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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Dark Knight Rises Filming in Pittsburgh, Two New Biopics, Development Arrested

    The Dark Knights Rises moved locations this week to start filming in the latest Gotham City stand-in: Pittsburgh, PA. “When you're making a large-scale action film that has to showcase the vitality and size of a large American city," director Christopher Nolan told The Pittsburgh Business Times, "it also involves a certain amount of disruption to that city in order to make the action credible on screen.” The film will pay homage to some Steel City landmarks with a Heinz Field crowd scene at a football game, where mass destruction will likely take place.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    First Image Of Wendell Pierce & Emory Cohen In Upcoming Film Adaptation Of Play "Four"

    I guess we could call this our "first look" at Wendell Pierce of The Wire fame, in an upcoming indie film titled, Four, an adaptation on an off-Broadway play by Christopher Shinn, directed by Joshua Sanchez, who also wrote the script based on the play.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jason Reitman's 'Young Adult' Will Apparently Skip The Fall Festival Circuit

    There is no denying that the fall festival circuit has been very good to director Jason Reitman. Both "Juno" and "Up In The Air" premiered at Telluride, wowed crowds at TIFF and built on that momentum to have very successful awards season runs. With this latest film now slated for December release, it seemed only logical for "Young Adult" to repeat the route taken by his previous efforts. But, both TIFF and Venice announced their first wave of titles this week and there was no mention of Reitman's film at all and it looks like those hoping to get an early glance at the film will be out of luck.

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  • Press Play
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    REVIEW: SLEEP FURIOUSLY is a film about sensing the ends of things and finding the courage to speak

    Editor's Note:The following documentary will stream on the Film web site Fandor for 24 hours starting midnight Friday July 29, 2011 until midnight Saturday July 30, 2011.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Tony Todd In Trailer For Crime/Thriller "Sushi Girl"

    One of the hardest working men in the business, Mr Tony Todd, co-stars in this new upcoming crime thriller curiously titled Sushi Girl.

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  • Spout
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    "Honest Man: The Life of Budd Dwyer" is an Ugly Documentary That Skims Over an Uglier Issue

    There is a tremendously crucial documentary somewhere in James Dirschberger's "Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer." Unfortunately, if honesty is to be celebrated here, I have to admit there's a pretty weak film wrapped around the few minutes of truly interesting material. For those unfamiliar with either infamous deaths or Pennsylvania politics, Budd Dwyer was the state treasurer who shot himself during a press conference in 1987 and whose graphic death was aired on many news stations -- not live -- on the day. Even if you're not a fan of "Faces of Death" type compilations, or a morbidly curious Googler, you've no doubt seen footage of his suicide during the "Happiness is a Warm Gun" montage from "Bowling for Columbine." Sadly it's a fairly well-known and widely seen tragedy, and few of us know anything about the man who did it or why.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Assassination Games' Presents Direct-To-DVD Action On The Big Screen

    Inexplicably hustling into (limited) theaters this weekend is “Assassination Games,” a hitman actioner the likes of which you’ve seen before. Jean-Claude Van Damme is the big name attached, but the “star” is martial artist Scott Adkins. Together the two cinematic pugilists have been cutting a swath through the world of direct-to-DVD action, though Van Damme has dabbled in the mainstream a bit more as of late. So, to some, this is a momentous match-up.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    In the Middle: Steve James's "The Interrupters"

    In The Interrupters, a valuable yet seemingly incomplete documentary, director-producer-cinematographer-editor Steve James (the codirector of Hoop Dreams) and producer-interviewer Alex Kotlowitz (the author of There Are No Children Here) shadow three “violence interrupters,” all of them employees of the Chicago-based organization CeaseFire. The goal of the interrupters—themselves all rehabilitated gangbangers—is to “save a life,” largely by attempting to short-circuit the impulse toward retaliatory action (they seem to have made a specialty of counseling those likely to plot revenge killings) through carefully calibrated real-talk. “You have to immerse yourself in the bullshit,” says CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman of the work. In their admiring (though certainly not sanitized) portrait of three interrupters—Ricardo “Cobe” Williams, Eddie Bocanegra, and Ameena Matthews, the daughter of notorious Chicago gang leader Jeff Fort—James and Kotlowitz dutifully show the extent of that “bullshit,” which encompasses not only senseless gangland brutality but also the ingrained hostility of many young adults in rough-and-tumble Chicago neighborhoods like the Ville and Altgeld Gardens. “Fuck a problem, fuck a solution,” says a hothead named Flamo during one of the film’s many high-pressure talk-downs. Some of the film’s other most searingly intense passages—like CeaseFire school visits in the wake of the death of Derrion Albert, whose beating with a large wooden board was caught on video and posted to YouTube—underscore the immensity of the challenges facing the interrupters. Continue reading Benjamin Mercer's review of The Interrupters.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Cowboys & Aliens: movie review

    As its title indicates, this is a strange cross of movie genres, and lest any viewers get antsy, it doesn’t allow much time to pass before we first encounter UFOs in the Old West. The film takes its time unraveling the rest of the story, leading us along a trail with no clear destination in sight, at first. (Could that have something to do with the six A-list writers who worked on the screenplay, which was inspired by Scott Michael Rosenberg’s graphic novel?) All we know is that there’s been an alien invasion, and neither the cowboys nor Indians know how to deal with it.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Amazing Race: 10 Dark Horses That Could Shake Up The Awards Season

    Last time we talked about the awards race, we were halfway through the year, and it was anyone's game, with only a handful of even vaguely serious contenders emerging both from wide releases, and from the festivals up to Cannes. Our conclusion was that only "Midnight in Paris," "The Artist" and "The Tree of Life" were real contenders, with a handful of other films looking like they might pick up nominations here and there, but unlikely to be in the final ten.

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