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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Sight Unseen: Autumn Execution

    Autumn ExecutionDir. Li Xing, Taiwan, 1971

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  • The Playlist
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    Jeremy Renner May Star In 'You’re Not You' With Hilary Swank, Clive Owen & Uma Thurman Go 'Blind'

    More Casting Bits: Alice Eve & Liev Schreiber Join Director Mark Pellington, Craig Bierko Will Play A 'Stooges' VillainProducers in Cannes talk loose. There's a bevy of talks, negotiations and (shudder) pre-attachment deals going on around the Croisette this week, but don't be surprised if all the actors announced don't actually appear in the films they're touted to be in (see last year when, for example Amy Adams was listed in the original version of John Hillcoat's "The Wettest County," which died and then came back to life this year). A lot of these are early teasing promises to get investors involved and sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Emmy Watch: Fringe's Anna Torv Talks Seeing Double

    Emmy Watch: Fringe's Anna Torv Talks Seeing Double

    Can J.J.Abrams' sci-fi Fringe earn serious Emmy love? Amy Dawes talks to the series' Aussie star Anna Torv.Fringe, the creepy, suspenseful sci-fi series created by J.J. Abrams for Fox, has come into its own in season three. Once derided as an X-Files rip-off, it’s entered mind-bending new territory by introducing a parallel universe known as “Over There.” It now focuses on the struggles between its three main characters – noted fringe scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble), his acerbic son Peter (Joshua Jackson), and FBI investigator Olivia (Anna Torv) – and their sinister doppelgangers.

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  • Spout
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    TrendSpouting: Suggestions for Scorsese and Lars von Trier's "Five Obstructions" Redo

    At Cannes late last night (or early this morning? the time difference confuses me) an official announcement was made that Lars von Trier would make another "The Five Obstructions" documentary, this time with Martin Scorsese. We all heard something like this before, little more than a year ago, when it was rumored-then-denied that the two filmmakers would unite for a "Taxi Driver" redo. I responded at the time (elsewhere) with a list of other suggested -- yet unlikely -- directorial collaborations (also see Film School Rejects' excellent year-old list of 10 Films (and Directors) That Lars Von Trier Should Obstruct). I named the original "Five Obstructions" one of the best docs of the 2000s (specifically it's labeled "the best participatory/first-person doc"), so I'm definitely looking forward to a remake/sequel.

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  • The Playlist
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    Cannes Review: 'Margin Call' A Compelling 24-Hour Slice Of The Start Of The Economic Collapse

    Just a note: No, this isn't part of the official lineup, but we missed it at Sundance and took a trip into the Cannes marketplace today to catch up with it.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Introducing The Shadow & Act Filmmaker Diary Series (With Matthew Cherry)

    As the site grows, I'm always looking for ways to both entertain and inform our readers - a diverse group of people, whether they are in the industry (or working towards that goal), or they are film enthusiasts, or just curious folks, and everything else between.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Can You Name Hollywood's Black "A-List"? (Survey)

    A few days ago, I caught the end of a twitter debate going on concerning what black actors and actresses are considered "A-List". Although this is not a new debate, I'm always surprised by the names that will come up and why. Part of the difficulty with developing this list is trying to determine popularity versus demand. Also, racially, there are certain thespians that probably appeal more to the black community than with white studio heads in Hollywood.

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  • The Playlist
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    Will Ferrell Calls His Spanish-Language Film 'Casa De Mi Padre' Rodriguez & Tarantino-esque

    Plus A Negligible Amount Of 'Step Brothers 2' News/HopeIn support of the upcoming indie drama "Everything Must Go" (which we dug), Will Ferrell has been making the press rounds with various outlets speaking of not only his angle and his interest in the film, but also a few of his upcoming projects -- namely "Casa de mi Padre" and "Step Brothers 2."

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  • Spout
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    Memo to Martin McDonagh: Cast Rúaidhrí Conroy and Željko Ivanek as Two of the "Seven Psychopaths"

    The most exciting news of my week so far, Cannes be damned, is the announcement of Martin McDonagh’s return to film. “Seven Psychopaths" will star McDonagh veteran Colin Farrell ("In Bruges") along with Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken, who both appeared in the director's recent Broadway play "A Behanding in Spokane." Mickey Rourke will also join the cast. Assuming that these guys all count as psychopaths, that adds up to four. Who should fill those remaining three spots? I think it’s pretty safe to bet on the return of Brendan Gleeson, star of both “In Bruges” and the Oscar-winning short “Six Shooter.” That’d be a good thing, too. There’s no one with a better grasp on McDonagh’s dialogue and spirit than Gleeson, who has also worked with the director’s brother in this year’s “The Guard.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Trailer: Rod Lurie's Remake Of Sam Peckinpah's 'Straw Dogs' Throws White Trash Under The Bus

    "They're practically licking my body outside," Kate Bosworth says to her husband James Marsden in Rod Lurie's controversial remake of Sam Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs." Controversial because "Straw Dogs," an incredibly haunting and challenging domestic drama and psychological thriller by Peckinpah, is (rightfully) considered a masterpiece. So many have asked, what's the point in remaking it? The original is an amazing examination at masculinity and male emasculation -- in that sense the latter point is almost a cautionary horror tale for men.

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