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    After Dark, My Sweet: Pedro Costa's "Ne change rien"

    No mere documentary, Portuguese director Pedro Costa’s enthralling Ne change rien is a cinematic offering laid at the feet of its bewitching singer-star, Jeanne Balibar. She’s glimpsed at music rehearsals, live club performances, and in studio sessions, meticulously honing vocal phrases and adjusting tempo with exactly the same attention to precision that Costa brings to his own rigorously arranged compositions. The lithe, luminous actress has a robust career in France, where she’s appeared in films by Jacques Rivette (Va savoir) and Arnaud Desplechin (My Sex Life... ) as well as numerous theater productions. She also moonlights as a chanteuse (or perhaps it’s the other way around), fronting a crackerjack quartet whose whirring loops and effects-driven guitar textures create a coolly luxuriant cushion for her throaty songs of tortured love. An ardent cinephile, Costa has cited Godard’s One Plus One as an inspiration for his approach here, which eschews voiceover and interviews in favor of moody, atmospheric detail and abundant use of long takes. But he also applies the distinctive, low-light visual style he developed for In Vanda’s Room and Colossal Youth, a tack that aligns this sultry music doc as much with the mise-en-scène of classic cinema (Von Sternberg, Nick Ray) and T Magazine–style fashion portraiture as it does with Straub-Huillet (a salient touchstone for the auteurist director) or ultrahip band-in-the-studio genre artistry. Read Damon Smith's review of Ne change rien, which opens today for a weeklong run at New York's Anthology Film Archives.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weather Report: Girls in Minis

    It seems inevitable. Taiwanese animators NMA have launched a new animated news video, a daily weather report, right out of Paddy Chayefsky's Network. Wave of the future? News weather men, watch your back.

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  • The Playlist
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    Guillermo del Toro Admits He Didn't Want 3D For 'The Hobbit,' Doesn't Want It For Frankenstein'

    Filmmaker Says He Doesn't Want 'Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde,' Or 'Frankenstein' To Be In 3D, Is On The Fence About 'Slaughterhouse Five' Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is perhaps today's biggest genre-centric multi-tasker. If his projects file were a kitchen it would be jam-packed with several sous-chefs working on dishes in different states of readiness; many still marinating, trying out different sauce combinations, with some tested in various iterations and ready to to go on the grill.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    CPH:DOX: make it make it, don't fake it

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  • The Playlist
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    Tom Hardy Offered Vampire Role In 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

    If being offered the lead role in "Snow White And The Huntsman" didn't tip you off, Tom Hardy is one of the hottest talents in Hollywood right now. His turn in "Inception" made it known to a wider audience what those who saw "Bronson" already knew; the actor is the real deal and has the charisma and skill to be a major leading man. So, no surprise then that with 'Huntsman' now trying to land Johnny Depp to lead the film, Hardy has been offered the role of Henry Sturgess in another tentpole vehicle, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    G4TV for Burns

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weir's The Way Back Kicks Off Museum of Tolerance Film Fest

    Weir's The Way Back Kicks Off Museum of Tolerance Film Fest

    Peter Weir's The Way Back will kick off Los Angeles' Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival (MOTIFF) on November 13, which runs six days and screens twenty-two films seeking to highlight human rights issues past and present. Clint Eastwood will be honored with the festival's first "Tolerance Award" at the festival Gala on November 14. Clinton's Gran Torino (2008) will have a special presentation during the festival. Among the other films are Nigel Cole's Made in Dagenham (2010), Matthew Asner and Danny Gold's documentary 100 Voices: A Journey Home (2010), Reconciliation: Mandela's Miracle (2010) from Michael Henry Wilson, When We Leave (2010, Germany) from Feo Aladag, plus special presentations of Kimberly Peirce's Boy's Don't Cry (1999), To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) and more.

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  • Spout
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    DOC NYC Preview and Picks

    Beginning tonight, I will be spending my nights and weekend at the new DOC NYC festival of documentary storytelling through Tuesday, November 9th. I've been invited to be a juror of the event's Viewfinders competition of international entries, which means I will be plenty busy with that program's titles. However, I'm also looking forward to a repeat viewing of Werner Herzog's 3-D doc "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," which I think is amazing on so many levels, as well as hopefully catching a few early screenings of Kevin Brownlow's film history docs and late night screenings of classic concert films. I've written up a preview and selected some personal recommendations over at Cinematical, and here's an excerpt highlighting one of my picks that I think could be very popular with general movie lovers:

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  • JUMP CUTS by James Israel
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    "127 Hours" Ralston Describes Real Life Predicament *SPOILERS

    SPOILER ALERT for those who don't want to know the plot of Danny Boyle's latest film, 127 HOURS. Based on the true story of Aaron Ralston, he describes in this video how he freed himself from the rock that trapped his arm in a desolate canyon in Utah for five days. If you can't stand the explicit details skip to the end. Very moving.

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  • The Playlist
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    Abigail Breslin In Talks To Join Garry Marshall's Ensemble Film, 'New Year's Eve'

    Pic Is A Spin-Off Of Marshall's Successful 'Valentine's Day' Romantic DramedyAfter somehow scoring half the talent in Hollywood -- Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Taylor Lautner, Taylor Swift, etc (Julia Roberts was paid $5 million for five minutes of screentime) -- for his tepid and mawkish ensemble film, "Valentine's Day," director Garry Marshall is gearing up to amass another sizable cast for the film's spiritual sequel, "New Year's Eve."

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