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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Rotten Tomatoes Goes Social

    Rotten Tomatoes Goes Social

    Founded in 1998, movie-review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes is making changes under new owner Flixster. It’s going social.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Producers to Watch: Brett Leonard and New Technology

    By guest blogger Peter BelsitoBrett LeonardI recently met Brett Leonard and immediately liked him and his philosophy of work in life and the biz – a questioning and somewhat radical, experimental outlook which I just think is so relevant these days. As an accomplished filmmaker, his passion for helping young filmmakers find their voice is an inspiration and I also like his far reaching vision into ‘new technology’. Too often today our colleagues in the movie business fear and resist the trends we must learn to follow in our technological medium (i.e. cinema). Technology has no morality, nor feelings, it is impassive and ever changing, developing. I like it that Brett looks at it objectively, as an artist and teacher, and seeks to utilize it and expand the medium.Brett has been making films for over 25 years. He describes his career arc as that of ‘an indie filmmaker who has also made studio films.’Brett’s philosophy, born out in all his current interactive work, is to empower people to create story, character, and emotion in any new media experience, no matter what the technology being used to create it.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    TIFF 2010: Daniel Cockburn's "You Are Here"

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Full of Beans: Ben Affleck's "The Town"

    “It's Heat meets The Departed!” shout the TV ads, forgivable marketing puffery that the entertaining but chronically hackneyed The Town can't possibly begin to live up to. There are certainly traces of both, as bank heists that spill onto daylight streets with deafening automatic weapons will now always be assumed nods to Michael Mann's classic. And director Affleck no doubt hesitated before setting yet another crime movie on Boston's hardscrabble white streets following his previous movie, the similar Gone Baby Gone, not to mention the Scorsese picture.

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  • iW NOW
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    Deadline: Sacha Baron Cohen Set to Star as Freddie Mercury

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  • The Playlist
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    Casing 'The Town': Our All-Time Favorite Heist Movies

    Ever since 1903's "The Great Train Robbery" virtually invented cinema as we know it (the first use of cross-cutting, camera movement and on-location shooting), film and the heist picture have been inseparable. Maybe it's the escapist appeal of the outlaw, maybe it's people's hatred of banks, or maybe it's that act of stealing things that don't belong to you that is intrinsically cinematic, but the form has been consistently popular for over a century now.

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Toronto 2010 | THE SOLITUDE OF PRIME NUMBERS

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Netflix Vs. Pay TV

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  • Spout
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    Does the Revelation that "I'm Still Here" is Fake Completely Ruin its Appeal?

    I never cared if "I'm Still Here," the documentary about Joaquin Phoenix's retirement from acting to pursue a rap career, is true or a performance piece. It seemed pretty obvious in the years leading up to its release that there was some great level of artificiality. And watching the movie, this becomes even clearer. The fact that it's primarily fiction is almost totally certain by the end when credits reveal that the film had been scripted -- by Phoenix and director Casey Affleck -- and was partly filmed in Hawaii, which must have stood in for Panama in the final scenes. I assume the few critics who genuinely believed "I'm Still Here" is real must have left without reading these credits. It is only those now-more-embarrassed writers who might be shocked by Affleck's confession to the New York Times yesterday:

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review: The Town

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