex-con with no occupation (he tells his parole officer he’s unable to find work that fits around his training schedule), is nonetheless too compulsive and reckless for his robberies to just be about the money; the heart-rate graph confirms the robbing as a pure adrenaline rush, a physical addiction, a way of bringing his body up against its absolute limit. He also appears to enjoy flouting social conventions of less consequence (he bypasses a post-movie traffic jam by driving right through the middle of a small park), so we can surmise that he likely carries out his transgressive behavior without a hint of guilt. Read Benjamin Mercer's review of The Robber.

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  • The Playlist
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger Adds 'Cry Macho' To List Of Potential Projects

    Hollywood wants Arnie (whether the rest of us do or not remains to be seen) and the former Governator (who turned that moniker into an animated series) has his pick of projects. A new "Terminator" film is currently out at the studios looking for a buyer, and earlier in the year, he was linked to Ji-Woon Kim’s “Last Stand” and Antoine Fuqua’s “The Tomb” as possible new projects. Well, you can add one more.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Women Win Big Prizes at Tribeca Film Festival

    Lisa Aschan's Swedish film She Monkeys (which I missed and desperately want to see) won the best narrative at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. The film was written by Josefine Adolfsson and Lisa Aschan.

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    Review: Takashi Miike's Samurai Picture '13 Assassins' Is His Most Entertaining & Accessible

    The following is a reprint of our review that ran during the 2010 Vancouver Film Festival

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    Dwayne Johnson To Produce & Star In Biopic About Black Country Music Legend Charley Pride

    Dwayne Johnson's acting career has pretty much vacillated between two opposite poles: his skull cracking ways that you can check out this weekend in "Fast Five" and his softer, more family friendly persona that he's displayed in films like "The Tooth Fairy" and "The Game Plan." But we have to admit, this news threw us for a loop and actually, is a pretty big gear change for the muscle heavy star and we're kind of rooting for him to nail it.

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    First Poster: Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs

    Glenn Close returns to the big screen in Albert Nobbs. Hope it gets picked up for US distribution. Close is also producing this and is the co-writer.

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    [VIDEO] Alma Ha'rel: Tribeca 2011 Short Ends

    Tribeca Film Festival award winner Alma Ha'rel (Bombay Beach) tells a skeptical Eric Hynes about the joys of owning a small dog during a stroll in Central Park.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Lenny Kravitz Wanted For "Hunger Games"

    So says Vulture.. although there's no information on what roles he's being offered.

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    Oscar Winning 'Inside Job' Director Charles Ferguson To Direct HBO's Julian Assange Film

    Alex Gibney Already Four Months In On His Assange Project For UniversalWhile he may have fallen off the front page of newspapers around the world -- at least for now -- there hasn't been a character as fascinating as Julian Assange in quite a while. The man behind Wikileaks has singlehandedly caused government leaders to sweat by leaking classified cables and documents that in many cases have shown politicians bending the truth, lying or covering up facts about a number of diplomatic issues. Hardly surprising. But in an era when fewer journalists seem willing to kick down doors and more complacent to simply report what's handed to them by Washington PR teams, the actions were a severe wake up call. The fact that as a personality, Assange is equally as interesting certainly didn't hurt and as the heat around the shadowy figure grew, so did Hollywood executives' interest, with a number of competing projects now in the works. And two of them are now pulling ahead with documentary filmmakers at the helm.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Amy Poehler

    At a dinner this week celebrating the Time 100 list, Amy Poehler seems to have stole the show by thanking her two nannies by name as important people and influences in her life. She thanked them for loving her children and helping them raise her children. She did this on behalf of all working moms. When was the last time a woman got up and thanked her nannies for what they do for families across the country and the world.

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