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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Soderbergh's Deal with Annapurna for 'Side Effects' Hits Snag UPDATED

    Word is that the recently announced deal for Annapurna Pictures and Open Road Films to partner to produce Steven Soderbergh's "Side Effects" has hit a snag.

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Underworld: Awakening' Sizzles with Beckinsale, 'Haywire" Fizzles with Carano

    Things are looking up at the 2012 box office, which featured a bevy of strong women this weekend. Four new films arriving or expanding into wide release outperformed expectations, marking the third consecutive up frame of the year. The estimated total for all films was $135 million, up a solid 32% from the comparable weekend last year, a nice achievement considering the heavy snow storms battering the Midwest and East Coast as well as competition from the NFL playoffs. (Top Ten Chart is below.)

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  • The Playlist
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    Ashley Bell Returns For 'The Last Exorcism' Sequel, Film To Be Completed By The End Of 2012

    It’s long been said you shouldn’t mess with a good thing, and those looking to capitalize on the success of the recent wave of found footage films should heed that advice.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Sundance Art House Convergence With a Doc Spin

    Before I begin with the Sundance festivities I want to say adieu to the Sundance Art House Convergence with a comment on a Sundance festival doc Big Boys Gone Bananas* (ISA: Autlook) which conveys the same fight that the art house theaters deal with on a daily basis. I will write more about the Art House Convergence in the coming weeks.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Sundance 2012 Review - "Detropia" (A Moving, Painterly Mourning Of A Once Economically Vibrant City)

    This haunting piece of documentary cinema tells the story of one city in economic decay; but really, as the real people in the film repeatedly state, this isn't just a Detroit problem; it's an American problem, and other cities within the country will eventually experience a similar fate; that is unless something is done to reverse trends brought about by what we call globalization, as captains of industry make decisions based almost entirely on the need to generate profit.

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  • The Playlist
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    Weekend Box Office: 'Underworld: Awakening' Sucks Its Way To #1, While 'Red Tails' Shoots Into #2

    If there was ever a weekend that better illustrated the divide between audience and critics, we certainly can't remember it. Following a financially successful franchise pattern thus far, "Underworld: Awakening" joined the other films in the series in opening to over $20 million. In the grand scheme of this vampires vs. werewolves franchise, this opening comes in lower than the second installment, but a shade beyond the first and third.

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  • The Playlist
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    Alex Winter Discusses His 1993 Cult Hit 'Freaked,' Says 'Bill & Ted 3' A Long Way Off From Happening

    Cult films come in all shapes and sizes. Some hit right out of the gate with a small but rabid audience while others are discovered by that audience over a longer period of time. Somehow both are these scenarios are true for Alex Winter and Tom Stern’s gloriously gonzo “Freaked.” Initially pegged as a mainstream comedy by Fox - with a planned wide release that included action figures and Gap campaign skewering posters - the film was basically dumped by Fox after head Joe Roth, who had greenlit the project, left the studio but picked up raves at TIFF and has been winning fans over ever since. But the film, featuring ugly little trolls and mutating movie stars, is so far outside the mainstream, it’s hard to imagine it having been a big hit even if it was carrying both stars of the blockbuster ‘Bill & Ted’ films. (Though technically, Keanu Reeves was unbilled and unrecognizable in full dog boy makeup.)

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Weekend B.O. (Jan. 20-22) - "Red Tails" Saves Black Cinema!!

    HALLEUJAH! PRAISE THE LORD! FREE AT LAST! FREE AT LAST! THANK GOD ALMIGHTY WE'RE FREE AT LAST!!

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  • The Playlist
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    Sundance Review: 'Indie Game: The Movie' Is A Big-Hearted Celebration Of Artistic Spirit

    The most profoundly moving moment of “Indie Game: The Movie” arrives an hour and twenty minutes into this terrific documentary. As designer Edmund McMillen watches YouTube videos of people spurting out expletives while playing his game Super Meat Boy, the kind-faced man breaks into a glowing smile. He’s made that connection, reached out to people and has been reaffirmed by their love for his brainchild. It’s the glimpse of a blinding sun at the end of a long, cold road, and 'Indie Game,' directed by James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot, is filled with moments that lay bare the emotional stakes of game design and development, an art that remains vastly underrated by the mainstream. Possibly the most mature look at video games yet, and a fine documentary in its own right, “Indie Game: The Movie” serves not only to erase the image of the programmer as a pimple-anointed malcontent recluse, but levels the playing field, serving as a powerful document for why games deserve consideration as a legitimate artform.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Poster and Image For T.D. Jakes' "On The 7th Day", In Theaters April 13th, 2012

    Not really a follow-up to T.D. Jakes 2004 film Woman Thou Art Loosed, the indie thriller On The Seventh Day about a couple in search for their missing daugther, has just released its first poster and film image. The Codeblack Entertainment film, which premieres at the Pan African Film Festival next month (see Tambay's post HERE), hits theaters April 13th, 2012. 

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