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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    IFC Films Lands Baumbach's Black-and-White Gerwig Vehicle 'Frances Ha'

    IFC Films is acquiring all North and Latin American rights to Noah Baumbach’s "Frances Ha," which the filmmaker co-wrote with his star and muse, Mumblecore darling Greta Gerwig. She has received glowing reviews for the film, which debuted at Telluride followed by Toronto and now, New York. Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver and Michael Zegen co-star.

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  • The Playlist
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    1, 2, 3: Another New Clip From 'Taken 2'

    Marketing movies is one part art, one part science and third part sheer luck, as studios forever try to make sure their films both find their intended audience and still have enough appeal for the magical four quadrants. But over at 20th Century Fox, they seem to care less about crafting a campaign, preferring to just show you as much of the movie as possible in advance. Just look at their rollout for "Prometheus" and "X-Men: First Class" in case you need any more proof. And so it goes with "Taken 2" as yet another clip has dropped.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Cinema's Dilemma - A Lack Of Ideas Or 'Narrative Exhaustion?'

    I stumbled upon this interesting 2009 article on The Guardian website by veteran screenwriter and filmmaker Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver) that offers a different POV on Hollywood’s indubitable tendency to recycle narratives.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    You Had Me a 'Water Sports,' Mitt

    Mitt Romney's gay personal ad write-up in a June 1967 issue of Town & Country called "25 of America's Most Eligible Young Men and What the Girls Who Get Them Can Expect":

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  • The Playlist
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    Former 'SNL' Star Jenny Slate to Write Live Action/CGI 'Looney Tunes' Reboot Film

    If the runaway success of 1996's Michael Jordan/Looney Tunes collab “Space Jam” mirrored Jason Segel's solid revitalization of the Muppets in 2011, then the franchise's follow-up installment, “Looney Tunes: Back In Action,” found its spiritual partner firmly in “Muppets in Space.” While featuring enjoyable moments and performances from leads Brendan Fraser and Jenna Elfman, the film nonetheless disappointed on both critical and financial fronts. But now it appears the classic characters are getting another shot as a well-known comedy writer/performer has decided to take the reins.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    DVD Review - 'Nollywood Babylon' Chronicling The Jaunty World Of Nigerian Cinema (Watch Now)

    Bollywood meets Nollywood.

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  • The Playlist
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    Is The '28 Weeks Later' Sequel Dead? Writer Alex Garland Says There's No Plan For Another Film

    "I'd love to direct another one of it, actually," Danny Boyle said of the possibility of directing a sequel to "28 Weeks Later" nearly two years ago. But within that same week, he also said, "if it's a new idea and it's pretty good, it'll get made whether I direct it or not." And a lot of things have happened since then. Boyle has been very busy, directing a very well-received stage production of "Frankenstein," overseeing the spectacle of this summer's London Olympics and in case you forgot, he shot (and will soon be editing) the art heist thriller "Trance." It's probably pretty obvious given the fact almost all chatter around another installment of those zombie movies have died down, but frequent Boyle collaborator Alex Garland is here to confirm the undead will be staying dead.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Extended Look at Hooper's 'Les Miserables' with Jackman, Hathaway, Crowe & More

    If you weren't excited for Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" already, this extended first look should do the trick. The epic story, this time starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfriend, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter, Samantha Barks and Sacha Baron Cohen, arrives Christmas day. Due warning: this team of actor-musicians is singing live. No canned studio sessions here. Oscar contenders, beware.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    DVD Review - Cinéma Vérité Feature Doc 'Crude' (Oh Yes, There Will Be Blood)

    It's the familiar David Vs Goliath story - one we've seen played out in our media on many an occasion. And being the bleeding-heart Marxist that I am, it should be no surprise that I'm almost always going to side with the "David."

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'I'm Carolyn Parker' Tells The Story Of Post-Katrina New Orleans Through The Eyes Of One Resilient Woman

    It has been seven years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, and the impact is still being felt both locally and nationally. The event is still a touchstone for conversations about race, class and government, one that usually pits the haves against the have nots. But in truth, the story of how New Orleans and its residents continue to live and rebuild is something much more layered and complex, with the past playing a prominent role in how to shape the future. And for director Jonathan Demme, he found a way to delve into the many sides of post-Katrina life by telling it through the eyes of Carolyn Parker. Joining her from months after the floods and tracking her life for years afterward, "I'm Carolyn Parker" is an insightful and at times moving eye on the ground of the day-to-day struggles that are still common for many in the city.

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