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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    On Some Faraway Beach: Hynes at Fårö

    Reverse Shot's Eric Hynes was lucky to be selected for one of the sweetest gigs in the film-festival world: a trip to Sweden's remote, greatly uninhabited Fårö Island, where Ingmar Bergman lived for decades and died in 2007, for the annual Bergmanvecken (Bergman Week). It's worth all the Torontos, Venices, and Cannes combined—that is, if you still have that unadulterated love for the dour Swedish master and prize things like, oh, natural splendor and unspoiled beauty. Hynes wrote about his experiences on the island for Moving Image Source. Definitely dig in: he touches upon Bergman and Liv Ullman's love (literally etched into the wood of his home); the impressive and always a bit scattershot lineup of the festival; Bergman's private video collection (yes, he owned Play It Again, Sam and The Hitcher) and of course, the place itself. Hynes is especially lovely when describing the sensation of just being there, "when the early summer light simply lingers deep into the night, where the rocky coastline antagonizes the oddly placid sea, when a lightning storm slowly rolls landward, in old red barns that reveal themselves as arthouses that feel more like churches, where wild strawberries actually grow underfoot." Read on.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Human Quotient of New Doc Semper Fi: Always Faithful Overcomes Flaws

    Human Quotient of New Doc Semper Fi: Always Faithful Overcomes Flaws

    Semper Fi: Always Faithful , Rachel Liebert and Tony Hardmon’s affecting if imperfect exposé of water contamination at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, takes its title from what the Corps website calls “more than a motto — a way of life.” Some life. From 1957 to 1987, the USMC exposed nearly one million people to toxic cleaning agents in Camp Lejeune’s drinking water. Then the Corps tried to cover it up. (Watch the trailer below.)

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  • Press Play
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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: The Rough Magic of "Louie"

    In its own quiet way, the brilliant second season of Louis C.K.'s sitcom goes where no show has gone before

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    More Sneak Peaks: Dragon Tattoo's Elevator Scene Probably Not as Cool as Drive's

    We know Rooney Mara (Lisbeth Salander) is meant to look intimidating in this picture, but it will be tough for even David Fincher to top the romantic and horrific elevator scene in Nicolas Winding Refn's yet-to-be released Drive. With four months to go until the December 21 release of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, we're hoping Sony saves a few of the best images for the big screen.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Working Women: Keaton & HBO Try Again, New Development Deal; Rhimes Sells Period Drama Gilded Lillys

    While Tilda met an unfortunate fate at HBO, the cable channel just signed another development deal with Tilda's would-be star, Diane Keaton. (Here's why the Nikki Finke-inspired series got the axe.)

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  • ReelPolitik
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    "Circumstance's" Maryam Keshavarz Faces Threats, Fears DVD Release

    "Circumstance's" Maryam Keshavarz Faces Threats, Fears DVD Release

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  • The Playlist
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    Alexander Skarsgård Will 'Disconnect' In New Film From 'Murderball' Director Henry-Alex Rubin

    It seems Alexander Skarsgård is making the most of his time off from fang banging in "True Blood." The actor is currently shooting the indie flick “What Maisie Knew” with Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan, he just lined up "The East" with Brit Marling and now he's added another project to his slate from a director we haven't heard from in a while.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Zoe Saldana Kicks Ass in Colombiana

    Here's the thing about Columbiana the new film that stars Zoe Saldana that opens tomorrow, the only thing that makes it different from any other action film is that the killer is a woman. That's it. It is a revenge thriller with action and murder all throughout the film. One thing I did notice was that unlike some of the boy action and murder films, there was not so much blood and gore. She kills people and moves on.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Coppola's Horrific TWIXT Screens for Distribs: It's About Loss

    Coppola's Horrific TWIXT Screens for Distribs: It's About Loss

    As promised at Comic-Con, Francis Ford Coppola screened his latest, the deeply personal, humorous black-and-white ghost noir TWIXT, starring Val Kilmer as a hack writer, Ben Chaplin as Edgar Allen Poe (who appears to the writer in dreams), and Elle Fanning (star of Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere) as a winsome vampire with braces. Bruce Dern (Touch of Evil) and Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro) co-star. (Trailer is below.)

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  • The Playlist
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    Contest Giveaway: Tickets For BAMcinématek's Screenings Of 'Let The Right One In' & 'The Host'

    We're heading into the last weekend of August, the end of the summer movie season more or less, and if you're not digging the lean offerings from Hollywood you might want to look beyond the multiplex for something to see. If you live in New York City, BAMcinématek has kicked off a solid section of programming celebrating the 10th anniversary of Magnolia Pictures.

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