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    The 400 Blows

    One could date the start of the American independent film movement with the release in France in 1959 of a picture that heralded the beginning of the French New Wave: François Truffaut’s first feature--made when he was 27--and one of the classics of humanist cinema, THE 400 BLOWS (available on DVD). The original French title is Les Quatre Cents Coups, which literally translated means “the 400 dirty tricks,” but is understood idiomatically as “raising hell,” which is quite a different thought than the English understanding of it as being “the 400 blows one endures in life.” Either meaning can represent the film, since the leading character both plays dirty tricks and receives 400 blows.

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  • Caryn James
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    Conan Programs the Michele Bachmann History Channel

    First he created the Sarah Palin History Channel, but now Conan O'Brien tells us it has been reprogrammed as the Michele Bachmann History Channel, in which we have a glimpse of the Founding Fathers convening to "gratify the Constitution" as Bachmann's fake voiceover puts it.

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  • The Playlist
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    Catherine Hardwicke To Direct Noomi Rapace In Swedish Boxing Biopic Opposite Ex-Husband

    It was just a couple of weeks ago when director Catherine Hardwicke hinted at her next movie saying, “I have another project that looks like it’s going to go first. It’s in Sweden and Germany, and it’s really wild. I can’t quite talk about it, but we’ll probably do the announcement in a couple of weeks." Well, right on schedule, that news has arrived.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Sorry Dude...I Just Don't Get It" Film List (Survey)

    Every now and then you get films that gain a lot of hype--either from fans or critics--and, quite frankly, YOU JUST DON'T GET IT! Well today is your day. You get to name all those flicks and explain why. We did this list last year and I thought this would be the perfect time to bring it back since the summer movie flicks are barreling out now.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    If There Were Oscars For The First Half of The Year...

    Here's a fun little fantasy game (at least if you're an Oscar geek): Predicting the non-existent mid-year Oscars, which would only nominate films that were released through June 30th (note: these are not personal preferences, but only what I'd imagine Oscar would pick if this somehow magically existed).

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  • The Playlist
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    Hugh Jackman Says 'The Wolverine' Will Shoot In October, 2012 Release In The Cards?

    For a moment there, it looked like the highly anticipated "The Wolverine" was in a spot of trouble. The devastating earthquakes in Japan scratched plans for location shooting and then abrupt departure of Darren Aronofsky added further woes to the film that seemed to be moving full steam ahead with fan approved adaptation of Chris Claremont and Frank Miller‘s extremely dark, bloody and intense 1982 limited series with a screenplay written by Christopher McQuarrie. But earlier this month, new life was kicked back in. James Mangold ("3:10 To Yuma," "Knight & Day") stepped into the hot seat and it looks like the film will get rolling this fall.

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  • Spout
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    5 Reasons Tom Hanks Should Be in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Instead of "Larry Crowne"

    Watching the trailer for "Larry Crowne," the new film directed by Tom Hanks and starring he and Julia Roberts, you get the idea that there's something we're not seeing. The marketing must simply be selling this thing to as broad an audience as possible and avoiding the substance, right? Well, the reviews are coming in (Dan will share some thoughts later in the week) and it's apparently actually as insignificant as it looks. What could have been Hanks' motivation other than owing a favor to co-screenwriter Nia Vardalos, who surely made him a ton of money with her surprise hit "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"? Okay, that might be good enough reason, but both he and Roberts are just too big for a little movie like this if there's really nothing to it...

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  • The Lost Boys
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    "Fun" Fact About Queer Canadian History #1

    Given Friday is Canada Day and that it's Pride Week in Toronto, it seemed only appropriate to launch this little series of fun (or, actually, mostly horrifying) facts. Though I must admit reasoning behind it reeks of self-promotion. Over the past two years or so, I've been working on an introductory academic text book - a sort of "Queer Canada For Dummies" - that documents the history of Canada's queer rights movement. It comes out in the fall, but I figured why not throw a few teensy excerpts up on this blog in anticipation (for all 3 of you Lost Boy readers interested in this topic!). Fun fact #1? The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the bizarro lengths they went to keep gays from being federal employees back in the 1960s and 1970s:

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  • The Playlist
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    Don't Worry America, Roland Emmerich Is Going To Blow Stuff Up Again With 'Singularity'

    Will Hit Theaters On May 17, 2013Roland Emmerich and Shakespeare? That's the question that nearly brought a nation to its knees when it was announced that Emmerich was temporarily putting his pyro gear aside (sort of) and focusing on the conspiracy theory that the Bard didn't really write all those plays. Shocking stuff, we know. And while the trailer for "Anonymous" still showed he can't go through a full movie without at least a few 'splosions, it looks like he wants to go back to delivering them wholesale.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Steven Spielberg's War Horse Looks Like Oscar Bait

    Trailer Watch: Steven Spielberg's War Horse Looks Like Oscar Bait

    It's going to be Spielberg vs. Spielberg at the Oscars this year. That is, assuming that both his December openers, wide-release The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and platformed drama War Horse, wind up inside the Oscar wheelhouse. The most popular filmmaker of our time, Spielberg has won some and lost some where the Oscars are concerned--best picture winner Schindler's List is the exception that proves the rule.

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