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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    West Memphis Three Will Attend NYFF Premiere of Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

    West Memphis Three Will Attend NYFF Premiere of Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

    The West Memphis Three (Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. - just released from death row) will make their first public appearance at the New York Film Festival's premiere of Joe Berlinger’s and Bruce Sinofsky’s updated Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    NYFF: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's "The Kid with a Bike"

    It’s clear now from their six fiction features that whatever the Dardenne brothers point their camera at becomes, for that moment, the most interesting thing in the universe. This is a rare talent; only a handful of similarly gifted living directors come to my mind—Claire Denis, for sure—through whose eyes, and by the simplest, most natural means, the world becomes beautiful, even set against agonizing tumult. This is because in fixating on the world’s traumas they see the possibility for minor daily redemptions. The Dardennes, in particular, are preternaturally adept at locating the beauty in bustle, and the solace amidst struggle. As fixated on the physical as their earlier Rosetta and L’Enfant, The Kid with a Bike, the Dardennes’ latest action film, is concerned with the tireless movements of twelve-year-old Cyril (Thomas Doret), a protagonist who courts our sympathy and tries our patience in equal, exhilarating measure. Read Michael Koresky's review of The Kid with a Bike.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Imperfect Yet Understated & Tender 'Swell Season' Digs Under The Skin Of 'Once' Co-Stars

    “Once” was the little movie that could get you out of a rut, provided the mind and heart remained open to the maudlin yet unstrained love that sprung up between a guitar player and a flower seller of few words. Much of the film’s success can be justifiably attributed to the immense charm of the two leads, Irishman Glen Hansard and the Czech-born Markéta Irglová, whose effortless musicality and chemistry lent the film a lived-in feel that bigger budgeted studio fare would kill for. The film was a surprising success that culminated in an emotional Oscar win for its leads and their song “Falling Slowly,” recorded by the duo as The Swell Season.

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    NYFF: Abel Ferrara's "4:44: Last Day on Earth"

    4:44: Last Day on Earth asks the question: if the world were to end tomorrow, how would you spend the remaining hours of your life? Despite the far-reaching moral implications of this premise, Abel Ferrara’s take on the apocalypse is neither catastrophic nor metaphysical in tone. In fact, his answer could be easily summarized: staying in, some chatting on Skype, a lot of sex.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Law & Order SVU's Tamara Tunie Joins Cast of "Flight"

    Variety reports Tamara Tunie (Law & Order SVU) is set to co-star in the thriller Flight, which we announced stars Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle and Garcelle Beauvais. The Robert Zemeckis film, about a man going under scrutiny after evidence he may have been under the influence while heroically landing a damange plane successfully, will go into production later this month in Atlanta.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Batman Saves A Cat In New Clip From 'Batman: Year One'

    Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One" is one of the most esteemed entries in the superhero's canon, and while attempts to get it made into a live action feature never materialized, an animated version is on the way. The first clip landed a couple of weeks ago, and, unfortunately, it was fairly hokey, more reminiscent of a "Simpsons" parody than anything else. Well, a new glimpse has arrived, and while it's definitely an improvement on the last, there still seems to be something off about the whole endeavor. While the project does have a top shelf voice cast including Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku, Katee Sackhoff and Alex Rocco, the direction by Lauren Montgomery (”Green Lantern: First Flight”) and Sam Liu (”The Batman”) seems slightly, tonally askew. The freshness of Miller's take on the Batman mythology was that it was unlike anything before (or since), bringing a gritty realism that has largely remained unmatched. This new clip, however, feels very standard and ordinary, and that's precisely the problem. Miller's graphic novel is considered one the best accomplishments in the genre, but the film doesn't seem willing to take any big risks to find an approach to match the source material.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Focus Features' Africa First Program Announces Winners of $10,000 Grants

    Focus Features' Africa First short film program announces fourth set of winners. Each filmmaker--of African nationality and residence--will receive $10,000 and will be networked with and mentored by leaders of the African film community.

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    Trailer Watch: Reitman's Young Adult Stars Charlize Theron as A Soulless Bitch You'll Love to Hate

    After his over-exposure on the Up In The Air campaign trail -- as he emulated his own leading man's logging of air miles --and having lost the screenwriting Oscar to Precious's Geoffrey Fletcher, director Jason Reitman (and Paramount) have held off as long as they could before unveiling Young Adult, written by Juno's Diablo Cody.

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    Call Your Girlfriends, The First Three 'Twilight' Movies Head Back To Theaters In November

    If for some reason you feel the need to catch up with the "Twilight" series and you can put up with the crying, screaming, talking back to the screen and the general pandemonium that usually overtakes Twihards whenever they watch one of these movies, you'll be heartened to know you can watch "Twilight," "New Moon" and "Eclipse" on the big screen in November. Woo!

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    Stars Line Up to Fete Robert Downey Jr.at 25th American Cinematheque Awards on October 14

    On October 14 the American Cinematheque will present Robert Downey, Jr. with its 25th annual award at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The event serves as a benefit for the Cinematheque's non-profit operations, and often function as a roast. Tributes to the actor will be given by Jack Black, Michael Douglas, Robert Downey Sr., Jon Favreau, Jodie Foster, Jamie Foxx, Anthony Michael Hall, Jared Harris, Joel Silver and Robin Wright. Past winners include Matt Damon (2010), Al Pacino (2005), Nicole Kidman (2003) and many others. Chairman Rick Nicita says: "The pleasure that we receive from his charismatic and nuanced performances is matched only by the respect that he has earned for his personal and professional journey,..While we have been enjoying him for years, it seems that he's just getting started all over again. The Cinematheque is thrilled to mark this milestone in the flourishing career of Robert Downey, Jr."

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