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    Spike Lee's Mysterious 'Red Hook Summer' Will Hit Theaters In Summer 2012

    Announced earlier this summer, and already rolling in front of cameras as any cursory visit to Spike Lee's Twitter feed will tell you, details have been absolutely under lock and key for "Red Hook Summer." The only thing we do know is that the story will center on an adult from Atlanta who spends a summer in the titular hood, and the Lee will be reprising his role of Mookie from "Do The Right Thing." But whether this is a sequel, spinoff or something else entirely remains to be seen.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    TIFF Roundup 9/16 - Review Of Geoffrey Fletcher's "Violet & Daisy" + "Winnie" & "Random" Debut

    Your Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)daily for September 16th...

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  • The Playlist
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    Nicolas Winding Refn Says He Didn't Know About 'Die Hard 5' Shortlist, But Likely Would Have Said No

    'Drive' Filmmaker Talks 'Wonder Woman,' 'Logan's Run' And Turning Down BlockbustersYes, it's practically "Drive" week at The Playlist this week, sue us. The film opens in wide release this weekend (2,886 screens) and we sat down with most of the cast including star Ryan Gosling (he wants to direct), comedian-turned-villain Albert Brooks (he wants to be in "Logan's Run") and the director, Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (he might make a horror film with Carey Mulligan) -- what are we supposed to do, bury our content? Sorry, guys.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Restless—movie review

    Restless is likeliest to appeal to young people who relate to the heightened emotions of its leading characters, a teenage girl and boy who share a budding relationship—and a fascination with death. That they are played by the wonderful Mia Wasikowska, looking like a young Mia Farrow or Jean Seberg, and promising newcomer Henry Hopper (Dennis Hopper’s son, in his film debut) helps a great deal.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Drive—movie review

    Drive arrives with its credentials of cool all set: a hot star (Ryan Gosling) in the lead, a smart supporting cast, a Best Director prize from the Cannes Film Festival, and a stylish retro-noir look. These assets may hoodwink some audiences who don’t stop—or want to stop—to explore the emptiness of the movie or its incoherency.

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    Watch: 3 Clips From 'Ides Of March' Highlight Political Intrigue

    Of all the movies making a play for the awards season this fall, George Clooney's "Ides Of March" is getting into the mix early. Already running the Venice/Telluride/TIFF gauntlet and hitting theaters next month, it will be first out of the gate and it will be interesting to see if audiences respond to a political drama even with the dynamite pairing of Clooney/Gosling. Reviews have been respectable though not ecstatic thus far, with our man Venice noting, "it’s not as accomplished and impassioned as 'Good Night and Good Luck,' but unlike 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' [but] it’s tonally assured, and...very watchable...we had a blast. Whether wider audiences enjoy it as much remains to be seen (although we’re fairly sure that it’s early anointment as an Oscar front-runner will disappear quickly), but it at least happily confirms that Clooney the director is here to stay."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Spike Lee Says To Expect "Red Hook Summer" In Summer 2012

    Utilizing social networking site Twitter quite often and effectively, Spike Lee has been keeping his followers up-to-date on his current project, the secretive Red Hook Summer. About a month ago, he announced that principal photography was complete, and attached a photo of his elated self.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Talk: Toronto's Impact on Race, Who's Up, Who's Down

    In Contention's Kris Tapley and I had plenty to discuss this week as we compared notes on how various awards hopefuls fared at the Toronto Film Festival, which wraps up this weekend. We agree that The Artist and The Descendants came out way ahead.

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  • Press Play
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    IN THE CUT: From THE LINEUP to THE FRENCH CONNECTION

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Today, Press Play features Part III of Jim Emerson's In The Cut series. This video essay compares Hollywood's current approach to cinematic action as typified by Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight to what came before it: Don Siegel's The Lineup, Peter Yates' Bullitt and William Friedkin's The French Connection. In The Cut Part III: I Left My Heart in My Throat in San Francisco delves deep into the history of the car chase scene itself, tracing how the visual language of such scenes developed and thrived, eventually smashing its way into America's cultural consciousness. Next week, Press Play will further examine the evolution of the cinematic car chase through its golden age, from The French Connection to that other Friedkin classic To Live and Die In L.A. To view Jim's piece about the police caravan scene in The Dark Knight, click here. To watch his video essay about the freeway sequence in Salt, click here.

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  • Caryn James
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    Review: Ryan Gosling in the Psycho-Action Thriller "Drive"

    Drive would be a completely different, more ordinary film without Ryan Gosling. Watch him saunter across a parking lot in a blood-splattered jacket – not his blood, but his responsibility – his impassive face and his calm, coiled body saying everything there is to say. He’s a guy who does what he needs to do, and doesn’t talk or agonize about it.

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